Phineas, Hophni, Joel and Abiah. These men started out right, as far as we know, but their ending was an embarrassment to God and their earthly fathers. Could it be they were casualties of war? Eli and Samuel were good men and served the Lord. Why were their children such scoundrels? We’ve all done not so nice things. Today everyone plays the blame game. Rather then accept the fact we all are inherently sinful, it is easier to blame Mom, Dad, society and whoever else. Of the wrongful things I have done, none can be blamed on my parents. They taught and raised me different. It was I, who chose to take the low road.
The aforementioned men had a few things in common, but the obvious one is they were PK’s (preacher’s kids). You would think they would be well behaved men, but that is not always the case. If Satan can cause a PK to stumble it is like winning the Super Bowl. Attack the family and it can yank a ministry out from under the best of preachers. And can totally demoralize the preacher and his wife. As they are working hard and sacrificing for the Lord, their ministry is eroding within. Read the accounts of Eli and Samuel, and see the great things they have done. Then, read of Phineas, Hophni, Joel and Abiah. In 1 Samuel 2:22,23 we read, “Now Eli was very old, and heard all that his sons did unto all Israel; and how they lay with the women that assembled at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. And he said unto them, Why do ye such things? For I hear of your evil dealings by all this people.” And in 1 Samuel 8:3 we read of Samuel’s sons-Joel and Abiah, “And his sons walked not in his ways, but turned aside after lucre, and took bribes, and perverted judgment.” Where were the parents?
These verses make us wonder if they were errant children (which I don’t think the case; otherwise they would not have been installed). 0r were they casualties of spiritual war? The Bible is clear that Eli and Samuel were great laborers for the Lord, but had they been so busy they neglected their own? I recall in Bible College, we were instructed on priorities of the ministry. God, numero uno, family and then ministry. We were cautioned not to be so heavenly minded that we were of no earthly value to our families. In essence, we preachers were to protect our families at all cost.
We’ve all heard terrible stories of PK’s and we must pray for all pastor’s children out there that the devil doesn’t get them. Make it personal and pray for our pastor’s family and children. We should make sure our pastor is given plenty of time to be with his family to prevent such things. After all, what affects his family; affects us all!