Pastoral Cynicism

Pastoral Cynicism

Pastoral Cynicism
By Missionary/Pastor David Cox

Let me first of all define “being cynical”. By this I mean that the pastor “has a bad attitude”, is unnecessarily critical, makes fun of or comments about people’s problems, etc. By this he simply speaks unadvisedly with his mouth about things that are happening in his church, ministry, or even personal life.

Part of this is a reaction by the pastor towards people, events, etc. It is usually a smartellic type mouth or comments about other people failing somehow. This attitude destroys a man of God’s reputation and ministry.

Ruth 1:13 Would ye tarry for them till they were grown? would ye stay for them from having husbands? nay, my daughters; for it grieveth me much for your sakes that the hand of the LORD is gone out against me. Ruth 1:20 And she said unto them, Call me not Naomi, call me Mara: for the Almighty hath dealt very bitterly with me. Ruth 1:21 I went out full, and the LORD hath brought me home again empty: why then call ye me Naomi, seeing the LORD hath testified against me, and the Almighty hath afflicted me?

Bitterness is a reaction against things that God does in the life of a person. Bitterness is a grunt against God for having allowed these evil things to come to pass in the person’s life.

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Is the Pastor Important? Is he Biblical? examines the concept of Pastor in Scripture. I defend that the Pastor is a biblical ministry, and that he is central.

I read this post “The Man of God” by Steve Van Nattan, and I greatly disagree with this person’s point of view. For example, he says…

Now, what about your pastor, and the deacons or elders in your local church? Just because a man can shell the corn and get some things right from the King James Bible does NOT mean he is a “man of God.”

So, is a pastor a MAN OF GOD?

Fundamentalists have an exalted view of pastors. The word “pastor” is only used once in the New Testament, and it is never formally defined. The offices of a bishop, elder, and the deacon’s office are well defined, but nowhere is the title “pastor” listed with the other offices. In fact, based on rules of interpretation, the pastor in the local church is not of any special consideration except as a shepherd to feed sheep. “Pastor” is the English equivalent of the Greek word for “shepherd.”

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