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I don’t mean to always sound different, I don’t mean to always interfere with certain things we have grown to find in certain practices in Christianity but I would just want to drop this again… Your Pastor is not your superior, your leaders are not your superior! It doesn’t call for disrespect, it doesn’t call for individualism or disobedience to instructions but it calls for you to take your place in the kingdom! Your Pastor is not even standing in the counsel of God for you. Your Pastor is not your destiny and your life! Your Pastor is not the Jesus you see…
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Every believer should be the Jesus you see if you want to understand it in the true sense of what it should be. George? Are you saying this? Yes, I am not saying it because I am uncomfortable with it, I am even uncomfortable saying it because it would seem am trying to cause trouble but this words came to me today in the place of study and with full Bible support! It is only in the secular world that we have people who rule themselves over others! The Church isn’t secular!
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To say your Pastor is your destiny, your life, your superior or standing in God’s counsel for you makes you lower than who God has designed you to be and it makes you exalt your Pastor above who Jesus is to you. Jesus is your life and your future, in this sense Jesus is your destiny! The Bible says it is in Him you live, move and have your being! Sometimes we copy people, copy organizations, copy trends, copy whatever we think is success and copy wrong! Hey, that is it popular among very successful ministries doesn’t mean it is the right use of words! God’s word is the whole counsel of God and you have it! Your Pastor explains these things to you but it is you who rightly applies them to your life.
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It is wrong and illegal for a believer to place himself highly above all other believers! Pope is not superior to other believers even those believers who open doors at fast foods. The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 2:15-16 “whoever has the Spirit, however is able to judge the value of everything, but no one is able to judge him… We, however, have the mind of Christ.” You see that? Paul wasn’t talking about some special kind of believers but ‘WHOEVER’.
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You need to understand the place of your Pastors and teachers in your life, they are your leaders and worthy of your respect just as you are worthy of their respect. The bible says those who teach you the word are worthy of double honor! If you can’t honor your Pastor, you don’t truly have a Pastor! My point is, you need to know your own place in the kingdom and you need to know that anything said to you by your Pastor cannot always be final, you shouldn’t always take every single thing on the note of finality! As one who has the Spirit, you need to subject those things to the light of the word! It is Biblical to discern especially when it is sounding new, dogmatic and unscriptural. Your Pastor is human and can make mistakes. I can go on and on to start mentioning certain human flaws noticed in many great men of faith in the Bible but I believe I had written on that before! And you don’t start disrespecting or dishonoring your Pastor because he said something that isn’t biblical mistakenly, if he continues that way anyway, you have to run away from such Pastor! How can you know your Pastor is teaching you right when you are not given to God’s word yourself?
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Your Pastor or teacher has been sent to you to explain spiritual truths to you! They explain these truths because you have the Spirit! They are helping you understand who you are! (Vs 13). Your Pastor checks your level and feed you with necessary meal, from milk to bones! It is an office of service! That is what ministry is! It is not a position but a function.
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Throughout 1 Corinthians 3 Paul goes further to make certain explanations about servants of God. Yet, he doesn’t exalt Pastors above the people they are shepherding. The duty of Pastors is to build up believers and not to become the foundation themselves. Paul says “…but each one must be careful how he builds. For God has already placed Jesus Christ as the one and only foundation, and no other foundation can be laid…”
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In the New Testament the word “office of a Pastor” does not mean “position of a Pastor” but “function of Pastor.” Being a Pastor is a function and should be regarded as such.
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Your Pastor is not higher than you are, he is only doing the work assigned to him. In the words of Reinhard Bonnke, “there is no concept of higher or lower, but of one body with many parts. Some may be leader, which gives them prominence, but not superiority.” Leadership is service, it doesn’t mean authority over another believer. There is no scriptural proof backing up the act of a Pastor having authority to either lock or open up the destiny of a church member! The Pastor or leader is simply manifesting the gift from the Spirit given to him as a Pastor!
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Christian leadership is servant-leadership. Jesus washed the feet of the Apostles and asked them to do the same! As a teacher and Pastor, I am playing my role in teaching you this truth! This is a spiritual truth certain Pastors wouldn’t teach you because they are afraid it will raise rebels! Rebels against who?
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For saying this alone, certain persons might even begin to wonder “are you sure George isn’t a rebel?” Well, that is the Bible and not my words! This is not subject to debate, I am only teaching what was revealed to me from God’s word in the place of study!
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Your Pastor is not a mediator between you and God, Jesus is! Your Pastor isn’t the Holy Spirit who teaches all things, that Spirit lives inside of you and brings clarity to all that your pastor teaches you and what you read in the Bible and even Christian books! Everything that goes into you should be subject to the filter of the Holy Spirit! There are times I would hear something from a Pastor I respect and listen to but my Spirit would spit it out because it has no biblical support and yet other things I heard the Pastor say keeps me edified! I would go through the Bible to throw light on those things sounding new before I digest them! I don’t just digest anything because it comes from a Pastor or even my role model! It is not lack of trust, it is because I am full of trust in God’s word that I depend on it at all times!
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Let me also talk about submission a little! We often make the grave mistake as Pastors to teach people to be submissive to us because we are their Pastors but we get it all wrong! I was speaking to some fellow young leaders in an informal meeting when I said to them “if people should be loyal to you, don’t force it on them… Let them chose to be loyal for their own reasons. We must be committed to what we have been called to do and never turn loyalty to another major sermon.”
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In 1 Peter 5, the Apostle was addressing certain issues as regards Church leaders and he appealed that they take care of the people willingly as God wants them to do it from a desire to serve and not a desire to be paid! In verse 3 he said something very profound and needful at this time. Hear him “don’t try to rule over those who have been put in your care, but be examples to the flock.” This is very profound! We shouldn’t be bossy over the people God has committed to us as Pastors and I always plead with my people not to make me feel bossy! When I was a youth ministry president in a certain denomination I belonged to, the members would always call me “Papa” and it didn’t go well with me. I didn’t want it to enter my head and I would always shun them. They didn’t stop, I shouldn’t blame them… It was there way of showing respect for leader but on my own side I never allowed it get the best of me! Our commitment should be to feed the flock and bring them to maturity and that is all! I mean all! We shouldn’t go ahead demanding respect… Let it come from their hearts willingly just as serving them should be willingly for us.
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In verse 5 Peter did something amazing! While he appealed to the leaders not to be bossy, he also appealed to the members to be submissive. He didn’t end there, he went ahead to encourage both the leaders and the members to put on the apron of humility and to serve one another! To be submissive to one another! This is the hallmark of Christian service to one another! Pastors should be brothers to those they are pastoring, he should be friends with them! There is no such thing as being reserved so that the members will respect you more! I don’t know ministerial ethics, it’s important you do! But if it’s against ministerial ethics to relate with your flocks as brethren rather than boss then something is wrong with that theology!
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I have heard someone talk about spiritual hierarchy in Christianity! Well, if God made us become as Jesus is, who is that to claim to be above us? In Christ their is no hierarchy as we are saved by same Grace and gifted by same Spirit of God! The sons of God are those who are led by the Spirit!
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Now you see why you mustn’t run to pastor all the time to lay hands on you for every given occasion and why you shouldn’t call the Pastor every time you have a terrible dream! You should have a say and your say should be what God is saying! Take your position in the kingdom and of course be sure to belong to a local church and have a Pastor! I have a Pastor too!
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God bless you.
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#GracefulGeorge

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