Essentials for Every Preacher!

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Testing Your Pastor and Every Christian Leader

Doctrinal Essentials for Every Christian Leader

With no exception, the urgency of every true man of God is to get others into God’s Word for themselves! (2 Timothy 2:15)

Those “many false prophets” who soften or make excuse for or dodge the raw truth of God’s Word, are His very enemies (Matthew 7:13-29; 1 John 4:1-2, etc.).

One disciple writes: “A true pastor must preach the truth. He has been ordered to do just that and only that (2 Timothy 4:2-4). He should be a model for preaching the truth, and not one of those who has corrupted the Word. Those who peddle a carefully selected portion of the Word of God for their own self-serving purposes, emulate the very image of street salesmen hawking their wares, interested only in making sales—not in serving the end user, the customer. Just as there were money changers in the temple courtyard, there will always be street salesmen in the church, peddling prophetic pills . . . cure-all tonics . . . positive thinking . . . health and wealth . . . legalism, etc.: in short, peddling whatever the public is gullible enough to purchase. But in 2 Corinthians 2:16-17, Paul assured the Corinthians that he was no salesman. He represented the Lord, not himself. His adequacy was not in his persuasive words, but in the authority of the One who sent him, and the content of His message—Christ.”

“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” 1 John 4:1

Every man who represents Christ or feigns to do such, is to be weighed in the balance against Holy Scripture.

“And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews. 11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” Acts 17:10-11  

Jesus and His apostles warned us of “MANY (not a few) false prophets” who would operate among us as Christian leaders – in many cases undetected by so many who are deceived.

“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing (allegedly having the Christian credentials), but inwardly they are ravening (devouring) wolves. 16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. … And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.” Matthew 7:15-16; 24:11

We are instructed to discern false leaders and to teach Christ’s body to discern.

“And they shall teach my people the difference between the holy and profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean. 24 And in controversy they shall stand in judgment; and they shall judge it according to my judgments: and they shall keep my laws and my statutes in all mine assemblies; and they shall hallow my sabbaths (gatherings).” Ezekiel 44:23-24

WHAT to look for in a preacher. What is he preaching? Where does he stand?

The True Man of God ….. (these are in no particular order)

1. He speaks the WORD/TRUTH no matter what – preaching only God’s pure Word (Galatians 4:16; 2 Timothy 4:2-4; Psalms 138:2)
2. He truly lives in the holy fear of God and therefore is fearless. He never falters from preaching the whole of God’s Word with no respect to mere men (Isaiah 2:22; Matthew 10:28; Luke 6:26; Galatians 1:10; 4:16)
3. He uses the King James Bible and refuses to mix and give any credibility to Satan’s counterfeit versions (Psalms 12:6-7)
4. He encourages and never denies the need for believers to be filled/baptized in the Holy Ghost (Acts 1:8)

5. He receives correction when necessary (Matthew 18:15-17; 2 Timothy 3:16-17)

6. He works very hard to get his audience depending on Christ and not himself! (1 Corinthians 1:29-2:5)
7. He never associates with known false movements or false prophets. He is not a part of the “conspiracy” of false leaders we are engulfed with today! Ezekiel 22:25-27
8. Like Christ and His apostles, the true man of God unashamedly warns believers to keep them safe and exposes false teachers and false teachings! Any man who doesn’t is false! (Matthew 7:15; 24:11, 24; Romans 16:17-18; 1 John 4:1; Colossians 1:28, etc.)
9. Constantly teaches the original Gospel of Christ – where Jesus and His holy apostles gave the non-negotiable mandate to deny self, take up the cross and follow Him (Matthew 16:24-25; Luke 9:23-24; Galatians 2:20; Colossians 3:3, etc.).
10. Preaches the return of Christ and being “ready” on a constant basis (Matthew 24-25; Luke 12:35-40; 21:34-36; Ephesians 5:25-27; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18; 1 John 2:28-3:3; Revelation 2-3, etc.)
11. Though true Gospel elders are to be compensated, the true man of God is not in the ministry for the money and is not living lavish or building his own church/ministry enterprise! …although he is to receive “double honour” which means sufficient compensation (for doing the infinitely most important and only eternal work in the earth) (Matthew 10:10; Acts 20:33; 1 Corinthians 9:1-14; 1 Timothy 5:17-18, etc.)
12. He endeavors to preach the WHOLE counsel of God’s written Word with no respect as to how mere men will receive it. (Acts 20:27-32)
13. He refuses to receive glory (Acts 14:14; 1 Corinthians 1:29-2:5)
14. He truly prays for, gives the pure counsel of God’s Word, and watches over the flock of God with all diligence (Acts 20:27-32; Hebrews 13:7, 17)
15. The authentic man of God unwaveringly preaches only the original Gospel which begins with the non-negotiable divine command to repent. (Matthew 3:2; 4:17; Acts 2:38; 17:30; 20:21, etc.)
16. He teaches the apostolic doctrine of a conditional eternal security which is contingent upon the initial and ongoing faithful, obedient abiding of the recipient of eternal life. (Ezekiel 33:12-13; Matthew 10:22; 24:13; John 15:6; Hebrews 2:1-3; 3:6, 12-14; 10:26-39; 2 Peter 2:20-21; Revelation 2-3, etc.)
17. The true servant of Christ teaches that sinful man is saved by grace through faith apart from the law (Romans 3-5; 10:4; Galatians; Ephesians 2:8-9, etc.)
18. The genuine servant of Jesus Christ preaches Christ! (Acts 8:5; 9:20; Romans 15:19; 1 Corinthians 1:23; 2:2; 2 Corinthians 1:19; Galatians 6:14, etc.)
19. The true man of God is not proud of his seminary degree (if he has one) but rather is openly denouncing all “higher learning” credentials as “dung” just as Paul did (John 7:15-17; 1 Corinthians 2:1-5; Philippians 3:1-14, etc.)
20. God’s servants do not manifest and use “excellency of speech” to manipulate people towards themselves. The true follower of Christ’s life is laid down, crucified with Christ and everything he does bring glory to Jesus and not self (John 7:18; 1 Corinthians 1:29-31; 2:1-5; Philippians 2:3-5, etc.)
21. The LORD’s faithful elders are known in that they live to see God’s people personally engrossed and grounded in His Word. (Acts 20:32; 1 Timothy 4:6, 16; 2 Timothy 2:15; 1 Peter 2:2; Revelation 1:3, etc.)

Without exception, when a godly man walks in biblical truth – he preaches that biblical truth. WHAT does that tell us?

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