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By Sheila L. Jackson
Preachers, teachers, and missionaries of the gospel are to share the good news of Christ to the lost. But what if they are responsible for turning those who look to them for spiritual guidance away from Him?
Jesus commissioned us to preach, teach, and carry His Word to the four corners of the world. His commissioned has been tossed aside and replaced with greed, power, and sexual perversion. Many congregations uphold their spiritual leaders in their transgressions; willing to look the other way, if there is something in it for them. Incest, child pornography, extramarital affairs, homosexuality, sexual predators, and church brawlers have taken presidency in our sanctuaries each Sunday. And to think- they have the audacity to use the name of Jesus.
What has become of the church? When a minister can harass or stalk a woman in God’s house and no one seems to care. In the secular world sexual harassment and stalking carries a penalty. In the church, a slap on the wrist is payment for the crime. A pastor can take a child innocence and cry and beg for mercy and still continue to preach, but what about justice and mercy for the victim? In society that same person would be punished to the full extent of the law.
Are victims partially to blame for their pastors’ continued corrupt behaviors? Instead of calling them out for the deceivers they are. Most victims prefer to be paid off in an exchange for their silence. But what happens when they strike again and destroy, yet another life? The false prophets, then proceeds to Bible whip its victim to keep them under their control. He or she picks out scriptures that make them appear holy and justify their ungodly deeds. Proverbs 4:7 says, “Wisdom is the principle thing, therefore get wisdom. And with all thy getting, get understanding.” Search the scriptures for yourself that no man can beguile you.
We’ve seen it on television and read it on the Internet, church leaders getting richer by milking their poverty stricken congregation. And they do it in the name of Jesus. They participate in criminal activities, while standing behind the pulpit proclaiming God’s Word.
How can these things be? Why are they allowed to continue in their wickedness? Will justice prevail? II Corinthians 5:10 says, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.” Rest assured, God sees their evil and will punished all those who use His name for self-glory and gain.
God’s house was created to be safe haven for the wounded and broken hearted. But the spirit of manipulation entered its doors and began preying on the weak. Those leaders will be held accountable. No one escapes this life without retribution. Matthew 18:6, Jesus says, “And whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.”
Jesus asked Simon Peter, “If he loved Him?”
And Simon Peter answered, “Yes, I love you.”
Jesus commissioned,” Feed my sheep.” He’s echoing those same sentiments to the church today. Ministers’ are the gatekeeper of their congregation souls. Woe unto them who lead God’s flock astray for self gain and elicit sexual pleasures.
The name of Jesus carries authority and great power. To speak it in vain or take its usage lightly will be punished by the Lord God Almighty. Mark 16:17-18, gives a Christian insight as to how powerful the name of Jesus is.
Mark 16:17- And these signs shall follow them that believe. In my name they shall cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues:
Mark 16:18- They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them: they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
In the name of Jesus, get an understanding. So, when the wolves’ come wearing sheep clothing, you will have authority and power to pull the wool off and expose him to the world.