Pastors: Completely Irrelevant Individuals

When I left my full-time ministry work to become a full-time atheist in 2005, one of the first things I did was question and reevaluate the relevancy of of pastors.

Are pastors even “Biblical”?

Are pastors educated enough?

Are pastors fiscally responsible? Do they share their (or their churches) financial records with the public like a good 501 C3 should? Do they have checks and balances over their expenditures?

Essentially, who are these men who teach us how to live and why do we listen to them?

It wasn’t until I was had stopped working for a pastor that I could fully evaluate these questions and the answers are probably not a shock to you, unless you’re still in the church.

I’m starting a campaign today called Just Say No (like DARE kept kids off drugs, this one will keep kids and adults off brainwashing).

After my work for several pastors and examination of their role within our culture I’ve decided that I will never follow or listen to the advice of a pastor again. Ever. I think they should work a full-time job (I don’t believe pastoring should be a paid position) outside of the church. I also believe they should be subject to checks and balances when it involves money, although that will never happen because you can spring up a church quicker than you can a Churches Chicken and with less management.
I’m advocating for a little bit of anarchy from the sheep, I suppose. And most likely they won’t change it up or question their pastor, but next Sunday if you find yourself sitting in church, don’t be afraid to disagree with the lavish ceremony, the fancy new car your pastor pulled into the parking lot driving, and the clothing they’re wearing. Don’t be afraid to notice his wife’s botox or boob job or new manicure and wonder how they can pay for all that and you can’t.

Being a pastor is more about power and money than about helping people. Look at it this way, you wouldn’t trust a politician with your pocketbook. Why would you trust a pastor to help you navigate your life? Aren’t they one and the same?


2 thoughts on “Pastors: Completely Irrelevant Individuals”

  1. As far as parsing scripture to determine the validity of pastors, I am out of my depth. But I have a very, very strong opinion about ministry as a “career”. I personally don’t believe that there is any reason for a pastor/preacher/elder to draw a salary. With pastoring as a career option, you open up myriad issues involving power, entitlement, greed, authority, and once it is the source of your livelihood, you are forced into a position to make the job about YOU, and the “business” of keeping people coming into the doors. You are isolated from the real world because you don’t have to work a real job, and your interaction with the world is on your terms. Plus, as someone who did it for years….it is NOT rocket science and there is no reason why the work could not be split up between various leaders, instead of one guy with a full time job. I know soooooo many pastors who make a very good living, but have zero skills beyond the pulpit….they have a lot to protect and use the “laborer being worthy of his hire” phrase far, far beyond what it ever meant. Anyway, avoiding work with some rambling…..

    1. Zeemanb,
      I agree with you completely. I’m not certain I’ve developed a “scriptural” argument against the role of pastor–as someone who’s not religious anymore I prefer to use sound reason and facts instead of scripture.

      I think the position of minister as a “career” is definitely uncalled for. I, like you, did ministry as a career and there’s little training required–just some people skills and charisma (all of which can be learned).
      Thanks for the comment,

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