toxic waste

May 28, 2015

3 stooges

Here’s a bible verse you may not be familiar with; “Woe to the worthless shepherd that leaveth the flock” (Zech. 11:17, ASV).

Your Pastor is NOT the Final Authority

Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.” (2 Peter 1:20 KJV)

This doesn’t seem to say what I’m getting at, but bear with me as I delve once again into the original Greek. (I’ve come to hate that phrase, with all the bible apps today any one can learn Greek or Hebrew, does everybody want to no, can it still lead to faulty translating, yes.) In my church growing up, this verse was used for the exact opposite of its true purpose, to get people to listen to their pastor and not try to interpret Scripture on their own. Sure, the verse after this alludes to the divine inspiration of Scripture, but this one at least sets out to protect people from all the whackjobs that come along touting themselves as having divine inspiration too. A better English rendering of it might say “Know this thing to be most important, that no teaching of these writings is for any private party to release.”

That would seem to indicate that what the pastor says the Bible means is a “private interpretation,” and should probably be examined with a grain of salt, as one of our other verses above has suggested.

There are toxic churches, toxic pastors, pulpits filled with hate, pastors that are burned out, misguided and worse.

In chapter five of Ken Blanchard’s book titled, Lead Like Jesus, Blanchard discusses the power of 5 key habits leaders should be practicing (see below):

  • Solitude • Prayer • Study and Application of Scripture • Accepting and Responding to God’s Unconditional Love • Involvement in Supportive Relationships

These are not only great tips for pastors but for everyone else.

 Here is my attempt to encourage you, my pastor-brother: * Refuse to be the Messiah. Jesus already bled for the church. You don’t have to. * Share your boundaries with people and stick to them. If you don’t, people will determine your boundaries for you. * Best you can, develop a team of staff and volunteers, then delegate and entrust the folks and their needs to them. In fact, in a way folks may not understand, you are doing the best for them by doing so. * Do for one what you wish you could do for everyone. * If you get kickback for not being there for everyone, entrust yourself to the Lord. If you want to explain yourself, do so. But don’t feel pressured to explain yourself to everyone. Some people will never be satisfied, no matter what you say or do. So don’t get sucked into that vortex. * As a final straw, if the pressure to always be there is crushing you, and the church has developed a sense of entitlement that expects you to always be there, you might need to consider moving on. But no matter what you do, no matter where you go, that low-grade guilt will remain. Own it, but don’t let it own you.

Ok, now that I’ve wandered all over the place, pray for your pastor, take a pastor out for fun, babysit so the and his wife can have a nice night out, and if you’re in a small church, buy them dinner too.

God bless from

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