The Man of God -- some non-Baptist answers :-)

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  1. Abiyah

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    There is a thread in the Baptist-Only area
    regarding the "man of God," his definition, his job,
    the extent of his authority, and Scriptures often
    used by authoritarian pastors in order to keep
    congregants under their thumbs.

    I have had the sad but humorous experience of
    dealing with such pastors -- in my case, some-
    times little Hitlers who thought themselves to be
    omniscient. :-D

    One such pastor came to me in order to advise me
    regarding an area of my life, and he had it so wrong
    that when I tried to tell him what was really going on,
    he would not listen, instead telling me, "I can read
    you like a book." He was so far off-base that I had
    a hard time after that just keeping a straight face in
    order to save his.

    When my son-in-law mentioned to a similar pastor
    that he was seeking the will of our God in prayer
    about a situation, that pastor told him he did not
    need to pray; he could tell my son-in-law what
    the will of our God is.

    Same pastor, different young person: she men-
    tioned that she was going to go to Bible college.
    He told her that he would not support her going.
    Confused by that answer, she told him she was
    not asking him to support her schooling; she was
    just letting him know that she was going. His
    response: "You don't need Bible school; I know
    everything and can teach you."

    To me, a man of God is not a preacher or a pastor;
    a man or woman of God is one who seeks to do
    His will. Too many pastors haven't a clue on this
    concept and wish only to be, as mentioned in the
    other thread, little kings.

    The question was asked: how do you get rid of
    such a pastor, when he has told the whole congre-
    gation that he is not to be questioned. Well, like
    us, you can get up and leave. Where we use to
    attend two pastors like this in a row were success-
    ful in dropping the congregation from @230 on
    Sunday mornings down to @ 20 - all in 5 years
    total. Now, they were powerful!

    Thank our God for the real pastors, who have no
    desire to be little dictators, who are interested only
    in obeying our God and teaching Truth.
     
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    I really appreciate all of Pastor Larry's answers on
    this subject (over on "The Man of God" in the
    Baptist-only area). A pastor who takes the role of
    dictator is a man who is nervous and unsure of his
    place, who uses fear tactics in order to insure his
    place, a man who desires lordship.

    From what Pastor Larry says, it is likely that he has
    the attitude of, "I am here to serve the Lord and this
    flock, but if I have to do it by compromise, I won't
    do it. I am not reliant upon an audience or a con-
    gregation; push me too far, and I will get a different
    'job.'"

    Too bad we don't have more pastors like this and
    some others on the board I could easily name, and
    none of the little dictators.
     

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