2 Timothy 4:3-4 For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. They will reject the truth and chase after myths.
That there are fake prophets and pastors, doesn’t mean the work of Christ must stop. Whether you do something or not, remember that critics will find something to talk about, just be in the will of God. Matthew 9:32-34 When they left, a demon-possessed man who couldn’t speak was brought to Jesus. So Jesus cast out the demon, and then the man began to speak. The crowds were amazed. “Nothing like this has ever happened in Israel!” they exclaimed. But the Pharisees said, “He can cast out demons because he is empowered by the prince of demons.”
If Christ was criticized by people who ought to preach the gospel, who are you? We use the same book but we differ because we use human understanding.
I always wonder why there is so much controversy on the pulpit when we are using same book. God reveals necessary information for us to keep going but because people want to be better than others, they manufacture new information for their benefit. 1 Corinthians 13:12 Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.
When Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, it was not non-Christians who fought His ministry, it was priest who were trusted with doing the work of God. John 12:9-11 When all the people heard of Jesus’ arrival, they flocked to see him and also to see Lazarus, the man Jesus had raised from the dead. Then the leading priests decided to kill Lazarus, too, for it was because of him that many of the people had deserted them and believed in Jesus.
When people don’t know what they are called for, they worry about what another Pastor is doing. When you are called, know that there are also people that will come for your special anointing because you are called for a purpose. If you are doing the right thing according to your calling, when people leave for another ministry, it should not concern you but be equally happy about the seed that you have planted. Let another Pastor Water it, it’s all for the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 3:6-8 I planted the seed in your hearts, and Apollos watered it, but it was God who made it grow. It’s not important who does the planting, or who does the watering. What’s important is that God makes the seed grow. The one who plants and the one who waters work together with the same purpose. And both will be rewarded for their own hard work.
God is Love and our preaching should should inspire unity not division. We are the ambassadors for Christ. Pastors are entrusted with the taking care of the people they are leading, if their purpose is to mislead God will deal with them. 1 Thessalonians 2:4 For we speak as messengers approved by God to be entrusted with the Good News. Our purpose is to please God, not people. He alone examines the motives of our hearts.
As a Pastor, talking about another man or woman of God means the flesh has taken position and has changed you from focusing on God to people. It’s better to have 10 people who are genuinely saved than thousand that are destined for hell. When you are truly called, you would be led by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit cannot be in a place and be idle. What is the Holy Spirit doing through you? Mark 16:20 And the disciples went everywhere and preached, and the Lord worked through them, confirming what they said by many miraculous signs.
Don’t be one who goes with the wind because of ignorance. Acts 17:30 “God overlooked people’s ignorance about these things in earlier times, but now he commands everyone everywhere to repent of their sins and turn to him.
No two ministries will operate the same. We all use the same bible but God call us for different assignments. We all preach the same gospel but we are called for different members. Numbers 12:2 So they said, “Has the LORD indeed spoken only through Moses? Has He not spoken through us also?” And the LORD heard it. Churches are in conflict because of comparison. There are those who are called and those who went, If you know what you are called for, you’ll focus on your calling otherwise you’ll cause conflict using the pulpit. When the leader does not know what s/he is called for even the members are confused. They learn to cause conflict from the pulpit.
As a Pastor, be dependent on God. He is the one who called you. There are people He called you for. You cannot be worried about membership because the people God called you for, will find their way to you. Philippians 1:6 being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ. Only you can do what you are called for. God called you and qualified you. People will talk but focus on who you are and what you are called for. God will never run shot of people who can do the work but He designed you for a certain function. Isaiah 6:8 Then I heard the Lord asking, “Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?” I said, “Here I am. Send me.”
God spoke to you alone, people may interpret the Bible the way they understand it but make God your source of information.
1 Thessalonians 1:5 For our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit and in much assurance, as you know what kind of men we were among you for your sake.