When The Pastor Falls
What do they do now?
The question honestly irritated me.
It irritated me because it’s built on false premises about pastors, the church, and Jesus.
Jesus didn’t fall.
Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever…if your faith is shaken it was in the wrong person.
That’s called idolatry and the pastors fall was the best thing that could happen to you spiritually.
Now, you will always focus on Him.
My friend further asked me if I’d written anything about what to do when pastors sin.
I’d write non stop the rest of my life to cover that…all pastors sin, just as much or more than you do.
What the vast majority of us do is avoid disqualifying sins.
The pastor in question did not, and he hardened his heart as he went to avoid repentance.
He is now disqualified.
The church itself seems to be in good hands with another pastor who will hopefully install effective accountability structures to help him walk the straight and narrow.
If you understand that the “church” and the “pastor” are not synonymous, that will help you transition.
If you think they are synonymous, refer to my paragraph on idolatry.
The church is all of its members together (with the pastor being one of them), under the headship of Christ.
“For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function,so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.”
(Romans 12:4–5 ESV)
Biblically, you’re as important to the health of the Body as its elders are.
Right now, the Body you were part of needs all hands on deck to recover and function.
Some of you are upset and I’m going to make you more upset.
You turned over the complete care and feeding of your soul to one man and his name wasn’t Jesus.
You showed up and you probably tithed, but you were content to let others determine the health of the church and the accountability of it’s officers.
You went to and invested in a church where the members have no say in anything, expecting some special anointing on the pastor to protect you from the doctrine of total depravity.
It didn’t work and now you feel betrayed.
Some of you are looking for another man to hand what’s left of your faith…if his name isn’t Jesus, don’t do it.
The lesson is to find those places that value each member as the Bible states they should and be willing to be involved in very level of the church you can serve in.
Demand open and transparent finances and demand that policies be presented to the people for consideration.
Demand to know the church by laws and the accountability structure for pastors and elders.
Too many churches withhold information because they believe that the “sheep” are dumb animals incompetent to deal with “spiritual” matters.
Stay away from them.
Finally, take responsibility for your spiritual health and that of your family.
No one will do this for you.
In your new situation…trust, but verify.
If you loved the fallen pastor, pray for him and deal with him as another fallen sinner…with as much grace as you can.
If he taught biblical truth, it’s still truth…God has spoken through many asses in redemptive history.
Just ask my church…