Test Your Pastor
by Pastor Steve Brown
Master of Divinity, Asbury Seminary
Jesus said beware of false prophets or preachers. You will know them by their fruit. Matthew 7:15 & 16, What is the fruit of a true man of God? He has character that is holy with integrity. He is honest and forthright, not double minded. He preaches God’s Word without compromise, even if it causes offense, and obeys the word outside the pulpit.
A true pastor is godly and willingly takes up the cross to stand with Jesus and suffer real persecution for Christ. This includes things like his reputation being slandered, being rejected by people, and losing his job as pastor because he won’t compromise his preaching and God’s commands. He endures real trauma and hardship because he has lived a godly life and preached the true gospel.
A false preacher has these fruits: He pleases people not God. He tries to offend no one, especially those in control, and waters down the Gospel so it offends no one. He avoids persecution at all costs, even by lowering Gospel standards. He demands no apologies or true repentance and avoids church discipline, especially of leaders or people who give a lot of money to the church. He is a hypocrite: says one thing from the pulpit, does another outside the pulpit. He is endorsed by and endorses the modern corrupt church.
If your pastor has not been truly persecuted or avoids persecution by compromising God’s word or has a forked tongue with guile - then he is a false preacher propagating modern churchianity.
It’s time all Christians test their pastors. Christians throughout the country are greatly to be blamed for the corruption in the church because they blindly follow false preachers no matter what they do. If a pastor does not meet the test of Scriptures, plays church politics, waters down the gospel, loves men’s applause and to be lifted up, and avoids persecution, then he is false preacher. Either encourage him to leave and get a true pastor, or you leave. Don’t support a false preacher or you sin.
If your church fires a true man of God then leave your church and follow the man of God. The Bible teaches us to follow men of God, not corrupt churches. We are not to be married to churches or be so loyal to churches we never can leave. Our loyalty should be to the person of Jesus Christ.