Tennessee Pastor Who Is Also a Detective Calls for L.G.B.T. People to Be Executed – The New York Times

The pastor said in a sermon that L.G.B.T. people were “freaks” and “worthy of death,” comments that have prompted prosecutors to review cases he has investigated. — Read on http://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/15/us/knoxville-pastor-grayson-fritts.html

Fundamental Baptist church pastors cover up sex abuse, rape | Fort Worth Star-Telegram

An investigation into US fundamental Baptist churches found more than 400 sexual misconduct allegations. More than 160 pastors, ministers and Christian leaders have been accused of committing crimes against children. — Read on http://www.star-telegram.com/living/religion/article222576310.html READ THE ENTIRE 4 PART SERIES and BACKSTORY HERE

Q & A: Women and LGBTQ+ Leading Churches

Recently on an online, Christian community (the Unchurching.com Facebook page), I posted the following statement: When false, institutional positions/titles are removed from the Body, suddenly women can exercise pastoral gifting freely, as the Spirit leads. Imagine that! The responses to this statement were mostly affirming, and a few others posed very good follow-up questions. The …

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Reclaiming the Meaning of “Pastor” as Care Giver

I know hearing the word “pastor” can be a hot button for us, who have been victims of spiritual abuse. But, it is a real Bible term, and it is a real spiritual gift, as mentioned in Ephesians 4:11. Again, sadly, it is a term that has been twisted and abused to represent false, “authoritarian” …

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“Rule Well” and “Double Honor” in 1 Timothy 5:17

Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching. Rom. 12:8; 1 Thess. 5:12; [1 Cor. 12:28] Deut. 21:17 The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (1 Ti 5:17). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles. When one encounters 1 Timothy 5:17, one runs into a great …

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7 Passages that Correct Pushy Pastors

Then Moses and Aaron gathered the assembly together before the rock, and he said to them, “Hear now, you rebels: shall we bring water for you out of this rock?” And Moses lifted up his hand and struck the rock with his staff twice, and water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their …

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The True Extent of Pastoral “Authority,” Part 2

In a previous post, under the same title, Lambs's Harbinger examined the New Testament in order to determine whether pastors (elders / overseers) have "authority" over other believers in the organizational sense of the term, let alone in the spiritual sense. The answer is no for both. The Word is the true authority. The pastor …

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The True Extent of Pastoral “Authority,” Part 1

What authority, if any, does God grant a pastor over people? The short answer is "NONE in the position or the man himself." Hebrews 13:17 King James Version (KJV) does read: 17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, …

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