Sorry that you got your admission one year late despite your hard work & preps.
You might have met false pastors and ministers, but I don’t think you should generalize it to include all pastors. Why? Because there were thousands of prophets in the days of Elijah who never bowed to Baal. Same applies to pastors & ministers today.
In my opinion, the title of this essay has nothing to do with pastors or self help gurus, not telling people the truth.
The saying “whatever a man sows, that shall he reap”, is best understood as telling us to consider the long term fruits of our present sowing (our present actions & choices). It’s just a way of reminding us that we cannot run away from the future consequences of our actions or inactions.
Even though you were temporarily setback due to no fault of yours, you kept on planting (you never gave up). And that has helped you get to where you are today. Just consider that.