A cursory look at the landscape of Christian ministry and ministers today has revealed three basic kind of ministers, which are;

  1. Demas– II 4:10

This is a worldy, backsliding and sinful minister. Someone whose motive of being in ministry is questionable. He is ready to cut corners and once things are not going his way, he recourse to sinful and ungodly ways. Someone who is available to the highest bidder and a slave of moneybags in his church

  1. Diothrephes– II John 9,10

A proud, arrogant, power and position-conscious minister. He becomes a power-broker in the church and seeks to have the preeminent position among the brethren. Everybody must bow to his wealth and worth. A Diothrephes minister is always an abusive and oppressive minister who only uses people to attain his personal empire goals and doesn’t care if they go to heaven or not

  1. Demeritus– III John 12

He is a picture of an obedient, growing and godly minister. He knows The Lord intimately and is a good example of Christlikeness. He works on his character and integrity more than anything else. He is willing to learn, grow, improve and be more godly.

Quite sad today that we have more of Demas and Diothrephes kind of ministers in ministry in the last 25 years and they have done incalculable damage to the course of Christ

Each of us must continue to examine our hearts and life to see whether we are true Demetrius kind of minister. We must examine our doctrines, ministry practises and methods whether they are scriptural and godly or not. It is only when we are displaying the qualities of a Demetrius that we can bring the much needed growth, spiritual health, revival and respect back to the church and we can win the world for Christ.

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