. . .upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. Matthew 16:18

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The Preacher's Role

What does the Bible say a preacher (shepherd, overseer, minister or pastor) should be


"Let the Lord, the God of the spirits of all flesh (אלהי הרוחת לכל-בשר), appoint a man over the congregation who shall go out before them and come in before them, who shall lead them out and bring them, that the congregation of the Lord may not be as sheep that have no shepherd" (Numbers 27:16-17Bible quote(verse 16) Let the LORD, the God of the spirits of all flesh, set a man over the congregation,

(verse 17) Which may go out before them, and which may go in before them, and which may lead them out, and which may bring them in; that the congregation of the LORD be not as sheep which have no shepherd.Numbers 27 verses 16-17
). The Koznitzer rebbe commented here that Moses asked God to appoint a leader "for all flesh," lekhol basar (לכל-בשר). Rearranging the letters of basar (בשר), he formed the word shavar (שבר), which means "to break in pieces," and concluded that a true leader should be one with a broken heart (לב שבור), that is, one who can sympathize and have pity on his people (Hebrews 2:8Bible quoteThou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing [that is] not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him.Hebrews 2 verse 8, Hebrews 4:15Bible quoteFor we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as [we are, yet] without sin.Hebrews 4 verse 15, Hebrews 5:1-ffBible quoteFor every high priest taken from among men is ordained for men in things [pertaining] to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins.Hebrews 5 verses 1-ff). He should not be proud or aristocratic, but like a shepherd, a plain and simple person, who guides his people to observe the ways of the Lord. -John Parsons, Hebrew for Christians-

Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel...For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel! 1 Corinthians 9:14, 16

The very FIRST KEY POINT to make here before moving on is that in order to become a preacher it is not an act or will of your own to do. The person MUST BE CALLED BY GOD to be a preacher. It is not 'self-will.' We do not see this happening at all any more. My mother recalls her years going to Bible college back in the 1950s that there were some young men even at that time who admitted that they were not called to preach. They sought to become ordained for the money and fame. Don't you think that this is a far worse situation today, especially with the prosperity gospel controlling the mainstream counterfeit church?

God WILL HOLD every preacher accountable for what they are preaching to others. If a preacher is compromising the Word of God giving people a false security and not telling people about sin, about repentance, about Hell, and about the coming of the Lord then they WILL BE LEFT BEHIND along with all the people who believed their lying gospel.

You might be surprised to find what the Word of God has to say about the office of a preacher and his wife since we see so few abiding by or recognizing God's Word today.

We are called to preach the Word of God to the church of God and to everyone in His creation...Paul told Timothy, straight and clear, to "Preach the Word" (2 Timothy 4:2Bible quotePreach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.2 Timothy 4 verse 2). This is the great imperative. This is why the apostles earlier had determined that, even thought there were problems with the equitable distribution of financial aid in Jerusalem, the church would just have to find others to solve their problems, because, "We . . . will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the Word" (Acts 6:4Bible quoteBut we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.Acts 6 verse 4). Why this priority? Because this Word is "the word of life" (Philippians 2:16Bible quoteHolding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.Philippians 2 verse 16). That is the great task of the preacher: to "hold out the word of life" to people who need it for their souls. -Mark Dever, Nine Marks of a Healthy Church (Crossway, 2000), p. 38-39, The role of the preacher-

We see from many of the above Scriptures that ministers are to 'BLESS' people, and NOT CURSE them! Many preachers today are cursing people. There are many who are actually 'SATANISTS' masquerading as 'Christians' in order to teach people dammable heresies. Read SATANISTS Plot to Pervert Christianity.

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For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre; But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate; Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers. Titus 1-2:7-9

Talk no more so exceeding proudly; let not arrogancy come out of your mouth: for the LORD is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed. 1 Samuel 2:3

A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach. 1 Timothy 3:2

One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?) 1 Timothy 3:4-5