Red flags of an abusive Pastor

How to know if a pastor or church leader abuse authority

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.

The apostles tell us to submit and obey the Pastor (Hebrews 13:17-19, 22-25), especially in matters of faith and doctrine. It is assumed, of course, their lives are honorable in every way, his household in shape, and his children obey. (1 Timothy 3:2-7; Hebrews 13:18).

God holds the pastor and church leaders to a higher standard (James 3:11 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9). When a church leader fall short of these standards, they must step back.

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.

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