Archive | August, 2015

CALLING OUT PASTORS

4 Aug

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I am fed up.  I am absolutely fed up.  I am watching my nation go down the tubes. I am watching morality go by the wayside. I am seeing Jesus mocked.  I am seeing the death of common sense.

So to what group of people do I direct my anger?  The churches in America. And the pastors.  And yes, I am one of them.

Let me explain. There are approximately half a million people in America who wear the title of “minister”.  If all of us who wear that moniker would unite together regardless of denomination and stand up for scriptural ideals, then the craziness that is coming from the White House would end almost immediately.

Why isn’t it happening?

There are many reasons and I am sick of them all.  I am tired of hearing other preachers and other church leaders tell me that we should quietly tend to our own affairs while our nation is falling apart.  We are called to be watchmen. To spread the truth of the Word of God. To speak out with boldness.

But that is not happening. Not at all. In fact, what is going on is what Mario Murillo calls “the most widespread dereliction of duty by any generation of American preachers.” Satan has rendered many preachers impotent with fear.  To others, he has convinced them to preach very unhealthy false doctrine.  Others he has convinced to make compromises in the name of higher attendance numbers.

Many are scared of losing their non-profit status.  Before 1954, the 501c3 non-profit status for a church was not in existence.  It allowed for all contributions, gifts, donations, etc., given to a church to be tax-deductible under old English law.  Then, Senator Lyndon Johnson helped introduce a legal measure which brought churches under the 501c3 designation of the IRS code.

As a part of this proposal, churches would incorporate, and therefore could not be sued in a legal action. Lawmakers told churches that it was a “benefit” to them.  They should have looked at Scriptures and past laws and would have discovered that churches could not be sued.  Instead, they listened to legal experts. But the truth is that there was nothing to fear because no pastor’s speech can be overruled by the IRS due to the First Amendment which guarantees freedom of speech.

It is not dramatic to say that if things progress in this fashion,  it will one day be illegal in this nation for a church to meet.  What good will a 501c3 status do for a church that if forced to meet underground?

Also, according to Mario Murillo, half of all preachers polled said they would leave the ministry if they could find another way to make money.  When I read this, it was like a punch in the gut. It means that for many preachers, it’s more about a paycheck than ministry.

Speaking out against Obama could cause them to lose numbers.  Standing for marriage and the unborn could cause tithing to decrease.  Decreased tithing means decreased paycheck. For some pastors, that is the most important thing.

And then we move onto one of my most personal pet peeves.  The ignorance of scripture.  Many pastors today do not know the Bible. Some even claim it not the inspired Word of God. Their sermons sound more like motivational speeches than they do sermons. They are not searching scriptures but instead, are researching pop culture. This explains why they do not understand the depth of their calling and responsibility.

Then there is the issue of competition. Instead of seeing other pastors and churches as coworkers for the kingdom, many choose to instead see them as competition. Many are engaged in a raqce to become the next “mega-church.”  But the fact is that we are all part of the Lord’s army.  We should be there for each other, lift each other up, and walk together in reaching people for the Kingdom. We should transcend denominational lines. We should quit comparing figures. We should be excited when someone tells us they are going to attend a Bible-believing church down the road. At least they have plans to attend!

The bottom line is this: We need to repent. We need to stand as one voice on the authority of scripture and decry the evil of our government. Otherwise, our nation will fall.

Mario Murillo used this scripture to call out pastors. I felt it was fitting and will close with the same scripture.

“But at night an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and brought them out, and said, ‘Go, stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this life.’”- Acts 5:19, 20.

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