Why Many Pastors Die Young [Autopsy Of A Pastor (1)]

Monday 17th August 2020 Devotion
Scripture:- 1 Peter 5:1-14
Topic:- Why Many Pastors Die Young [Autopsy Of A Pastor (1)]
Text:- 1 Peter 5:2

In the past few days, a couple of Pastors I know have gone to glory in their prime. While many may say many things from the spiritual angle only, I resist the temptation of being naive and gullible.
One died going to drop his members after Sunday service. He probably died due to over-exhaustion of his health.
Post activities exhaustion led to fatigue and accident that took the life of one of the most handsome young vibrant zealous man of God I know in Ghana.
A Nigerian female Pastor slumped and died in the United States and her host couldn’t even try to connect the family because they can’t afford the $,5000 morgue fee. They allowed the govt to set her for mass burial if not for a friend in USA that alerted us two days before and effort was made to trace her family in Lagos by my friend, after many inquiries. Cause: Pressure and failed hope.
Another died in his sleep after Friday night vigil. If he had taken adequate care of his health, maybe he will still be alive by now.
The story never ends:
Another died because none was available to help, even the members he burnt his life for and the so called ministers and spiritual sons and daughters were no where to be found in his hours of needs. Most of these people are Bishops with good standing, viable ministries and graduates from good universities.
We conducted mild medical examinations for some Pastors after one of our meetings few years ago, about 200 pastors participated. I Insisted that no minister above 40yrs of age will leave without being evaluated by the medical team, except those in their twenties and early thirties.
The result was mind bugling:
Over 30% had a elevated bp within 180 systolic 90 diastolic. 15 had extreme high bp above 200/120. 28% had diabetics. 16% had elevated PSA. Blood cultures done, showed that. Over 60% had different levels of bacteremia. Psychological analysis revealed that over 7O% had emotional problems they could not share with anyone. Urine analysis and smear tests were not friendly either. Eye examinations shows levels of deficiency and stress induced factors.
Most of these Pastors never know they had these problems. That is the sad part of the news. They were the walking corpses physically even though spiritually alive.
They are dead emotionally. Their vision and passion is dead. Their spiritual life has little life at all. They are burnt out. Many have died vocationally. Others are waiting for burial.
Autopsies is not a pleasant topic, I get that, but I would be negligent if I did not share with you about the numbers of Pastors who are dead in the ministry. You need to know. You need to grasp this reality. You need to pray for them. You need to walk alongside with them.
A. How Did These Pastors Die:
My figurative autopsies uncovered eight common patterns. Some Pastors manifest four or five of them. Many manifest all of them.

  1. They said “YES” to too many members. In order to avoid conflict and criticism, these Pastors tried to please most Church members. Their path was not sustainable. Their path was unhealthy, leading to death.

Prayer Point:- Oh Lord God, help me to maintain my health henceforth by fire, I refuse to die prematurely and untimely, in the name of Jesus Christ.

Have a Lovely Monday!

Pastor Timothy Ogundele-Jesu

Pastor Timothy Ogundele-Jesu

Pastor Tim Ogundele_Jesu is a Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and an apostle by the grace of God. He has been used by God prominently in the area of salvation, healing, blessing, and especially deliverance.

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