The Trouble with Pastors…

The trouble with Pastors are


“If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them gets lost, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others in the wilderness and go to search for the one that is lost until he finds it? And when he has found it, he will joyfully carry it home on his shoulders. When he arrives, he will call together his friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep.’ In the same way, there is more joy in heaven over one lost sinner who repents and returns to God than over ninety-nine others who are righteous and haven’t strayed away! (Luk 15:4-7 NLT or Luke 15.4-7 KJV)

Once you were like sheep who wandered away. But now you have turned to your Shepherd, the Guardian of your souls. (1Pe 2:25 NLT or 1st peter 2:25 KJV)

For those who are in congregations, or lead congregations, or serve congregations, let me ask you a question:

If a member of your congregation is noticeably absent, and doing something noticeably against church standards, emails you to tell you that they will no longer be attending – and you live no more than five doors down, what would you do?

Would you, if you saw them on the side of the road (the only road out), walking their dog, stop by, and tell them that they should come talk to you?

Or would you, as an imitator of Christ – our True Shepherd which is what you are supposed to be emulating – spend time with that person and encourage them to first not fall away, and if they have, then to return? Would you visit them? Would you call them just to let you know that they are being thought of?

Or, again, would you simply demand that they come see you?

It’s a good thing that our God didn’t act like that. A very good thing indeed.

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5 Replies to “The Trouble with Pastors…”

  1. Joel,
    Look too at it this way, you and your family have better pastures somewhere else! It is always very hard when there is pastoral failure. Myself, and my 2 cents.. you have outgrown, at least this particular pastor and congregation. Change is always exciting, but sometimes scary humanly. But faith pulled and pressed by grace, is always beautiful…the work and providence of God!
    God Bless Mate,
    Fr. R.

  2. Joel, when I left the local TCOJC in my town, the Pastor went out of his way to avoid me. He even turned around in an aisle my wife and I were coming down at WalMart. He did this because he knew he had taken the wrong stand. You are being ignored because your ex-Pastor knows he’s wrong. He might not admit it, but he knows.

  3. LOL! There’s worse things. I’d rather be a Pentecostal, and be right — than be the other, and be wrong. There’s SO much more to this than the name on the building. I would that everyone, EVERYWHERE, would understand that Jesus Christ died for His Church. It’s the honorable thing to put his name on it, but there’s much, much more. So… in such cases, if a Pentecostal could keep humble about their holiness and not act all “holier than thou”, and get a burden for the unsaved, then I’d rather be that. Same goes for any other sect that believes in salvation as indicated in the Bible. Pretty sure each version of which says basically the same thing. I’ve been comparing more lately than I ever have, believe me. However, we can let traditions creep in, and exegete and hermeneuticize (sic) it to death.

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