What Older Preacher Has the Right to Influence Younger Preachers?

And the sons of the prophets that were at Bethel came forth to Elisha, and said unto him, knowest thou that the LORD will take away thy master from thy head today?  And he said, Yea, I know it; hold ye your peace.”

Today, there are certain men that have set out (without spiritual credentials) to steer younger men who are just starting out in the ministry.  These cunning “Reverends” do not have a Bible leg to stand on, in trying to support their self-serving agendas.  I still recall, when at the very entrance of my ministry, an older preacher tried to impress me, and how I immediately compared it to how Dr. Tom Malone Sr. was influencing me, and learned early in my ministry that not every older voice should have my attention or appreciation.

If that sounds shocking, spend some time reading the narrative of the young prophet who disobeyed God by giving his ear to the old prophet.  And how the sequence of events ends with a “lion” standing over the “carcass” of the young prophet.  FOOTNOTE; just because a preacher’s ordination certificate has a date on it before you were born does not mean you are supposed to have him sign your Bible!  (Please read I Kings 13: 7-25)  At this crucial hour, there are those who are more advanced in years that are attempting to hijack our fundamental movement by unearned influence upon those in their elementary years.  They are doing this by way of their lying blogs left field books, and leaning big conferences.  But from the strong, storied and solid ministry of Elijah, we see how he had earned the right to have a sizable impression on Elisha and those enrolled in the school of the prophets.

There are three hallmarks from the life of Elijah that prove his position to influence those early in their ministries:

I. AN OLDER PREACHER WITH CONVICTION.

A hallmark from the life of Elijah that proves his position to influence Elisha and the sons of the prophets was an older preacher with conviction. (I Kings 17:1)  It was Elijah that marched into the palace of King Ahab and delivered with gun barrel straight Bible sentiment, Heaven’s weather forecast for the nation of Israel.  I’m troubled that certain old preachers are trying to impress young preachers who lack clear convictions on the inspiration and preservation of the Bible, personal and ecclesiastical separation and worldly marketing versus Heavenly methodology for Biblically building a work for God.  The pulpit is no place for men with a gummy bear back bone, and those who tend to give that impression certainly didn’t have any business trying to lead young “Timothy’s”.  (Ephesians 6:10)  An older preacher with conviction!

II. AN OLDER PREACHER WITH COMBUSTION.

A hallmark from the life of Elijah that proves his position to influence Elisha and the sons of the prophets was an older preacher with combustion. (I Kings 18:38)  It was Elijah that “BROUGHT THE HEAT” on Mount Carmel!  I’m concerned that some old preachers are nothing more than spiritual fire extinguishers attempting to put out the fire of young men of God.  Brother Elijah’s ministry is a main stay in showcasing it takes zeal for PREACHING (verse 21) POSITIONING (verse 27 and for PRAYING (verse 37)!  Billy Sunday was spot on when he called out “Theological mummies”, and they shouldn’t be training our young men on how to stand behind a sacred desk.  An older preacher with combustion!

III. AN OLDER PREACHER WITH CONTINUATION.

A hallmark from the life of Elijah that proves his position to influence Elisha and the sons of the prophets was an older preacher with continuation.  (II Kings 2:11)  It was Elijah that took a fiery chariot to Heaven, without every backing off nor backing down, from being the same man of God who first stepped upon the pages of the Holy Bible.  I’m bothered that certain older preachers are trying to impress younger preachers by flip flopping on right stands that they once held firmly to.  Chameleons are fine, I guess as a pet, but they don’t belong in a fundamental pulpit.  The fact that someone’s old cassette tape isn’t in the same spiritual universe as their new blog or book is clear evidence that you shouldn’t be getting ministry methodology or mandates from them.  (Proverbs 24:21)  An older preacher with continuation!

So as we have looked closely at the life of Elijah we have clearly discovered that only a certain cut of older preacher should have impact, instruction and influence upon a younger preacher.  Not only must the youthful preacher be careful about picking the right comrades, BUT also the right COUNSELLORS! (Proverbs 2:20)  Don’t be fooled, “Timothy”, gray hair on the temples doesn’t always mean you need to try and get that preacher’s cell phone number or his personal email address, or especially his blog of the month that slyly attempts to slander “old-time” religion.  And in closing may I end with one word from the Bible… “SELAH”

John Hamblin

Evangelist

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