I agree that Pastors should be teaching the scriptures and not their opinions. However, Pastors are human and do make errors. Most, but not all, pastors that teach tithing actually believe it is valid today. I have met with three such pastors recently and showed them, in the scriptures, that not only did tithing end at the cross, it was NEVER on income or anything man made or earned. All three stopped teaching tithing. In the nineteenth century church leaders diluted God's tithe from miracles of God to man's achievements. In other words, in the tithing formula, man has replaced God with himself!
---Gary on 6/6/09|
a shepherd is responsible for his flock.
---tom2 on 5/25/09|
"Whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more. My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation."
Luk 12:48>Jam 3:1
As far as being "held to a higher standard" No.
As children of God, we are all held to the same standard.
"Be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God."
---josef on 5/23/09|
I would never join a congregation that had a Pastor with lower standards than mine.
---TIMOTHY on 5/21/09|
Like the Seq said, a good model for all:
1 Thessalonians, chapter 2
---Nana on 5/21/09|
Pastors (undersheperds) are called by God to lead their flock, by example, based on sound (uncompromised) Bible teaching. They're to show their flock the way to salvation by speaking Bible truth & living it.
Instead of being sheperds many wayward pastors are more like trail bosses on a cattle drive, i.e., hooping, hollering & using intimidation (bullying) to push, steer, & "force" their congregation in the direction they want them to go. Pastors of this kind unfortunately make merchandise of the flock once they get them to market.
---Leon on 5/20/09|
The Bible says that Pastors are to be held to a higher standard. It is one thing to have your own blood on your hands, and send yourself to Hell for false doctrines you believe. It is another thing to teach others, and then have their blood on your hands, and send them to Hell with false doctrines taught. Yes, there will be many Pastors that teach false doctrine in Hell, along with their converts.
---Leslie on 5/20/09|
Leviticus 10:1-2 And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the LORD, which he commanded them not. And there went out fire from the LORD, and devoured them, and they died before the LORD.
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
We must preach the word that is God any thing
other than his word is strange fire, God is a consuming fire his ministers he makes as flames of fire and we walk in the fire,but his enemies are consumed by those flames they are conviction and hell unto them.
---Exzucuh on 5/20/09|
I very much agree with what Tommy says here,"Anyone who declares the word of God had better be certain they are speaking God's word and not putting their own thoughts out as the word of God." And while I am not a pastor I am a witness, and as a witness I must closely guard my words. When I'm witnessing I get as quickly as possible to the exact wording of the Bible and I make certain I do not deviate from that word. I have prayed many times that the Lord would guide my words and that I would not be guilty of false teachings. I have asked the Lord to search my heart in this matter, and he has.
---mima on 5/20/09|
As undershepherds, pastors are held to a higher standard. Jesus Christ will not allow anyone to abuse His flock in any way shape or form without them having to face severe consequences. Anyone who declares the word of God had better be certain they are speaking God's word and not putting their own thoughts out as the word of God. It is a very serious thing to stand before any group of people and say "Thus saith the Lord."
---tommy3007 on 5/20/09|
Yes, they should be. The Bible tell us that if you are to be an overseer in the church that you should be an example for people to follow. It also tells us that leaders will give an account of their leadership.
---john on 5/20/09|
I don't know the answer to this one. If the Bible says so, then yes, but if not, then pastors should be held to a high standard, just as all Christians should be.
We are all held up to the high standards of Jesus as we try to be more like Him each and everyday.
---amand6348 on 5/19/09|
Thank you Pharisee.
I believe Sag means in our judgment today, not the Lord's judgment in the future.
I give this a definite Yes and No response.
I come from a family of pastors and I will tell you this is one tough job. More than most people even know. They are on-call all the time, they visit and love people most despise, listen to everyone's complaints, answer everyone's questions, manage private and church finances, conduct marriages, funerals, christenings, witness in court, visit in jail. The list goes on and on and on. They do it all without much complaint and genuinely love their flock.
---Mark_Eaton on 5/19/09|
They already are:
If God's doing it then yes absoluetely it has to be the right thing.
---Pharisee on 5/19/09|
I believe that ALL people who claim to be followers of Jesus Christ should have higher standards. We live IN this world, but we are not to be OF this world.
We are all human beings and we all make mistakes. Our sins are what make God unhappy. He sent his own son Jesus Christ to show us a "better" way to live.
As leaders, I think that pastors should take the "initiative" to teach people about what I just explained about. And because none of us are perfect, NONE of us, pastors should also take the "initiative" in teaching about: forgiveness, confession, repentance, restoration, accountablity, and so on.
---Sag on 5/19/09|