(What Does The Bible Teach About Preachers?)
Part 50: Grand Theft and the Pastor’s (Jeremiah 23:2; Ezekiel 34:8)
Peace be unto you. Brethren thank God Almighty for sending His one and only son to save the world. Christ Jesus came to die for our sins thus removing the yoke of binging tithes and offerings to a priesthood that He replaced. A God so good that He also willed that Christ Jesus send us back the Holy Spirit when He ascended back to Heaven to be with the Father.
For all of these things we are grateful. However you will not know what to be grateful for if you follow those that commit Grand Theft in the pulpits of the world. True Churches of God don’t have one foot in the world and one in the Spiritual realm. For example Christians don’t play the lottery nor do they flock to gambling casinos.
Peace and Love, Carl A. Patton a willing and humble slave of Almighty God writing for the FreedomJournal 10 September 2006 in the year of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus.
In the name of God, Master of the universe, Ruler of the earth
Beloved we continue our discussion with verse 2 taken from Jeremiah 23. The evil practice and ungodly behavior of the Pastors caused confusion among the people. Thus the people became separated from God by the ungodly actions of the Pastors/Shepherds. As Jeremiah draws parallels between shepherds of sheep (goats) he uses the phrase “have not visited them.” Shepherds go visit and tend to their flock. This is done to see if they are in need. But these shepherds neglected their flock and took any provision slated for them for themselves.
For these great crimes and dereliction of duty the Lord decreed severe punishment upon them .Turn with us now for a powerful message noted in Ezekiel 34. We suggest that you read and study this entire chapter. Bear in mind that the task of the scribes and Teachers/Preachers are to apply Biblical messages (scripture) to the time in which we live. Therefore it is important to note who, when and for what purpose the inspired wrote. Also we have a responsibility to extend the spiritual telescope to our present time, place and condition.
Our primary verse is Ezekiel 34:8. However we will begin with verse 2 because it reveals the “Woe” once more and the Grand Theft of the Shepherds/Pastors.
Ezekiel 34:2: “Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy, a say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God unto the shepherds; Woe be to the shepherds of Israel that do fed themselves! Should not the shepherds feed the flock?
The leaders of Israel are brought up for review. They included the kings, Prophets and Priests/Pastors. They had a responsibility just like contemporary church leaders to lead the people in Truth. But they (Leaders of Israel) just like most Preachers today took advantage of the people and exploited them of any material possessions (money) that could get their hands on. For example in the church (Orchard Knob Missionary MBC, Chattanooga, TN) that my beloved sister belonged to the Pastor and Church Treasury literally stole (borrowed slides taken from the Holy Land for two years) her property and refused to returned them until this writer intervened.
Thus most Pastors then and now feed themselves instead of feeding the flock. Many also are thieves of a lowly grand order
Ezekiel 34:8: “As I live, saith the Lord God, surely because my flock became prey, and my flock become meat to every beast of the field, because there was no shepherd neither did my shepherds search for my flock, but the shepherds fed themselves, and fed not my flock;
As I live is a strong Biblical statement in the same realm as “Woe”. It means that what is to come is a sure and true as the existence of God. (See Hebrews 6: 13).
With this oath the Lord charged the selfish shepherds of Israel with taking food from the flock. Thus they deprived the flock of food that God had provided. Taking from God’s people is theft of the highest/lowest order. Thus it is sad but Grand.
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