njoy this quick little comic I knocked up.
I’ve been thinking allot about the role pastors play in the church. I’ve rested on the conclusion, (for now), that a pastors job is not to counsel individuals in the church. That is every bodies job! Pastors are those who are given spiritual discernment to defend the body of Christ from wolves; non-believers who infiltrate the church to gain something for themselves; wolves in sheep’s clothing- believers or so-called believers who lead the flock astray and then devour them for their own gain. Pastors also defend the flock from thieves who try to steal sheep out from the flock and then brand them under a different name.
I conclude that pastors are the spiritual discerner’s and overseers (elders) and have the hard job of exposing wolves from among the flock and making sure that none stray into serious doctrinal error or lead off by wayward philosophies, spirits or cheap emotional manipulation. This is why I believe Paul was so condemning of the Corinthian church because they were not discerning honestly what was happening within their gatherings. They kind of knew what was happening but failed to expose the wrong. 1 Cor 5:1-2
We all need to encourage pastors and people to be bold and to expose false teachings or the snollygostering wolves so that people in God’s family are not led astray.
Helping, supporting, guiding, loving and counseling our brothers and sisters in Christ is everybody’s job. It’s important we all participate in helping one another along the road less traveled on.