Preachers Do you practice what you preach or cater to the popular vote?

@deedee328 (1127)
United States
February 12, 2012 2:27am CST
There is a bit of turmoil going on in the little church that I attend. For more than two years I have been a member of this church and though I have a great belief in the fact that this man preaches according to God's word, I am a bit disappointed in my preacher. Though the preacher has stated his position and belief on a certain matter,and says that he is against it, he will not "buck" the "democratic vote" of the church. This does not sit well with me. I believe that it is up to the preacher to be the ultimate guide in what direction the church goes. I believe that if he thinks the vote is wrong, he should stand up and say so to his congregation. I have attended other churches where the preacher does stand up and say no to the governing body of the church. I don't believe that a church should dictated what the preacher is allowed to preach whether by actually saying what he can preach on or by making him feel that some subjects will not be tolerated. I think that the preacher should be relaying to us what God has put on his heart and that if people in the congregation are taking offense, then they are probably the ones that God is trying to get through to. Am I wrong? Am I expecting the preacher to take too much responsibility for what the church does? As a pastor, or preacher, what do you believe is your job?
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@urbandekay (18312)
12 Feb 12
All should speak as God moves them so to do, regardless of the will of others but should, in humility, also listen. As James says, 19Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: all he best urban
@deedee328 (1127)
• United States
12 Feb 12
Thank you urban. After he has listened in humility, should a preacher not stand his ground on what he says he believes? I understand that the Bible says we should be slow to speak, but it also says we should stand by our convictions. I don't think any christian should sit idly by and allow wrongs to go unaddressed or uncorrected, but I wonder if this applies more to preachers even more so than to a church body.
@urbandekay (18312)
12 Feb 12
Absolutely, the preacher should listen to all, then listen to God and if he is moved to change his view, should so do but if he is not should speak out, and be careful to speak about actions not people. Hate the sin, love the sinner all the best urban
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@deedee328 (1127)
• United States
12 Feb 12
Agreed. The problem here is the preacher shares the view of those of us who think that there is some things that are going on that should not be, he just will not go to the point of telling the congregation that there is a problem because he fears that there are some who will request that he leave the church. He would never speak out against an individual. The issue I am talking about is clearly stated in the Bible, so there really should not be this problem in the church or with the preacher saying that this should not be done. Exactly, hate the sin and love thy neighbor. I firmly believe this as much as I do that we are suppose to speak against wrongs when we see them.
@KrauseHome (34982)
• United States
17 Apr 12
Personally being a Pastor is one of the hardest callings any person can really undertake and their choices and teachings and methods are what either helps a church grow and develop, or could destroy it. I am glad I have a Pastor that stands firm in his teachings and beliefs and lets people know this is how he stands. I could not imagine him being anything else.