Kyle Shreve- Missionary to Peru

Poor spiritual leadership #3- Lead by man’s opinion, not the scriptures
October 23, 2013, 8:30 am
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“And there shall be, like people, like priest”

Now, with this post, I’m not advocating that all preachers go out on a kick and rip their congregation a new one this coming Sunday. I’m generally not that way, and I don’t advocate it, unless that is what the text is advocating. You can search for my posts on preaching to see that.

What I am trying to advocate, is the opposite of what these priests were doing. They had the idea “like people, like priest!” Whatever feels good for the people feels good for us! We’ll give them what they want. The idea found in 2 Timothy 4:3-4:

“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; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”

These priests were just trying to itch ears and say what felt good.

Now, let me reiterate that I would not be in favor of a pastor lambasting and accosting his congregation on a weekly basis. Some passages are a little rougher than others, and call for rougher preaching. That is not necessary. Neither is the opposite end of the spectrum, to always preach that everything is okay, and nothing is wrong.

The mistake that these priests really made was to minister following man’s opinion, and not according to the word of God! Let us, as spiritual leaders, remember that we are to preach and minister according to the scriptures, and not any man’s opinion!

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