As most know, I am a staff writer for the website GotQuestions.org, and I received a question that I wanted to share as well as the answer that I provided. The question had to do with (obvious) disagreement in the church between how a pastor acts and how others think he should behave. I think this is something that all churches struggle with, primarily because they expect the pastor to be a psychic and know what is happening. Having been run off from a church because others decided to rally around a lie, I know all too well how this feels and have always wished someone would’ve tried to (or even asked to) listen to the “whole story”.
What does the Bible say about when a pastor let`s other run the church. Show`s favor over others.
Thank you for writing to us. The qualifications of the office of pastor are listed clearly in 1 Timothy 3:1-8 as well as Titus 1:5-9. If a man is not living up to these qualifications he should not be serving as a pastor of a church. For more information, please check out this article: http://www.gotquestions.org/pastor-office.html
With that said, let me encourage you with this VERY important information: Rather than gathering evidence (either unintentionally or intentionally behind a man’s back) to evict him from the church … first ensure that you’ve done what the bible requires in Matthew 5:23-24 and actually TALK to the man to ensure there isn’t a mis-communication or a perception that things aren’t what they seem. 99 times out of 100, applying Proverbs 15:1 (which says, “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger”) to a situation will garner a clear understanding of what’s going on and the ability to come together as believers to solve an issue … instead of forming a lynch mob to run a man out of the church.
It is a fact, and having been a pastor for 10+ years I can say this: If more Christians actually talked to the person they have a problem with, most problems could be resolved quickly. Let’s remember it is God’s church and not yours (or someone else’s) … therefore we should seek to edify one another and honor the Father with our lives. God bless you. ~ Rev TJ
Quick thought: If Jesus is eternal, and we claim to follow Him, how can we choose to obey His commands only when they’re suitable to our life-style? I think it’s time for an honest gut-check to make sure we are really living for Him … and not making him out to be a “part-time god”.