August 20, 2012

Is your Pastor/ Bishop a hireling? How can you tell?

Wouldn’t it be a good thing if you could tell if your Pastor or Bishop was a true shepherd or a hireling?  Did you know the Word of God lets us know?  Here is how you can tell.

 1)  How you can discern if you have a good shepherd sent by GOD.

Jesus said the “Good Shepherd” gives his life for the sheep;
“I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.” (John 10:11, AV)

The WORD of The MOST HIGH GOD says he will give you Pastors according to His heart;
“And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.” (Jeremiah 3:15, AV)

When the people have a shepherd like this, sent from GOD they rejoice.

2). How to spot a hireling:

The hireling will be more interested in your money than your soul.  Don’t be confused if he feeds you the things of GOD, it is correct that he should reap a portion from your material things; “If we have sown spiritual things for you, is it a great thing if we reap your material things?” (1 Corinthians 9:11, NKJV)  However, he will not slaughter the sheep because a shepherd sent from GOD loves his flock, not just in word but in deeds also

A good shepherd does not have to thump his chest like Tarzan and cry “obey leadership”.

I have heard it said some were not sent, they just went.

Does he walk around and act like the “CEO”, does he demand to be served instead of serving the flock.

Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.” (1 Peter 5:3, AV)
But what does it mean to “lord over God’s heritage”?  Here is a list of qualities of a hireling found in Ezekiel 34:2-6;

They do not feed the flock
They eat the fat and wear the wool
They slaughter the fatlings , but do not feed the flock
They do not strengthen the weak Ezekiel 34 :2-6
They do not heal the sick
Nor bind up the broken
They do not bring back that which was lost
They rule with force and cruelty.
Exercise dominion over the flock  like Gentiles Mathew 20:25

They scatter the flock

Sheep are some of the most vulnerable creatures on earth.  Sheep must be led, because they will scatter when they are driven.  Without a Shepherd sent from GOD, they are easy prey for the wolf, lion and other predators

If your Pastor or Bishop is found in that list, he fits GOD’S description of a hireling.  Here is GOD’S judgement for them;

“Thus says the Lord God: “Behold, I am against the shepherds, and I will require My flock at their hand; I will cause them to cease feeding the sheep, and the shepherds shall feed themselves no more; for I will deliver My flock from their mouths, that they may no longer be food for them.”” (Ezekiel 34:10, NKJV)

The Bible also says;  “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.” (Proverbs 29:2, AV)

“There is a growing cry of oppression across the land.  The saints are being oppressed in an unprecedented manner.  To quote from the Presiding Bishop, Bishop Charles E. Blake’s book “Why I Testified For the Defense In Orlando”;

“The Church of God in Christ” does not belong to leaders. On the contrary, leaders are given to, and belong to the Church. They exist for the “perfecting of the saints”, and for the “edifying of the body of Christ” (Eph. 4:11-12). If these offices exist for the saints, then the saints cannot exist for, or belong to, those in these positions. Jesus said to Peter, “If you love me, feed my sheep.” Sheep do not exist for shepherds. Shepherds exist for the well-being of the sheep.

Since this is the case, from whence come this arrogant use of power and this obsession with wealth?  Where does this abuse of people, and this disregard of their wishes come from?  Why do men wish to lord over that upon which they have bestowed no labor?”

To those who are oppressed by or have been scattered by a hireling, GOD has not forsaken you, remember;

“Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come! It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.” (Luke 17:1–2, AV)

“Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:” (1 Peter 4:12, AV)

If thou hast run with the footmen, and they have wearied thee, then how canst thou contend with horses? and if in the land of peace, wherein thou trustedst, they wearied thee, then how wilt thou do in the swelling of Jordan? (Jeremiah 12:5, AV)

“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” (Galatians 6:9, AV)

“Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.” (Zechariah 4:6, AV)

“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.” (Ephesians 6:10, AV)



1 Comment »

  1. Reblogged this on Mt. Olive Church Blog and commented:
    This is very informative and brings so much clarity to our current situation.

    Comment by mtolivechurch217 — September 25, 2012 @ 1:08 PM | Reply

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