September 26, 2023

Pastoral Leadership Is It Real?

Initially, let the editorial writer say emphatically that this editorial is not a condemnation of all pastoral leaders. However, those of us who know pastors that fit the nonspiritual description in this editorial pray for them. It is spiritually written that many are called, but few are spiritually chosen by God. All churches in the Black community struggle to become physical monuments of what it is that God desires the church to be, because: “For every house is built by some man, but
he that built all things is God.” (Hebrews 3: 4). Black pastors for God’s sake, please examine yourselves, and cease espousing self-glorification, power, glory, and honor that you built the church rather than God built the church. Pastors are only pastoral stewards and servants of God, and this scripture is a Godly reminder: “Thou art worthy O Lord, to receive glory, and honor and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” (Revelation 4: 11).


Therefore, knowing this we all know what Jesus told Peter based upon his revelatory knowledge: “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.” (Matthew 16:
16). Jesus replied: “Blessed art thou Simon Bar Jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say unto thee,
that thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” (Matthew 16: 17-18). Thus, for some ungodly
reason or reasons too many Pastoral Leaders are allowing the devil to create confusion in God’s church among God’s people. Hence, in selfish confusion too many pastoral leaders are misusing and abusing the resources of churches.


Hence, we all know, that God holds pastoral leaders responsible for both spiritually nourishing souls, and at the same time, demanding faithful stewardship
over resources, because: “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?”
(Matthew 16: 26). Black people let’s spiritually, empirically, and physically examine the church houses that exist in our communities as well as the surrounding physical environments. Churches must not only be concerned with spiritual enlightenment development, but environmental development, and quality of life, as well. The teaching and preaching of God’s word should improve the quality of life at every level, and being peculiar people others should behold their good works. Thus, the doors of the church should be open seven days a week, not just on Sundays, and mid-week Bible study. God is an everyday, twenty four-seven-GOD, in time, on time, and all the time. All churches should be Bible-based, and not personality driven, and most of all, about: “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2: 15).


Therefore, every Christian both Pastoral as well as Laity should read and study God’s Word (Bible) diligently and consistently. The truth of God is both rational
and emotional, and this is why every Godfearing Christian should be able to declare: “For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth:” (Romans 1: 16a). This editorial is a clarion call to every Christian believer either Pastoral or Laity and know: “For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.” (1 Corinthians 14: 33). A word to the spiritually wise is sufficient, if the church your family attends is in devilish confusion, because of Pastoral and Church leadership, please relocate your membership to a Bible-based Godfearing church; whereby the Pastor, not only teaches and preaches the word of GOD, but lives the WORD (Truth).


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