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Sermon 53 "Bad Pastors and Corrupt Ministry Leaders"

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One of the biggest problems that Jesus dealt with while on Earth was bad religious teachers. Misguided spiritual authorities can be a very subtle and hard to discern danger. 

 

In fact, the #1 enemy of Jesus Christ and the gospel of salvation was, and still is, Churchianity, the religious leaders who exalt themselves as unquestionable.

 

They tend to seek personal influence, growing membership, and increased funding,  instead of leading people to the truth about God. They violate the principles of the priesthood of all believers and Christ as the head of the church not as a creed but in actual practice.

 

We must have our guard up at all times, for even wonderful, sincere, and correct pastors and founders of religious organizations can fall through temptation or false doctrine.

 

A pastor can be full of correct doctrine about salvation and God, but can also have some weird or evil ideas, or can be sneaking around with sinful indulgences, or behaving in crazy ways, but most of his followers will ignore or explain away such things.

 

Find out what Jesus said about false prophets and hypocritical Bible teachers. Discover how Jesus dealt with these secret snakes that continue to lurk in churches, temples, and spiritual organizations.

 

Learn to be bold and uncompromising when you confront a religious leader who is failing to fully obey God's Word, teaching false doctrine, making crazy statements, hiding a wicked vice, or raving about something that is not edifying.

 

Sooner or later you will encounter a bad pastor or ministry leader. Be prepared mentally and spiritually for the conflict or the decision to leave an organization that may have been good at one time, but is now corrupted.

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