The Senior Pastor is a Tradition of Man
God has given us the standard and structure of His ekklesia in Scripture. The traditions of man have greatly deviated to what has been taught in God’s Word. Many salaried-to-serve professional clergymen refuse to believe that they are working in vain. It is time for people to stop putting their confidence in these men and trust in the Lord in what He has to say to His people.
- Is the senior pastor the leader of the ekklesia?
Exalted Among Men
It may come as a shock, but those putting men as the sole authority in the modern "church" are guilty of being disobedient to God. These men will attempt to justify their lofty positions because they are making a living off of the “gospel.” They are bilking people through extortion and spiritual manipulation continually urging you to put money into the tithing plates saying it is part of our “worship” to God. They fail to understand that men as mediators between God and the people have been abolished along with tithing through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
And he said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is exalted among men is an abomination in the sight of God. – Luke 16:15
All modern “churches” believe they are doing the right thing. They justify themselves in the eyes of man, but in God’s eyes they are an abomination in His sight. They “worship” God in spirit, but negate the truth.
Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test! - 2 Corinthians 13:5
Well, let’s examine and test the senior "pastor" and see where it leads.
If we look back in the Old Testament the pastor is mentioned much more than in the New Testament, and unfortunately they are often mentioned in a negative light.
The priests said not, Where is the LORD? and they that handle the law knew me not: the pastors also transgressed against me, and the prophets prophesied by Baal, and walked after things that do not profit. – Jeremiah 2:8
In the New Testament, the Pharisees and Sadducees were the pastors of the people who were trained in teaching of the Scriptures who took prominent positions in the synagogues, but Jesus has some serious warnings against them.
Then Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees. – Matthew 16:5
These professional men were trained and ordained to religious status before they could “minister” to the people just like the modern “pastor,” but Jesus had some more harsh words to say about them.
Beware of the scribes, which desire to walk in long robes, and love greetings in the markets, and the highest seats in the synagogues, and the chief rooms at feasts; Which devour widows' houses, and for a shew make long prayers: the same shall receive greater damnation. – Luke 20:46-47
From a few verses, it becomes clear that the leaders of the modern “church” resemble the Old Testament “pastors” and the New Testament leaders of the synagogues before Jesus Christ died and rose again.
For the pastors are become brutish, and have not sought the LORD: therefore they shall not prosper, and all their flocks shall be scattered. – Jeremiah 10:21
Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! saith the LORD. – Jeremiah 23:1
When men are put in positions of power and prominence in the modern "church," it will ALWAYS lead to corruption. They become accountable to no one. When questioned, they become hostile because they believe they have the right to choose who they are “accountable” to. The fact is, it shouldn't matter who the "pastor" feels he is specifically “accountable" to because by God’s standard, he is accountable to everybody.
The Requirement of Us
Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful. – 1 Corinthians 4:1-2
- How is a pastor to be found faithful?
Well, first he can never be a senior “pastor” because no one of such status is found within the pages of Scripture.
These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. – Acts 17:11
The senior “pastor” that is nowhere to be found in Scripture must be exposed as illegitimate. We are not accountable to this type of men, but to our Lord, Jesus Christ by His standards that He has given all of us.
So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God. – Romans 14:4
For I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby justified: but he that judgeth me is the Lord. - 1 Corinthians 4:4
The modern “church” has it backwards and believes that they are accountable to their senior “pastor,” but among the ekklesia, the true pastor must allow himself to be accountable to the people, or be disqualified. The titled “pastors” who have been learned in the seminaries of men believe they are entitled to hold to their traditions rather the heed the standard of Scripture.
Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. – Colossians 2:8
- Where in Scripture is a salaried man given authority and control over the ekklesia? Nowhere!
- Where in Scripture is a salaried man representative of the ekklesia? Nowhere!
- Where in Scripture is a salaried man controlling the activities of the ekklesia? Nowhere!
- Where in Scripture do people seek salaried man outside of their own fellowship to become a senior "pastor" over them? Nowhere!
- Where in the Bible does it say that salaried men have superior authority over the ekklesia? Nowhere!
Jesus Christ dispels these fanciful notions in His own words,
But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: - Matthew 20:25-27
- Where do you find in Scripture where the structure of the ekklesia has the senior "pastor" at the center? Nowhere!
In the modern “church” when the senior “pastor” leaves, the people often leave with him because they followed after a man instead of the leading of the Holy Spirit. They have been conditioned to do so.
Somewhere along the line man decided to do things their own way. The “king” over the people has become the main event who surrounds himself with other “ministers” that require the monetary to make a living off their man-made “gospel.”
Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men. – Acts 5:29
- Why is it that so many fail to understand that the ekklesia are simply two or more gathered in Jesus’ name whenever and wherever?
The Holy Spirit will move simply by a few coming together to study and discuss the Word of God. We do not need a salaried peacock within our midst. We do not need to jump through a bunch of corporate red tape under the umbrella of a religious denomination to worship God. We do not need clergy to reign over the people.
And the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them. – 1 Samuel 8:7
We reject Jesus Christ when we have people desiring a professional clergy class to do everything for us, rather than going directly to God ourselves. It is a carnal mind that desires to bow to a man-made king within the kingdom of men.
The ekklesia do not have men who are reigning over people. Jesus Christ is our only rule with the indwelling of His Holy Spirit within us. Simply put, when people seek out a senior “pastor,” they reject Jesus Christ having sole rule in their lives.
The senior “pastor” will not to hear from God for us. He can’t because he is NOT the representative of the ekklesia. Throw this man out and learn to edify one another in love as the Holy Spirit leads. Didn't Jesus say, “whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant?” When we learn how to serve one another, the senior "pastor" becomes irrelevant.
Discard the Lie
Get rid of these men who attempt to justify and protect their authority; they have none. They spend more time trying to make money and a name for themselves than serving. Salaried-to-serve is an oxymoron. Pride and a paycheck does not exist in the Kingdom of God.
If the senior “pastor” is considered the main administration in your fellowship that is “serving” and training people for a paycheck, it is a blight on the people. Didn’t Jesus say, “beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees?”
The ekklesia are about discipleship with families operating in the gifts God has given them. The love of Jesus Christ that is perfected in truth will be demonstrated with overseers that are not at the center, but who are serving on the perimeter. The fellowship is at the center with Holy Spirit as the leader. Without humility and meekness from true overseers, the Holy Spirit will not use them.
That together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. – Romans 15:6
Complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. – Philippians 2:2
When people demand a senior “pastor” as ruler over them, he will fail the people every time because he does not have the power of Jesus Christ to what He has already done.
- There is no music pastor in Scripture.
- There is no youth pastor in Scripture.
- There is no humanistic system running influencing the ekklesia in Scripture.
- There is no prerequisite of seminary training to function as part of the ekklesia in Scripture.
- There is no respecter of persons among the ekklesia in Scripture?
- There are no people with titles in front of their names in Scripture?
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. – Romans 12:2
It is a shame that the modern “pastors” have become too proud to come to the level of their proper role. They must leave man’s kingdom before they can enter into God’s Kingdom. Instead, they persecute the purveyors of truth by continuing to work in vain. They are the blind leading the blind down the broad way to destruction.
Your senior “pastor” will lie to you because he is a lie.
The Word of God exposes these wolves in sheeps’ clothing. Can you see this yet? Put aside your traditions and allow the Holy Spirit to teach you instead of man. Scripture does not say that we are to be under the authority of senior “pastoral” leadership in the Church. You have been lied to.
- Where are we commanded in God’s Word to put ourselves under the rulership of a senior “pastor?”
- If you cannot find it, what does that say about “church?”
Maybe it’s time to change you affiliations.
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