Signs of an abusive Pastor and a religious bully
Bible-thumpers are destroying God’s message. Their “position of pride blinds them.” Many of them are abusive Pastors who often quote the Bible to assert their position. For John Piper, Pastors who abuse authority should be rebuked. They hurt people.
- They claim “anointing” and tell you they’re right.
- They refuse constructive criticism.
- They make you feel guilty instead of deep understanding.
- They use the pulpit to rebuke those they do not like.
- They ask members to do menial tasks they can do themselves.
→ Why Pastors should avoid politics.
The “Reverend” leaders in the Bible were religious bullies
Having the title of “Pastor or Reverend” does not equate to having faultless theology; we’re still sinners – only God is perfect (1 John 1:8-10). We had “highly intelligent” and pious religious leaders in the Bible who were hypocrites.
“Servant-leadership” is the mark of a Christian leader, and what makes a great leader is “true humility.”In contrast, “false humility” plagues the heart. The Lord looks at the heart, not your diploma. (1 Samuel 16:7)
“False humility is often energized by fear of becoming proud. When you love yourself in a godly way (God’s love for you; agape), there is no platform for pride,” Bruce Lengeman.
Servant-leadership is the mark of a Christian leader.
→ Should you resist a bad government?
Should you rebuke a Pastor?
We should rebuke in love. However, it’s not easy to draw the line between “rebuking” and “condemning.” God is our ultimate judge. The Lord will rebuke those who abuse their position (Jude 1:9). Their work will be tested by fire on judgment day.