Today, after 14 years with my denomination, and 7 years as pastor of Calvary Open Bible Church, I was fired. I was fired by my denomination 30 minutes before I was to start the church service. My ministerial credentials of 26 years stripped from me. Why? “Conduct unbecoming of a minister” being unable to rule his own house well (First Timothy 3:4-5). My wife left my son and me 6 months ago.
Instead of a pastor, the denomination is bringing in “speakers.” There’s a huge difference between “speakers” and a pastor. The responsibility of a pastor is to guide, provide, and protect the sheep. A “speaker” just . . . well . . . speaks and then goes back to whatever, wherever.
What does it say that a leader is more interested in applying a rule than in caring for a church of people? Leaders more concerned with not transgressing the Sabbath than healing the sick (Mark 3:1-5)? Getting to their destination instead of caring for the man beaten by robbers (Luke 10:29 ff)? Keeping rules about work rather than feeding the hungry (Mark 2:23-28)?
Now there’s a group of wounded people. A flock which saw their pastor destroyed before their own eyes, then left without anyone who knows them, who loves them, or who will care for them. Speakers are a dime a dozen; shepherds are few and far between.
A hireling flees because he is a hireling and does not care about the sheep. I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep (John 10:13, 14, 11).