Monday, June 06, 2011

Post-Modern Pastors And Scripture

Tit 1:9 holding fast the faithful word which is in accordance with the teaching, so that he will be able both to exhort in sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict.

Tit 2:6 Likewise urge the young men to be sensible; 7 in all things show yourself to be an example of good deeds, with purity in doctrine, dignified, 8 sound in speech which is beyond reproach, so that the opponent will be put to shame, having nothing bad to say about us.

Tit 2:11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, 12 instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, 13 looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus, 14 who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds. 15 These things speak and exhort and reprove with all authority. Let no one disregard you.

Post-Modern “pastors” and teachers do not fulfill Titus 1-2. Instead, they waver and embrace men of unsound words and doctrine, men of impurity, all the while claiming they are “learning” and “don’t know” themselves. Trying to make fake humility a virtue, when in fact its dishonest and prideful, they reject the exhortation and commands of these passages, therefore disqualifying themselves as elders/teachers of any sort.

Furthermore, to claim imperfection and therefore continue in error IS to reject the commands given above. Perfection is never an issue at any time EXCEPT for Scripture and the God of Scripture. So using words like “flawed” or phrases like “no one’s perfect” is unacceptable when it comes to a pastor teaching the Word and offering other pastors to use their pulpits to teach their sheep.

Elders are to “hold fast” to the Faithful Word. That is, “cling to” to it and not embrace error which “contradicts” sound doctrine, nor the men through which such deceipt and rebellion come through. This requires 1) being saved, 2) knowing Scripture, 3) being mature in the faith, 4) being discerning, 5) confronting, 6) rebuking SEVERELY, and 7) therefore NOT giving platform to such men and justifying them as “imperfect” or “immature” or “learning”. Rather than being given a microphone to teaching, they are to be silenced.

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