Hirelings in the Pulpit – April 07, 2008
Moses has died – again. Charlton Heston has left us and left us with one of the greatest images of our lifetime – that of Moses and the Ten Commandments. If he had done nothing else, this would still place him in the hall of rememberance. For it’s a picture of God sending a leader with His Word to shepherd us to a righteous life that will result in a close relationship with Him and Heaven at the end of this road on earth. That’s far better than anything this world has to offer. Everything in this world is temporary and shallow.
When Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt, it was at once, both physical and symbolic. Moses symbolized the great Messiah, that the Israelites and Jews and Christians today are still awaiting. Christianity believes He has come once in the flesh to redeem us and will come again to deliver us to his Father in Heaven, at a time when the world is on the brink of self-destruction and the thoughts of man’s heart is continually and only evil.
And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
Sounds a lot like today. The filth in the movies, music and television is appalling. Young girls dress like hookers and strip tease artists, while young men wear their pants down in public, proudly displaying their underwear like morons. Girls are so proud to display their “wares” in bikinis in front of boys who have had too many beers on the beach. Heathenistic behavior that resembles ancient Rome just before it’s fall. Girls gone wild is the shame of this nation. Pity the poor children of this generation. Some day they may have the misfortune of seeing their own mothers on that DVD. There is murder, rape, theft, substance abuse, adultery, promiscuity, and the ugly list goes on and on and on.
Then there is the epidemic of trash mouth. It’s not like hoof and mouth. It’s trash mouth. Or toilet mouth. There’s no escaping it. Shops, stores, restaurants, even places where very young children attend, school playgrounds, the classroom. It’s showing up more and more on news broadcasts who once prided themselves on their professional speech and dress. Now, besides the foul language, the female hosts wear plunging necklines and very short skirts on the broadcast. The stories are often just excuses to show video of Victoria’s Secret runway shows or nude calender pictures. Any excuse to get more filth on the air.
But the most shocking of all, and it very well may be a first in the land of promise, is the trash mouth in the pulpit, coming directly from the mouths of pastors. Four letter expletives, ( http://www.forumeter.com/video/93975/Rev-Jeremiah-Wright-s-Message – the worst word is the very last word on this video clip), hate-speech, racism, bigotry, outright lies, incitements of anger and prejudice. If you think I’m speaking of Jeremiah Wright, you are only partly correct. There are a number of these hirelings. They are not called by God to be pastors. They are hirelings. People who chose the pastorate as a career. Worse, they misrepresent the Bible, misinterpret Scripture to support their erroneous beliefs. Declare that the Bible says one thing, while disregarding what it says in the Old Testament which clearly refutes their claims.
Defenders of Jeremiah Wright are loud and venemous. They claim that he is a “good man” and a “Bible scholar”. I totally disagree. A good pastor is a shepherd and his congregation is his flock. That analogy appears throughout the Bible. The “pastor” shepherds his flock through perilous places to safe ground where the grass is pure and nutritious and the brook offers fresh safe drinking water. He stands watch over them and warns them of approaching predators. He would give his life to protect any one of his sheep. The sheep are his and his life is dedicated to their service.
But then there is the “hireling”. He’s been hired as shepherd or pastor. He would not give his life for the flock, but would protect himself first. His goal is to make money to build his own home. ( http://elections.foxnews.com/2008/03/27/obamas-former-pastor-builds-a-multimi… 10,340 sq. ft. $1.6 million, with additional $10 million line of credit (furnishings?) (Did he get this from rich white men who control America? If so, why did he seek it or accept it? If not, then maybe he’s wrong about rich white men keeping blacks poor.) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dcOOSpvC2JI
For hirelings, it’s a job, not a dedication. He espouses his own agenda, over the needs of the flock. He will feed his flock poor grasses where harmful and even poisonous weeds grow intermingled with the grass. The sheep are often unable to separate the good grass from the poisonous weeds. The poison fills their system and slowly kills them.
Defenders of Jeremiah Wright throw up the “good works” of Wright to prove he’s a good man. But take heed, if the shepherd brushes the coats of the sheep and removes the briars from their ears, then feeds them poisonous weeds, should he be regarded as a good shepherd? No. What difference does it make if a shepherd or pastor does superficial good on the outside and then poisons and destroys his flock on the inside?
Four letter expletives from the pastor’s mouth in the pulpit????????? This can in NO WAY be construed as holy. If he is indeed a Bible scholar, then he should have noticed that The Bible is God’s Holy Word, that God is Holy, that God’s Spirit is the Holy Spirit, that God’s Temples were Holy, His presence was Holy, His Sabbath was Holy and He commanded us to “Be Ye Holy; for I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:16
The Bible is filled with God’s attention to holiness. He commands and requires holiness. Four letter expletives and hate speech are not holy. Is Rev. Wright a good man? Compare his speech to the standards set forth by God in the Bible, and remember that Wright has been called a Bible scholar.
James: 3:8 – 18
“But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.
Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.
Out of the same mouth proceedeth blssing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.
Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet (water) and bitter?
Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? So no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.
Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.
But if ye have bitter envying and STRIFE in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.
isdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual and devilish.
For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and EVERY EVIL WORK.
But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.
And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.”
When our pulpits are feeding our flocks with poison and receiving honor and praise for doing so, our country and perhaps our world is standing on a precipice, one step from ruin. Unless true shepherds, not hirelings, shout from the rooftops the warnings of danger and feed the flocks with pure truth, even in the face of threats from the enemies of truth, our beloved America will no longer be a safe haven for the oppressed. A true shepherd is called by God and will give his life for his sheep.
Yes, it may be very close to the time when the long awaited Messiah will come for us. And those that don’t believe in Him need not worry. He won’t take you.