Over the years there have been many dedicated servants of God, loyal to Him and His people, in leadership positions. They taught what they knew to teach and did what they knew to do to bring people to the Lord. The religion of the day is what was taught in seminary so that is what they taught and life experience in the world shaped and molded who they were. The Holy Spirit guided them through the seven days that have expired since creation. Remember, a thousand years is as a day to God. He gently led them towards a better day, a day when all would be Jubilee'd, set free, re-established and reinstated with God. They had this hope, we today are beginning to see the reality of God's promises.
I Samuel 8:4-7
4 Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah, (Samuel was a prophet and priest of God that His Spirit ruled the people through.)
5 and said to him, “Look, you are old, and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.”
6 But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, “Give us a king to judge us.” So Samuel prayed to the Lord.
7 And the Lord said to Samuel, “Heedthe voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, butthey have rejected Me, that Ishould not reign over them.
Let us discuss the Pastor first. One in the office of Pastor you could say is married to the church and is or should be accessible to God's people 24 hours a day. Their main function is to love and care for the sheep. They have the gifting to pull the wool apart and look for the spiritual scratches and cuts that may go unnoticed many times by the other offices. They display the unconditional love that God has for His people. In fact it seems no matter how rotten the sheep are, Christ through the Pastor will come to their defense. Pastors are that part of Jesus that knows every hair on their head.
30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
The Pastors also must make the flock see the consequences of not walking in God's will. If they fail to warn someone in error, they will stand before God with the responsibility of having lost one of His sheep!
Ezekiel 3:18-21tells us:
18 “When I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die,’ and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life, that same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand.
19 “Yet, if you warn the wicked, and he does not turn from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall diein his iniquity but you have delivered your soul.
20 “Again, when a righteous man turns from his righteousness and commits iniquity, and I lay a stumbling block before him (to test his obedience), he shall die; because you did not give him warning, he shall die in his sin and his righteousness which he has done shall not be remembered; but his blood I will require at your hand.
21 “Nevertheless if you warn the righteous man that the righteous should not sin, and he does not sin, he shall surely live because he took warning also you will have delivered your soul.”
I John 4:1-3
1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone outinto the world.
2 by this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has comein the flesh is of God,
3 and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ (has come) in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of Antichrist which you have heard was coming, and now is already in the world.
Anyone called to government may find themselves Pastoring a congregation for one reason or another, but there is a very special anointing on those God calls to the office of Pastor. They fiercely protect, wisely teach, guide and extend the love of God as they shepherd the flock. Baby new creatures want this love, old tired battle-scarred warriors need it, in fact we all need love from people that truly care if we will only admit it. Look to the Lord in all of the leadership to satisfy this need, but the Greater Shepherd will especially, unconditionally, love you through the office of Pastor.
I Corinthians 12:28
28 And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gift of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues.
6 “But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
7 Woe to the world because of offenses! For offenses must come,but woe to that man by whom the offense comes!”
We must be very, very careful who we learn from. You see, people teach what they know, but reproduce what they are in others. We must therefore know our teachers’ lifestyle well, or any leadership for that matter, because what they are will be reproduced in us!
Unfortunately, the natural gifting that is on the teacher called to the office, whether true or false, will drive doctrine, good or bad, into the people's minds, and for this, they that teach man's theories rather than truth will one day stand before God for their tainted message. The fact is, there are many teachers that will compromise truth to tickle the ears of those that do not want to change.
II Timothy 4:3-4spoke of this:
3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers(hire the type they want)
4 and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.
2 Peter 2:1
1 But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who brought them, and bring on themselves swift judgment.
Perverted leadership and their followers will many times attack those that are teaching truth. This becomes prevalent when a hard truth requiring big change is brought forth such as, we must walk holy and separate from the world. The false minister likes walking just the way they are and usually walks with one foot in the Kingdom and one foot in the world, so they will encourage and allow the sheep to be compromising in their walk as well without warning them. Jesus however tells us, if our walk is too easy, and no changes are required, we are probably on the wrong path! In fact He, The Teacher of Righteousness, taught the correct path has a very narrow gate and there are but few that enter it. And of the leadership that set the bad example through their walk and did not seek truth to feed the sheep entrusted to them, God says:
1 “Woe tothe shepherds(God's fivefold ministers) who destroy and scatterthe sheep of My pasture!” says the LORD.
Not all non-productive teachers should be classified as false teachers however, but simply labeled as the product of the lukewarm church. Many are not even Spirit-filled, and so operate entirely out of a Spirit of Intellect and human reason. Without the infilling of the Holy Spirit, things of the Spirit seem foolish to them and so the sheep are fed man’s thinking instead.
In1 Corinthians 2:13-14Paul backs this statement and sentiment.
13 These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
14 But the natural man(without the infilling of the Holy Spirit) does notreceive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spirituallydiscerned.