Like People, Like Priest

Like People, Like Priest

“Like people, like priest” (Hosea 4:9).

smart-preachersWe have a similar statement in Isaiah 24:2, “as with the people so with the priest.” The point that the prophets are aiming at is that the priests, the religious teachers, will be like the people. This is a truth that is confirmed by other Scriptures, and is plainly apparent in the days in which we live.

“The time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables” (II Timothy 4:3,4).

In this respect as in commercial affairs, “supply and demand are equal.” The people demand “smart” preachers who will “speak unto them smooth things,” and here you have them in great abundance in the nominal Christian ministry of today to supply this demand. If only a rich “hire”(Micah 3:11) and a good “pasture” (Jeremiah 23:1) be provided, the “clergy” will accommodate themselves in the unimportant matter of morals and religion to the fancy of the people. Truly, “like people, like priests.”

Arthur P. Adams (1847-1925)
Judgment and the Doctrine of Eternal Hell

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