“The weak you have no strengthened, nor have you healed those who were sick, nor bound up the broken, nor brought back what was driven away, nor sought what was lost; but with force and cruelty you have ruled them. So they were scattered because there was no shepherd…” – Ezekiel 34:4-5
God gave these words to Ezekiel to bring to the priests and spiritual leaders of that time. On the outside, they did the sacrifices and rituals they thought they should be doing. They also had a secret society they belonged to though which worshiped other gods and they thought nobody knew. They even said, “The Lord does not see us, the Lord has forsaken the land” (See Ezekiel 8).
In a recent meeting I attended, the pastor speaking shared concerns about leaders in the body of Christ today. He shared that in today’s church, “the appearance of the pastor has become more important than the Word. We have pastors with no Bibles and worship with no reverence. Where is the spotlight and who is it on?” To be honest, it was a convicting message to sit through because it put a mirror in front of my face where I had to ask myself that very same question. When I preach, who do I shine the light on?
In chapter 6 of the book of Luke, Jesus is teaching His disciples about the blind leading the blind and in verse 40 says, “A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone who is perfectly trained will be like his teacher.” Jesus was saying that the person you sit under and learn from is who you will become. If they have spiritual deficiencies and private lives of sin, it will come out in their ministry and will affect your spiritual health.
One of the main issues in “the church” today is that God’s Word, the Bible, is held in low regard. Many pastors even question its authority claiming it was written by fallible man. Peter addressed that in 2 Peter 1:20-21. Read that for yourself. A Bible believing Christian will leave you staring at The Savior as they quietly walk away.