AT THE PULPIT
By Preacher James Tyson
1- God condemns the scattering
sheep by Pastors.
"Woe (CONDEMNED) be
unto the pastors
that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! saith the LORD." Pastors scatter Gods sheep by being
lords over Gods heritage. 1 Peter 5:3- "Neither as being lords over God's
heritage, but being ensamples to the flock." The pulpit is not a place to make
demands of God's people but where they are supposed to be fed with the
word of God so that they might grow in grace and knowledge!
God condemns the practice of filthy lucre, by Pastors.
1 peter 5:2- "Feed the flock of God which is among
you, taking the oversight theroof, not by constraint, but willingly;
not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind,
We live in a time when the pulpit has been used for
promoting political candidates to vacation cruises. From selling wares
to real estate, all in the name of religion. The use of the pulpit for
personal gain makes God angry!
God is sick of what is going on behind pulpits
across America and around the world and we are
reminded of the time Jesus threw the moneychangers from the temple.
Matthew chapter 21:12-15- "And
Jesus went into the temple of God . and cast out all them that sold and
bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers,
and the seats of them that sold doves, and said unto them, it is
written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made
it a den of theives,"
gospel gives us a more detailed description of the story in
chapter 2 and verses 13-16.
"And the Jews' passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem."
"And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and
the changers of money sitting:"
John 2:15- "And when he
had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple,
and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers' money, and
overthrew the tables;"
"And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not
my Father's house an house of merchandise."
are seeing the same abomination practiced from our pulpits today with
preachers selling taped messages, singing tapes or disks, and printed
did God instruct pastors to sell that which is sacred ? When did
God make pastors a tour guide, selling seats on a cruise ship so he can
get his passage free and all in the name of, "It's a spiritual cruise".
did God instruct pastors to sell real estate under
the guise of, "It's a christian retirement complex"?
God condemns Pastors who are not feeding his sheep and
John 21:17- "He
saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of jonas, lovest thou me?
Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou
me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest
that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep."
It is no wonder God is not blessing our churches,
with the main goal of
christianity far away from God's purpose. The mission outreach is God's
challenge for pastors and for the church and nothing else really
matters to the Lord.
looks like many pastors of our day are seated with the money changers
for personal gain and notice is served that God is driving out those
who do not honor Him.
money changers of Christ day thought they were doing God a service but
Jesus was so angry with them that he made a whip and drove them out.
moneychangers were in God's house alright, selling doves, cattle
and sheep that the Jews used for the passover offering and in doing so
made a profit off the deal. God is not pleased with pastors that make
his pulpit a podium of profit. If we don't wake up and get our
priorities right, the modern pulpit has had it.
Jeremiah 2:8- "The priests said not,
Where is the LORD? and they that handle the law knew me not: the
pastors also transgressed against me, and the prophets prophesied
by Baal, and walked after things that do not profit."
There are a few good
Pastors left but they are getting to be mighty few, even amone the
Independent Baptist. If something doesn't wake us up and get the real
churches on fire for the Lord, we have had it!