I am a pastor, what is my responsibility? A pastor is a shepherd who feeds and cares for the sheep. 1 Peter 5:2, “Feed the flock of God which is among you.” What do we feed them? That seems like an easy question with a simple answer. I ask again; what are we feeding the sheep? Do we feed them things to make them better people, or do we teach them how to have eternal life? We want them to live a Christian life but they must live it by following Christ!
WHAT DO WE TEACH THE YOUTH
Our youth, especially, need to be taught this; living, (eternal life) is only found in following Christ! We believe in doctrine, this is doctrine. Paul in his pastoral epistle to a young pastor named Titus, tells him to teach doctrine to the different ages in the church. Titus 2:1 But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine: 2 That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience. 3 The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; 4 That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, 5 To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. 6 Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded.
WHAT DID WILLIAM BRANHAM TEACH
William Branham (1909-1965) used the following text when speaking to young people; Matt 19:16 “And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?”
This man wanted eternal life – he had made it in the world successfully, was trained up right in how to live and keep the commandments. But he lacked something. Jesus told him what he needed and didn’t have. And because of lacking it, though very successful, living right according to the Law yet went to hell in the end.
Matt 19:21 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.
William Branham (1909-1965) taught this to a group of young people at a graduation ceremony – Come Follow Me in Tucson Arizona; “Today, while I was chopping weeds, real early this morning, I found a place in the Bible, I thought would be a good thing to read at this time. And it’s a… may not be too dashing appropriate, but I thought just a few minutes, to talk. I want to read this out of the 18th chapter of Saint Luke. All four Gospel writers write of it. The 18th chapter and the 18th verse. ‘…Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all… …come, follow me.’
I think, the word, ‘Come follow Me,’ that would be the best advice I could give if I was talking to ten thousand kids, or if I was talking to just what I am. It’s a command, and the greatest thing that I think that was ever offered anybody, and especially a young person, ‘Follow Me.’”
The denominational church has become the rich young ruler of this scripture, without having eternal life because they fail to following Christ the Word. They merely teach a doctrine of “Christian Living,” without being born again of the Spirit of God in their lives. They learn to live without Christ, but apply Christian principles in what they do, and then call themselves Christians because of that – but in the end, even though they are successful, they go to hell!
I’m sorry I feel that way, perhaps I am just too old fashion and the thoughts of the modern preacher have passed me by a long time ago. “…yet lackest thou one thing!”
Pastor Bill Ivy – www.livingwordtabernacle.com – Gibson Missouri