“Pastors” who teach about Christian Persecution

Are you looking for Pastors who teach about Christian Persecution in America?

Several years ago, while undergoing training preparations for ministry, I was close friends with a “Pastor”.  This “Pastor” and I had a wonderful relationship; we would laugh, joke, review the Scriptures, talk, all of the things good friends do.

But there was one thing that concerned me about this man; he refused to be called a “Pastor”.  I didn’t understand this because every week I would listen to him preach the sermon he had prepared; He was the one up front, the one that everyone else called “Pastor” even if he didn’t.

But then one day I realized what was happening.  He didn’t want to be referred to as “Pastor” because he wasn’t one.  He preferred the word “Preacher” because he rejected the responsibilities of a “Pastor”.  I spoke with him about it and, more or less, that is exactly what he told me.  He told me that he wanted to be viewed as the one who gave the sermon on sundays but not someone who tended to the flock the other six days of the week.

Once I had this understanding I understood that my good friend was a hireling. This hireling didn’t care for the sheep.  He cared about his retirement.  In fact if you met him on the street two years before he was scheduled to step away from the pulpit, at any given time, he could literally tell you down to the hour how long he had to wait before collecting it.

As my education continued, unfortunately I learned that my now ex-friend wasn’t unusual as far as main stream “Pastors” are concerned.  Praise the Most High there are exceptions…  but now as a Pastor of several years I can attest that true shepherds are just that; exceptions.

Hirelings don’t shepherd the sheep

In 2011 Barna Research Associates conducted a survey with 800 participants.  In that survey two questions revealed that 74 percent of America’s Christians want to know about Christian Persecution.  But unfortunately that same survey also revealed that only 48 percent of the “Pastors” want to address the issue.

Pastors who teach about Christian Persecution in AmericaWhy is that?  Why do more than half of America’s “Pastors” refuse to even mention Christian Persecution?  Are they afraid that some parishioners might fall by the wayside which might translate to a lighter offering plate?  Are they concerned they might “quench the spirit”? Are they apathetic or ill-informed?

Whatever the cause, the effect is the same; an ill-informed, ill-prepared populace.  But the problem is we’re not just talking about not sharing which grocer has the best deal on bananas.  No, it could be said that potentially,  what is at stake here is the very lives of the sheep of HIS pasture.

And so whether they are concerned about being unpopular, fewer dollars in the plate, or just being slothful these hirelings are fleecing the flock…  52 percent of them according to this 2011 survey.

 

John 10:11-13
11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd gives his life for the sheep.
12 But he that is a hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, sees the wolf coming, and leaves the sheep, and fleet: and the wolf catches them, and scatters the sheep.
13 The hireling flees, because he is an hireling, and cares not for the sheep.

 

What to do

Consider of what you are a part.  Leave those “preachers” hirelings behind who are only filling the pulpit waiting for retirement.  Instead, support those who support you whether they are where you are at or elsewhere…

Become educated in current trends, learn how (Click Here) to prepare for what Yeshua has foretold, and then help others in your sphere of influence.  This is what we are instructed to do even if others won’t.  This is what Christian Persecution in America is all about.

I’ll see you out in the field,
Parson Rayphe

 

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  • not1not99

    Just a tad bit confused about this article. There seems to be two topics: 1) pastors who view their main job as just preaching on Sunday and not shepherding the flock the rest of the week and 2) if you are a Pastor and don’t preach on Christian persecution you really fall under the first category? Is that the main point?

    • Parson_Rayphe

      Thank you for the question. I modified the content of the article a little for clarification. But basically the point I was trying to make is sometimes those who call themselves “Pastors” really aren’t and neither do they even want to be. They are simply filling the position for other (unBiblical) purposes.

      And so if a person is helping to support a church (in any way) they should consider if the “Pastor” is “pastoring” or simply giving a speech every week as an executive director of the corporation.

      I encourage the people of God to avoid the later and instead support those who are actively and sincerely standing for Righteousness.

      The context of the article is persecution but in answer to your specific question I would add that a “Pastor” should be diligently working to fulfill all of the Biblical roles of a congregation leader (Eph. 4:11-12) to the extent of their ability and gifting. This requires more than simply giving a 20 minute weekly lecture.

      Perhaps others had the same question and so I hope this helps clarify.

      Thank you for the question.

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