Letter to modern pastors from their flocks:
Pastor: Can you hear me? Where are you? I have something I want to tell you. I died last night. I was out partying with a few buddies of mine at the clubs. You know that I was having a hard time and all with the divorce I went through. I was so terribly lonely, but during that season you comforted me with the scripture that says “It’s not good for man to be alone.” So I remarried, but even my new wife couldn’t fill the emptiness inside my broken heart.
Anyways, we went to Bugsy’s, “only had a few drinks”, and watched “the game”. Overall it was a quiet night, except for those preachers standing outside, with their what—I thought at the time—was STUPID signs, that said, “To be married to the divorced is adultery” “True Christians fight sin, not war” “Woe unto those who are at ease” “The desire for wealth ends in hell” and “God hates Immodesty”. You told me that God doesn’t hate, that He only loves, because, “God is love”.
My buddies laughed them to scorn as we scurried to get passed them but I only despised them in my heart. The teachings you condemned they were broadcasting through signs! Besides, I was anxious to get home to my family and we wanted to make it to your 9:00 morning service tomorrow.
Well, as we were on our way home, a huge deer—a fourteen point buck—jumped out in front of my car. So I swerved to miss it, only to run off the road into a tree. It wasn’t long until all I saw was darkness.
I died thinking about my x-wife and children. I died thinking about all of the mistakes I made. I died thinking about how I lived my life. I died in confusion. All of the things you taught me to ignore were suddenly suffocating my mind. All of the times I allowed you to calm my nervous and fearful heart with your smooth words and flattering speeches are appearing now to mock me. And pastor, you know who I’ve been thinking a lot about here lately? I have been thinking about you.
But before I continue, there is something you should know: I am burning in hell! I can feel the heat from Gehenna which is not far away. It is like the ground beneath me is shifting me closer and closer to the sun and I have nowhere to run to.
Pastor: You lied to me and taught me to despise those who told me the truth! In fact, you had a scripture to support every lie.
Oh, how I am tormented in this flame! I have no relief! And it seems to get worse realizing that it will only get worse, and that I will never experience relief from this miserable place! Oh how I wish you were here with me now!
P.S. Pastor: I’m waiting for you…
“For the leaders of this people cause them to err; and they that are led of them are destroyed.” (Isaiah 9:16)
“This is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the LORD: Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits.” (Isaiah 30:9-10)
“But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies…And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.” (2 Peter 2:1, 3)
“And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” (2 Thessalonians 2:10-12)