“Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of My pasture!” says the Lord. Therefore thus says the Lord God of Israel against the shepherds who feed My people: “You have scattered My flock, driven them away, and not attended to them. Behold, I will attend to you for the evil of your doings,” says the Lord. Jer 23:1-3
I was shocked to get a private message describing one person’s woes about her church.
Though not in detail, it describes a controlling pastor. His methods have run almost everybody away, seeking other churches preaching the true word of God.
Most of the church staff, deacons, and Sunday school teachers have deserted.
“Woe to the worthless shepherd, who leaves the flock! A sword shall be against his arm
And against his right eye; his arm shall completely wither and his right eye shall be totally blinded.” Zech 11:17
Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Zechariah all prophesy against the shepherds (pastor’s) dealing maliciously and unjustly with the flock (church) in their care.
A pastor must always remember he is a steward of the church. He is taking care of what does not belong to him.
Nor is the pastor the head of the church – Jesus is!
The pastor is not there for financial gain. Paul made this crystal clear.
He is there for the flock, to see to the needs of others.
He is there to teach God’s word, lest His people perish.
When Zechariah said, “A sword shall be against his arm” I believe the sword is the word of God. That is, the word of God is against him (the pastor).
Thus says the Lord God to the shepherds: “Woe to the shepherds of Israel who feed themselves! Should not the shepherds feed the flocks? You eat the fat and clothe yourselves with the wool; you slaughter the fatlings, but you do not feed the flock. The weak you have not strengthened, nor have you healed those who were sick, nor bound up the broken, nor brought back what was driven away, nor sought what was lost, but with force and cruelty you have ruled them.” Ezek 34:1-5
Many false prophets and teachers are in the world. You shall know them by their fruits.
But I have good news. God said through the prophet Jeremiah, “I will set up shepherds over them who will feed them; and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, nor shall they be lacking,” says the Lord. Jer 23:4
Pray for churches with rotten shepherds.
Pray for churches with God-fearing shepherds – that they will stay strong in the faith!