Why Are Good Pastors Necessary?

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Where there is no vision, the people perish; but he that keepeth the law, happy is he” – Prv. 29:18.

Theologians indicate that chapters 12-17 of the book of John symbolizes a progression of approach through the tabernacle of God (Scofield Bible, John – chapter 12). Chapter 12 corresponds to the brazen altar of burnt offering, and foretells the crucifixion; 13 the laver – is where Christ washes the disciples’ feet; 14-16 – enters holy place with the newly purified believer-priests; 17 – as the High Priest, Jesus intercedes for those redeemed after His sacrificial death. How many people do you think would have notice these correlations, or path, except perhaps those that had the type of diligence necessary to serve the Lord as a servant/leader of His flock?

In fact Prv. 27:23 advises pastors tobe (thou) diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds.” The remaining four verses allude that worldly wealth may be short-lived, but God will provide for the pastor’s entire household. Now, why is this passage significant?

Well, let’s examine Isa. 56:10-11 which state, “His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber. Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are SHEPHERDS (pastors) that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, EVERY ONE FOR HIS OWN GAIN, from his quarter.” Get it? Without trusting in God to fulfill their needs, some pastors seek to use the Word of God, and any gift He bestows on them, to become rich and famous as the prophet Balaam (Num. 22:5-35).

Unscrupulous pastors forget the main thing which is to look after our spiritual well-being! God informs the Watchman that if he sees the “sword” (troubles) coming his way and doesn’t warn the people, that the blood of the sinners lost will be required of the Watchman by God (Eze. 33:6). Apostle Paul eloquently concludes that the preacher must spread the gospel so that the world may come to know, believe, and call on the name of Jesus to be saved (Rom. 10:13-15). Also, Jesus points out that He told the disciples ALL that God told Him (Jhn. 15:15).

Imagine if this act had been performed by Adam – there possibly would not have been a Fall (just thinking out loud). As an act of righteousness (to follow God’s example), Adam was to reveal to Eve what God had revealed to him in terms of the Tree of Good and evil; his disobedience (eating forbidden fruit) led to his blood being required (Heb. 9:22). But the Good News is that the requirement of blood from the “Last Adam” freed us from death inbred from the First Adam (Rom. 5:17; I Cor. 15:45)! Hallelujah!

Some people are willing to sell their soul for perishable “forbidden fruit”, even as Esau did by selling his birthright for “perishable” rewards (Gen. 25:27-34; Jhn. 6:27); however, God is not willing that ANY should perish (II Pet. 3:9, Jhn. 6:39-40). We have the chance to accept His plan of salvation BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE! Do we want to end up apart from Him and the idyllic life He wants us to enjoy – only to burn eternally in hell (Mat. 13: 24-30)? Pastors must be able to communicate how enduring the momentary hardships of this life, prepares us for the Kingdom!

By the grace of God we have some examples of the restoration of life as they appear in II Kgs. 4:32, and Job 19:25; however two future vital resurrections are in Jhn. 5:25-29. The first resurrection, (of life), takes place with the return of Jesus, the rapture, along with the tribulation coming to a close. Then Christ the King of Kings begins His rule for a thousand years. And now after this period, the second resurrection for judging the wicked will now begin; these souls will be cast into the lake of fire (Rev. 20:4-15). Things that seem SO necessary, SO beneficial, SO pleasing, will turn out to be SO useless for salvation (Rom. 10:9) or our spiritual growth (II Tim 2:15) SO, when people try to impress or intimidate you with worldly rewards, “let the redeemed of the Lord say SO…” (Psa. 107:1)!

If you haven’t done so already

WHY NOT ACCEPT JESUS AS YOUR PERSONAL SAVIOR RIGHT THIS VERY MOMENT!

(see Isa. 55:6).

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2 Responses to “Why Are Good Pastors Necessary?”

  1. kip Says:

    Please don’t be angry with me, but this sounds like a lot of convoluted nonsense.

  2. therev1 Says:

    I’m not the least bit angered as I understand that everyone does not have the same perspective on this matter. The first issue is one of believing in a God, then to which God, to what are our roles, how to grow, becoming established, becoming refined, and finally self-actualization – the goal of most people.

    I realize that some people prefer spending 4-$500?/hr. to a therapist, while some others enjoy spending their whole check, or in part, on an addictive substance or behavior rather than, or in conjuction with, worshipping God. As a person who has to some degree been involved in those types of pursuits, I can tell that I don’t belittle anyone who is struggling with these issues. In fact I’m overflowed with a compassion that propels me to show others how ‘I got over’, and that’s why I take the role of Pastor very seriously!

    Of course there are those who don’t think they need ANY help! They think a good education, money, prestige, etc. is all that this life is about. Unfortunately, this has sometimes been the case with God’s servant/leaders, which is why the Bible addressed the issue. The article you read was a comparative study of the difference of a good pastor, and one who is only out to be “successful”. Please understand, there is nothing wrong with being blessed, but the greatest blessing (THE one that we need not ever overlook because of materialism) is when one is “passed from death to life! (Jhn. 5:24)”.

    This achievement can only be accomplished by the Spirit of God, which is given to us by the grace of God (Eph. 2:8). Without the Spirit of God no amount of alarm clocks will awaken you. You won’t be smart, strong, rich, cool, etc. without God’s Spirit. No amount of vitamins, minerals, or any type of drugs could make you move on your on volition WITHOUT the Spirit of God. In fact, without His Spirit, WE WOULDN’T BE HAVING THIS DISCUSSION!

    I said all of that to introduce(?) you to the following passage. Forgive me for sending the whole passage, however it can be found in I Cor. 2.

    I pray that you understand that I love you with the love of Christ, and I pray also that God’s peace be upon you and yours!

    I Cor. 2

    1And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God.

    2For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.

    3And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.

    4And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:

    5That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

    6Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:

    7But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:

    8Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

    9But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

    10But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.

    11For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.

    12Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.

    13Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

    14But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

    15But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.

    16For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? but we have the mind of Christ.

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