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Pastor Appreciation Month

Posted on: October 26, 2007

I, regrettably, nearly forgot to mention this important part of the month. October is Pastor Appreciation Month!! If you are blessed as we, Providence Baptist Church, are….then you not only have a wonderful pastor, but also a wonderful pastoral family. Do something nice for your pastor and their family in the next few days, if you haven’t already. Pastors are people who love, teach, and lead you and your family. So to all those wonderful pastor and their families I say: Thank You, you work vigorously, often neglecting personal needs to give us comfort and direction. You do so much, yet you receive so little in return. May God bless you as you continue to guide us into a deeper relationship with Him.

To find some great ideas on how to say “Thank You” to your pastor through out the year check out 8 Ways to Encourage Your Pastor. I plan to start implementing many of these ideas, the ones I am not doing already, this month. I LOVE the idea of having a testimony time during your church service as is suggested at Ideas to Honor Your Pastor. Whatever you choose to do this month…make sure you tell your Pastor (& family) how much you appreciate and love them.

Hebrews 13:7 (MSG)
Appreciate your pastoral leaders who gave you the Word of God. Take a good look at the way they live, and let their faithfulness instruct you, as well as their truthfulness.


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The Warning

The Bible bears with it a warning. Why? Because there is now a massive deception in religion! This is the warning of our Lord Jesus Christ stated in Matthew 24:4-6—

“And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.”

It is no longer surprising if somebody would come to teach you about Shinto, or Bahaula. We are already warned that many preachers would come bearing the name of Christ, and shall deceive many. In fact, considering the history of mankind, according to statistics, it is in our time that thousands, and perhaps millions, of the so-called preachers have appeared. And they are all preaching the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. But if we are going to analyze the warning in the prophecy of Christ, He said that, many shall come in his name. However, they bring only His names, but not His doctrines.

This is the reason why we often hear them say, “Just accept Christ as your Lord and Savior, and you will be saved!” As simple as that! They use Christ’s name as a front, not God’s teachings, which are, supposedly, of greater importance. In line with that, this is what II John 1:10-11 says—

“If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrines, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God-speed. For he that biddeth him God-speed is partaker of his evil deeds.”

This is a warning coming from St. John. He said that, if anyone comes – be him a man, or an angel – but he brings not His doctrines, that person should not be paid attention to. They should not even be greeted. And whoever accommodates him becomes a partaker to his evil works. Perhaps this warning is already sufficient to caution us – that we should be forewarned of those people, especially in our time when many will come, bringing the name of Christ, but not His doctrines or teachings.

Now, what could be the main objective of these people? Why will they grow in number? Of course, there is a reason! But, what could be the reason behind the rise in number of these kinds of preachers, who do not teach the truth, but instead, mislead and deceive many? In I Timothy 6:9-10, it says—

“But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which some coveted after, they have erred from the faith …”

The love of money is the primary reason why many of our fellowmen have erred in their faith. Are you aware that competition in business becomes stiffer because of the love of money? The same thing is true with religion. That is the reason why a lot of religious organizations have appeared right now. The love of money is the root of all evil. In his desire to be rich, man has fallen to destruction and death. What has given birth to wrong religions? Obviously, they are brought forth by the love of money. For this reason, we must not play deaf and blind in matters of faith. For all we know, the religious organization that we are affiliated to is money-oriented! Go out of your way to find out if the pastor that is leading you is just desirous to enrich himself. If that is the case, then, your salvation is at risk. To prove that there are, indeed, preachers who mislead his followers, let us read Romans 16:18—

“For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.”

Therefore, there are really deceivers, but of course, nobody will admit that he is one. Instead, through their good words and fair speeches, they are able to deceive the hearts of the simple/naïve. And this is something that does not surprise us anymore. Naturally, nobody among them would admit that he is a deceiver; otherwise, he would not be able to fool anybody anymore. A cheater who has a bronze will not tell that what he has is just a bronze. Definitely, he will claim that it is gold. And that is exactly what St. Paul is trying to tell us. They will not admit that they are liars and deceivers, and by their good words and fair speeches, they will succeed in deceiving the hearts of the simple.

Can you consider now that what they do is a form of service to God? Is that what you call service to Christ? According to St. Paul, they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but only their own belly. They think only of personal interests and personal gains, but they do not let others know of their real motive. In fact, this is what Micah 3:11 says—

“The heads thereof judge for coward, and the priests thereof teach for hire, and the prophets thereof divine for money; yet will they lean upon the Lord, and say, Is not the Lord among you? None evil can come upon us.”

Even during the early times, there were already deceivers in religion. And the prophecy said that, their heads and priests will judge according to reward and gains. They all have the same intention, and that is to amass wealth and money. Yet, they will still lean upon the Lord, and claim that no evil shall befall them. But that is not true. The truth is, they are just preaching because of money. And this prophecy has been coming to mass, very extensively, right in our time. So, beware of them. Let us fervently seek for the truth. God is giving us a reminder in Isaiah 56:10-11—

“His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber. Yea, they are greedy dogs which never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand; they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter.”
Did you notice how this prophecy is laden with reminders and warnings to those who want to be worthy in the eyes of God? It made reference to greedy dogs, which never find contentment. No matter how much you give them, they just couldn’t have enough.

Unfortunately, the dogs that are being referred to in those verses are the pastors … the religious leaders … the preachers who are incapable of understanding. They are the pastors who have turned to their own way; everyone for his own gain. They are only after personal gains. Let us find out how our Lord Jesus Christ introduced those greedy dogs. John 10:1 says—

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.”

That is how Christ introduced them. Those who climb up by some other way … those who walk on their own way are bandits and thieves. And the prophecy tells us that many of their kind shall appear in our time. So, beware! There are greedy dogs that lurk in our lives.

Perhaps, you may ask, With what things are these greedy dogs cannot find contentment? In what particular aspect are they incapable of finding satisfaction? This is what Ecclesiastes 5:10 says—

“He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity.”

Remember what Isaiah 56:11 says?

“… they all look to their own way, everyone for his gain.”

This time Ecclesiastes 5:10 says—

“He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver.”

In what things are they not satisfied? It is in money! That is why, if you have noticed, if you are going to feed your pastor of the literal (or the material) food, he will surely get full. But when it comes to money and donations, he will never have enough! He will keep on asking for more. Even if you give him donations everyday … even if you’ve given him all your money … even if he had already become millionaires and billionaires, he will still accept your donations. This is something that that cannot be denied. And this is the primary reason why they have turned to their own way. And what did they do when they have turned to their own way? This is what Romans 10:2-3 says—

“For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.”

According to these verses, the ignorant pastors, indeed, display a zeal of God. However, they do it the wrong way. T hey established their own righteousness; we can also say that they have also built their own churches, or religions. But, we must always bear in mind that they did those only because of money. Therefore, if we are really seeking for the truth, please, consider the manner the Bible wants us to do it. I John 4:1 says—

“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.”

This statement from St. John is not meant to discredit other people. He did not mean to malign or destroy anyone. He was simply being honest in telling the actual scenario during his time. During the time of St. John, there already appeared many false prophets and false teachers. That is why, he has admonished the early Christians not to believe every spirit. Instead, they must try the spirits whether they are of God. And when he said, “try” (the spirits), he meant that, we must make a thorough scrutiny and examination of those spirits for us to know who among them is of God.

And we must not feel hopeless, because when John told us to try the spirits whether they are of God, it implies that there are really spirits that are of God! However, the men of God are rare; they are not common. What is common are the false preachers, who succeed in deceiving the hearts of the simple thru their good words and fair speeches. But let us take heed at the advice of St. John. Let us try the spirits.

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