(Est 2:14 KJV) she came in unto the king no more, except the king delighted in her, and that she were called by name.
I have had this tendency since I have become a Christian to get to try to know the local pastor of my church, to assist him and his family in any way I can. I have also rightfully had this tendency to be very intolerant, impolite with the bad, crooked pastors, and bad bishops, who abuse the good pastors as well.
Naturally I have had a definition of what a good pastor, shepherd is, and what bad pastors are like..
Firstly a good pastor proclaims God’s words directly, faithfully, and he does not add. twist or take away from God’s words.. sadly too many bad pastors do today too..
(2 Cor 2:17 KJV) For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.
(2 Cor 4:2 KJV) But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.
(Acts 15:36 KJV) And some days after Paul said unto Barnabas, Let us go again and visit our brethren in every city where we have preached the word of the Lord, and see how they do.
(Acts 16:32 KJV) And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house.
(Eph 5:26 KJV) That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
(Col 3:16 KJV) Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
(1 Th 1:6 KJV) And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost:
(1 Th 2:13 KJV) For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.
(Rev 19:13 KJV) And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
(Rev 20:4 KJV) And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
Secondly a good pastor does not discriminate, show false favoritism, for he loves all of his flock equally, without discrimination as to age, sex, finical status, education, postion.. and clearly bad pastors do not do this.
(Rom 12:9 KJV) Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.
(Rom 12:10 KJV) Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;
(Acts 10:34 KJV) Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: 35 But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.
(James 2:1 KJV) My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons. 2 For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment; 3 And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool: 4 Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts? 5 Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him? 6 But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats? 7 Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by the which ye are called? 8 If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well: 9 But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors. 10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.
Thirdly a good pastor does not merely sit in a office, but he is active, outdoors, especially in the flock’s homes..
(3 John 1:14 KJV) But I trust I shall shortly see thee, and we shall speak face to face. Peace be to thee. Our friends salute thee. Greet the friends by name.
(John 10:3 KJV) and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. 4 And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. 5 And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.
(John 21:16 KJV) He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
(Ezek 34:11 KJV) For thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I, even I, will both search my sheep, and seek them out.12 As a shepherd seeketh out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered; so will I seek out my sheep, and will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day.
(Prov 27:23 KJV) Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds.
(Ezek 34:15 KJV) I will feed my flock, and I will cause them to lie down, saith the Lord GOD.16 I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick: but I will destroy the fat and the strong; I will feed them with judgment.
(Luke 15:6 KJV) And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.
(John 10:14 KJV) I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.
Good pastors also do fight with the wolves, protect their flock..
(John 10:11 KJV) I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. 12 But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep.13 The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep.
(Heb 13:16 KJV) But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.
(Eph 6:7 KJV) With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men:
(Rom 12:21 KJV) Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
(Rom 12:2 KJV) And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
(Rom 12:3 KJV) For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
Bad pastors do seek personal glory, fame, riches, do abuse or neglect the sheep, they do cheat, lies, steal, commit adultery, do get drunk, for they are basically antichrists, seducers, imposters, hirelings, wolves in sheep clothing.
(Rom 16:18 KJV) For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.
(James 4:17 KJV) Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.
(1 Pet 3:11 KJV) Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it. 12 For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.
(3 John 1:11 KJV) Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God.
There are some jobs of being a pastor I really do not like, such as dealing with the bad wolves for instance.. and the sheep that leaves a good shepherd’s fold has the great risk of being abused by wolves, bears, etc., but there are some aspects of the jobs also that I do love, such as my writing out a God given, Biblical health prescription for a poor, and a very sick sheep.. and to next to see it work..
One thing I can tell you clearly for a start the devil cannot prevail against God, or against his sheep when they are sheltered in God, no matter how hard he tries.. and that is not my opinion, it is God’s truth, His Word on the subject topic.
(Psa 93:1 KJV) The LORD reigneth, he is clothed with majesty; the LORD is clothed with strength, wherewith he hath girded himself: the world also is stablished, that it cannot be moved. Thy throne is established of old: thou art from everlasting. 3 The floods have lifted up, O LORD, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their waves. 4 The LORD on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, yea, than the mighty waves of the sea. 5 Thy testimonies are very sure: holiness becometh thine house, O LORD, for ever.
(Psa 94:14 KJV) For the LORD will not cast off his people, neither will he forsake his inheritance. 15 But judgment shall return unto righteousness: and all the upright in heart shall follow it. 16 Who will rise up for me against the evildoers? or who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity? 17 Unless the LORD had been my help, my soul had almost dwelt in silence. 18 When I said, My foot slippeth; thy mercy, O LORD, held me up. 19 In the multitude of my thoughts within me thy comforts delight my soul.20 Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with thee, which frameth mischief by a law? 21 They gather themselves together against the soul of the righteous, and condemn the innocent blood. 22 But the LORD is my defence; and my God is the rock of my refuge. 23 And he shall bring upon them their own iniquity, and shall cut them off in their own wickedness; yea, the LORD our God shall cut them off.
(Psa 95:1 KJV) O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. 2 Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. 3 For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods. 4 In his hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is his also. 5 The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry land. 6 O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker. 7 For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand.
I can give you the prescription but you have to swallow, take it too.
(Psa 96:1 KJV) O sing unto the LORD a new song: sing unto the LORD, all the earth.
(Psa 96:2 KJV) Sing unto the LORD, bless his name; show forth his salvation from day to day.
(Psa 96:3 KJV) Declare his glory among the heathen, his wonders among all people.
(Psa 96:4 KJV) For the LORD is great, and greatly to be praised: he is to be feared above all gods.
(Psa 96:5 KJV) For all the gods of the nations are idols: but the LORD made the heavens.
(Psa 96:6 KJV) Honour and majesty are before him: strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.
(Psa 96:7 KJV) Give unto the LORD, O ye kindreds of the people, give unto the LORD glory and strength.
(Psa 96:8 KJV) Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come into his courts.
(Psa 96:9 KJV) O worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth.
(Psa 96:10 KJV) Say among the heathen that the LORD reigneth: the world also shall be established that it shall not be moved: he shall judge the people righteously.
(Psa 96:11 KJV) Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof.
(Psa 96:12 KJV) Let the field be joyful, and all that is therein: then shall all the trees of the wood rejoice
(Psa 96:13 KJV) Before the LORD: for he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth: he shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with his truth.
(Psa 97:1 KJV) The LORD reigneth; let the earth rejoice; let the multitude of isles be glad thereof.
(Psa 97:2 KJV) Clouds and darkness are round about him: righteousness and judgment are the habitation of his throne.
(Psa 97:3 KJV) A fire goeth before him, and burneth up his enemies round about.
(James 4:11 KJV) Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge.
(James 4:13 KJV) Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: 14 Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. 15 For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that. 16 But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil.
Obedience to God is essential even in the supposedly small things.
(1 Sam 15:22 KJV) Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.
(James 1:21 KJV) Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. 22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. 23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: 24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. 25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.