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  1. Carol

    Presently my husband and so are contemplating moving on from our present place of worship. It is a decision we’ve struggled with for the last 3 years, out of 20 years attending. Pastors today are concerned about their position, mostly in the community, involving themselves outside the church, neglecting the flock, and expecting revival to fill the pews. One Sunday message is supposed to feed the flock, a message full of self-help, conjuring up faith, and fighting Satan, rather than strengthening our spirit in the knowledge of Christ and His finished work. From outward appearance, the congregation thinks that everyone else is being cared for, nurtured and fed, when in reality, everyone is neglected. If you speak up, you’re considered a troublemaker. It’s unfortunate that we support our pastor well, in every way, yet we are neglected and ignored. If you leave, he justified the departure as it being God leading them on to where they need to go. We’re concerned and wondering what to do, or if the church that Jesus intended it to be actually exists. Thankfully, we have a few Christians that are faithful and fellowship with, without whom we would be totally discouraged.

  2. Susanne Wongg

    This is very true and has been our personal experience. I agree with T.I. Miller- we can’t church hop. We have to stand against false teaching and keep pointing to the truth. There is only one name under which we can be saved: Jesus Christ.

  3. A hearty Amen. Brother!! As a pastor myself, I do recognize the balancing act that is played out on a day by day basis.

    However, the physical balance of how much time, and energy, you spend between work, family, and church, is the main question of balance.

    A pastor is called to proclaim the truth, teaching, and warning every person. This is non-negotiable. Lives depend on the Truth!

    Colossians 1:21-28 KJV
    And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled [22] In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight: [23] If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister; [24] Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church: [25] Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God; [26] Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: [27] To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: [28] Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:

  4. T. I. Miller

    Color blind tests reveal that it is physically impossible to see what is obvious to others. Those with the gift of discernment can see what is intellectually and spiritually impossible for others .
    Add the reality that Pastors do live in a bubble and we have a lot to overcome.
    Watchmen see a tiny lump of yeast in the dough and the pastor just shrugs it off. Bearing with one another becomes our daily resolve. We can’t just continue to hop from church to church looking for hoping to be respectfully heeded. Trust is earned over and over.
    Its about service not being esteemed by man.

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