For every 12 good men, there’s a Judas and for every 10 bad men, there’s a Reuben. Simply put, there’s always a guy with an ulterior motive amongst good guys and there’s always the guy with good intentions amongst the bad guys. For this breakdown, we will stick to the former as it is the best description of the state of Christianity today, especially in Africa.
It is undeniable that there are a lot of false teachers and preachers today. It is undeniable that some people who call themselves Pastors are just manipulative illusionists or straight up witch doctors in suits. However, it is also undeniable that most Pastors are actual Pastors called and sent by God to do what they do. Unfortunately we are at a time when the good guys are being gathered up with the bad and put under intense destructive criticism.
So the question now is, who is the good, who is the bad and how much criticism is good for them? Well there are scriptural indices we can use to distinguish between the right and the wrong but that’s not what this breakdown is about. This piece has a single purpose; to get us all to refrain from antagonising Pastors.
Any and every body who calls himself a Pastor is off limits. Leave hem alone. Let them be. Attacking them on any grounds is not your place. They hold a sacred position in the body of Christ and are directly responsible to God their boss. We can’t even attempt to discuss how much reference and honour we need to show Pastors in this piece; two things that are really deficient in the body of Christ today. The least we can do is to encourage you to refrain from criticising them.
Even if the Pastors are known illusionists and diabolic manipulators, you have no business calling them out. We are told in scriptures to stay away from them not to make it our mission to expose them. Keep your focus on Jesus, he’s all that matters.
If you genuinely feel that a friend or family member is being misinformed and manipulated by a false Pastor or a church, then the best way to help that person come to the knowledge of that description isn’t by speaking bad about the Pastor or the church. The best way is to help that person find Jesus for himself or herself. Bring them close to Jesus, teach them any time you can, show then scriptures to help them realise their errors not to counter their Pastor’s teachings. Just focus on Jesus and the light of God’s word will open his eyes.
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