As a minister for some 25 years, a question ponders my heart; Week after week so-called men of God stand behind the pulpit and proclaim the gospel message. They claim it in the name of our Lord and Savior; proclaim to love God and the people. Then make statement like ( I know I am a mean an old, and I going to say what I want and do not care who it hurts, if you do not like it just leave), or ( I am going to do things how I want to and if you do not like it leave). I wonder where the presence of God is in that kind of man. Where is the Christian spirit? How can one claim to be up right men of God perfect in their own eyes, yet not have the fruits of the spirit? I am sorry to say, this is not from the God I read about, serve, or type minister I feel we should be. I have never read or studied where Christ in his daily minister tied people up to a whipping post and beat them as he taught the word of God. I read and study of a loving God who cared for the people in spite of their sins. Any man who claims to be a man of God who has a mean attitude, hurts people with words, with a I do not care attitude needs to get the evil spirit out of their life and find the God of love and peace. The fruits of the spirit do not bring hurt, pain, or drive people away from Christ, the fruits of the spirit will always draw people to Christ. We read of a woe, which is pronounced, to ministers who divide the flock and cause pain and suffering to the people of God. Any woe mentioned in God’s word brings a sentence of punishment with it. Pastors if you want to stand before God hold your head high and hear the words Paul longed to hear welcome home you good and faithful servant, I would suggest examine your minister, attitude, and how you perceive people and make the adjustment needed before it is too late.
Love in Christ
Pastor Dr. Terry Murphey Sr.