The higher authority of Shepherds.

Author: Voice Of God Ministry  //  Category: Messages

Dear beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Greetings in the sweet name of our Lord Jesus Christ

The Shepherds of Israel

I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. John 10:11

In Old Testaments

Then this message came to me from the Lord: “Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds, the leaders of Israel. Give them this message from the Sovereign Lord: What sorrow awaits you shepherds who feed yourselves instead of your flocks. Shouldn’t shepherds feed their sheep?You drink the milk, wear the wool, and butcher the best animals, but you let your flocks starve.

You have not taken care of the weak. You have not tended the sick or bound up the injured. You have not gone looking for those who have wandered away and are lost. Instead, you have ruled them with harshness and cruelty. So my sheep have been scattered without a shepherd, and they are easy prey for any wild animal. They have wandered through all the mountains and all the hills, across the face of the earth, yet no one has gone to search for them.Ezekiel 34.1-6

In New Testaments

Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, “The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat, so practice and observe whatever they tell you—but not what they do. For they preach, but do not practice. They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to move them with their finger. They do all their deeds to be seen by others. For they make their phylacteries broad and their fringes long, Matthew 23:1-3


Therefore, this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says to these shepherds: “Instead of caring for my flock and leading them to safety, you have deserted them and driven them to destruction. Now I will pour out judgment on you for the evil you have done to them.Jeremiah 23:2

The Lord is my Shepherd.

On the way, Jesus told them, “Tonight all of you will desert me. For the Scriptures say,

‘God will strike the Shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’

But after I have been raised from the dead, I will go ahead of you to Galilee and meet you there.” Jesus saw the huge crowd as he stepped from the boat, and he had compassion on them because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many thingsMark.6.34


Leaders (Shepherd) and the followers

Then the LORD said unto me, the prophets prophesy lies in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spoke unto them: they prophesy unto you a false vision and divination, and a thing of naught, and the deceit of their heart. Jeremiah 14:14-16

To be a leader, one must have followers. To have followers, one must have their trust. How do you win their trust? Why would others trust you? Most important, are you worthy of their trust? Why are some individuals more effective than others at influencing people? Effectiveness in leadership has been attributed to (1) persuasion skills, (2) leadership styles and (3) personal attributes of the leader.A leader by its meaning is one who goes first and leads by example, so that others are motivated to follow him. To be a leader, a person must have a deep-rooted commitment to the goal that he will strive to achieve it even if nobody follows him!

When Moses encountered two Hebrews fighting with each other, he tried to act as a peacemaker but they turned on him and questioned his authority over them, “Who made you ruler and judge over us?” (Exo 2:13-14). Yet some 40 years later, the Hebrews came to Moses with all their disputes and problems that he was kept busy from morning till evening (Exo 18:13-16). What had changed? Among many things, Moses led the Hebrews across the Red Sea and when the people could not drink the bitter water, Moses cried out to the Lord for a solution (Exo 15:22-25). What had not changed was Moses’ identification with the Hebrews and his love for them.

Joshua was such a man. He was publicly appointed to succeed Moses (Num 27:12-23). The goal was to lead the Hebrews cross over the Jordan and take the land (Josh 1:1-2) … and that was he what he did. In his old age, there remained much land to be possessed. In Josh 24:15, Joshua summoned all Israel to gather at Shechem and challenged them to serve the Lord, putting before them his commitment…

In Jeremiah“What sorrow awaits the leaders of my people—the shepherds of my sheep—for they have destroyed and scattered the very ones they were expected to care for,” says the Lord. Therefore, this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says to these shepherds: “Instead of caring for my flock and leading them to safety, you have deserted them and driven them to destruction. Now I will pour out judgment on you for the evil you have done to them. But I will gather together the remnant of my flock from the countries where I have driven them. I will bring them back to their own sheepfold, and they will be fruitful and increase in number. Then I will appoint responsible shepherds who will care for them, and they will never be afraid again. Not a single one will be lost or missing. I, the Lord, have spoken! Jeremiah 23 1-4

Guidelines for the church & Leaders

“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber. But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.” John 10:1-18

In   his   last   2   letters  which  Paul  penned  before his  martyrdom  in   Rome   [about  65-68AD],he focused  almost entirely  on  every  aspect  of   the  dealings  within  God’s  House.   These were the 2   letters to Timothy,   the younger man of God. For believers today,  these  2  letters  provide a  clear & concise detailing  of  guidelines,  requirements  & the overall   do’s-and-don’ts within the House  of God. 2nd Timothy deals even more in   depth with God’s Leaders &their responsibilities.

1 Timothy 5:17-18 – Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially they who labor in the word and doctrine.   (Read More…)

Acts 1:8 – But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

In passage-after-passage is jam-packed with specifics about conduct   order   & the ‘rights-and-wrongs’   within the church environment   Paul  contrasts  everything  from  true leaders & their  motives  to   false  leaders,   proper  &  improper  conduct  within  the  church  &   amongst   leaders  themselves,   solid  teachings  vs.  False doctrines, spiritual growth & self-discipline   vs.  The worldliness of character &undisciplined leaders.  He  also clarifies  many  profiles of  End Time   things  to  come  including  the  religious  imposters  who  are  devoid  of  the  Spirit

2 Tim.3:5] &  who  wrangle  the  scriptures about  to  the  ruin  of their  hearers. [2 Tim.2:14].

Checklist of Leadership Requirements to the Servant of God.

Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ. But if you do what is wrong, you will be paid back .Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. 1 Timothy 4:12

But, in 1 Timothy Chapter 3 [the whole chapter] is   found   a   virtual   condensed    “checklist”    of   Leadership Requirements.  Every   believer   should   take time to   review   these specifics regarding a   “Leader”. As stressed,   having this knowledge from    both   1st   &   2nd Timothy   will   result   in   clear discernment about   the   profile of   true (&) false Leader.

For example, 1. Very clear   is   the   fact   that    “a man” is called   to “oversee”   God’s   flock,    not a   woman. A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, (MAN) vigilant, sober, of good behavior, given to hospitality, apt to teach; Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;4 One that ruled well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; [1Tim.3:1,2].   2.   Likewise, a “deacon”   must   also   be   “men”.  [1Tim.3:8]. 3.  Another obvious guideline is that a true Leader will   be married to    “only 1 wife”.  1 Tim.3:2].  4. This   immediately eliminates any   so-called “man of God”    who has multiple   wives at   the same   time,    like a   Mormon leader.   Another specific qualification   is   just   as   simple:   a    Leader    “must not be a new convert”.  [1Tim.3:6].  (In   fact, in America,    this has occurred   a lot   & makes up   the   bulk   of   the 90%    “unqualified”   Christian    men   seen   operating   as “5-Fold” leaders   today.)

These are   true Christians, some who are truly called to Leadership. Yet,   they   jumped   the   gun &   leaped into the   forefront without having become fully mature in   the   “character”   of   Christ.  These   are   those   who are seen today   failing   miserably in   humility, love,   kindness,   patience   &   respectable behavior”    another requirement of Paul’s.    [1Tim.3:2].Typically,   the   prime   [if  not  only]   requirement   which  today’s  unqualified  Christian  ministers  show   strong  skills  in  is  the   “ability to  teach”.[1Tim.3:2]. This,   plus their charisma,   has caused   other   undiscerning   leaders    [& the body of Christ]    to   interpret   them as   seasoned   5-Fold   Ministers. n the Evangelical circles,   many of    these    unqualified Christian men   have strong   spiritual gifting’s   which   have   also   played   into   premature   acceptance of   them   as   a     5-Fold    minister.

Obviously,   these   are   only a   few of   many   requirements   a   solid man   of   God   must be   QUALIFIED   in. But, regarding this “checklist”  [&  both  letters  themselves], Paul   leaves   no   doubt   about   his   purpose  when   he  states   his  clear  intent   is    “so  that   you may  know   how  one  ought  to conduct   himself   in   the   household   of   God”.   [I Tim.3:15].

Realqualified Leaders….      

Here is an importantfact toremember before reading   through the   following   Leadership Requirements.  That  is,   every   so-called  Christian   leader   who  is   seen    [today or  future]    holding   himself  up  in   front   of   God’s   people   as    a     5-Fold   minister    is    automatic- ally   representing  himself  as   being   100%  QUALIFIED, above reproach” &   having   fulfilled   all   of  the   following   requirements  as  set   forth   by   the  great   Apostle  Paul.

Similarly,  when  a   person enters  a  doctor’s  office,   then  that  doctor is representing  himself  as   “fully qualified”    just  by   walking  into  the room  &  standing  in   the  lead  role  as  the  doctor.    From  the  patient’s perspective,  most  every  patient   has   no  second  thoughts  whatsoever regarding  whether  that  doctor   is   fully qualified,   partially-qualified    or  a   medical  phony  altogether.       Currently,   this   is   the  exact  same  scenario  within  the  body  of  Christ  today   in  assuming   that  a   leader  at   the  forefront   is  automatically   “fully qualified”.

Logically, just  by the  mere   fact    that   a  “Christian”   minister  is  standing   up   in    God’s   House   &    operating    as  a  -Fold  Leader”, then   immediately    [even  without  that  leader  verbalizing  it] he   is  representing  himself   as   being   100%  qualified. In  knowing   this, then   as   believers   begin   gaining  the  knowledge  of Leadership  Qualifications, then   many  [90%  or  more]  of  today’s “Christian”   leaders  &   “Reverends”  will suddenly be   accurately discerned   by  believers as not being 100% qualified  at   all, which   makes   them   unqualified.

Most of   today’s   unqualified leaders   are   wonderful   true Christian brothers,   even gifted with   true leadership skills.     However, if   they have   not passed ALL of the tests then   they   are   not   ready for 5-Fold   Leadership   capacity.  Most   believers   [or anyone]    would   rebel   at   the   thought   of   having   surgery   by   a   surgeon   who   was   recognized   as   being   only    “partially-qualified”.  How   much   more alert   should    believers   be   in    identifying   a   qualified    [or unqualified]   spiritual   leader   who    leads   God’s   sheep   &    who   is charged     [by God]     with   watching   over    their   eternal   souls?   [Heb.13:17].

In Zechariah “Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds, the leaders of Israel. Give them this message from the Sovereign Lord: What sorrow awaits you shepherds who feed yourselves instead of your flocks. Shouldn’t shepherds feed their sheep? Ezekiel 34:2

“My anger burns against your shepherds, and I will punish these leaders. For the Lord of Heaven’s Armies has arrived to look after Judah, his flock. He will make them strong and glorious, like a proud warhorse in battle. Zechariah 10:3

A true QUALIFIED   man of   God’s SPEECH will be seasoned & perfect. [Math.5:48].The words he carefully chooses will contain truth, wisdom, accuracy & grace. His  words  will  always   glorify  Christ  even  if  a   whole  different  subject  than  the  Bible  or  Christianity is  being   talked  about. God’s leaders   will   be found blameless & spotless   even in   their SPEECH.   [Eph.5:27; 4:32].   Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15

But today, most Christian leaders   [especially TV ministers]    can be seen clearly   speaking with   unchristen-like SPEECH.  90%  or   more of   Christian  ministers   have   “talk”   which  shows  the  recognizable  consistency  of   being   arrogant,  flippant,  sarcastic,   worldly,   self-exalting,   cocky   &  unbecoming.  Most  of  these  unqualified   Christian  leaders  have   no  idea   how  much  of a reproach they  are  bringing  upon  the  Lord. This is a serious matter amongst   today’s preachers   & Christian ministers.

But, a person’s SPEECH   will tell volumes about a person. In  terms of  discernment,  sometimes  just  one  word by  itself   can  tell  all sorts of  things  about  that  person.    Jesus  warned  all  believers  that  we  are accountable  for   “every word”    we  speak,   even   in  the  day  of  judgment.  [Math.12:36].

For example, manyof thepopular [but totally false] prophets” in today’s Evangelicalcircle has freely used theslang term “That sucks!”  Numerous times on the TV airwaves. Just this one simple phrase speaks loudly.  No true prophet of God would ever talk this way.     God’s   true prophets   [like Elijah, John the Baptist,   Paul, etc.] were too solid to even make an   “honest mistake”   like this. This  religious  huckster  also   has   an   obvious  pattern  of   SPEECH   which  constantly  exalts &  praises  himself   as   he   spews  constant reminders   that  he  is a “prophet”. This   he does while   clearly failing   to   meet most other   Leadership requirements.

Today,   this self-praise   exists   in a   major way amongst   false prophets    and    unqualified   Christian   leaders themselves. Some  ministers  are  bold   &  some  are   more  subtle  in   their  patterns  of   self-praise  &  arrogance  of  SPEECH.      Either way,   that  minister  is failing  in   the   “love”   of  Christ    since  Paul  specifically  clarifies  that “love does not brag”    &    “love  is  not  arrogant”.[1 Cor.13:4].his makesthat minister not above reproach”  &   UNQUALIFIED.

Scripturally,  there  is  NO  place  in  the  New Testament  where  Jesus  or Paul  or  any   of  the  men  &  women of  God  can  be  found   “screaming”.  In  fact,  only  several  times  in  the  whole  New Testament  are  there  accounts  of  Jesus  &  Paul   even   “raising”   their  voices.     Then,   it was only with “a loud voice” at   the very moment they   were   calling   into     effect   an   awesome   miracle. Jesus  cried  out   with  a   loud voice  when  He  raised  Lazarus  from  the  dead.   [John 11:43]. And Paul, “with a loud voice”, commanded the cripple from his mother’s womb to “Stand!   And walk!”.  [Acts 14:10].

But,   even   though   their  teaching  &  preaching   was  with  authority  &intensity, the  Lord   &  His  apostles   were   never   ‘screamers’. although  many   of  God’s  people  in  America  are  accepting  of  this,   it is unChrist-like,  unscriptural  &  unbecoming. If a   video  of  these   “screamers”   were  to  be  muted,then  their  facial  contortions, wild  gesturing  &  flailing  of   their  hands  at   the  pulpit   would   be  recognized  as   mirroring   the   arrogance   &  unbecoming  appearance  of  other  pulpit  pounders  like   Hitler  or  Sadaam Hussein.

Today’s   female   “preachers”   &    “prophetesses”   can also   be seen readily   on   Evangelical TV   as “screamers”. f   today’s  popular female “screamers”,  99%  are unqualified altogether  to  be  standing  in  the  forefront of  God’s  House like a cinema star  at   all.  Their   arrogance & unbecoming   SPEECH &behavior falls miserably short of demonstrating   Christ’s   character &   “love”.   [1 Cor.13:4, 5].

Of   all   female  “screamers”,  7  out  of  10   seen   in  the  Evangelical circles  today   have  evil  spirits. They  are  in the  exact  same  profile of   the  witch  with   the “spirit of divination”    who  stood   in   the   midst of   Paul’s   ministry  as    she   prophesied   accurately    “for  many  days”. [Acts 16:18] But, by  sharp  discernment  of   a   man  of  God   like  Paul,  he   named   themas “noisy  gongs” [1 Cor.13:1] &as “greatly annoying” in the  House of  God.         [Acts16:18].

But, most [99%] of women at   the   pulpits   today   are “self-appointed” into   ministry.      They   are also completely   out   of   the order   &structure which   Paul    laid   out    in   conjunction   with    the   men of   God   in    5-Fold   ministry. Largely,    this   has occurred   from   the   influx   of unqualified men themselves in 5-Fold   ministry   roles   in   America. This   will   change dramatically for   the   better   in   the coming days   ahead.   Many   hand-maidens of the   Lord   will    be   raised   up   powerfully   in    evangelism,   teaching   &   prophetical   gifting’s   with   signs   &   wonders   following   them   in   these   End Times.     [Joel 2:28, 29].

But according to scriptures, true   woman of God   will   always demonstrate   “respectful behavior”[1 Peter 3:2] & a “gentle & quiet spirit” which “is precious in the sight of God”. [1 Peter 3:4]. This   is    true   Christ-likeness   &    is    easy   to   spot    in   a   solid   woman of   God.

The  accurate discernment of  most  all  leaders  [male  or  female]    found  in   this  pattern  of  “screaming” is that their characteris typically:impatient, arrogant   [not humble],    manipulative & insensitivetowards others.  These are serious failures   in areas of the   “fruit of the Spirit”.  [I.e. patience, humility & kindness].

Their  arrogance  in  SPEECH   also  demonstrates   their  lack   of  Christ’s   true  “love”  since    “love is patient”, ‘love is not  arrogant” &  “does not  act  unbecomingly”[1Cor. 13:4,5]. This  clearly   places   the   “screamer”    profile  of   leader   in   the  UNQUALIFIED  or false prophet    status  since  they  are   failing  in   the  Lord’s   prime  commandment  of   “love”.      [John 13:35]. Paul also gave clear instruction: “Speak the truth in love.”     [Eph.4:15]. Here again,    many   Christian ministers   [even false prophets]      “speak the truth”,     yet   fail   to speak it in “love”. This makes a leader immediately unqualified or   “false”   altogether.   This is   prominent today. Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an ensample unto you to follow us. 2 Thessalonians 3:9

No true solid Leader of God   will have SPEECH which opposes or misrepresents   the “character”   of   Christ.    [i.e.  Humility, kindness, patience, peace, etc../ “fruit of the Spirit” / Gal. 5:22].Nor   will   any true   bond-servant  of   God   present SPEECH towards  people,    not  to  mention  towards  God’s  own  people  from   the  pulpit, that fails   in   the   “love”   of   Christ.    And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, 2 Timothy 2:24

Condemnation: Many ministers use words and/or atone even from the pulpit that clearly projects “condemnation “Arrogance usually will accompany this trait. This is never of Christ.      In  33 1/2  years  Jesus  was  never  found   having  any  condemning   tone  in  His  attitude  or  SPEECH  towards  others  Never  the  slightest  trace  of  condemnation  [like rolling the eyes  or  facial expressions]  could  ever  be  seen  in  the  Lord.  Even  to  those  who  opposed  Him,   He  still   always  projected   a  humility,  respect, kindness  &  patience  in   tone &  attitude.     There is no condemnation, none, in Christ.    [Rom.8:1].

Finally. My humble and foremost request is this is not to judge any other. All the people who judge other in the New Testament were destroyed themselves and lost the Grace of LORD. Judge others is not our business. The only almighty God can judge anybody, hence He only the perfect. We are all sinner by the grace of God we repent and saved. One save by the Lord how can judge any other in the whole world. You must honesty pray for them with love and burden on him. Because, they are also our beloved brother.  This article is only to understand the truth.

His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ Matthew 25:21

Forgive Always. Others

One day Jesus said to his disciples, “There will always be temptations to sin, but what sorrow awaits the person who does the tempting! It would be better to be thrown into the sea with a millstone hung around your neck than to cause one of these little ones to fall into sin. So watch yourselves! “If another believer sins, rebuke that person; then if there is repentance, forgive.  Even if that person wrongs you seven times a day and each time turns again and asks forgiveness, you must forgive.” LUCK .17 1-4

Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith. Hebrews 13:7


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