Friday, April 15, 2011

Do we Need more Pastors in the World?


Let me explain, there is a war going on and only one side is fighting. In North America we have come under attack and the pastors who are supposed to have a discernment that surpasses the average believer are laying down with the enemy. There is a big difference between a Pastor and a Preacher, pastors tend to want to make people feel good, while preachers do as God instructed, and that is to preach the word and not worry about things that are Gods concern. I believe what we need in these the end times are more preachers to bring the lost to God not pastors that seem to only make people feel good about themselves.
Leaders in the churches are called to be the watchmen, alerting the flock to the dangers that are approaching or already here. They are called to hear the voice of God and discern the signs around them to warn the followers of God of the dangers and to guide them on the straight and narrow. It seems the pastors of today are using their own judgment in teaching the word of God and not the leading of the Holy Spirit. Christians and most importantly pastors no longer have discernment, of course I speak generally here and do not mean every pastor or Christian out there but speak of the majority. They no longer know what it means to have a true relationship with God. Christ spoke of this in Matthew

Matthew 7:21-23 (King James Version)

 21Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

God knew in the last days many very well meaning Christians will be using their own judgment and not the discernment of the spirit.
            I am old enough to remember what real men were, and I say “were”. My great uncle fought in World War II, I remember him speaking about of evil that he fought, this is evil that I see in world everyday, and worse than that it's evil that is now called good, or at the very least accepted and not opposed. Unfortunately he wasn’t a Christian, but he stood up for what was right and against what was wrong better than any Christian in the last 40 years. He didn't stop to think that he might be labeled or called a name for standing up for what was right, he just did it. He wasn't afraid of his own shadow, today I would have tough time finding another like him. Even though he wasn’t a Christian he was a man that deserved respect. 
       Most of my relatives came over from Europe in the 1800’s, they came to escape persecution and tyranny. I have many of their journals and I have to say what we call faith today is nothing in comparison to how they lived their everyday lives. The focus on God in all that they did daily humbles me. When they came here they came to build a country and contribute to Canada, take part in the culture and fit in.

Matthew 10:24-25
 24"A student is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. 25It is enough for the student to be like his teacher, and the servant like his master. If the head of the house has been called Beelzebub,[a] how much more the members of his household! (emphasis mine)

            We are told we will be called names and worse.
            The pastors of today do not have discernment or the ear of God, they talk at God but don’t hear Him respond and use their own judgment in how to instruct the men and women of God.
            There was a time when “Preachers” spoke the word of God boldly, as we are instructed in the word of God to do, without thought as to how it would be received or if it would fit with today’s culture. They were men that stood firm on the inerrant word of God and didn’t water it down to fit with today’s culture. A.W. Tozer stated that “Any evangelism which by appeal to common interests and chatter about current events seeks to establish a common ground where the sinner can feel at home is as false as the altars of Baal ever were” Today's pastors are guilty of just that but have been so blinded by the enemy that they can no longer tell right from wrong.

Call evil good

            Of course I do not think that all pastors are guilty of this there are always strong men of God and I speak generally.
            The preachers of yesterday were not weak willed, weak spirited, scared of their own shadow men. They weren’t afraid to be called a name for the sake of God, now we are scared to be called, dogmatic, fundamentalist, self righteous and the list goes on.

Matthew 10:17-31 (New International Version)

 17"Be on your guard against men; they will hand you over to the local councils and flog you in their synagogues. 18On my account you will be brought before governors and kings as witnesses to them and to the Gentiles. 19But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say, 20for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.
 21"Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; children will rebel against their parents and have them put to death. 22All men will hate you because of me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved. 23When you are persecuted in one place, flee to another. I tell you the truth, you will not finish going through the cities of Israel before the Son of Man comes.

            How can we be worried about being called self righteous? We are preaching the word of Christ, how does His message where He instructs us to preach His word boldly make us self righteous. I once led a small group and had a concern with seeming self righteous, I talked to my Preacher (I call him a preacher because he was a preacher not a pastor) about my concern. He looked at me a stated “you are not preaching your own gospel your teaching the gospel of Christ” That hit me, he was right I am only instructing others in God’s word for their benefit, I am not saying I am perfect, only telling others what God says. We fear too much as Christians today and the enemy is using that to turn well meaning Christians into weak soldiers of Christ.

Matthew 10:26-31
26"So do not be afraid of them. There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. 27What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs. 28Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. 29Are not two sparrows sold for a penny[b]? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. 30And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31So don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. (emphasis mine)

Preachers didn’t stop to worry about if someone would be offended by the word of God they just preached it as instructed. They were men that stood with faith in God and were not concerned with a popularity contest as the so called men of God are today. Today they would have been labeled “lonewolf” Christians and considered divisive. I call these men preachers because there is a drastic difference in the message they spoke and the watered down message spoken at the pulpits today.
Today pastors tweak the message of God saying that they are not changing the message but the method, this is a deluded line of thought. The message and the method are intertwined; you cannot change one without changing the other. 
When pastors take into consideration the feelings of people, how comfortable the message makes them feel, how up lifted it makes them feel and design the message to achieve one or all of these goals they are in essence ashamed of God’s word as it stands and try to improve where God failed.

Mark 8:38 (King James Version)

 38Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.

Christ spoke about the pastors today, many are ashamed of God’s words as they are written and change the impact to suit the times. Today they believe that God’s words are too harsh so they toned it down, they believe that God’s words are too judgmental so they ignore certain passages, they believe that God’s words can’t reach the culture of today, I guess because we are too special, so they change the methods. All this adds up to someone that is ashamed of the words of God so they change them, tone it down, watering it down, ignore certain passages is changing the word of God regardless of how much you tell yourself you aren’t.
As Christians we are to stand up for what is right, we are to protect those that can’t protect themselves. We are to stand against what is wrong in the world. The disciples certainly did, they preached against the evils in the world, this they learned from Christ's example. We are told that God is in control and that the evil that is happening is God’s will. I often wonder if some of them even have read the bible. In the bible how did God accomplish His will? Through men obeying His instructions, God is in control when we give Him the control, but by not obeying His word, we are in essence giving control to the prince of this world.
Today Christ is painted as a weak pacifist, that is the furthermost from the truth that one can get. The reason that Christ is now portrayed that way is to squelch any resistance that the enemy may have. If Christians are taught to be pansies and to lay down at the slightest resistance or command then the enemy will walk right in and take over and he has. We don’t have to stand up and fight a scary fight, we can smile and whistle and say God is doing it and take no responsibility.
I strongly object to Christ being shown as weak, He was anything but weak. He stood up against the rulers of the day, the government, the church at the time, and any and all false religion. Christ didn’t mince words, He told all that either they follow Him or they will go to hell. Such action today would be described as divisive, fundamentalism, dogmatic and out of touch with today’s culture. I hear pastors say that Christ was not judgmental; meaning that He didn’t tell people they were sinners. I have do ask are they reading the same bible I am? Christ told the blind man go and sin no more or worse will happen to you, isn’t that judgmental by today’s standards? He spoke in parables that in the terms of the day told everyone that they were sinners and had better change their ways or go to hell. Maybe His ways were different than ours but non the less we are instructed not only to teach but to rebuke, and correct, be accountable one to another.

Matthew 10:34-37 (King James Version)

34Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. 35For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.  36And a man's foes shall be they of his own household.  37He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.

It is now judgmental to speak against false religions, alternate lifestyles or sin of any kind. We are not to speak of the evils found in many cultures or we are labeled racist. Even in Christ's time they had walls to protect the cities and it was every mans duty to help protect the city against the enemy.
What I see happening in the world is an attack on Christianity, now this is nothing new, the bible speaks of the opposition that Christians will face. But when the weak pastors tell us that its not true, or that we should whistle a happy tune, put an smile on our faces and ignore what is happening. Or even worse yet when they tell us its God’s will or God is in control so we should do nothing and accept it. Acceptance to the evil in the world through weak pastors who are no longer knowledgeable with the word of God. This is because the bible has been rewritten, by individuals, by the emerging church and by the secular world. The reason they changed it was because it didn’t fit with the world. But that is what we are called to be, misfits in a world of evil.

If you fit with the world, God then calls you His enemy.

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