Warfare

Pastor says that we are under attack. The warfare is from rebels (people) exposing his own words, deeds, and methods of camouflaged destruction of lives.

Rebels in the hands of our angry pastors.

But God says, “Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel; prophesy, and say to them, even to the shepherds, Thus says the Lord God: Ah, shepherds of Israel who have been feeding yourselves! Should not shepherds feed the sheep? You eat the fat, you clothe yourselves with the wool, you slaughter the fat ones, but you do not feed the sheep. The weak you have not strengthened, the sick you have not healed, the injured you have not bound up, the strayed you have not brought back, the lost you have not sought, and with force and harshness you have ruled them” (Ezekiel 34:2-4). “Therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the Lord: Thus says the Lord God, Behold, I am against the shepherds, and I will require my sheep at their hand and put a stop to their feeding the sheep. No longer shall the shepherds feed themselves. I will rescue my sheep from their mouths, that they may not be food for them” (Ezekiel 34:9-10).

Abuse Begets Abuse

We have two dozen or so young adults/adults who never see or talk to their parent/parents. On pastor’s orders. First the pastors destroy us, and then teach us to destroy those we love.

Take heed! We each must restore ALL of those broken relationships (some are decades old), inflicted by children, upon their parents, at the direction of our pastor. Our whole church has contributed to this “murdering” (Strong’s definition of the word “murder”: to trample, thresh, tread under foot) of fathers and mothers.

But God says, “As I urged you when I went into Macedonia, stay there in Ephesus so that you may command certain people not to teach false doctrines any longer” (1 Timothy 1:3). “The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. Some have departed from these and have turned to meaningless talk. They want to be teachers of the law, but they do not know what they are talking about or what they so confidently affirm. We know that the law is good if one uses it properly. We also know that the law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, for the sexually immoral, for those practicing homosexuality, for slave traders and liars and perjurers—and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine that conforms to the gospel concerning the glory of the blessed God, which he entrusted to me” (1 Timothy 1:5-11).

Keeping Us Busy

A common tactic in churches like ours is to keep us so busy that we have no time for our natural family or friends from the neighborhood or workplace. Nearly every day of the week along with every holiday is filled with church activities leaving no time to reach out to the lost. No time to minister to the hurting family member. No time to go help the elderly neighbor with some yard work. No time to go to the work-related activity. We (proudly) let every one know we are going to be with our church family. Sorry Mom. Sorry Grandpa. Sorry neighbor. No time for you.

But God says, “For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me. Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You drink? And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? And when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You? And the King will answer and say to them, Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me” (Matthew 25:35-40).