HomeBLOGVideo of Paul Washer calling-out young men to “go to the fields and die,” and to quit spending time on the internet arguing over Theology
February 13, 2017
Video of Paul Washer calling-out young men to “go to the fields and die,” and to quit spending time on the internet arguing over Theology
My preface: One of those most careless things a pastor can say to his congregation is “You’re all Bible scholars,” or “You’re all Theologians.” Over the decades I’ve heard many pastors say this in many churches. Consequently we have non-scholars, and non-theologians play-acting as if they were.
Yes it is true that the Apostle Paul encouraged the young Timothy to not be discouraged by those that would ‘despise his youth’ (1 Timothy 4:12). However it is important to understand that at that time, Timothy was between the ages of 30 to 40 years old. Not to mention Timothy was Divinely chosen by the Lord to be featured in the Bible.
Moreover, Paul also warned that too young of men should not be put in places of leadership. Paul said in 1 Timothy 3:4-7 that he must be “one who rules his own house well, having his children in submission with all reverence (for if a man does not know how to rule his own house, how will he take care of the church of God?); not a novice, lest being puffed up with pride he fall into the same condemnation as the devil.”
But sadly in direct conflict to this aforementioned Pastoral passage, the internet of full of Millennials that are full of pride, with much zeal and little knowledge (Romans 10:1-3). These young men, novices, (or new converts) have ‘placed themselves’ into positions of quasi-leadership. In other words, they are self-proclaimed, self-promoted pseudō-leaders amongst a non-accountable online community. Consequently today we have unqualified men (or boys) anywhere from teenagers to age 30, going online rebuking older more qualified Christian men.
Thank you Paul Washer for addressing this growing problem. Bear in mind Washer gave this message 10-years ago, way before YouTube channels became so prolific.