He shares God's Word in one breath, and in the next calls you by name, in front of strangers, sharing your private spiritual growth, in the middle of his Sunday sermon!
He feels "it's his job" because he’s the pastor, but he is deceived, because the devil wants to cause havoc in churches and lies to pastors, telling them things that mislead them, causing strife and offense, which runs people out of the church.
He is misled by thinking it's the Word of God that chases people out of church, and doesn't see it's not what he's delivering, it's the ‘method’ of his delivery.
Jesus said in Matthew 25:40 – “And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”
He also said in John 10:14 – “14 I am the Good Shepherd; and I know and recognize My own, and My own know and recognize Me”.
Pastors should speak the message that God gives them in their heart, trusting God is delivering exactly what their flock needs, speaking lovingly, in words that are easily understood by all; allowing the Holy Spirit to minister to our hearts.
When a pastor purposefully shames a sheep in front of the others, disclosing what he or she used to do, or how far they’ve come, and how long the pastor’s been praying for their soul, that little lamb runs away and does not come back. Sometimes the little lamb gets lost!
It is written in Jeremiah 23:1 – “Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! saith the LORD.”
Pastors will account to God for each little lamb. Romans 14:12 – “So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God.”
The spirits of strife and offense are running rampant in churches all over the world, and we need to cast them out of the church house, and out of our lives!
Proverbs 10:12 - “12 Hatred stirs up dissension, but love covers all sin.” Jesus commanded us to love others, as He first loved us. (John 15:12)
Sometimes God causes our minds to be blinded when we disobey and turn away from Him. Some people can't see what they are doing wrong; not realizing they are walking in disobedience.
John 12: 39 to 41 - “39For this reason they could not believe, because, as Isaiah says elsewhere: 40"He has blinded their eyes and deadened their hearts, so they can neither see with their eyes, nor understand with their hearts, nor turn—and I would heal them." 41Isaiah said this because he saw Jesus' glory and spoke about him.”
God's Word says that He enlightens us, and takes the veil away from our eyes, when we seek Him with a sincere heart. Jesus said “And He said to them, Be careful what you are hearing. The measure [of thought and study] you give [to the truth you hear] will be the measure [of virtue and knowledge] that comes back to you--and more [besides] will be given to you who hear.” in Mark 4:24.
Chastisement, in my humble opinion, is a job apportioned to parents because parents love those whom they chastise. God chastises us because He loves us.
Psalm 94 – “ 8 Take heed, you senseless ones among the people; you fools, when will you become wise?
9 Does he who implanted the ear not hear? Does he who formed the eye not see?
10 Does he who disciplines nations not punish? Does he who teaches man lack knowledge?
11 The LORD knows the thoughts of man; he knows that they are futile.
12 Blessed is the man you discipline, O LORD, the man you teach from your law;
13 you grant him relief from days of trouble, till a pit is dug for the wicked.
14 For the LORD will not reject his people; he will never forsake his inheritance.
15 Judgment will again be founded on righteousness, and all the upright in heart will follow it.”