—- SEE IF YOU CAN CATCH THIS: Here it is …. Can you find the 2 clues?
So many today believe that because a mere man is set up as a leader, a local pastor, author, radio show host, or evangelism, that he is a true representative of Christ.
Such is the definition of an utterly gullible, willingly ignorant dupe. God gave us His Word in written form so that we don’t need to remain ignorant of His truth.
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” Hosea 4:6
We have a Bible to assure we are not ignorant and to protect us from the end time wolves (Psalms 119:105).
TESTING A PASTOR
“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try (test) the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” 1 John 4:1
The First of Two Simple Tests
CAN anyone find the divinely embedded qualification identifying true and false elders/servant leaders in these 2 Bible instruction found in the same chapter? …. which tells us who to properly and organically submit to as an elder in the LORD’s body?…. see if you can find it … Here’s the first of the two…
“Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.” Hebrews 13:7
Did you catch it? Let’s look closer at God’s Word together …
Catch: “who have spoken unto you the word of God” – In 2 Timothy 4:2 we read where Paul says: “Preach the word” – not tradition or ANYthing else but God’s pure Word. ANYthing else is “another gospel” depicting the image of “another Jesus” and is fully influenced by “another (a demon) spirit.” (2 Corinthians 11:2-4; Galatians 1:6-9) Such hirelings are not only just deceived, they are the most powerful of Satan’s agents who are what Jesus describes are wolves in sheep’s clothing and therefore domestic beguilers who work from within as Paul also warned of (Matthew 7:15; Acts 20:27-31).
“To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.” Isaiah 8:20
Most pastors and authors do no such thing – that is they do not preach the pure, raw Word of God. This alone finds them to be false. They have mixed God’s Word with the lie of OSAS, the cancer of calvinism, false philosophies, paganism, and psycho-babble, etc. The LORD’s apostle warns:
“BEWARE (warning) lest ANY man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.” Colossians 2:8
Second TEST Quiz
Okay, here’s the second of these two verses we are peering into. See if you can catch the divinely embedded clue here as to who God wants you fellowshipping with and who is to be excluded from your company (especially in respect to leaders):
“Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.” Hebrews 13:17
A clue to who to be submitted to Christ with: “they watch for your souls.” Hint: A man who doesn’t OFTEN warn you of false prophets means he is one! Selah! Jesus and His holy apostle constantly warned us to “beware of false prophets.” (Matthew 7:15; 24:3-4, 11, 24; Philippians 3:18-19; Colossians 1:28; 2:4, 8; 1 John 4:1, etc.) Any questions?
Many pastors use these 2 verses in Hebrews 13 to get people to submit to them, support their church business (country club), and yet those same hirelings do not truly – biblically – 1) watch for the souls of the flock (Hebrews 13:7), nor do they 2) “preach the word” and only the Word but a mixture that is laced with omissions and deadly lies (Hebrews 13:17). And, most of those in their audiences do not truly and personally search and daily diligently study God’s Word and are therefore clueless to the fraud being perpetrated upon them (Hosea 4:6; John 5:39; Acts 17:11; Colossians 3:16; 2 Timothy 2:15, etc.). Hell awaits: Isaiah 9:16; 2 Peter 2:1-3.
These smiling CEO type beguilers are well funded due to the fulfillment of the following prophecy (among others found in the New Testament):
“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; 4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” 2 Timothy 4:3-4
It is regrettably observable that the majority of men in leadership who operate in the modern church world are building their own church business using lies and half truths. We were repeatedly warned of these very things and so there is absolutely no excuse to be deceived. You have access to a Bible (King James).
If you have erroneously submitted yourself to any ministry or pastor or any kind of supposed representative of Christ, who is not constantly (another other things – teaching and preaching the Word) warning you, you are under a false ministry and the spirits that are behind it now have control over your life.
We learn to better discern by what we are taught in Hebrews 13:7,17. The true servant of the LORD humble serves among God’s people and is not lifted up over them (Matthew 20:24-28; 23:11-12; 1 Peter 5:1-6, etc.).
v7 – “who have spoken unto you the word of God“
v17 – “they watch for your souls“
The LORD’s called-out and obedient servant preach God’s Word alone to you and that includes getting YOU into God’s Word daily for yourself (2 Timothy 2:15). Also, they watch for your souls. There is a sense of holiness about their lives as they pray for and labor to equip and feed Christ’s sheep.
There is little resemblance in modern “pastors” and the ministry of Christ and His holy apostles …. who laboured daily to feed and equip the body of Christ ….. they didn’t wait till Sunday morning. The earliest believers sought God, ministered and fellowship “daily” as they met “house to house.” (Acts 2:42-47)
Regrettably, many pastors today spend more time, money, and energy playing golf and involving themselves in other frivolous temporal activities. I’ve known many pastors who have kit cars or cars they waste time and money on and yet have no time for the sheep. Read Jeremiah 23 and there you will see them.
Giving out a little sermonette one day per week and managing a piece of real estate is not biblical pastoring and should never be supported!
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