What I look for in a Pastor

 

Last week my good friend Michael Newnham wrote a blog post on his site about what Christians look for in a Pastor. Since this topic is near and dear to me I was interested in what others thought about this subject.

Here are the biblical requirements for the office of Pastor.

1 Timothy 3:1-7

This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work. A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?) Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.

No, I haven’t flipped and gone King James Only it was what appeared when I opened up my E-Sword.

The requirements are stiff and for a reason; God didn’t want just anyone leading his flock of sheep so He made sure to leave a strict set of guidelines for us to follow.

The problem today, and probably an age old one, is that folks forget about the Good Book and what God really wants and do whatever they like.

When the Pastor falls or the sheep get trampled people shake their heads and wonder why. A simple look at the life alongside those requirements would probably eliminate much of this foolishness.

I think that’s why I’m so careful about where I worship and who I serve with. I’ve seen too many instances of folks getting carried away and acting more like Kings of a kingdom. I have no plans on paying tribute to anyone other than Jesus.

I’ve also seen plenty of folks get trampled and I don’t have any desire to get run over by anyone and especially not in a place where I’m there to serve.

So, I have a list of things I look for in a Pastor and on this weeks Calvin’s Corner I shared most of it with my co-host Pastor Michael Newnham. I’ll leave the player below otherwise use the link just above the player to download it to your portable listening device.

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The True Christian Church and the Faithful Proclamation of the Word of God

Today I’m joined by Dr. Kenneth Talbot and he is here to biblically define what a true Christian Church is, what the bible says about the true proclamation of His word and how this manifests itself in the life of a believer in Christ.

To listen to the show from the site please click the link provided below. To save this program to your portable listening device please right click the link below and select “save as”.

https://phillyflash.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/the-true-church-and-the-faithful-preaching-of-the-word-of-god.mp3

Right Wing Reverend can be found here .

It’s Wednesday!!

It’s Wednesday here in Corfu Greece and things are starting to get back to normal around here, here being the blog I launched nearly five years ago.

It’s about time!

The break was fantastic and refreshing in more ways than one.

I put some things in my rear view mirror, washed the windshield so I could get a clearer picture of what lies ahead, and prepared myself accordingly.

It’s a good feeling my friends. Continue reading

New Podcast Available!!

Did the translators of the King James Version purposely interpret the word ecclesia as “church” in order to deceive? Find out on this weeks podcast;

To listen to the podcast on site just click the link below. To download the podcast to your PC or portable device please right click and then press “save as”.

https://phillyflash.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/deformed-and-distorted-the-institutional-church-or-the-apostates-who-have-left-it.mp3

The link to the articleI critiqued is below;

http://www.wickedshepherds.com/TheChristianChurchDistortedandDeformed.html

New Podcast: The Three Marks of a True Christian Church

A new What Color is the Sky in Their World podcast is now available. To listen to the podcast on site just click the link below. To download the podcast to your PC or portable device please right click and then press “save as”.

3 marks of a true christian church

 

Show Notes

Topics for this weeks podcast include;

Statements made by those involved in the Church is Mystery Babylon Movement.

3 marks of a true Christian Church….

You can see the video I was referring to below;

 

Source used;

A New Systematic Theology of the Christian Faith by Dr. Robert Reymond.

Theopologetics Podcast can be found here.

The Preterist Blog and Podcast can be found here.

 

Exposing the Church is Mystery Babylon Movement: Part 3: The Ministry Part 1 UPDATE 3/22/2011

Today I continue my series Exposing the Church is Mystery Babylon Movement. If you haven’t already please see part 1 and part 2 of this series. After the jump I will begin addressing Chapter 8 of Mr. Charles Newbold’s book The Harlot Church System. You can read the entire chapter here. Continue reading