Maybe believers have been able to handle it when some members make mistakes but very few Christians know how to handle it when their pastors make mistakes. They go like “so pastor can do that?” but there is no part of the scripture that suggest the infallibility of our spiritual leaders. We must have it settled in our mind that our spiritual leaders can make mistakes.
Having said that, we must establish the bible way of handling rumours or even mistakes about ministers of the gospel. We must not be swift to conclude that rumours or stories about ministers of the gospel are correct. If you have been around for some time, you will observe that there have been stories people have shared about preachers and leaders in the body of Christ that we later discovered weren’t true. Meanwhile, there are some terrible mistakes some leaders have made. But then the church should not add more salt to the wound, they must learn how to handle the faults of their spiritual leaders.
The very first thing I want to say is the fact that the judgment of your spiritual leader or leaders in the body of Christ is not given to you. Believers must learn to stay aloof in the spreading of negative stories about their leaders. It is not ours to judge them or share “negative gospel” about them.
Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand.
It is funny that people love to hear and share the stories of men of God that fall into sin. They love to pull down ministries when they cannot build one. They have no concern for the flock, their focus is not on the work of Christ on earth, they are certainly used by the devil.
1 Sam 26:7-11
7 So David and Abishai came to the people by night: and, behold, Saul lay sleeping within the trench, and his spear stuck in the ground at his bolster: but Abner and the people lay round about him.
8 Then said Abishai to David, God hath delivered thine enemy into thine hand this day: now therefore let me smite him, I pray thee, with the spear even to the earth at once, and I will not smite him the second time.
9 And David said to Abishai, Destroy him not: for who can stretch forth his hand against the Lord’s anointed, and be guiltless?
10 David said furthermore, As the Lord liveth, the Lord shall smite him; or his day shall come to die; or he shall descend into battle, and perish.
11 The Lord forbid that I should stretch forth mine hand against the Lord’s anointed: but, I pray thee, take thou now the spear that is at his bolster, and the cruse of water, and let us go.
Many people like Abishai would have exclaimed “praise God, we caught him at last!” they would quickly use the opportunity to insult him on social media and publish it on newspaper in an abnormally magnified way. But David said something we can all learn from, he said God will not hold such men guiltless. No matter what a man of God has done, it is not your business to publish it or spread it. Someone might ask “what am I expected to do?” David told Abishai to take the spear and the cruse of water and let them go. what you need to do is to learn from the mistake and just forget it. Close your mouth because no one must hear!
2 Sam 1:19-20
19 The beauty of Israel is slain upon thy high places: how are the mighty fallen!
20 Tell it not in Gath, publish it not in the streets of Askelon; lest the daughters of the Philistines rejoice, lest the daughters of the uncircumcised triumph.
If it were to be some people, they would go straight to BBC or CNN to make announcement. They will say something like “God has avenged my course” but David said this great loss must not be published among the unbelievers lest they mock the people of God. You see, David had reverence for God. The truth is, often time when we dishonour the servants of God, it reveals that though we might be full of “Christian religion” we have no regard for God in our hearts. Because if we honour God; we would honour his servants. David asked the man that claimed to have killed Saul;
2 Sam 1:14
And David said unto him, How wast thou not afraid to stretch forth thine hand to destroy the Lord’s anointed?
We must notice that the focus of David wasn’t Saul himself; the focus of David was the anointing. Hence, his respect for Saul was because Saul was anointed by God. Really, we need to ask that kind of question from some people today. How is it that you are not afraid to blaspheme the servant of God? How is it that you are not afraid to insult a man of God on social media? David said God will not hold you guiltless.
When we rebel against the servant of God, we rebel against God. The sin of dishonour is very serious; it is an offspring of rebellion.
22 And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without.
23 And Shem and Japheth took a garment, and laid it upon both their shoulders, and went backward, and covered the nakedness of their father; and their faces were backward, and they saw not their father’s nakedness.
24 And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him.
25 And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren.
26 And he said, Blessed be the Lord God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.
27 God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.
Ham saw the nakedness of his father; he went straight to the newspaper and social media to publish it. Often time when we see the mistakes of our spiritual leaders, it usually reveals the state of our heart; if we are rebellious or not. Believers must know that spreading unwholesome news about pastors is neither the work for God nor is it the work of God; it is certainly the work of the devil.
After everything Saul did against David, check what David said about Saul when Saul died;
2 Sam 1:23-24
23 Saul and Jonathan were lovely and pleasant in their lives, and in their death they were not divided: they were swifter than eagles, they were stronger than lions.
24 Ye daughters of Israel, weep over Saul, who clothed you in scarlet, with other delights, who put on ornaments of gold upon your apparel.
We must learn to forgive the servants of God and give no room for offense. Let us forget their mistakes, walk in love towards them, pray for them and honour them as the gifts of Christ for the church; ordained and equipped for our blessing.
To be continued…