A Watchman’s Cry to Pastors
Does God really appreciate today’s church machines? Does he want the big Sunday show? Does he want us using up virtually all his resources to buy a building and hire a staff so that our ministries will be safe and comfortable inside? I think he wants us spending our time and money to help the weak, the poor, the needy, the homeless and the prisoner. I think he wants us expending our efforts being the salt of the earth, going out and spreading the light of the Gospel! Isn’t that what the Bible Says?
NLT Matt 5;13 “You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless. 14 “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. 15 No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.
The early church had none of these conveniences [building staff machine] and its strength and authenticity were beyond question. The truth is that these conveniences are really just distractions. All the church salaries, all the building funds, even the vast majority of a church’s ministries are dedicated just to feed the machine. The strength and authenticity of today’s Church Machine indicate something is very wrong. Today’s Weak Churches
Is a Pastor’s primary role to hear God for his flock? I’m afraid that a majority of Pastor’s think that is how they are to feed the flock, but this is not optimal. We clearly understand it is better to teach a man how to grow his own food rather than continually providing food for him. Today’s Pastor’s appear to be stuck in the “providing food” mode, but God’s word describes a Priesthood of all Believers. The truth is that all believers are on level ground when it comes to hearing God’s voice. We are all assigned to find our ministry, and to seek God.
If Pastor’s don’t encourage their flocks to seek God on their own and to find their assignment it could cost them a lot. If they are just guilty of building your church with ungodly materials [worldly wisdom] their work would be burned but they could escape “thru the flames”
NLT 1 Cor 3;12-15. 12 Anyone who builds on that foundation may use a variety of materials—gold, silver, jewels, wood, hay, or straw. 13 But on the judgment day, fire will reveal what kind of work each builder has done. The fire will show if a person’s work has any value. 14 If the work survives, that builder will receive a reward. 15 But if the work is burned up, the builder will suffer great loss. The builder will be saved, but like someone barely escaping through a wall of flames.
Even worse though, you might find yourself among Those ‘Whom God Knows Not’ I honestly don’t think Pastors are alone in this. I fear it has fully permeated Today’s Conventional Churches. We all are to work out our salvation with fear and trembling.
I need to include this final appeal. Before you again ask for tithes, pls read my friends great book.
There’s been a great deal of discussion on this WSJ article http://online.wsj.com/public/article/SB119576921737201375-U0uME2aiog_E3kgvpo4JWkqfJBE_20071222.html
Here’s Russel’s book review: http://www.tithing-russkelly.com/id131.html
and the book: http://www.shouldthechurchteachtithing.com
Please Guide and Protect your flocks to hear your voice, no longer content for human substitues. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.