>Intergrity in the Pulpit

Posted: January 3, 2011 in Religion

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The Lord Jesus Christ warned His followers, “Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves (Matt. 7:15). The warning was important because Jesus later said to them: “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; therefore be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves” (Matt. 10:16).
The apostle Paul, with a deeply troubled spirit and in tears, penned a similar warning: “I know that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock” (Acts 20:29).

Throughout church history these warnings concerning professing Christians who deceive even the elect have seldom been taken seriously. How can the church be so easily deceived? According to Webster’s Dictionary “deceive” means “to lead astray or to cause to accept as true or valid what is false or invalid.” Could it be the church has not only lost its ability to discern truth from error but also to discern wolves from sheep?

When Jesus sent out the 72, he told them, you will be sheep among wolves; it’s strange to me that you will find most wolves in the Church. The wolves are not supposed to be in the church. Has the church become the feeding and hunting ground for ravenous pastors who look for vulnerable congregations to shear?  The Bible makes reference to the feeding of the flock not the bleeding of the flock.

How is it that Churches who were debt free before a pastor arrives is all of a sudden facing foreclosure, what has changed?  Are they broke because of feeding the Hungry? Are they broke because of clothing the naked? Are they in financial ruin because of following the word of God?

Sunday after Sunday we hear sermons on how people should live according to the word of God, How often do we hear a sermon on how the pastor should conduct himself, how often do we hear or conduct workshops on pastoral Ethics?
I’ve been in the ministry over 15 years now; I have seen some awful things done in the church and by the church. I have almost walked away from the church and as a pastor I have come exceeding close to quitting and going back to business as usual.

Out of all that I have seen and witnessed nothing has hurt me more than what I’ve seen fellow pastors do in the pulpit and do to God fearing and trusting congregations. My journal for today ends with How Long shall God bare the sinfulness of mankind? How Long, Not long… There is a balm in Gilead…..
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