Never should pastors take a position of altering that which God says in the Bible, even the slightest of such alterations. The temptation is often to adjust biblical context to our contemporary world. This is very wrong as the Bible says it clearly that God’s Word never changes. I have written an article to address the subject of the none changing Word of God in this blog ‘The Word of God that never changes – Psalms 119:89, Matthew 24:35’
So many things have been altered in today’s churches. This include issues of the dress code, offering, tithes, body decorations, just to name a few. Often pastors, prophets and teachers of the Word never like being corrected on the wrong things they do and preach. Thus this post is only a kind reminder to the believers and the pastors alike that nobody should alter the message from the Word of God.
James 3:1 makes it clear that teachers of the Word will receive a greater judgment. I quote 2 Peter 2 from verse 4, ‘Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly’. This word is true and Peter puts it in a comparative manner. I quote, ‘ For if God didn’t spare the angels who sinned but threw them down into Tartarus and delivered them to be kept in chains of darkness until judgment; 5 and if He didn’t spare the ancient world, but protected Noah, a preacher of righteousness, and seven others, when He brought a flood on the world of the ungodly; 6 and if He reduced the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to ashes and condemned them to ruin, making them an example to those who were going to be ungodly;…’ how then can a preacher who alters the word of God hope to escape the wrath of God.
Theological studies can be the culprit
Theological studies and human reasoning combined can justify sin and twist the Word of God to favor people’s interests. A typical example is that of the justification for gays and lesbians which can be biblically supported.
Taken from the website ‘religioustolerance.org’, this website argues that there are so many unnatural things which Christianity has embraced without any qualms but not homosexuality. I quote, ‘When talking about “what’s natural,” in the beginning, the first humans did not wear prescription glasses to see, use wheelchairs to get around, or attach prosthetic limbs to enhance mobility. Are all of those aspects of humanity “unnatural”? This is just an example of what humans, pastors also, have preached to the flock.
As a matter of fact, there are pastors that preach contrary doctrines to what the Bible says. And to these, the Lord will not spare His judgment.
To the saints
For your own good, please do not just take everything your pastor teaches. You will be accountable for your own life when you die and your pastor will account for his/her own too. I go to a church where my pastor is a qualified theologian who is fluent and clearly shares the Word but I do not make the mistake of taking everything he says. I do that because he is human just like me and for no reason should I believe that he is better than me or even closer to God than I am. I agree that God has entrusted him to look after me but I still have access to God for guidance. Thank God that I’m also free to share my understanding with him and he has never taken my comments personal.
Know this fact. When you stand before God on judgment day or even when you die, the following questions may make you regret why you took everything your pastor said:
- Why did you not search the scriptures to confirm what you were taught?
- Why did you not listen to the Holy Spirit when He used your conscious to warn you against the false teaching?
- Why didn’t you look for second thoughts with other preachers of the Word?
In short, we have no excuse to give to God for disobeying His Word. Sadly, many people are already lamenting in hell for the mistake of taking every word that their pastor says.
At the end of the day, this is about you and the relationship you have with Jesus Christ.