A Plea To Pastors To Examine

Pastors, do you of all people not know that it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of an angry God? Do you not understand the weight of his hand and the fierceness of his wrath? Do you call Him Lord, yet not do as He commands? Does the fear and approval of man strike more fear in you than the words of the King of Kings, “DEPART, I never knew you”?

Do you not know that we who teach the word of God will be judged with greater strictness? And yet you handle His word so flippantly?

Are you holding firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that you may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it?

Are you able to say with Paul, “I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God.”?

Are you crying with a loud voice to all, repentance toward God and of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ?

As Paul said, “Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood.”

Paul is appealing to you to contend for the faith, to stand strong, to protect the sheep from wolves, to be faithful in all that you teach.

Jesus said to Peter, “If you love Me… Feed my sheep”! Are you feeding His sheep, or starving them to give the goats their favorite dish?

I pray that you consider this warning and examine yourself by the word of God.

And remember, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16)