7 WAYS TO DEAL WITH SINNING PASTORS


In our previous discussion where we considered if we can take actions against a sinning elder, we saw that it isn’t out of place. What are the right actions to take? How do we take actions? Does the Bible offer us a guideline on how to take actions against a sinning elder? Let’s look at these few guidelines. These steps apply to every Christian but also shows us how to confront a sinning elder.

1. PRIVATE CONFRONTATION & CORRECT JUDGEMENT

When you notice an elder is sinning, you may be greatly disturbed, it is okay that you may struggle to let go or you may be struggling to come in terms with the fact that an elder sinned against you and God but there is a way to settle these issues in the Church which is the same way you settle issues with other believers. The Bible says in Proverbs 27:6

“Wounds from a sincere friend are better than many kisses from an enemy.”

It is your responsibility to confront someone you caught in sin and speak the truth to him or her in love (Ephesians 4:15). You don’t have to harbour their wrongs in your heart or go around making news out of it. You have to confront them privately for what they did! No matter how painful your rebuke may be to them, it is better than the praises they receive from people who never dared to approach them. The Bible says in Galatians 6:1

“Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted.”

Look carefully, the Bible isn’t talking about just a onetime mistake but a habitual sin! When you discover someone has been caught up in sin, the first thing you do is to confirm your assumptions without wrongly judging him or her and when your assumptions are true, you should seek to restore such a person in a gentle manner and with a heart full of love while you watch yourself to ensure you don’t get trapped too! The judgment that Jesus condemned is gossip, slander and sentimental judgments. The Bible says in John 7:24

“Look beneath the surface so you can judge correctly.”

We can judge things right when we do a careful and biblical evaluation of the situation. We shouldn’t just jump up and start taking sides based on appearance and things that appeal to the emotions, we must look beneath the surface. This is also how we are careful so that we don’t eventually go into sin while trying to help another. When you have confronted someone privately for his wrongs and he continues with it, take the second step.

2. INVOLVE A THIRD OR FEW MORE PARTY

The next biblical step to take is not to broadcast it to the world! You should involve two or three persons as the Bible says in Matthew 18:16 and encourage him out of that sin. These two persons could even be witnesses or Church executives. Your visit to the elder isn’t a sign of disloyalty but a portrayal of love for him and the people committed to his care. He may not even understand that it but that’s alright. If this elder continues in the wrong ways then the third step is necessary.

3. INVOLVE CHURCH ELDERS

In some Churches these days, there aren’t multiple elders who the Pastor is accountable to. When you have confronted an elder (or Pastor) with few executives and he insists on living the way he wants, you may have to involve the senior Pastor or the Pastors he is submitting to in the case if he is the Senior Pastor of your congregation. The leadership are to take up the matter and discipline the elder. But if he admits he’s wrong, you must stop on this step.

4. LET THE ELDERS FAULT BE MADE PUBLIC

When an elder has refused to change and keeps on sinning the Bible recommends in 1 Timothy 5:20

“But those elders who are sinning you are to reprove before everyone, so that the others may take warning.”

Many times, the sins of elders will go on influencing those he is leading. He may not even know that a lot of people already knows about his sexual misconduct or his tendencies to always write off money from the church purse for his personal use and he wouldn’t even be aware that he is wrongly influencing various other persons. The Bible recommends that such an elder should be rebuked publicly! Another instance is when an elder makes a public declaration that is totally against the word, the correction should be made public too and not private. This step would humble him and make him steer back to the right path, on the other hand, it will also correct those who had assimilated the wrong teachings.

5. LET HIM LEAVE THE FELLOWSHIP OR THE LEADERSHIP

If the elder had continued in that sinful way after all efforts have been made to address his issues and he insists on living the way he wants, he should come down from that leadership position and also be shown the way out of that fellowship. Now, this is very difficult for a Church organization where the elder happens to be the senior pastor and also happens to assume the highest authority where he isn’t accountable to the members of the Church or even the leadership board. The essence of leaving or coming down from his position as a Pastor is because he would continue influencing other loyalists, he would also continue using the resources of that ministry to shield himself. Concerning this kind of disciplinary action, Paul said in 1 Corinthians 5:1-5

“It is reported that there is sexual sin among you. I’m told that a man is sleeping with his father’s wife. Even people who don’t know God won’t let that kind of sin continue. And you are proud! Shouldn’t you be very sad instead? Shouldn’t you have thrown out of your church the man doing this? Even though I am not right there with you, I am with you in spirit. And because I am with you in spirit, I have already judged the man doing this. I have judged him in the name of our Lord Jesus. So when you come together, I will be with you in spirit. The power of our Lord Jesus will also be with you. When you come together like this, hand this man over to Satan. Then the power of sin in his life will be destroyed. His spirit will be saved on the day the Lord returns.”

When you study this passage carefully, you will discover that the man in question has been confronted and even reported to the Church elders in that congregation but because nothing could be done and the sin continued, it was reported to Paul by concerned persons and he asked them to throw him out of Church by the authority of Jesus. Paul instructed that they hand him over to Satan. He didn’t mean that the Church has a deal with Satan, what he was saying is “throw him out of fellowship into the world where Satan rules there system.” Although it sounded tough and harsh, it was a disciplinary action that would drive that person back because he wouldn’t want to stay out there in the world after having a taste of the freedom from sin that Christ has given us. By throwing the person out, he is further disciplined by God in a way He deems it fit. The Bible also says in Titus 3:10-11:

“Warn a divisive person once, and then warn them a second time. After that, have nothing to do with them. You may be sure that such people are warped and sinful; they are self-condemned.”

6. PRAY FOR HIM, FORGIVE AND MOVE ON

After he has been thrown out, you have done your part and God is pleased with you. If you are a victim of his wrongs, you can forgive him, pray for him and move on with your life allowing God to deal with him His way. The Bible says in Hebrews 12:6

“For the LORD disciplines those he loves, and he punishes each one he accepts as his child.”

The Bible also says in Psalms 94:12

“Blessed is the man You discipline, O LORD, and teach from Your law.”

Always ensure that your motive towards him isn’t to see him punished for his wrongs but to get him restored by God and to send signals to others to desist from such actions.

7. SEEK THE HELP OF LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES

If the issue you faced from a Church elder is that which involves physical violence, death threat, rape and so on, it may not be out of place to quickly seek the help of the Police or other law enforcement agencies in your locality. The reason is simple, to prevent him from hurting others, to give him the privilege of seeing how terrible his actions are in the face of the law. While you do this, you may also need to keep others informed about the step you are taking. Concerning the government officials including the various arms of government, the Bible says in Romans 13:3-4

“For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but bad. Do you want to be unafraid of the one in authority? Then do what is right, and you will have his approval. For he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not carry the sword in vain. He is God’s servant, an agent of retribution to the wrongdoer.”

Some conducts aren’t what can be fixed right in the Church, some are conducts that bring about the danger in the society and you are doing the right thing by quickly reporting to the law enforcement agencies. They are also God’s agent of retribution to the wrongdoer.

Meanwhile, when an elder or just any Christian admit their wrong and apologizes publicly, showing genuine repentance, they can be welcomed back to the congregation, given some time for godly restoration and assimilated back into leadership after they had taken time to prove that they are qualified for that position.

This is how I believe sinning elders should be handled in the Church as it is the principles of discipline I found in the Bible. Next time, we will be looking at how a Pastor should seek forgiveness, healing and restoration.

God bless you.

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JESUS, THE DONKEY AND PRIVATE JET


Let me start with a disclaimer.

The intent of this writing is not to endorse whether preachers should ride on a private jet or not. This is simply to address the common statement some people use to justify ownership of private jet by Pastors. Let it be noted that I have not said it is right or wrong for Pastors to own Private jets, I am only here to clarify a certain story in the Bible in Matthew 21:1-11, which many private jet owners and their supporters use to justify it which to me is very wrong and a misrepresentation of who Jesus is and what He stands for.

It is a common thing to hear people say “if Jesus was on earth today, He would not ride a donkey but a private Jet.” But I think that statement does not represent Jesus or the significance of His entry into Jerusalem. To make such a statement would mean that Jesus was looking for luxury or convenience when He rode a donkey but that is not true and in fact, we would be surprised to find out from the Bible that the opposite is the case. Here are some few facts I would want us to note down before we continue.

  1. Jesus wasn’t riding on a donkey, He rode on the donkey just on the occasion of entering Jerusalem.
  2. Jesus didn’t own the donkey. The donkey was borrowed for His use.
  3. Jesus used the donkey for a reason opposite of what people assume in this modern age. He wasn’t looking for luxury.

“To make such a statement would mean that Jesus was looking for luxury or convenience when He rode a donkey but that is not true and in fact, we would be surprised to find out from the Bible that the opposite is the case.”

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What exactly does Jesus triumphant entry into Jerusalem on donkey signify? In Israel, kings and warriors rode on horses and horses were very expensive at those times. They only ride on donkeys when they are coming in peace so as not to send wrong signals of war. The donkey was usually for agricultural purposes and also for ease of transport among common people. What many people don’t know today is that donkeys at those times were lowly animals and never in any way showcased luxury. If Jesus wanted a luxurious entrance into Jerusalem, He wouldn’t ride on a donkey but on a horse or even chariot!

Concerning Jesus coming into Jerusalem on a donkey, Zechariah made a prophecy in Zechariah 9:9 which says  “Behold, your king comes to you, triumphant and victorious. He is humble and riding on an ass, on a colt, the foal of an ass.” I want us to note something very important here. He said the king comes triumphant and victorious but then He said: “He is humble and riding on an ass…” The coming of Jesus into Jerusalem on a donkey was a display of humility and not a showcase of greatness as the world will want to interpret it. In verse 10 of the same passage we see something very significant again which says “I will take away the chariots from Ephraim and the war-horses from Jerusalem, and the battle bow will be broken. He will proclaim peace to the nations. His rule will extend from sea to sea and from the River to the ends of the earth.” Let’s understand this in a few points.

Jesus came in humility which the donkey signifies. His entry into Jerusalem on a donkey instead of a horse signified peace. He wasn’t coming to conquer, He was coming with Peace as He is the King of Peace. Riding on a donkey also showed He came to connect with common people instead of kings and religious leaders. But there is another significant aspect of this story that we have not looked at before.

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“Jesus came in humility which the donkey signifies. His entry into Jerusalem on a donkey instead of a horse signified peace.”

We know that certain things in the Old Testament were types and shadows of what Christ was coming to do (Colossians 2:17). Isaac in the Bible was a type of Jesus and when God asked Abraham to sacrifice Isaac, his only begotten son, Isaac rode on a donkey with his father to be sacrificed (Genesis 22:3). We also know the story of the good Samaritan who of course represents Jesus, the Bible says he rode on a donkey. Jesus wasn’t riding on a donkey to showcase wealth or even showcase kingship in the way earthly kings would. Everything about Jesus riding on a donkey exemplified humility, peace and acceptance of common people.

To say that Jesus would ride a private Jet today because He rode on a donkey in those days is a careless statement and gross misinterpretation of the message of the Bible. Jesus showcased a life of humility that is opposite of what many people experience today and if today was to be that day in which Jesus rode a donkey, He would still ride on a donkey. I also understand that people are meant to believe that Jesus was poor that we might be rich and so some would want to interpret it that way saying “since Jesus rode on a lowly donkey, He did it so that we might ride on a private jet.” That is still not true because Jesus becoming poor that we might be rich means something different. Jesus said in Matthew 20:28 “just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.” It was in the laying down of His life that we might live that He became poor that we might become rich. The Bible wasn’t talking about material prosperity.

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“To say that Jesus would ride a private Jet today because He rode on a donkey in those days is a careless statement and gross misinterpretation of the message of the Bible.”

Jesus didn’t ride on a donkey with the view of having the luxury of life. If Jesus wanted to enjoy comfort, He surely would have used the money in the treasury to get a full chariot of horses but no! Jesus rode on a borrowed donkey to showcase humility! He didn’t borrow this donkey while He was going about preaching in very far places, He didn’t want comfort as He taught and acted the message of the kingdom! He rode into Jerusalem to fulfil a prophecy. When Jesus washed the feet of the disciples, He asked them to showcase the same level of humility to others.

Now, it is clear that if Jesus was on earth; if today was that day that He triumphantly entered Jerusalem which led to His crucifixion, He would still ride on a borrowed lowly animal and not on a horse, a chariot, a G-wagon or even a private jet. Is it wrong to ride on a jet? I have not said that; at least not yet but it is absolutely wrong and deceitful to say that the reason some should ride Jet as preachers even while so many people under them are hungry is that Jesus rode on a donkey and would ride on a jet if He was on earth today.

Jesus showed us the path of humility and we have to imitate Him in that regard. This may not be a popular opinion but of course, the truth isn’t always a popular opinion.

~ God bless you.

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LOVE IN DISAGREEMENTS


LOVE IN DISAGREEMENTS
I have got this thing going on in my mind and I felt it would be nice if I’d share with you. We don’t need to agree on everything to be friends or brothers! I know the Bible says two cannot walk together except they agree but then we can walk together on what we agree and decide to dialogue on what we don’t agree, share in each other’s perspective and arrive at a biblical stand. I also agree there are people we may never walk with because even though they are using the “Christian” label, they are intentionally misleading people from the truth.

In the Christian communities, many people seem to be in the divides and outside the divide they don’t want to identify with other folks probably because they have some minor doctrinal disagreement. It hurts me that many times some denominations consider others their enemies on the basis of few disagreements. Our disagreement as believers isn’t bigger than our agreements and therefore we shouldn’t let the leaders influence us to hate who they hate or who doesn’t agree with them. We shouldn’t hate people because our pastors don’t like them.

In many families, siblings may disagree among themselves on certain things but it doesn’t stop them from being family. That we disagree on certain things can’t stop us from being brothers. I get shocked how we quickly term someone “antichrist” or even “demonic” just because he doesn’t share the same thought 100% with us and yet we both believe that salvation is only in Jesus! See, there are things that don’t add or remove to our salvation. We shouldn’t become enemies over those things!

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Christians fight over how the baptism was done that it becomes more of a personal fight than the defence of the gospel. For instance, some Christians believe your salvation is not real because you have not been baptized by immersion and therefore once they realize it, they see you as an alien. But, should this cause us to fight? You believe in “sprinkling”, I believe in immersion and another believes it is no longer necessary. But we all believe salvation is only in Jesus and is based in the finished works of Christ. Then we are brothers! And we can work together to some extent, at least on the very things we agree. We preach Jesus together without having to bring in our disagreements on baptism. I have been invited to several organizations including Roman Catholic organizations to come and share the word of God with them. When I go there, I teach about Jesus knowing that the more we know Jesus, the more our doctrines are refined.

You believe in tithing and sowing seeds as a relevant New Testament practice and I don’t believe in those but I believe in unrestricted generous giving to support the work of the ministry. But we both believe that we are saved by Grace alone! Do we really have a very serious disagreement? No! We shouldn’t be enemies! We are brothers and when we are working together on a project, we can stay silent on what we disagree and enforce that which we agree on!

I am not saying voicing our disagreements is wrong because sometimes we need to be strong about our convictions so that others can know why we believe what we believe and maybe see if our views communicate Jesus in a better way. While we can voice out our disagreements, we can do it without hate and intentions to attack anyone’s personality. We can do that in love and we can even walk and work together on what we agree while discussions can still be open on what we disagree so that we can understand each other’s perspective from the light of the word.

You know Paul openly criticized Peter right? But it never made them enemies neither was it a basis to create distance. Paul’s open correction was not as a result of his hatred or envy for Peter but because of his convictions on the finished works of Jesus. Paul wasn’t trying to attack the personality of Peter but he wouldn’t stand and watch the works of Jesus get mocked. Let’s read that portion of the Bible and understand why it was important that Paul rebuked Peter

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“But when Peter came to Antioch, I opposed him in public, because he was clearly wrong. Before some men who had been sent by James arrived there, Peter had been eating with the Gentile believers. But after these men arrived, he drew back and would not eat with the Gentiles, because he was afraid of those who were in favour of circumcising them. The other Jewish believers also started acting like cowards along with Peter, and even Barnabas was swept along by their cowardly action. When I saw that they were not walking a straight path in line with the truth of the gospel, I said to Peter in front of them all, “You are a Jew, yet you have been living like a Gentile, not like a Jew. How, then, can you try to force Gentiles to live like Jews?” – Galatians 2:11-21

Peter’s actions misled other people who were looking up to him and Paul noted their actions were not in line with the truth of the gospel and he had to rebuke Peter but it never caused hatred among them! Peter had this to say later in his letter in 2 Peter 3:15 “Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him.” You see that? Peter never underrated Paul even after that rebuke that came from him. This is how it should be. Many people don’t admit they’re wrong belief because of pride, they don’t want it to look as though they were wrong because they want to always appear superior. It is God’s desire that we all walk in love because what divides us isn’t greater than what unites us. There will always be people who have the different belief from us and yet they are Lord’s followers. We should not reject them, we have to accept them not for any purpose of wanting to criticize them. And by fellowshipping with one another we keep growing into maturity.

“Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.” – 1 Corinthians 12:12

“Welcome all the Lord’s followers, even those whose faith is weak. Don’t criticize them for having beliefs that are different from yours.” – Romans 14:1

Blessings.
George O.N
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What differentiates two believers in their manifestations of the anointing is knowledge and their level of growth in faith but they both have access to same anointing! Sometimes the issues of life seem to put our faith down, sometimes we stand in the valleys of shadows of death and we trip off because we do not know that the Lord is right there with us but this exactly is where we are supposed to manifest the anointing! This teaching contains the Biblical way in which you can express the anointing already available in you. 

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FOR SINGLES IN MINISTRY


I normally don’t do a guest post here but I found this very inspiring piece written by Susan Dare that I’d like to share… I copied and posted as is written….

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For those of us who are doing ministry and are single, this will bless us:
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The work the lord has committed to our trust is something we cannot afford to play with! The people we labor over, the souls we save, how much we spend and are spent for people!
We love the people
We care for the people
We pray fervently for the people
We are there for them
They cry on our shoulders
We spend night and day helping them discover the purpose of God for their lives!
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But
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We have our own troubles
We cry too
We are worried too
We may not talk about them… Some times our hearts bleeds!
Issues here and there
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That’s why we can’t afford to marry wrong!
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Ministry is just sweet being with the right person! After all the stress, you come back home to a friend and lover! There is nothing like marrying someone who fits into you in every sense! Emotionally! Intellectually! Spiritually! Physically! Financially! Every sense!
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You can’t imagine the joy when you look at your side, you see a woman who is home for you! Coming home becomes a joy! You are certain you will meet comfort at home! You are a fiery preacher outside but you are her honeybunny, you know waraimin😋!
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Sister, that joy when you are done with blessing the saints and doing all the pulpit stuffs…. You come home to be the baby girl for the man! He pets and spoils you silly!
(I love that baby girl part!Chuckles😌😊)
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We all sometimes just want to have the right shoulders to lean on and that one person that just understands us indepthly and connects with us deeply!
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You sure don’t want that person to be a monster!
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So make your choice wisely!
It’s a once in a lifetime decision!
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So make it right that you look back a decade and more from now and be glad you married posterity!
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I love this couple! It is a deep sonetin!
They make being married in ministry sweet! When you see them…. You just know that people still marry right in ministry! We don’t have to miss it in marriage! We don’t!
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Rev Peter and Pastor Funlola
I celebrate you always!
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Written and photo caption by Susan Dare
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