A Great Need For Clergy That Are Sold Out For God

The state of God's people depends on the quality of their clergy. Most of today's clergy in the Catholic Church are not strong enough to keep God's people on the straight and narrow path because the clergy themselves do not know God and are compromisers. They seek to please men and to be popular like Aaron, and therefore God cannot endorse their leadership. Moses and Joshua never sought to be popular.

"And they served the Lord all the days of Joshua, and the days of the ancients, that lived a long time after him, and who knew all the works of the Lord, which he had done for Israel. " (Judges 2:7). But by the time Joshua and his fellow-elders died, there were no God-fearing men available to replace them. And so all that generation also died “and there arose others that knew not the Lord, and the works which he had done for Israel." (Judges 2:10). There was nobody who knew God.

After quite a few years of moving amongst many parishes and dioceses, I have to say that I have met very few clergy who really know God, and who can say like Elijah, "I stand before the Lord God." There may be some sacrifice in their lives and even zeal.

But zeal, sacrifice and knowledge are of no use, if a person does not know God.The statistics of their work may be impressive, but the quality of their parishoners will be poor, because they don't know God. They may say that they have good Catholic believers in their church. But are these "believers" disciples of Christ? There is a vast difference between spiritual believers and carnal believers. Any man of God knows that it is better to have a small parish of spiritual believers, than a large parish of carnal ones. That's like saying that it is better to have a few 1000-watt bulbs than a hundred zero-watt bulbs.

We are to be the light of the world. But the intensity of our light depends upon how much we know God.

If the leader does not know God, the people will not know God either. You can study the Catholic faith and teach it to your parishioners, and they will know the faith. But that would be like teaching them chemistry in a classroom. That won't help them to know God. People cannot know God by getting Biblical information. You can know God only as you go through trials and testing. You have to humble yourself in those trials and have to have a yearning in your heart for God. That is how you can know God, not by sitting in a Catechism class. We certainly need to know the Scriptures, but we need to go beyond the Scriptures and get to know God. "The people that know their God shall prevail through strength and succeed. " (Daniel 11:32). The Israelites did not know God and therefore "the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord, and they served Baalim." (Judges 2:11) That was because Joshua had died, and now there was no God-fearing leader to lead them.

The history of Christianity in the last 2000 years is replete with numerous examples of men whom God raised up to start a revival in their lifetime. But once they died, the Church would find itself declining again just like the the Church in past times, and just like the Church today. The new generation of clergy may still hold up the faith of our fathers (although many do not), but they are not holy as the fathers of the Church were. Many of them claim to have the same "baptism in the Holy Spirit" that their that the great saints of the past had. But their life does not have the same anointing. Something is missing. Then God has to raise up another man and start anew.

God has always done His greatest work in the Church through individual men and women, whom He has raised up in different generations in different lands. Around such a person God gathers together a few people who are concerned not so much for size as for quality - for a pure testimony for God in their generation. I believe the church needs many such men and women.