It’s better for Jesus to come and find you with 20 faithful congregants than to host thousands who are not saved because instead of correcting them you entertain their behavior. 1 Thessalonians 2:5 Never once did we try to win you with flattery, as you well know. And God is our witness that we were not pretending to be your friends just to get your money! Don’t compromise the Word so you can keep members and boast about capacity of your congregation.
As a pastor, your congregation is accustomed to your voice. John 10:27 My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.
It is important to make sure that if you are going to have a visiting pastor, you understand their teaching style likewise as a visiting pastor understand the congregation you are going to preach to. You cannot have an Apostle or an evangelist and expect to hear sweet message all the way. If you are invited to a ministry where prophetic or deliverance ministry is not appreciated, you must expect criticism.
Never compromise God’s Word for fear of losing members. You have been entrusted with their souls. 1 Kings 22:18 And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, “Did I not tell you he would not prophesy good concerning me, but evil?”It’s better to have ten faithful members than to rejoice over a thousand that are going to hell. God is concern about our repentance to a point that He sacrificed His son for our redemption.
Numbers 22:18 But Balaam responded to Balak’s messengers, “Even if Balak were to give me his palace filled with silver and gold, I would be powerless to do anything against the will of the LORD my God.
Acts 13:45 But when some of the Jews saw the crowds, they were jealous; so they slandered Paul and argued against whatever he said.
Christians knows the Bible, they can finish the words of the scripture without reading, what they need is a Word with power, a word inspired by the Holy Spirit. That is what will convict them and make them repent.
Mark 16:20 And the disciples went everywhere and preached, and the Lord worked through them, confirming what they said by many miraculous signs.
There must be a difference when you speak to mature Christians and baby Christians. 1 Corinthians 2:1 When I first came to you, dear brothers and sisters, I didn’t use lofty words and impressive wisdom to tell you God’s secret plan.
Acts 8:29-31 Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Go near and overtake this chariot.” So Philip ran to him, and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah, and said, “Do you understand what you are reading?” And he said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he asked Philip to come up and sit with him.
Matthew 13:3 Then He spoke many things to them in parables, saying: “Behold, a sower went out to sow. When you are just a churchgoer, the Word comes in and have no impact upon your life. You hear the preaching and clap hands like everybody but as soon as you leave the church you forget what heard and go back to your old ways.
Matthew 13:4-7 And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds came and devoured them. Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth. But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them.
The Word is compromised because pastors would rather secure congregants than bring correction.
Numbers 24:13 ‘If Balak were to give me his house full of silver and gold, I could not go beyond the word of the LORD, to do good or bad of my own will. What the LORD says, that I must speak’?