- Pastor Jerry Eze cited instances where which he invested everything he had into people who later shut him off.
- He addressed the common accusation that pastors are only after the financial gain that comes from their ministry.
Pastor Jerry Eze shared his opinions in a statement about the sometimes disregarded difficulties that certain pastors encounter, especially in Nigeria.
With reference to incidents where he gave his all to those who then claimed he didn’t exist, Pastor Eze referred to his path as “strange.”
He related hours of therapy and deliverance sessions, only to have people he helped reject or even pretend like he doesn’t exist.
The preacher further mentioned how ironic it was to be publically defamed by individuals he had honored.
He raised an important point of dispute on the widespread charge that pastors are primarily driven by greed.
He emphasized how religious leaders are held to certain standards about their lifestyle, including being called materialistic and avaricious if they own fine things, and unsuccessful or unlucky if they maintain a simple life.
Pastor Jerry Eze also talked on the sacrifices that pastors personally make, including the ongoing demands on their time, finances, and resources.
He brought up the criticism they face for being viewed as selfish when they set boundaries to protect their mental health and family life.
Pastor Jerry also stated that in spite of these challenges, becoming a pastor can be wonderful and transformative, especially when seen as a way to serve God.
In his words:
“Pastoring is weird. I’ve poured my heart and soul into people who now act like I don’t exist. I’ve done hours of counseling and deliverance with people who later deleted me. I’ve publicly honored people who chose to slander me and act like I was a villain. And then there’s people I rarely have conversations with that honor and respect me to the highest degree. Some leaders have washed my feet while others have thrown dirt on my name.
Pastoring is weird. I’m too much for some, yet too little for others. The same preaching that convicts one person angers another. The same sermon that was boring to one was massively impactful to another. Praised for being so loving and graceful, yet slandered for being too loving and graceful in certain situations.”