Kyle Shreve- Missionary to Peru

Poor spiritual leadership #2- Focus more on personal gain over health of the flock
October 21, 2013, 8:30 am
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” As they were increased, so they sinned against me: Therefore will I change their glory into shame. They eat up the sin of my people, And they set their heart on their iniquity. ” 

The priests, or any spiritual leader, has been charged with the oversight and responsibility of a person or people in a great way. When you think about a shepherd, you do not think of someone who is working for personal gain. To stand in a cold, rainy field, making sure your sheep are cared for is not generally associated with selfish motives and greed, but sacrifice and love for others. To go hunting through the thicket and woods for a lost sheep, only to have to carry it back to the fold an mend its broken leg is not a selfish action. But these priests, it would seem were not doing such things.

They were increasing, and as a result sinning against God, and were eating up, or living off of, the sin of the people! What a tragedy! Instead of being a good shepherd, and trying to warn the people away from sin and error, they used the opportunity to make gain and increase off of them! I am quickly reminded of the many false prosperity gospel preachers of our age, who preach no true gospel, and take advantage of foolish and unlearned people, and build for themselves a large empire of material wealth.

I cannot express enough how that a shepherd does very little, if any for his own personal gain. Think, for example, of the Lord Jesus Christ. How is is the good and true shepherd, who literally left heaven and literally gave everything He had, even unto his life, for his flock. That is the example of a shepherd that we are to be as spiritual leaders.

If these priests weren’t going to try to guide and lead their people to do right so they could make gain, we ought to do the opposite, and always be leading our people closer to Christ, even if it may cost us a little!

Maybe there is a man in your church who is a giver, but also a teacher of false doctrine.While you would risk losing several offerings to try to rectify the situation, either by helping the man to learn the error of his way, or asking him to depart and cease from infecting the flock, but that must be done.

For a spiritual leader, the health of his flock is paramount and must always be kept at the front, even when it means that he may have to make a self sacrifice.

I once ate lunch with a pastor who told me that the offerings took a decline over a period of a few months. Rather than fire his staff, or not pay the missionaries, he made sure both got their money, and that he went without a paycheck for a few months. I was so amazed to hear that. That is a sacrificial spirit that all leaders should have.

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