There is a saying that goes like this, “No man is an island unto himself.” What does that mean? It means that no one is truly alone and no one can truly do anything without affecting others. Yet so many feel so alone, so sad, so disconnected. Great news is here for you! Jesus never called you to be alone! Jesus never called you to be disconnected! Jesus never called you to be remote and inaccessible!
Here is something to consider from two perspectives, the perspective of the pastor and the perspective of the church member:
Don’t pay attention to an accusation against a spiritual leader unless it is supported by two or three witnesses.
It is very true that “people can be difficult” and many churches settle for selecting a pastor based merely on how well he can deal with the issues that people have. Some churches seemingly will bypass an anointed, consecrated, gifted pastor and take hold of a dry administrator who can handle the business matters of the church body.
The instruction give in 1 Timothy is a great, great instruction. Even the best of spiritual leaders will come under accusations from time to time. Remember that the devil, that vile evil one of old, is the accuser of the brethren and he works through people. The devil goes around and even attends gatherings and church meetings seeking who he can devour and turn into an accuser to do his bidding. Paul’s instruction to Timothy is to share with the church, those gathered Christians, the body of believers that they are not even to pay attention to any accusation against a spiritual leader unless it supported by two or three witnesses. In the Old Testament a legal claim could not be rendered against anyone unless there were two or three witnesses.
The very next time someone whispers, “Did you hear about what pastor did?” Check yourself! Check them! Ask them: Is what you are saying supported by two or three witnesses or are you contributing to the work of the devil, the accuser? That should throw cold water on gossip and backbiting all of which is unproductive and divisive and destructive of community and fellowship.
One old pastor used to say, “I love Jesus and I love the church — but the people – oh the people – they make things so hard!” The work of ministry is a work among people, unto people and it touches the good, the bad, the beautiful and the ugly and it takes the grace of God to lead successfully. Many pastors chose to be aloof and remote, or they isolate themselves behind a facade. They do this to protect themselves and their family members – but at the cost of true community, true vibrant relationships that are a blessing and a help in time of need.
Help your pastors and spiritual leaders by following God’s wise instruction to not pay attention to any accusation against any spiritual leaders unless it is supported by two or three witnesses. God will bless your life for following this guidance in all of your relationships. Go f
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