They’ll Never Sit On Your Couch to Talk About it!
“All Scripture is God Breathed. ” As a pastor, you know by heart 2 Timothy 3:16. It is the scripture that tells us about the inspiration of scripture by the Holy Spirit. It makes the definitive case that all scripture was God Breathed through the men of God that He chose.
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness”
I know that it is a staple for preaching to your congregation right along with 2 Peter 1:20-21, Acts 1:16, Acts 3:18-21, and Acts 4:25 , which concern the importance of inspired doctrine and its teaching from the pulpit. Doctrine is my kind of Prosperity that I want taught to me and my family from the pulpit. After all, it says that doctrine is profitable. It points to the verity of the gospel message in the scriptures.
There were times that my pastor had to use the authority given him by God through scriptural doctrine in order to reprove me, correct me, and instruct me in righteousness.
When I received that form of help from my pastor I was blown away by the amount of love he showed me as the shepherd God had put in authority over me. I quickly thanked my pastor and got my doctrinal act in gear and aligned with scripture.
Yet, I have seen the opposite occur from church members that were not open to pastoral authority. They stood up in front of the pastor and told him that they did not accept what the scriptures he was sharing with them taught. They were bound and determined to interpret the scriptures they believed in and would not consider the scriptures that taught contrary to their belief.
What was the belief that they clung to in opposition to the pastor’s teaching? Does it really matter? The non-biblical teaching does matter. However, in this case I will not reveal which false doctrine they held to in opposition to accepted doctrinal teaching that was a part of their membership to that particular church.
The issue revolved around the fact that they wanted to continue teaching their doctrine in spite of the pastor telling them that it did not hold up to scripture and that their desire to lead a small group for the church would not be allowed by church leadership, of which I, as the Director of Home Groups was a part.
David had many of Jesus’ great qualities as the King of Isreal. I recently read a great run-down of scriptures compiled by pastor Ron Edmondson in his article: 10 Reasons David is called, “A man after God’s Own Heart.” The three qualities of King David that really caught my attention were:
“Humble – Lowborn men are but a breath, the highborn are but a lie; if weighed on a balance, they are nothing; together they are only a breath. Psalm 62:9
Reverent – I call to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies. Psalm 18:3
Respectful – Be merciful to me, O Lord, for I am in distress; my eyes grow weak with sorrow, my soul and my body with grief. Psalm 31:9″
When my pastor confronts me about a doctrinal issue I want to be a man after God’s own heart in likewise manner.
Watch Out For the Reviling Scoffer in your midst
While I was counseling and witnessing to a defeated and distraught man whose wife was divorcing him during my marriage saving ministry, I was buffeted by a very worldly commentator. This man was haughty, irreverent toward the message I was preaching, and was very disrespectful. He insisted that the hurting man act hateful, and proud toward his wayward wife. He told him to assume that she was cheating on him and that he should get back at her by making her jealous.
I tried to get the hurting man to consider her moral makeup and determine if she was capable of cheating on him. I told him to investigate the things that she was doing behind his back, if anything at all.
I told him if he had enough evidence to point to her infidelity, then he should (temporarily) withdraw his attention from her so that he could seek God and pray for both her and the marriage.
I stressed to him how important is was to get saved by Jesus’ finished work on the cross that made possible the free gift of eternal life in Christ Jesus. The detractor just scoffed at me and told the hurting man to cheat on her before he could get hurt even more.
I then tried to politely witness to the scoffing man through getting him to understand the meaning of reconciliation. I asked him about his thoughts on that meaning. He refused to answer anything that I asked and simply stated,
I aint gettin on your couch to have any of your psychoanalysis done on me.”
I didn’t push him after that. I just began to pray for his soul. But, I was glad that in his current irreverent condition he would have no influence on the families and friends I loved at my church.
A church member with the same reviling attitude
That kind of a sheep might be a wolf in sheep’s clothing if he or she persists in such a reviling attitude. He or she will eagerly get on the case of a pastor concerning a doctrine from the Bible he or she didn’t like. But when confronted by the pastor in a loving way he or she refuses to submit to the authority of the pastor by sitting down on the couch to have a discussion over doctrine. I think Paul and Jude warn us about such people that creep in unawares.
God calls loving shepherd pastors of the flock to do the following when that is the attitude and spirit of sin in the lives of the wondering sheep at work in any of God’s true churches from Grace to You Ministries:
The Process of Discipline. Step 3, and 4 specifically for pastors
In Matthew 18:15-17, Jesus sets forth the four step process of church discipline:
(1) tell him his sin alone;
(2) take some witnesses;
(3) tell the church; and
(4) treat him as an outsider.”
I pray that in the process outlined in Matthew 18:15-17 that you may often win back a valuable, and loved by God wandering sheep back into the fold.
P.S. I decided to keep you from wondering about that issue of false doctrine that my pastor and I had to address with the proud wandering sheep in the church. They were telling anyone that would listen that they had to get saved again every single day, because their sin caused them to continually lose their salvation.
See why it was so important that we get out 2 Timothy 3:16 to quell the false doctrine from creating a panic and major distraction from the truth that we as the body of Christ must focus:
Trust in the finished work of Jesus Christ
The Great Commission.