There is a mistake among the Pastors today, it is that they seek no prayer, yea rather, they seek glory for themselves and desire to make a name among men. They want to be known abroad, both far and wide, and they know that the best way to do that is to conform with the false Pastors of the Church. This is not to condemn every Pastor in every Church, but the question should be asked, where is the brotherly love among the Pastors? Where is the prayer? This is how the Christians build up their most holy faith, by “praying in the Holy Ghost” (Jude 20), not by preaching and not by food.
There was a Pastor who had led a Church for 8 years by this scripture from Acts, “And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers” (Acts 2:42). Now this Pastor would go to the Pastoral fellowships each year, and watch as the preachers who were paid to preach at these fellowships were consistently from far, far outside the group of Pastors in the county and the surrounding cities. These outside preachers always had big names, with lots of books about their ministry, and would always talk about the ministry they have somewhere else in the world. He would watch as the other Pastors would sit there and eat their food and listen to it. The local Pastors were almost never asked to preach, and there was never time for prayer. One day he could not take the vainglory any longer and he got up and called for prayer among the brethren. The other Pastors were silent. This Pastor has not been called by the others to preach at any fellowship, and he has since ceased attending the fellowships. If the other Pastors cannot continue in the apostles’ doctrine and in prayer, then what is the object of the meeting?
Paul wrote to Timothy in a second letter, that “All they which are in Asia be turned away from me” (2 Timothy 1:15). Could it be that these men were turned away from him because they think that his speech is contemptible? Paul said of those that think his words were weighty, and his presence weak, that although they commend themselves, that he dares not commend himself. He said that God gave him a measure, and that he would not boast of things without his measure, and that he would not boast of other men’s work. The Pastors today glory in their work, both of what they have “accomplished”, and also of the “accomplished” Pastors and preachers they have hosted. What about the meek Pastor who called for prayer? Paul said, “For not he that commendeth himself is approved, but whom the Lord commendeth” (2 Corinthians 10:18).
Have ye not read in the third Epistle of John that Diotrephes loved to have the preeminence among his congregation? How that he did not receive the Apostles? How he prated against them with malicious words? And he forbad the brethren and threw out the ones in the Church who wanted to continue in the Apostles doctrine? Pastors, there is a measure that God has given you, and part of that measure is being knit together, with the Body of Christ, and with the other Pastors, and it needs to be in prayer and fellowship. Why must the Pastoral fellowships have a celebrity preacher? Should not the Pastors of an area come together with their congregations and pray for the issues they face? As any Christian can tell from the second and third chapters of Revelation, not every Church deals with the same issues. Any Christian should also be able to refrain from gladly suffering fools that exalt themselves and boast of themselves and do not glory in the Lord.
Are you a Pastor who fits the description of a detrimental Pastor? Cease this folly, and turn back to the right way again. Pray that the Pastors will get together to pray. This is the prayer of the meek Pastor who tried to get them to.
The Lord Jesus Christ be with thy spirit. Grace be unto you.
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