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The Commandments to be a preacher?

The responsibilities that come with being a pastor are specifically spelled out in I Timothy 4:1–5. Today we see none of this in the purpose driven and seeker movement churches. It has all but completely disappeared. The result of this is that these are no longer churches, in fact these are really just social halls with a unique name, but they are not true churches.

I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;
(2Ti 4:1)

First, the “charge” to a pastor/elder (bishop–this word is actually a phonetic rendering of the greek word, which really means elder) is to a spiritually mature male believer. This charge encompasses our relationship to God and to the Lord Jesus Christ. As an elder I am responsible before God and before my savior and will be held answerable before Him at the judgment. This being an elder is not to be taken lightly in any way. When a man who calls himself a pastor chooses to sell himself on EBAY I get really concerned about the message this is sending to real Christians.

Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
(2Ti 4:2)

Preaching the Word of God is the pastors most visible irresponsibility, but that does not mean it is the only responsibility for the man of God. However, it is one that has been abandoned by many today who have set themselves behind the pulpit. These men have missed somewhere what it means to preach God’s word and instead have substituted there own ideas and methods.

They are to never drift away from the calling that God has given them and they should remain always at a heightened awareness of the work to which God has called him. He should be constantly wrapped up in the ministry of caring for his flock. Wholly involved with the care for his flock.

The pastor needs to be ministering to his flock, by pointing out errors, both those doctrinally as well as those spiritually. However, there is really a close relationship between doctrinal errors and spiritual errors, one flows naturally (sin) out of the other. Following close behind reproving (proving his flock again and then again) his flock is to be rebuking them and exhorting them to be more faithful to God’s word and the purity of life that it requires. Where has purity and holy living gone to in these wicked last days. The man of God needs to be patiently exhibiting constance in his life and to the lives of his congregation (flock). Notice that doctrine is mentioned here, it is the most important element of a pastor’s preaching if doctrine is missing, then the truth is also missing. The Word of God is our only source in matters of faith (doctrine) and practice (doctrine again). Not only is the bible authoritative in all matters of life it is also accurate as a history book as well.

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
(2Ti 4:3)

We have finally reached a point of time in history where this part of a pastor’s calling is as important as it has ever been. This calling a pastor on how good he can talk or how entertaining he can be is completely un-scriptural and un-biblical. A pastor is not who we are going to church to listen to, but he is one who should be calling us to faith, worship, purity and holy living. Many out there in these days who call themselves Christians are not really Christians and never have been. They want a preacher to tell them it is “OK to be immoral”, “it is OK to be a homosexual”, but God does not call a pastor to preach about what is OK for us. He calls a pastor to tell us what is not OK for us, this is what reproving and rebuking is all about.

And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
(2Ti 4:4)

The big problem today is that men do not want to hear the truth, but if some scientist somewhere seemingly proves that life began on the moon, then men will flock to that truth. However, the real truths of God’s Word have been turned into fairy tales (fables) and  these “fairy tales” make a mockery of God’s Word.

But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.
(2Ti 4:5)

A pastor is a man of God who has been called to watch over God’s flock which is a particular local church. If this means that he is to have afflictions and we do then he is to endure them with patience. A pastor is to be a soul winner and in so doing he is to put on trial his ministry and prove its worth.

None of these charges says a thing about innovations or selling your family on EBAY or having entertaining episodes in church. None of this validates a purpose driven church. None of this validates the seeker church. None of this validates most churches practices today. This includes most protestants and catholics there is none that are left out of this charge. A pastor must have a wife and family so that he can show others how to live. He is an example to the flock and he cannot be so if his life is messed up in anyway.


Written by tfheringer

July 16, 2008 at 12:52 pm

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