Should Shephards have Sheep Servants?

Too often the children of God, the Saints of His Church are referred to as Sheep (by Pastors) as if they [the Saints] were mindless, dumb, filthy and wayward creatures without the ability to care for themselves. Dumb, Directionless, and Defenseless.

And to give credit where credit is due, this article is inspired by fellow blogger Rebecca Davis @ HeresTheJoy.com. She wrote an article on the good ‘ole Sheep Sermon and it was articulate, intelligent, and absolutely correct. A commentator inspired me to comment in kind, and something that was said sparked this thought within me. Are the Sheep dumb, and only the Shepherd (Pastor) gets Wisdom from God?

The gist of the post, and the age-old sermon, and I hope you go read it (here), is that the modern Pastor assumes the role of Chief Shepherd, quite incorrectly, and then uses that position to convince the sheeple (us) that without him, and his guidance, and his wisdom, we are dumb, directionless and defenseless. Sheep?

Thus, we must know his (the pastor) voice and obey [him] without question. This generally goes on to create an imbalance in the Church, where the saints become subservient to this shepherd, rather than being fellow-servants to Christ, the real Chief Shephard.

One commentator said this;

These churches try to degrade members to some subservient status. They have succeeded. There is the “Pastor” who is perfection and then you…sheeple.

And this;

Dr. Ed Nelson began to speak…and cackled a bit…trying to control his laughter. He went on to say the following: “Oh yeah, I’m hearing that some of you sheep are bleating-well…that’s just what sheep do…you don’t think everything is being done right…well you know what? It’s not up to sheep to decide…”

He then brought it home: “You sheep just need to do what your pastor says, and if he’s wrong-he will answer for it one day.”

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Here is where I unhinge from Churchianity

This attitude, line of thinking, and frankly, a grave doctrinal error, must be a stink to almighty God. Take for instance one simple Scripture in James to contrast the idea that we are dumb, directionless, and defenseless, and have no hope without a shepherd (modern pastor) guiding our every move.

I heard the line, “obey your pastors…if he is wrong God will take care of that” over and over and its a flat-out lie.

If any of you lacks wisdom [to guide him through a decision or circumstance], he is to ask of [our benevolent] God, who gives to everyone generously and without rebuke or blame, and it will be given to him. – James 1:5, AMP

When Jesus told us, “I will not leave you comfortless [orphaned]…”, John 14:18, he didn’t finish His sentence with, ‘but I will send you Shepherds to control your every move’.

But on to my main point…

When the commentator to the original post said “These churches try to degrade members to some subservient status” I could not help but be reminded and respond about my old church.

The pastor there, of the controlling type, unfortunately (it’s all he’s known and been taught, multi-generational Pentecost), decided to create a group of Cadets.

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Now, this was a group of young men being used as servants under the auspices of learning to be servants of Christ…or to teach them ministerial humility. These Cadets served the pastor in many, and anyway, he asked for.

When he was hungry, they went to get food. They lugged his bible and jacket around the church after service was over, delivered messages, observed him preaching and if he needed water, or towels (Pentecostals sweat a lot!) or waved them over, they came running.

If the musical instruments needed strings, they drove to the music store. If he was out of paper, they got him paper. When something needed delivering, they deliver. Freaky fast.

Now, this should be a giant red flag to people, and yet blindly it’s accepted as healthy and good. It’s simply honoring the man of God they would say, showing reverence where reverence is due.

But I have to argue, Jesus is the only one due reverence, and furthermore, if you take the Church fathers, the founding Apostles, and disciples, their example was such that they were being overwhelmed with serving people, not the other way around!

Acts Chapter 6 is regarded as the beginning of the office of Deacon within the Church Body because the Apostles couldn’t keep up with serving all the widows, orphans, etc.

So when did this happen, that church leader, appointed to be the undershepherds of God’s flocks become Lords of servants? Shepherds with Sheep Servants.

We are commanded to be servants of Christ, not man. And man, placed in the office of Bishop was to feed, serve and oversee (look upon) the flock, not lord over it.

Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock. – 1 Peter 5:3, KJV

 

James 1:1  James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.

2 Peter 1:1  Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ:

Jude 1:1  Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called:

Conclusion

We are not Sheeple, (the flock, God’s Saints) Dumb, Directionless and Defenseless. God said he has equipped us with all we need, including the whole Armor of God (Ephesians 6:11) that we would be able to stand against the wiles of the Devil.

Be servants of Christ, be addicted to the ministry of the saints, look to the coming of the Lord, and draw strength from His Spirit! You are not Sheeple, you are God’s Children!

God’s Peace to you,

5 thoughts on “Should Shephards have Sheep Servants?

  1. A. Amos Love

    Hi Ralph

    Wow – Cadets…
    That’s a new one for me. Ugh. 😦

    But, I was deceived in similar fashion with this….
    “You sheep just need to do what your pastor says,
    and if he’s wrong-he will answer for it one day.”

    It’s amazing what someone with a “Title” will preach…
    To promote their Power, Profit, Prestige, Honor, Glory…
    A “Title,” pastor/leader, that does NOT exist in the Bible…
    For one of ”His Disciples.”

    It’s amazing what I believed…
    Even reading the Bible. Oy Vey!!!

    But, Jesus warned WE, His Sheep, His Ekklsia,”His Disciples”
    ”Take heed lest any man deceive you” Mark 13:5

    Mark 7:13
    NLT – you “cancel” the word of God
    in order to hand down your own tradition.

    KJV – Making the word of God of “none effect”
    through your tradition…

    ASV – Making “void” the word of God
    by your tradition…

    NIV – Thus you “nullify” the word of God
    by your tradition…
    xxxxxxx

    Yes…
    “God said he has equipped us with all we need, including the whole Armor of God (Ephesians 6:11) that we would be able to stand against the wiles of the Devil.”
    xxxxxxx

    Yes… Jesus, is ALL WE, His Sheep, His Ekklesia, need.

    John 6:45
    It is written in the prophets,
    And they shall be ALL taught of God.

    John 14:26
    But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost…
    **he shall teach you all things… **

    Deut 4:36
    Out of heaven he made thee to hear His voice,
    that He might instruct thee:

    Psalms 32:8
    I will instruct thee and teach thee
    in the way which thou shalt go:
    I will guide thee with mine eye.

    It does take a step of faith to believe and trust…
    Jesus, “can speak to you” and teach you “ALL” truth.

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      1. A. Amos Love

        Thanks…

        I’m enjoying your posts, and your journey…
        You have come a long way, and see much, in a short time.

        As you well know…
        Experience is a great teacher…

        What we…
        WE, His Sheep, His Disciples, His Sevants…
        His Ekklesia, His Called Out Ones, His Body, His Church…

        Will learn…

        Often comes because of much “Spiritual Abuse”
        False apostles, many false prophets, false teachers…

        And
        Many years…
        And
        Many tears…

        The benefit of “the Abuse,” the false teachers, and “the Tears” is…
        You NO longer trust man…

        Jer 17:5
        Thus saith the LORD;
        Cursed be the man that trusteth in man,
        and maketh flesh his arm,
        and whose heart departeth from the LORD.

        Ps 118:8-9
        It is better to trust in the LORD
        than to put confidence in man.
        It is better to trust in the LORD
        than to put confidence in princes.

        And, you have to get it for yourself…
        From…

        {{{{{{ Jesus }}}}}}

        You have NO place else to go…

        But to go to…

        {{{{{{ Jesus }}}}}}

        And He is the best…

        {{{{{{ Jesus }}}}}}

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  2. A. Amos Love

    Much agreement when you write…
    “We are commanded to be servants of Christ, not man.”

    And, after leaving “Today’s Corrupt Religious Systems”…
    The 501 c 3, non-profit, tax deductible, Religious Corporations…
    That the IRS calls church.

    I also noticed, in the Bible…
    ”His Disciples” called themselves “Servants.”
    NONE called themselves “leader.” Or “servant-leader.”

    Rom 1:1 Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ,
    Php 1:1 Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ,
    Col 4:12 Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ,
    Tit 1:1 Paul, a servant of God,
    Jas 1:1 James, a servant of God
    2Pe 1:1 Simon Peter, a servant
    xxxxxxx

    I also noticed, when reseaching “pastors,”in the Bible…
    NOT one of ”His Disciples” called themselves “pastor.”
    Or shepherd. Or under-shepherd. Or leader. Or church leader.

    NOT one of ”His Disciples” took the “Title,” “pastor.”
    Or shepherd. Or under- shepherd. Or leader. Or church leader.

    NOT one of ”His Disciples” was “Hired,” as a “pastor.”
    Or shepherd. Or under- shepherd. Or leader. Or church leader.

    NOT one of ”His Disciples” became a…
    Paid, Professional, Pastor, in a Pulpit.
    Preaching, to People in Pews.
    Weak after Weak.
    In a church.

    Almost nothing of what today’s “hired pastor”
    Gets paid to do…
    Is in the Bible.
    xxxxxxx

    Seems, in the Bible, the only “ONE”
    Who was referred to as…
    Who called them self…
    Or had the “Title”…

    The “ONE” Leader
    The “ONE” Teacher
    The “ONE” Shepherd

    IS

    {{{{{{ Jesus }}}}}}

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