THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY TRUTH ABOUT YOUR PASTOR
Is not for you to judge.
These days a lot of people have made it their calling and ministry to criticize pastors. It’s very common to hear people say stuff like:
“That’s how all these pastors used to do”
“Your pastor is just eating your money”
“Is that one a man of God?”
“How can a pastor say bla bla bla…”
“Why do pastors not bla bla bla”
The finger pointing and accusations are endless.
While I have a lot of personal opinions about pastors and people who badmouth pastors, I am not going to talk about my opinion.
Let’s talk about God’s opinion.
What does the bible say about speaking against the pastor?
Do his prophets no harm.
In Psalm 105:14-15 the bible speaks of The Nation Israel and Her Prophets.
God says, “He suffered no man to do them wrong: yea, he reproved kings for their sakes; Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.”
It didn’t matter whether they were actually in the wrong, or actually guilty of all the accusations against them. When you speak against a pastor, you are harming him with your words.
And it’s not for you to decide who is a true prophet and who is not – because the common excuse for criticizing pastors is that “He is not a real pastor” or “God did not call that one”.
It’s people with that mentality who crucified Jesus. And they are still crucifying him today. Every time you judge and condemn a pastor, you are judging and condemning the one who sent him – Jesus.
You could be unknowingly provoking God
In Numbers 12:1-2, 4-9 we see,
“And Miriam and Aaron spake against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married: for he had married an Ethiopian woman.
And they said, Hath the LORD indeed spoken only by Moses? hath he not spoken also by us? And the LORD heard it… And the LORD spake suddenly unto Moses, and unto Aaron, and unto Miriam, Come out ye three unto the tabernacle of the congregation. And they three came out. And the LORD came down in the pillar of the cloud, and stood in the door of the tabernacle, and called Aaron and Miriam: and they both came forth. And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the LORD will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream. My servant Moses is not so, who is faithful in all mine house.
With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, and not in dark speeches; and the similitude of the LORD shall he behold: wherefore then were ye not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?
And the anger of the LORD was kindled against them; and he departed.”
While you’re busying accusing the pastor of doing this or doing that, you may also be busy gathering God’s wrath on yourself.
So before you continue running your mouth, pause and ask yourself if it is worth the risk of making God angry with you.
Leave the pastor to his own sins, and don’t let the pastor’s sins make you accumulate sins on your own head.
You can’t be a man after God’s heart if you’re busy going after pastors.
Look at 1 Samuel 24 and 1 Samuel 26 and see that David spared Saul, not because he deserved it, but because he was in an anointed position.
He even felt bad about cutting off the skirt of Saul’s robe.
1 Samuel 26:9 states, “Who can stretch forth his hand against the LORD’S anointed, and be guiltless?” See verses 11, 16 and 23.
In verse 14, David asks, “How wast thou not afraid to destroy the LORD’S anointed?”
Then in verse 16 after the young man is slain, David said, ”
“Thy blood be upon thy head; for thy mouth hath testified against thee, saying, I have slain the LORD’S anointed.”
Saul was not special in himself, but the position he held was.
Even if you don’t respect the man or woman, respect the position they hold as pastors.
Leave the wig and gravel to God.
Yes, there are lots of pastors doing things that aren’t holy or scriptural. Leave judgment to God.
If what the pastor did is something outrightly illegal, leave judgment to the justice system.
You have enough personal issues and problems to be carrying another man’s issues and problems on your head.
If you’re attending a church where the pastor does things you think are biblically or ethically wrong, then leave. You are not a tree. No one planted your feet to in church. Before in looking for salvation, you actually lose your salvation.
Lastly, remember that David committed worse sins than what you’re accusing that pastor of – adultery and murder. Yet God punished then forgave him.
Leave God to do the punishing, you just focus on your own worshipping.
See you next week Sunday for another post on faith and Christianity.
And don’t miss tomorrow’s Monday Motivation post.
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