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  • http://web.me.com/love101 A. Amos Love

    Kevin asked…
    “what must a pastor do reasonably well to be a good pastor?”

    A while back, I started to notice that some of what I thought was “truth”
    from the Word of God was actually “traditions of men” “hand-me-down religion,”
    that makes the Word of God of non effect. ( Mark 7:6-13 )

    I started to notice that what I was taught about **today’s**
    “Pastors/Leaders,” wasn’t lining up with what was found in scripture.

    For starters…

    When searching for what a “Pastor/Leader” does **Today**… in the Bible,
    I had a very rude awakening.

    I found…

    NO – Pastors – in Pulpits – Preaching – to People – in Pews.
    …… When folks came together, every one has a psalm, has a doctrine,
    …… has a tongue, has a revelation, has an interpretation. 1 Cor 14:26.
    …… Every one can and is expected to participate. Today we have pew potatoes.
    NO “disciple of Christ” “calling” another brethren – Pastor, or “My” Pastor.
    NO “disciple of Christ” “calling” them self – Pastor or Leader.
    ……”ALL” disciples called themselves “Servants of Christ.” Hmmm?
    NO “disciple of Christ” having the “Title”or “Position” – “Pastor/Leader.”
    …… Today that “Title” is written on – Diploma’s on walls, business cards,
    …… office doors, Sunday morning bulletin, street signs, and more.
    …… And everyone knows who the “Pastor/Leader” is. Why?
    …… Jesus, humbled Himself, made Himself of NO reputation,
    ……. took on the form of a “Servant.” Could that “Title” be an “Idol?”
    NO “disciple of Christ” “Exercising Authority” over another believer.
    …… I was taught; You submit to me, NOW, your “God Ordained Authority,”
    …… And, one day, when you’re a Pastor, people will submit to you. :-(
    ……. Power. Profit, and Prestige, is highly esteemed among men. Guilty. Oy Vey!
    NO – Pastors, separating themselves from the body, as “Clergy-class.”
    NO – Pastors counseling anyone.
    NO – Pastors marrying anyone.
    NO – Pastors burying anyone.
    NO – Pastors visiting the sick.
    NO – Pastors wearing special clothes.
    NO – Pastors going from one congregation to another. What’s up with that?
    …… Elders, plural, matured within the group, when, if, appointed, they were known.
    …… Pastor, Paid, Professional, is hired, NOT known.

    And the list goes on…
    You could probably think of a few yourself.

    IMO – Not of much of what we see **Today,** with “Pastors/leaders,”
    has any reference in scripture.

    Are there any congregations “Led” by a “Pastor” in the Bible?

    Seems it’s mostly – “hand-me-down religion.”

    Seems “The Traditions of Men” are “mighty” in power to distract and deceive.

    Jesus warned us about making “the word of God”
    of non effect through our traditions; Yes?

    Mark 7:13 KJV – Making the word of God of “none effect” through your tradition…
    Mark 7:13 ASV – Making “void” the word of God by your tradition…
    Mark 7:13 NIV – Thus you “nullify” the word of God by your tradition…

    “We do not just seek what is, but rather what should be.”

    Of course, these thoughts, NOT new to me, got a lot of believers thrown in prison.
    Some paid with their life.

    History declares… “Christiandumb” is often a bloody sport. :-(

    Especially…
    When you challenge the “Traditions and Doctrines of men” in power.

    Especially…
    When those with “Titles” and “Position” see their “Power, Profit, and Prestige,
    being questioned and diminished by those who “want to be “Led” by the Spirit,
    by those who are challenged – **to follow Jesus.**

    Be blessed in your search for Truth… Jesus.

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