MESSAGE TO PASTORS
Steve Van Nattan
MANY ARE STARVED FOR FELLOWSHIP:
The lack of zeal for fellowship among Funda-mental Bible believing pastors is terrifying. It is easy to show in the Word of God that those who came together in Jehovah in the Old Testament, and in Christ in the New Testament church age, survived better.
Why are so many of us loners? Are we living wickedly.
That would explain the thing as guilt. God has a book with the names of those who seek out each other in biblical zeal:
Malachi 3:16 Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name.
But, I think that another thing has happened. The word "independent" is NOT a Bible term, and it violates the teaching of Jesus Christ and the Apostle Paul. Paul was almost terrified of being alone, as he shows when he was alone in Athens. I also see that Paul felt duty bound to report to the leaders in Jerusalem, and when they gave him instruction in the conduct of the work at Antioch, Paul acted upon that counsel.
Satan has the Laodicean church "poor and blind and naked." He does not need to do much anymore to keep them dead. But, how does Satan defeat the last of the Philadelphians? He drives them away from one another. A man who is alone easily becomes discouraged and feels isolated. Witness Elijah. David fled from King Saul and ended up in the cave at Adullam alone.
Samuel 22:1 David therefore departed thence, and escaped to the cave Adullam:
and when his brethren and all his father's house heard it, they went down thither
2 And every one that was in distress, and every one that was in debt, and every one that was discontented, gathered themselves unto him; and he became a captain over them: and there were with him about four hundred men.
David was encouraged by these men, and his days with them resulted in these 400 men becoming his most powerful and godly resource as king in later days. Amazing acts were done by these 400 men.
For this reason, and because I sense of lot of preachers are too much alone, I propose that an effort be made to find Bible based fellowship among pastors. Having been a missionary and pastor for about 30 years, I offer to serve you in this thing. I will be delighted to put together what little order is needed to set times and a place for this. The only objective will be to lift up Jesus and seek to edify one another. Also, we will seek one another's spiritual good and blessing in the churches we serve.
There will be no importing of "great men" from afar. There will be no exaltation of numbers of baptisms and busses. There will only be time for prayer and digging in the King James Bible, as well as godly palaver. This will be a terrible place for anyone who craves to lead something. It will be a great place for a pastor who feels a bit lonely and who has something brewing which he cannot solve in his own wisdom. Or, maybe you just need to get your batteries charged.
NOTICE: Sheep rustlers not welcome
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