“I am among you as one who serves” (Luke 22:27).
My immediate concern is always with the Lord’s church, but this principles applies everywhere.
I am pro-pastor. Always and forever. Anyone who reads the blog and knows me will agree that I honor the pastor. God made me a pastor at the age of 22, and I’ve been one ever since.
However, we have a problem.
In churches across our land tyrants can be found who call themselves pastors and demand to be obeyed. Such men are unqualified to do anything in the kingdom and must be dealt with by courageous men and women in the pews.
Otherwise, they will corrupt the gospel, destroy the church, wound the weak, and drive away many who need Christ.
In the Kingdom of God, leaders are required to be servants.
Many a pastor misses this, and if he learns it at all, not before he has made many a bone-headed mistake and left a lot of good people bleeding in his wake.
We lead by serving.
We do not lead by dominating.
Scripture says the Holy Spirit has made the pastor the “overseer” (episcopos) of the church (Acts 20:28). Scripture says church members are to “obey their leaders” as those who will give account for their souls (Hebrews 13:17). However….