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When Pastors Implode

"The church has been too lax in setting standards for its leaders. The time has come to repent and discern, watch and pray" (Dr. Joseph Chavady).


Last month I went to preach in a church in Romania. The first question the church leaders asked me was when I had repented and made Christ the Lord of my life. They were more interested in my walk with the Lord than how famous I am, and I think we all can learn from this attitude. When was the last time you asked your pastor about his personal testimony and walk with God?

A few years in a Bible College simply qualifies another pastor to lead God's people.

In India some people become Hindu priests because their fathers were priests. It is not a calling but something familiar they grew up with. Here in North America it is not that different. A few years in a Bible College simply qualifies another pastor to lead God's people.

What do we make of the painful experience of watching Ted Haggard downfall? His church finally admitted that their pastor purchased methamphetamines and the services of a male prostitute.

A few years ago, I was sharing a room with a pastor during a national conference. Late that night during my sleep, I heard a strange muffled sound. My room mate was watching pornography on TV all night. The next morning he left to preach his "spirit-filled" sermon. How can this be?

And how often does this kind of thing actually happen? I have known Christian leaders with lustful eyes, and others with insatiable hunger for wealth, power and success. They are always looking for something bigger and better. The healthy lifestyles that satisfy most people seem to have become inadequate for them.

More than once we've seen the truth of such a person's life exposed; not always at once, but in a series of embarrassing disclosures. No amount of accountability seems to be adequate to contain a person living with such inner conflict. The church has been too lax in setting standards for its leaders. The time has come to repent and discern, watch and pray, rather than letting Christ's name be slandered again.

Dr Joseph Chavady is the President of Canada-based One to One International. For more information please visit www.121intl.org. Contact Dr. Chavady at chavady@hotmail.com.

 

 
 
 
 

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