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‘’And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. Matt.16:17-18.
Founding the church on the rock means what? Lord Jesus purposely found the church on the platform of the truth, which become the strength of any church that won’t fall at Satan raging; and when those disciples who could no longer bear the true preaching of His word were grieved, they departed and followed Him no more, and He asked the remain twelve.
‘’’Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God’’. John.6:67-69. This shows the reality of calling men into the work of Apostleship, and the objective of calling them right in the earlier church is to teach the believers accurate message of the cross, which began with the Apostles of Christ first; then unto them that believes through the Apostles of Christ, to all nations of the world, even till our days it is.
ESSENCE OF BEING A PASTOR
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Our Lord Jesu emphasized on teaching His disciples the basic qualification that qualify one into the kingdom of God, and the possibility of them that shall find it entrance, making Himself as an example of what qualifying believers saying. ’’As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through thy truth’’. John.17:18-19. Through these disciples of Christ was the churches established and spreads all over the world till today, and Pastors were ordained according to the Bible written that gave it commandment. ‘’ This is a true saying, If a man desires the office of a bishop, he desired a good work. A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behavior, given to hospitality, apt to teach; Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; One that ruled well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; 1Timothy.3:1-4. On this platform was Pastors ordained to overseer the church of Christ, that the people of God who give their life to Christ might live a perfect life and be saved. Shows that Pastor position is sensitive, which ought to teach the audience a perfect way of the LORD, that they may live as Christ did when He was in the world. Not as the unbelievers use to live their life that contained corrupt practices all the time. This is major assignment given to pastors, and whosoever among pastors that would not fill this gap, by teaching their congregation the perfect way of God, means he is not qualify to be a Pastor. Human race had contacted error from the days of Adam, in which it has to be corrected and turn it to godly way that will reconcile man back to God, said the Bible. ‘’ And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation’’; 2Cor.5:18. Our Lord Jesus called the elect and were ordained into the works of Apostleship, that they should draw men unto the perfect way of God’s kingdom, He established the fact at the beginning of His ministry on earth when gathering His disciples. ‘’And he said unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men’’. Matt.4:19. The messages of our Lord Jesus centered on teaching men the perfect way of entering the kingdom of heaven, He preached much about the conduct that perfected men into the entrance of the kingdom, He said,’’ … verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again’’. John.3:5-7. Ordination of Pastors based on preaching the basic truth of the kingdom, teaching the congregation about sanctification of souls which is only perfect way; the Lord taught His disciples what important step is sanctification take when come to entering God’s kingdom, making Himself example, saying. ’’And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through thy truth’’.
John.17:19. No one can please God without he/she being sanctified, neither can unsanctified Pastor lead any church into sanctification, and none of the unsanctified soul shall enter into the kingdom of heaven, because heaven is a place made for righteous people as the Bible testified. ‘’That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish’’. Eph.5:27. The standard of heavenly kingdom is without corruption, nothing defiles shall enter into it, says the Bible. ‘’ And there shall in no wise enter into it anything that defiles, neither whatsoever worked abomination, or makes a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life’’. Rev.21:27. This is perfect assignment that is given unto Pastors by God that they should preach heaven all the time; not to preach the unfruitful message of flesh that had took over every church today. The primary assignment of a Pastor is to center his preaching unto the Lord’s kind of teaching when His disciples asked Him to teach them how to pray, He says. ’’Thy kingdom comes. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven’’. Matt.6:10. Teaching about the kingdom of God and it eminent entrance should be the talk of every righteous Pastor for now; not to capitalize on material things of this world that shall soon perish: all this kind of preaching seems irrelevant to what is on ground, when the world has gone astray already and about to perish, says the Bible. ‘’ But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men’’. 2Peter.3:7. Believers ought to know the penalty of rejecting truth word of our Lord Jesus concern the end, as not to fall victim of such judgment and be regretting when the day shall come sudden. ‘’Jesus said unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me’’. John.14:6. Lord Jesus strict on professing the actual sign that signify a true believer, saying. ’’And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues’’; Mark.16:17. If I may ask, what is a sign that signify the genuinely born-again Pastor? Such must commit to winning souls into God’s kingdom; teaching his congregation why is the large numbers of people are missing glorious heavenly home, and are trooping into hell fire when they died, says the Bible. ’’But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and fornicators, adulterers, adulteress, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burned with fire and brimstone: which is the second death’’. Rev.21:8. Coming to those Pastors who found of preaching about the material things of this world, they aren’t received their message through the Spirit of Christ, but from the Satanist spirit which led them into deceit and all sort of error; he once came to our Lord Jesus and encouraged Him to love material things of this world saying. ‘’ And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine’’. Luke.4:5-7. As a matter of fact, the Spirit of Christ teaches the mind of Christ which are things concerned righteousness and holy living, says the Lord. ’’Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled’’. Matt.5:6. A righteous Pastor always following the spoken word of Christ, as He has commands’ ’’Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world Amen. Matt.28:19-20. If a Pastor fail to comply with the method of his master’s preaching, but style his own method of preaching that pleased men, means he is not of Christ, neither preached at the Christ interest, but of the world, mentored by Satan. Lord Jesus warned every believer to quit from such hypocrite life style and do as He has say. ’’And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? Luke.6:46. What does He say precisely, and who are they that followed the right saying of the Lord? For He has says. ‘’ Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able. When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are: Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets. But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out’’. Luke.13:24-28. This particular column of the Bible shows the duty of a Pastor to the church, that he should encourage his congregation as the Lord has encouraged, and not to deceive them with sugar coated mouth because of what he expected to gain from the congregation. Lord Jesus made declaration of a certain thing that should be an expectation of all believers on earth, He says. ’’These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world’’. John.16:33. Perhaps, if those church goers among Christian acknowledge that the running of heavenly kingdom is contained endurance when trials and temptation comes their ways, they would have not fall victim of sin easily, but endured till they have overcome. But being the fault of those Pastors who knew the truth yet failed to preach it to them, just because of their own selfish interest had made them to preached fables words which full of deceit and heresies. Hasn’t the Bible foreseen this thing as which is happening now and warned. ‘’Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. 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’’. 2Timothy.4:2-4. Negligent of many Pastors duty had turned the majority of Christians to lukewarm type, practicing heresies that make the people become unfruitful. Many wouldn’t have backslid and fell into sin so cheap if Pastors are doing their works as the LORD commanded them to do when they were ordained, according to Bible standard, saying. ‘’So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore, thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me. When I say unto the wicked, O wicked man, thou shalt surely die; if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand. Ezek.33:7-8. Whosoever that has ear, let he/she hear what the Bible is saying ‘’ He that leaded into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killed with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints’’. Rev.13:10. If your Pastor failed to preached the basic truth of heavenly kingdom to you, and yet be pleased with fables preaching that will take you to nowhere because of splendor that are found in sin; it’s all left to you, the Bible already made clear the judgment of God which is a reward for whatever one does on earth, whether good or bad. ‘’ Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinned, it shall die’’. Ezekiel.18:4. Take heed to yourself and get understanding that Pastors are just a servant of God, and not God who shall judge all souls at the last day: as Pastors will also face their own judgment, likewise shall you face your own judgment too. Therefore beloved, flee from sugar coated mouth Pastor who care not to preach the second coming of our Lord Jesus, and its eminent appearance to your hearing, but always cares for huge fat envelope of tithe and offering all the time. Your life should be more valued to you than bread and butter preaching from lukewarm Pastors; keep hearing the sound word of God that transformed souls into life eternal, and you shall escape the furry judgment to come, Amen.
Jesus Christ is Lord.