Saturday, October 5, 2019

Pastors Are Not Perfect

I just learned of another minister who was fired "immediately" for moral failure.  Does this church realize what message that this is sending to it's people and to the lost? Quite frankly, I believe it's un-Biblical for a church to fire someone because of sin if they don't first offer restoration as an option.  It's first Biblical calling should be to try and restore him back to the fold, like Christ would do.  He leaves the 99 for the 1 - always!! (Even if it is the Pastor or Worship Pastor)

Churches have no perfect people...not even one.  When churches start believing and acting like their Pastors, Ministers and staff are above it, then they are very deceived. The higher you place them on a proverbial pedestal the higher they have to fall.  If this minister says, "I deny Christ and I am turning my back on the church." Then yeah, let him walk... but that's his choice.  But, if he confesses and says, "I am sorry, I messed up and need help." Then the church needs to be the church and forgive him and restore him back to ministry.  

The only perfect person, Jesus Christ, died on the cross for this exact sin/moral failure that this guy committed.  Was His crucifixion in vain?  Was it not enough?  I would encourage this church to rally around him and minister to him.  I would encourage them to lavishly love Him back to a right relationship with Christ.  Romans 2:4 in action.  Love wins every time.  It's called, "Restoration," and this is what God has entreated all of us Christians to be, "Ministers of Reconciliation."  

2 Corinthians 5:16 So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God."

Romans 2:4 "The loving-kindness of Christ will lead them to repentance." 

At the end of the day what speaks louder to a lost and dying world?  Making this man clean out his office in haste and leave the church or lavishly loving him back to a right relationship with Christ by way of delicate church discipline?  Restoration tells the congregation that, "Hey, this guy messed up, just like I do, and the church still loves him."  This creates a safe environment for healing, honesty and confession.  

I have heard some say and use the excuse, "God holds ministers to a higher standard." The only higher standard taught in the Bible (James 3:1) is how He will hold teachers accountable for what they teach.  God expects Pastors/Preachers and Teachers to teach the entire Truth of God; to not add to it or to take away from it.  (Revelations 22)  The Bible teaches that sin is sin.  Deacons sin.  Folks in the choir sin.  Sunday school teachers sin.  Pastors sin.  Pastor's wives sin.  The beauty of God is that each and every one of us are forgiven in Christ.  Praise His Name.  It seems to me that if they are asking him to clean out his office in haste and not offering this remorseful minister, reconciliation, then they, "the church leaders" are operating in as much error and are "taking away" from what the Word of God teaches.

If we, "The Church" want to make a difference and a lasting impact for eternity, we need to begin by "Loving our own." We need to begin showing the world what the Love of God looks like.  I am praying for this church.  May God open their hearts and eyes!  In Jesus Name.