PASTORS WOULD BE WRONG SOMETIMES TOO…

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It is men that God use here on earth, He doesn’t use them because they are perfect, He uses them because He chose to and we cannot question that. Because it is human vessels, there is still humanity in the strategies! Pastors can get angry because they are human, Pastors can even fall into some error because they are human, Pastor can eat Church money because he is human but as long as that Pastor is open to the corrections and leading of the Holy Spirit, Pastor can easily admit his wrongs and come out of that error! No matter the human challenge, it doesn’t mean God is not there, it doesn’t mean Christ is not building His Church. So, it is important you understand this about Pastors, they are not infallible, they are members of the Church too but tasked with certain ministerial responsibilities.
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You may make serious mockery of them today and tomorrow they have moved on from that error while you are still in the past identifying with what existed in the past that isn’t existing now. Understand that Pastors get hungry too, Pastors have emotions too and Pastors can be tempted too! Don’t criticize a Pastor in a bid to paint him bad in the public. There is a thin line between a man of God who dabbled into error and a false prophet. The one that dabbled into error may come out of that error before you even know it but the one that is false is made up to be false, he was not called and he isn’t even serving the master, he thrives in his faleshood.
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Peter was called by Jesus, Peter followed Jesus in the flesh and also continued following Jesus after Jesus was physically gone. Peter was used by the Holy Spirit to preach the gospel to a large crowd which recorded a massive soul winning of 3000 men not counting the numerous women and children. Peter’s shadows was healing the sick in the name of Jesus, Peter was a personality that the demons would hear about and tremble. Peter was one of the pioneers of this gospel and the deeds of Peter in the power of the Holy Spirit was not completely recorded in the Bible. This same Peter dabbled into error with all of the grace he carried. Paul narrated his experience with Peter who was his senior in ministry and he wrote thus in Galatians 2:11-14
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“But when Peter came to Antioch, I opposed him in public, because he was clearly wrong. Before some men who had been sent by James arrived there, Peter had been eating with the Gentile believers. But after these men arrived, he drew back and would not eat with the Gentiles, because he was afraid of those who were in favor of circumcising them. The other Jewish believers also started acting like cowards along with Peter; and even Barnabas was swept along by their cowardly action. When I saw that they were not walking a straight path in line with the truth of the gospel, I said to Peter in front of them all, “You are a Jew, yet you have been living like a Gentile, not like a Jew. How, then, can you try to force Gentiles to live like Jews?”
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With all that Peter had known, with all the revelations that the Holy Spirit had given to Peter, Peter was still wrong, Peter was still afraid because Peter was still human! By hierarchy standard, Peter was Paul’s senior in ministry, he was also Paul’s senior in age and morally speaking, what Paul did would have been considered to lack morals but look well, Peter’s actions was already leading other believers astray! Had Paul not publicly rebuked him, others who were already party to the error wouldn’t have been corrected. This is just how it is about Pastors! Many people follow Pastors and also follow them into their error because they are dependent on the Pastor to really know the right way to go. I remember reading one of Kenneth E. Hagin’s books where he said people who follow Pastors into their error will definitely end up like that Pastor. That is a good thing to do, to follow your Pastor but you must know that Pastors are human too and you must be able to know what to imitate and what not to imitate. This can only happen when you are given to the leading of the Holy Spirit. Concerning this, John wrote in 1 John 2:27 “As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit–just as it has taught you, remain in him.” John wasn’t saying we shouldn’t follow our Pastors, he wasn’t saying there isn’t any need for the five fold ministry and for church leadership but he was saying “yield to the Holy Spirit alone, sieve everything from any angle with the filter of God’s word without sentiment. You don’t need a Pastor to be able to approve what is right, what you need is the word and you already have the Holy Spirit in you who brings clarity.” This way, you can follow a Pastor so well but refuse to follow their wrongs because they are human too!
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Peter was so humble enough to listen to Paul! He wasn’t concerned about titles and positions. I believe he accepted his wrong, I believe he repented of it immediately not minding where the rebuke was coming from. He said this concerning Paul in 2 Peter 3:15-16 “Consider also that our Lord’s patience brings salvation, just as our beloved brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom God gave him. He writes this way in all his letters,… ” This is a clear endorsement of Paul’s ministry by Peter among his audience. This shows Peter was able to quickly adjust without having to question who should correct him or not because Peter understood how delicate the wrongs of any minister of the gospel is.
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It is worthy of note that a lot of folks go about criticizing people unfavorably and in bitterness, they use it as means to satisfy their anger against those they criticize, they aren’t doing so because they love the Church or they want to save vulnerable followers from falling into error but they just want to paint the image of that Pastor or leader bad. Those ones are not walking in love and when we see those walking in love we know, they are concerned about the church the growth of other believers. Jesus didn’t give the Pharisees so much space to thrive in their error! He was all out against their errors but that was based on love for God’s people and not on personal bias or bitterness against any person. This was exactly the same way Paul reacted to Peter’s wrong. The Pharisees where the ministry leaders of that time, there were the Pastors! Concerning them Jesus said in Matthew 23:3 “So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach.” It is okay to follow a Pastor, it is okay to keep listening to the truth they preach but when they fall into error, don’t fall with them.
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Now you know your Pastor could be wrong, can you give yourself to the study of the word, can you allow the Holy Spirit to teach you beyond what you have been taught! Can you feel free to also listen to other ministers of the gospel that God is using? After you have been planted, can you allow yourself to be watered? Paul would plant and Apollos would water! The increase was credited to God and not any other person. As you follow that man of God, can you be careful enough to avoid their mistakes? Some Pastors are angry, proud, arrogant, sexually immoral and so on but God hasn’t stopped using them, God is still using them because He called them but you aren’t called to follow them, you are to follow them as they follow Christ. What does that mean? It means you should be able to know when they are following Christ and when they are not following Christ! You should be able to know the areas they are following Christ and the areas they are following their own desires… Follow them only when they follow Christ (1 Corinthians 11:1). Enough of the sentiments in the body of Christ! Your Pastor is human and he can be wrong!
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Our loyalty is to God and His Church and not just certain persons, when things look shady, you can question it! Commitment in a local Church and to a Pastor should be taken with all seriousness and sincerity of heart but this loyalty to just a fraction of the expression of the Church is not absolute on its own in the sense that you’re placed under an absolute authority of a leader where it is the authority and not the Holy Spirit that has a final say. There are so many Churches that its Pastors does not believe the basic truth of the gospel, there are so many Churches where people don’t just wallow in ignorance, they are restricted from even growing! With such leadership, would you pledge absolute loyalty? No! The Bible says in 1 Timothy 5:19 ” Don’t listen to a complaint against a leader that isn’t backed up by two or three responsible witnesses.” When it is confirmed that an elder isn’t doing the right thing, you can disassociate with them publicly so that others don’t keep following them into that error!
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Paul also wrote in 1 Corinthians 5:11 “But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler — not even to eat with such a one.” If this happens to be your Pastor, the Bible says you should stop associating with him. John also wrote in 2 John 10–11, “If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching” — namely, the apostolic teaching — “do not receive him into your house or give him any greeting, for whoever greets him takes part in his wicked works.” That people are called Pastors and are running wonderful organizations isn’t enough! Don’t follow any man into error! Guard your heart jealously.
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As believers, we ought to live in love and express it to every measure but we only pay our allegiance to God, our loyalty in the Church is our loyalty to God. Now, I have not said because your Pastor got angry you have to leave him, that would be stupid. Judging a pastor by mere display of humanity is very wrong, a pastor needs love, he can be depressed, he can get tired and he can be afraid at times. They need our support and love at such times and you should know they are humans too who might need a hug, an encouraging text message, a gift and material blessings for the spiritual work they do. Knowing they are human should make us be aware that they too need love and support. But we must also be careful enough to admit those human displays, we should be able to separate the chaff from the wheat and we must be able to know when a Pastor is truly leading the flock, when he is harkening to the call of God and when a Pastor is busy building a personal empire out of believers. We cannot pretend that these things don’t happen, they happen.
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