KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT

84270I would be the last person to say that God’s man, preacher, or pastor is perfect; I know from personal experience, I am not.   And though I don’t always agree with a pastor, or someone who says that God has a calling on their life, though stupidly I have criticized God’s man, most of the time I am very careful in doing, because I do know the price of talking ill of those in leadership, even if they are wrong.

God uses people for His different purposes. God has delegated many of the needs of His people to different ministries, He knows are paramount. One such need that God knows is important is to have a shepherd of a local assembly of believers. That man is called a “pastor” or “preacher”.

 Maybe because of jealousy that one are not called to the position of pastoring; maybe knowing they are not scriptural qualified for such a role of leadership; perhaps because they do not agree with how he is performing his ministry, or just having the belief they can do a better job than their pastor, many talk against and about their preacher. What a dangerous mistake they make when they do so. But it was the actor and wrestler Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson who said it best…..know your role Jabroni, and sadly many people in the church, don’t know their roles, and getting out of their lanes is very dangerous.  The Bible says be still and know that I am God, not you, not the deacon board, not the choir members, not those in the pews, but God.  And those there are biblical ways to replace leaders, talking about them is not the way. Though out the Bible there are many examples of the danger and the price of talking ill of God’s servant.

  • When Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses, Miriam was plagued with leprosy (Num. 12:9-10).
  • When the people of Israel spoke against God and Moses (Num. 21:5-6), God sent fiery serpents to chastise them for their sin.
  • When Korah and over 250 others spoke against Moses and Aaron (Num. 16:2-3), God allowed the earth to swallow Korah and the others up.
  • When children mocked God’s man, Elisha (II Kings 2:22-23), God allowed two she bears to destroy 42 of the mockers.
  • History tells us that Pontius Pilate, who ordered Jesus’ death, died by suicide.
  • Judas turned against Jesus, and became so miserable about what he had done against Jesus that he killed himself (Mat. 27:5).
  • The thief that perished on the cross with Christ, spoke against Jesus, and did not get saved and go to heaven.
  • David would not go against King Saul, even though the King did wrong several times against him. David’s heart was, “The LORD forbids that I should stretch forth mine hand against the LORD’S anointed: …” I Samuel 26:11. David knew it was wrong to oppose God’s man. However, today there are many that have not the fear or respect to restrain them from talking against or doing ill against the leader God has placed over the church.

The pastor of any church certainly is not perfect. No one will agree with everything anyone does, let alone the many decisions the local shepherd has to make. He probably would not agree with all we do, either. However, he is the leader of the local church that God has for this time and should be obeyed, respected, and encouraged. Unless when scriptural error is involved, God takes him home, or God relocates him, he is to stay the church leader.

Many time we criticized a pastor it does more harm that it does good.  Even if they are sin, stay out it.  We act as though God is clueless and He needs our help to run His church, again, I say HIS CHURCH. We have no idea what is doing in this person life and if in their weakness, they could be a blessing in someone else life, and you playing private eye, could hinder someone else walk with the Lord. It’s God job to punish, not ours.  KNOW YOUR ROLE.  Complaining about the pastor, or any other church leader or facet of the church, is only going to spread discontent among others. It will sow seeds of discord, and in most cases, will only hinder, not build, the ministry (Proverbs 6:16-19). Division among members will result, when the leader is opposed. Not only that it can keep someone from coming to Christ, and bad news spread like while fire and only hurts the job of evangelizing and taking the gospel to others.

When we talk about or question what the pastor is doing (or other church leaders, for that matter) we are negating his authority to the listeners. If it is our children that hear us roast the preacher after a sermon, it may not be long until the children lose respect for his ministry, and do not heed the biblical advice that is delivered from the pulpit or classroom. One day the parent may wonder why the children are not following what was taught in church from the Bible. They would never suspect their own bad-mouthing of the preacher in their home had taught them that if the parents do not respect the pastor, then they do not have to.

In closing, keep your mouth shut, let God be God, even if they are wrong or in sin, as my parents and grandparents used to say, if you don’t have anything good to say, say nothing at all. Know your role, because getting out of your lane, can put you in the hands of an angry God.  As two wrongs, never make a right. SO KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT.

Published on January 26, 2016 at 10:33 pm  Leave a Comment  

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