Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Criticizing Pastors

A glance through my blog’s entries of the last few months made me wonder if I was some kind of “Pastor-basher.” Negative critiques of the clown pastor, the Elvis pastor and the “I Don’t Know” pastor make it look like I am on some kind of crusade!

Far from it.

My passion is for the glory of God – and one of the primary ways God’s glory is seen is in the faithful proclamation and living out of the Word of God.

My point in highlighting these three was to try and set in bold relief the distinction between what is acceptable and what is not in the eyes of God. These are confusing, watery and shifty days we live in and I am more convinced than ever that specific statements of what is true and what is false are necessary in order to help us think clearly.

Our scheming Enemy’s primary weapon against the church is un-Truth – and the saint’s defense against his attacks begins with the “belt of Truth.” The church needs to be a encompassed, supported and held together by Truth. (See Ephesians 6!)

Of course the world is attacking the very notion that anything can be truly “known.” The world is opposed to God and Satan himself brought his first successful attack against humanity by questioning the veracity of God. If Truth cannot be known, then “every man will do what is right in his own eyes.”

These foolish men who do not preach nor stand for Truth are (unwittingly perhaps) being used to further erode the true progress of the gospel.

I expect some will find those statements judgmental and narrow. You are welcome to comment!

1 comment:

  1. Good thoughts Pastor. I say a loud Amen! This breaks my heart, to see people who claim to know the truth preaching a different gospel or wavering on Gods Word. The church must be people of the truth and expose error! Gods Word is sure! We can trust in God alone! The church is supposed to be Holy, set apart for God and His purposes! Satan confuses truth with error and leads people astray thinking they are following God. All you need is mix a little error with truth. Satan uses doubt in God to allure us away from God. Satan wispers in our ear "God isnt good, is He?" Satan promises us that which only God can fully provide. Fight sin brethren!!! In this day and age, and I guess in every age, Satan wants to confuse the church and draw our focus away from Christ. Get us involved in things that dont really matter or are not Biblical so we are not focused on Christ and serving well for Him. May we disire God above all and serve Him well! For His glory! Remember 2 Timothy 4:1-5 which states:

    "I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry." May God be glorified! Fight the good fight!!