Has someone ever been so mad at what you’ve said that they have hung up on you? That used to be the way to get the last word. Just hang up. Now it’s unfriend and block. It feels good to give them the last word. It’s like the trash took itself out.
I commented with scripture on a Christian “teacher’s” Facebook page not too long ago. I highlighted the fact that what they were embracing, and teaching, was completely outside of God’s supreme word. These comments have been deleted and I am now blocked from Jen Hatmaker’s Facebook Page. I count this as one of my greatest achievements for the year. God’s word is perfect for rebuking. It’s pretty telling when bible teachers do not like to be rebuked. They are not above reproach.
Many times when you point out some false teaching, someone will lash out at you…all the while defending said teacher, proclaiming how they have helped them “grow” so close to Christ. Yet, they are amiss of any fruits of the spirit in that moment.
How does this happen? How do we get here? A good bible teacher will always be on guard that they are teaching according to His will, not their own. They will always want to please HIM and not themselves. And, they will STRUCTURE their church according to the outline God has provided in scriptures.
Your church should have elders. Your pastor(s) would be elders as well. The elders shepherd the hearts of all of the body of believers (see 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Acts 14:23). Your church should have deacons and deaconesses. These folks take care of the operational sides of running the church. The nuts and bolts details of getting things done, so the elders can focus SOLELY on their role (see Acts 6:1-6 and 1 Timothy 3:8-12).
But my church doesn’t have elders and deacons you might say. That’s a red flag. God doesn’t just give “suggestions” as to how it should be. HE BREATHES IT, AND SO IT IS. It doesn’t matter you think? It does matter. The checks and balances put into place with the proper structure prevents a CEO / Board of Directors from running your church. Not sure? Ask your pastor to explain to you these scriptures. If he examines the scriptures and agrees that God’s word does in fact lay it out, and he immediately remedies the problem, then you have a wise teacher which seeks God’s own heart. However, if he responds with anything BUT love and repentance, run. Run away as fast as you can. For the foundation of the church should not be a human, but rather JESUS CHRIST.