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Pastors 5

One last post in this series. It is important for pastors to become educated and follow the Holy Spirit to the truth. In the case of the theory of evolution, pastors and many Christians can become confused because of the scientific hypothesis, conjecture, assumptions being tossed around by scientists and evolutionists.

Pastors need to be able to lead their people through the land mines of secular lies and get their people to the right information so that they and their people do not stumble and get led astray by the double talk given by evolutionists. For example, evolutionists cite the similarities between genetic codes as evidence for an evolutionary development.

What the evolutionist does not admit to, acknowledge or even factor in when they say they have proof for their non-existent theory is the fact that most animals and humans live in the exact same environment and have the exact same needs. This means that both humans and animals will share many genetic and bodily functions and this shared trait is not evidence for evolution but the wisdom of God as he designed both humans and most animals to live together within the same environment.

It would be ridiculous to have a diversity of bodily functions and other organs when animals and humans live together.  It is the evolutionist that is deceived not the Christian thus the pastor cannot lean upon the words of unbelievers to help them understand our origins or the Bible. God knew what he did, and evil is leading many people astray because pastors re not correctly informed. We rely upon God not science for our information concerning our origins  and other details.

Science has long kicked the God of truth out of its laboratories and invited the father of lies in, We do not trust what secular scientists claim or declare, especially when their words go against God and his word. The church is not against science but the lies that are produced by secular science.

 

News In Brief – 3

#1. http://www.christianpost.com/news/florida-college-suspends-christian-student-who-challenged-muslim-prof-s-jesus-assertion-178733/

After talking with the professor about his grade on the essay, Polston said that Zufari then reported him to Rollins’ “Dean of Safety” and even canceled class because she felt “unsafe
Absolutely absurd. These same people would be up in arms if a Christian professor did the exact same thing. This over-protection for some groups of people needs to end and sanity needs to be restored in American Educational institutions.
California Gov. Jerry Brown appealed to the touted Christian values of President Donald Trump and his evangelical supporters Sunday when he called undocumented immigrants “children of God” and suggested the construction of an estimated $20 billion wall along America’s Southern border is not Christian.
He does not know what Christian really is nor does he know how to apply biblical teaching. He also doesn’t understand the difference between legal and illegal immigration. breaking the law is not to be supported even in the Christian faith.
A year after North Carolina’s controversial HB 2 “bathroom bill” was signed into law requiring transgender people to use restrooms corresponding to the sex on their birth certificates in public buildings, a new analysis by the Associated Press says the bill will cost the state $3.76 billion over 12 years.
Pandering to sin and delusions is not the correct way to handle these problems. Transgenders should be told the truth and made to use the bathroom matching their birth gender.
A week after disgruntled Princeton Theological Seminary alumni complained that Tim Keller, founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, should not receive the school’s Kuyper Prize because of his church’s position on the ordination of women and LGBT individuals, the seminary decided Wednesday not to give the award this year.

So now you have to hold liberal and sinful views to receive awards. Hmmm… Pathetic.
 

Pastors 4

The Church is NOT a small business!

Years ago we saw an ad for a Presbyterian Church pastoral opening. The ad listed the duties the prospective candidate could expect to fulfill but it ended with the line, ‘this is a small business.’

We know that this concept concerning the local church has been around for decades but it is the wrong way to view the church. The church is not a small business. it is something far more, for the needs of the people, both physical and spiritual, are not limited to the hours of 9a.m. to 5 p.m. The local church is also not involved in the commodities market, where it buys and sells goods.

Its function is to minister to both the spiritual and physical needs of the people within its boundaries as well as the community at large. sadly, too many church properties are designed to look like corporate compounds where instead of welcoming hands greeting all who enter, a security guard or locked door keeps the out the very people the church is to minister to.

You may say that we are being too broad here but we know not all churches or pastors are this way or entertain this attitude. Yet there are far too many of them who do. e also know that the lone pastor cannot do it all, they need help. The book of acts tells us in different chapters how the different members of the early church sold their property  and brought the proceeds to the apostles to help meet everyone’s needs. And met they were.

The congregation has to get involved, they have to obey God’s voice or there will not be enough resources available to help those in need. Everyone has to pitch in some way. They cannot abdicate their godly duty nor place it solely upon the shoulders of the pastor. God wants to use everyone in the local church not one or two faithful people.

This means that the local church is not a small business but a living organism that cares for those around them, including their own members. Jesus was not establishing a Fortune 500 company when he was here on earth but a church that listened to his voice and follows his instructions. The whole church congregation must do this if the local church wants to function as Jesus intended.

As you read through the NT you will see how each person is given gifts and talents, those gifts from God are not restricted to the Pastor or his staff only. All people have them and they need to use them correctly and wisely for the health and growth of the church.

No the church is not a small business run by an overworked spiritual CEO in limited hours. It is a collection of people doing God’s work when it is needed.

 

Pastors 3

One of the things that is troubling is when the Pastoral staff implements secular ideas even though they have divine commands already guiding those areas they use secular thought. One example of this is the introduction of Political Correctness in the church. The Pastor already has scripture governing the treatment of others, they do not need the aid of the unchurched world.

Another example is the introduction of female pastors. The secular world demands more and more businesses to install female leadership. Again Pastors, churches and denominations have divine commands telling them who can or cannot lead the church. Those biblical instructions get ignored in favor of pleasing the secular world. This is not correct nor is it of God.. God expects his followers to obey him over secular culture. God’s rules were not written for them to be ignored or swept aside in favor of secular ideas and rules.

Another troubling area is how some pastors and churches ignore government rules on church construction and other legitimate oversight by the government. These Pastors claim that government agencies do not have jurisdiction over the church’s construction or other actions. Governments do have the right and jurisdiction over certain church activities. They get to enforce building codes and other pertinent laws like parking requirements and traffic control guidelines.

These rules do not interfere with biblical instruction. This means that they cannot be ignored by the Pastoral staff. We see the example of Abraham, who did certain actions following secular cultural rules– buying a field, finding a wife for Issac and so on. Those rules did not interfere with God’s instructions to Abraham and Abraham did ignore secular rules when they conflicted with or contradicted God’s instructions.

This is the key. Pastors and other believers need to learn when the right time and the right secular rules can be ignored. God gives governments some leeway in governing and the same freedom of choice that he gave all people. Governments are free to choose which path they will follow– God’s or their own. Pastors and other Christians need to exercise real discernment, not blind obedience to secular rules and actions. They have to make sure that the government’s actions are in line with God’s word or if those rules are leading people to sin.

The Pastors then need to instruct their people on the right course of action and prepare them for the government’s response.

 

Pastors 2

The Bible speaks constantly about learning, teaching others, and studying and many pastors do that but sometimes they stop at only reading their own denominational material. Unfortunately that is not enough.

To teach your people each week you must be educated in more areas than your denominational ideology. You need to know about science, history, geography and many other subjects in order to understand and apply the Bible better. You do not have to be experts in each field of study nor do you ave to know more than some of the basics, but what you have to do is follow the Holy Spirit so you can get to the truth of an issue and not be led astray by unbelievers who sound like they know what they are talking about.

For example, for science the best way to protect yourselves and your congregations is against evolutionary thinking to have a good starting point. That beginning is simply: fallible, sinful men and women do not know more than God does about what he did in the beginning. You cannot say that the biblical authors got our origins wrong for they got their information from God himself.

Another example would be archaeology. a good starting point there to help guide you in your study of God’s word is that archaeology is limited and only looks at maybe 2-5% of the total information from the past. archaeologists do not have any secret information nor any smoking gun that contradicts the Bible or proves it untrue. They know very little about the past and what they do know they often distort and alter in order to paint a picture they want the past to look like. They do not present a picture to show how the past actually was.

These examples should help you in knowing what you need to know from fields of study other than theology. For theology, and other subjects,you need to make sure you are following the Holy Spirit to the truth because Jesus taught that. he did not teach anyone to go for the interpretation they want or the best explanation.

Do a word study on the words ‘truth’ and ‘interpretation’ and see what God actually teaches about both topics. To lead your people correctly you need to know the information first. You need to first ask God the tough questions and get his answers before facing the questions from your church members.

Education is not limited to theology or evangelism for not every person studies theology and you need to be prepared to answer their questions and you can’t answer them if you do not know God’s answers first. I remember having a friend many years ago, who was a youth pastor at the time, continually say ‘I don’t know’ to his young charges. That is not good nor is it being a good pastor. You need to know so you can train your people correctly and help protect them from the attacks of evil.

You need to educate correctly so the people can defend their faith without problems or stumbling in their faith.

 

Pastors

There is an old saying in the church– ‘as the Pastor goes so goes the church’

This means pastors that if you want your people to be holy, then you must show the way and be holy yourself. If you want your people to be fair, just and merciful, then you need to learn from God how he defines those words and then apply those definitions to your own life first. If you want your people to be truthful then you must teach them the truth.

Servant leadership is a bit misleading as Pastors while they are servants, they are also the servants of God and must do what he wants first. When the pastor learns what God wants them to know they in turn lead the people to the right way to go. Being called to be a steward of one of God’s congregations does not mean that the pastor lets other people do the leading. He must lead, he must discipline correctly, rebuke when necessary, praise when it is called for and foremost he must follow the Holy Spirit to the truth so his charges can receive the truth and know what is expected of them.

The pastor must lead his people away from false teaching, not embrace it and lead them to sin.The pastor cannot call false teachers Christian for that would be bringing confusion into the church. The pastor must be the one who leads his people correctly, as God wants, there is no one else appointed to do that job for that congregation.

 

3 Words

–Racism, sexism & change. When it comes to the first two words, racism and sexism, Christians cannot jump on one or the other side of the argument.They must jump to God’s side and brig the truth to the issue. They must cast light on the problem showing the rest of the world what is really at the heart of the issue.

#1. Racism—  the believer must point out, and accept, the fact that there are not different races in the world. There is only one and no matter what color of skin everyone is a member of that one race.That race of humans all came from Adam and Eve.  No matter what scientists say about Cro-magnon man, Neanderthals and any other proto-human, those creatures did not exist and are distortions of ancient skeletal remains. Darwin got it wrong as do all evolutionists.

#2. sexism-– There are no winners in this issue. If a person favors men then they are accused of being sexist towards women. Both sexism and racism are terms thrown about loosely in attempts to bully those who disagree with those who misapply such terms. But the argument of sexism cuts both ways. Once you favor women over men then you are being sexist towards men. As we said, you cannot win in this issue if you play the sexist card.

The truth of this issue can be seen in the qualifications of both genders but men are biblically charged with taking care of their families. The verse ‘if a man doe snot provide for his family he is worse than an infidel’ (paraphrase) plays a role in this charge to the male gender. of course there are other verses like, ‘if a man shall not work neither shall he eat’. Women d not receive such divine instructions for they are not the head of the family. They are men’s helpmeets, fulfilling roles and duties to aid the man not replace him.

Being a helpmeet does not mean a woman cannot work. it just means that they are not the primary employable person of the family unit. If a company hires a man over a woman, they are not being sexist but helping the man fulfill his biblical responsibilities. The secular world does not want God’s ways in either the race or sexist issues thus they distort both in order to achieve their own selfish adjectives. They need true Christians to provide not only the light but wise counsel as well as knowledgeable insight to guide the unbeliever,and the believer, in what s the right thing to do

#3. Change— This word is often used by evolutionists to describe their false theory of life development. They claim that change is evolution. But there is a danger that comes with being so ambiguous. By using such a broad term the evolutionist has effectively removed the standard of right and wrong from all scientific work. This move also undermines ethical standards as well as the application of the term implies that all change is good.

The true believer knows that idea is not so and they also know that such terminology indicates that any change in life forms is okay and nothing is found to be in error.No one can be corrected for their work because there is no standard of the right and wrong way of doing things. Change has taken place thus it must be studied and accepted. Nothing is wrong and nothing has to be corrected.

Change is declared as an evolutionary advance but with no standard measurement guiding the experiments or the scientists, how can they determine if that change was the correct one and in line with evolutionary thought? How does the scientist know he is on the right track with nothing to guide him or her?

What the ambiguous application of the word ‘change’ does is leave the theory of evolution flexible enough so that it can be altered at an evolutionist’s convenience when part of their theory is shown to be unworkable. We have had evolutionists tell us that the theory of evolution is not the same as the one Darwin imagined when he constructed his version of the theory. if this is so, how can anyone trust what any evolutionary scientist declares? He is not working within the framework of Darwin’s theory but some altered version that has no standard telling the modern evolutionist if they got it correct or not.

Each evolutionist is working with their own version of the theory of evolution not a truth. That means that any modern idea of evolution is purely subjective and has no hope of being verified at any time.They can’t be because there is no model of how evolution works to guide the evolutionist. There is no standard of right and wrong either informing the evolutionist when they have made an error in their calculations or thinking. anything and everything becomes ‘evidence’ for the theory but all that means is that evolutionists will distort ‘change’ in a move of desperation as they try to support their fictional ideas on life development.

Predictions cannot do it as those are not 100% accurate and are a tool of pseudo-science not real science.Predictions do not come with a standard of right and wrong informing the evolutionist that they are mistaken, all they have is a failed experiment for it did not produce the predicted result. This failure does not motivate the evolutionist to throw out their theory; instead they just keep making predictions, like they are doing a multiple choice quiz and keep picking a letter till they get the question right. Predictions do nothing but reinforce wrong ideas.

Change is not a good determiner when trying to figure out a theory that has no hope of being verified. All change does is lead people down the wrong paths to look in the wrong places for the wrong answers. Change is not evolutionary. All change tells us is that something is not the same and that alteration may not be correct.Life forms are placed in grave danger because evolutionist misunderstand them and misapply their results.

Change is not always good nor is it scientific. It could mean that someone violated the process and committed a great wrong. We need the standard of right and wrong to guide us to the right answers not so someone can ‘do science’. Right and wrong provide us great help in determining if we are on the right track and evolution i snot the right track for there is nothing that verifies it, no matter how loud the evolutionist howls.

 
 
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