This year has been a hard time on our reputation as a church. Many pastors have stepped down because of various reasons. This is heart breaking! Within our denomination where we are missionaries, I see a rising trend, not in all churches but in many as we travel.
When we give the ownership of a church to man, then we have taken God’s glory away from Him. It is never good when that happens.
I believe when we give more praise and more glory to the man leading than to God we are practicing idolatry. Isaiah 42:8 says, “I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.” Isaiah 48:11 says, “…I will not give my glory unto another.”
When someone is more concerned about what their preacher will think about something than what God will think about something. This is a very serious matter!
How many times have you heard, “What will the preacher think about this?” “How would the preacher do this?” Shouldn’t it be, “What does God think about this?” Or, “How would God do this?” This is nothing more than idolatry.
This is a dear Pastor friend of ours and he hit the nail on the head!
Pastor Sean Kelly’s Facebook Post:
“I recently heard a pastor viciously criticize another pastor for not being as “old fashioned” as he was. This criticism was leveled because the second pastor’s church had a nursery. I didn’t know that having or not having a church nursery was what defined being old fashioned. I have been personally attacked as not being old fashioned because our church projects the lyrics for our congregational singing on a screen. By the way, I love old fashioned, Bible believing, holy living, sin hating, devil fighting, Christ exalting Christianity. In fact, I’m just old fashioned enough to believe that criticizing another pastor, in an unloving way, over something as non-biblical as a nurseries or screens is not old fashioned but rather just plain sin. Here’s a thought, be less consumed with making sure everyone thinks your old fashioned and more consumed with being like Christ. If one would do that, amazingly, he’d be a real old fashioned Christian!”
The successful church is not because of a man, it is because of God. Yes, man is used by God to build the church but the churches they pastored are not theirs, they belong to God.
We should honor the man of God but don’t forget he is still a man. We honor the man because of the office he holds and not because of who he is. Think of Paul as he tried to get people to see the importance of his office – it wasn’t about looking at him. Rom. 11:13 “I will magnify mine office:”
Follow the man of God only as he follows Christ! 1 Cor. 11:1
There are too many people that need to know how to be saved and so much work to be done! We just need to keep our heart on Jesus!