Preaching the gospel to the lost is a call from Jesus for every believer. However, not all believers are called to be Pastors, Prophets and Bishops. These positions are today characterized by wealthy living, fleshy lifestyle, overrated authority and scarcity to the sheep. These qualities make the positions very attractive as a profession and not as a calling, which disrupts the whole plan God has for these positions.
Many have appointed themselves into such positions, leading many astray and to eternal damnation. Some false Pastors, Prophets and Bishops have graduated to multiply themselves by appointing others. Some inherit the calling from their parents but not from God’s hand. Whenever you identify such people, run for your life.
The epistle of Jude was written to warn Christians about false Pastors, Prophets and Bishops, and there are many such people in our time. It is amazing how relevant this book is today. Jude 4 says that these are people that have crept unnoticed who have been marked for condemnation and their reward is eternal damnation.
You may have questioned yourself about the type of calling manifested in lewdness works of some of the Pastors, Prophets and Bishops that you know from your area and beyond. The Bible makes it clear how to identify these people as detailed in the same verse, Jude 4.
You shall know them by their fruits and these are:
- They do not fear God or they are ungodly. Fearing God is making every effort to do and keep His commandments at all cost. They mislead people into what is pleasing to them and ignore the mandate to preach the gospel of repentance and that of God’s kingdom being at hand (Matthew 10:7).
- They turn the grace of God into lewdness. Synonyms of lewdness include vulgarity, filthiness, dirty and profanity. They have turned Christianity into a disgrace through their controversial deeds in the name of the Lord. A good example is that of a pastor from Pretoria, South Africa who was reported to be making his congregants strip in full view of the church. This was reported in May 2015. It cannot be disputed that God will never promote nudity, let alone in church. There is a lot more filth that such Pastors, Prophets and Bishops do in church. Countless of them are involved in fornication, lovers of money, living fleshly, etc.
- Deny Christ. This is tricky because they would profess Christ but deny Him by their deeds and beliefs. It has always been said that actions speak louder than words.
It is very unfortunate that people often ignore serious issues that concern their life after death but I will sound a word of warning anyway.
To the congregants, I strongly advise that you take time to study the Pastor, Prophet or Bishop that is leading your church. See that you are not lead by a blind leader who will lead you astray. Is your pastor self-appointed or has been appointed by someone that identifies with the issues listed above? If so, I strongly recommend that you make an effort to warn them about their final destination, which according to this verse is eternal separation from God, which is hell. If you fail, which is a likely result, look for another church.
If you are a Pastor, Prophet and Bishop as you read this post. You know exactly whether you appointed yourself or somebody else appointed you but it was not God who did. This can still be corrected. It may not be easy but if you want to make things right with God, give up the position you have placed yourself into and take that which God has planned for you. Pray about this because you will be judged and condemned by your actions.
I purpose to write another article on how to identify false prophets according to the Bible. You may also like the post ‘Can a false prophet preach the true Gospel?