Beware of predators disguised as preachers

Earlier tonight I watched ABC’s 20/20 news story on “Preacher Predators.”  It was truly sad to see how many men placed in positions of power in protestant churches are abusing children, but it didn’t surprise me.  This is what happens when we put men on pedestals and why the scriptures teach us that no one except Christ is the head of the church.  No one is lord over the flock, except Christ.  Just because someone has a title or graduated from a certain seminary or has recommendations from a denomination’s headquarters doesn’t mean they are called by God.  It is unfortunate that Christians have neglected to follow warnings that are given to us in scripture.  If church discipline were exercised faithfully as Christ commanded in Matthew 18 and as was stated in 1 Corinthians 5, these types of situations could be avoided.

The lack of making people accountable only provides an opportunity for Satan to use men who proclaim to know God that actually don’t know God to come in and promote their abominations in secret.  We are living in times where we must be like the Bereans that questioned teachers who came before them and searched the scriptures diligently to see if they were being told the truth.  Here are some warnings we have from the scriptures:

“Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.  For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.  Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.  Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.” (Acts 20:28-31)

“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.  For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” (2 Timothy 3:1-5)

“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.  Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.  A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.” (Matthew 7:15-18)

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:” (1 Peter 5:8)

It is time for us to wake up and use the discernment we are all given by the Holy Spirit. We need to fear God, not men and put our trust in God, not men.

–posted by Harry A. Gaylord–

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