The Lord has spoken to me the past couple of days, and I wanted to start the blog off the right way. And, As Christians we have to understand that we have a responsibility to those we are around and those who we have witness to in the past.
First as a teachers of Gods Word we have to always maintain a Christ like attitude and position always. Because we never know who is watching us.
I know when we witness to others and when they do not listen or acknowledge what you are saying, just like you I used to get upset myself. You have done years of studying and worked up the courage to finally talk to people and share the with them the knowledge and things the Lords has reveal to you. For them not to listen or just walk right past you on the street. Trust me, I know how frustrating it is. However we have to understand that we are in the last days and we now are living in a time where the people are not being taught the word of God now like the bible mentions in Isaiah 28:10 & 13 where the bible must be read “precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little” meaning when trying to understand the scriptures the reader must allow the bible to interpret itself.
And, that is the case today, many people are being taught the bible based on the pastors or that denominations own interpretation of the bible, which can lead to confusion, frustration, and can cause people to even want to stop believing in God, the bible say in 2 Peter 1:20 & 21 “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.”. So when a pastor is not allowing the bible to interpret itself yet giving their own opinion on what the scriptures are saying, there is never going to be any consistency in there preaching. Because mans opinions and interpretation on how they look at things changes all the time. And, many denominations of Christianity was created based of that fact only baptist, Methodist, Lutheran, Pentecostal, Protestant, Jehovah witness, Orthodox Churches, and many other Christian denominations have built their religious empires on the denominations interpretation on the bible and that’s it and when someone challenges that creed they believe in even if proven wrong based on Biblical fact. The challenger will always be wrong regardless. Even when challenger is within the church, and most of the time the person is asked to leave or the pastors would be telling them that they may need to stop reading the bible. Yes there have been times where the pastors have asked a person to stop reading the bible when the denomination creed has been called into question by a member within.
Now the Bible is our Basic Instructions before leaving earth, why would a pastor tell a member of there church to stop reading the bible all because a member challenge the denominations creed?
Well that’s because there are many reason why maybe they are a false teacher a wolf in sheep clothing (Mat 7:15), Preaching only for the money & fame (1Tim 3:8), or maybe simply the pastor probably did not know of this truth and they are denying it based of what they know which honestly I never will understand why when people didn’t know of something they just deny it instead of just saying let me look into that and I’ll get back to you on that, there is nothing wrong with saying I don’t know.
Most people would be surprised to know that many of the pastors today has never read the all 66 books, all 31,102 verses that are in the bible.
I spoke with many pastors and I have had more than a few who’ve told me that they have never read the bible completely through. Some say they just reading out there favorite books they make there sermons from, some say they only read the scriptures they were taught in bible school.
Now there is no problem with reading your favorite books. Even I myself have my favorite book I like to read out of the bible. However as a pastor your responsibilities are to teach the bible, to inspire people, and to motivate people.
The responsibility of being able to teach means to teach out of all 66 books, many pastor today do not do this they teach out of the same books every week and most skip the teaching responsibility all together because mostly all of them do not even tell you where in the bible they are quoting from while preaching.
Just at a funeral the other day I was shown this a pastor when they were preaching they said “in the book of Ecclesiastes it said the living know they shall die. But the dead all their memories of suffer is gone” then they continued on with making there point. Now as a person who is also learning the word of God how am I suppose to follow them if the do not give the chapter or verse they are quoting from? Also how do I know what you are actually saying is in the bible and you are not just deceiving me? also how do I know if you are not taking the bible scripture out of context? Now the chapter and verse they were quoting from is Ecclesiastes 9:5-6 KJV
“For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten.
Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have they any more a portion for ever in any thing that is done under the sun.”
Now the pastor that said this actually told me where he got that from. Now some pastor are just taught to preach this way and a few when I asked them will tell the verses they are quoting from when I ask them.
but many pastors purposely do not say the chapter and verses. Because they want to try as much as possible to prevent others from calling them out. which why I say many pastors skip the teaching responsibility.
Most rather only stick to the inspiring and motivational preaching or speaking. But there can be a downside to only preaching to inspire and motivate without applying the teaching aspect to it.
The teaching aspect help to driving the congregation to become inspired and motivated on the word of God why do I say this>
Now lets say for example a person named Jim never drove a car before and never been taught how to drive before. Now I just inspired to become motivated to go and buy a new car so he can drive. How does the new car benefit Jim if he does not know how to drive it if was never taught how to drive?
Now let do another example lets say Jim is now taking a class on driving and the instructor says now to become a better driver you just have to keep driving. And, then puts Jim on the road. Now how is Jim suppose to become a better drive with vague answers?
Now if you did not see my point behind the examples given I’ll explain it here. Many Pastors today are not teaching the bible they use the bible to motivate people while also being very vague on the topics they preach about.
To give an actual example of this a funeral is one of the easiest time to teach on the topic on the State of the Dead to inspire the people to not only read their bibles because now you are teaching them something they probably never knew about. But to also give them comfort in knowing and understanding that their loved one is just sleeping and is at peace now. Then the pastor can easily teach by covering the stages of how when a person dies they are buried or cremated, they shall sleep until Christ second coming, and when they are raised up from the dead they will have a physical body. And, just find the supporting verses that explains this fact and truth.
But the pastor the other day spoke about how the deceased was a good person but they never knew the deceased person. Then spoke about they are already in the kingdom then said they were sleep here with us 10 minutes later. Never really gave many bible verses to back there claims except saying the book of Isaiah say this and Jeremiah says this once again purposely not telling what chapter of verses he is quoting from. After the funeral all the family would say was it was a good sermon in short they did not really pay attention to the pastor
But I was able to see the difference from when I spoke at another funeral gave a 15 minutes sermon and gave all the verses the were given on the State of the Dead Blog that will be posted soon. Teaching the stage one by one and supported my claims with bible verse after bible verse giving the Chapter and the verse. So the family could follow along and keep notes, if they take any.
After the sermon I had a completely difference experience not only did the family take me they even had questions about the bible and even asked for a recording of the sermon. So they can listen to it again, because they learned something during that sermon. I hit I goal in the sermon
1. Teach the word of God
2. Inspire The congregation to listen
3. Motivate them to want to learn more about the word of God by them taking notes and wanting a recording of it
Concluding Every Pastor must teach the word of God the responsibility cannot be skipped because without teaching the word. You are causing the congregation to follow you without any direction or guidance like with the example I gave about Jim. But also the pastor must teach based on Isaiah 28:10&13, the pastor must allow the bible to interpret itself because if the pastor continues to follow creeds and traditions that are not back by the word of God. They will just be teaching the doctrines of devil 1Tim 4:1