Tuesday 14th July 2020 Devotion
Scripture:- 1st Timothy 6:1-12
Topic:- 12 Kinds Of Pastors 
Text:- Jeremiah 23:11
- Yesterday Pastor:
a. Description: They are called by the Lord, but they are not in tune with the moves of God today. They are holy, godly and righteous but are trapped in yesterday’s ways because they are ultra -conservative. Old tradition, dogma and doctrinal correctness is their forte. They spend only on their one gift to lead the Church, they detest learning and change.
b. Basic Motive: To survive and bring back old time religion. They are therefore prejudiced against growth, change and new strategies. They are good in hymnals, bell-ringing and order of service that has become routine and lifeless today. Their relational skills are weak and very low.
c. Demerits: Lack of vision, purpose and direction in the church. The work is backward, they are confused because changes that have occurred have left them behind. They therefore experience crisis, breakaway, stagnation and backdoor losses. They do everything in the Church because they don’t trust anybody. They are skeptic of people and change. Pastors of yesterday usually don’t know the new moves of God for today, because they are too busy looking at yesterday.
d. Prospects: Change, personal growth, disabused mindset and new focus of the move of God today.
- Political Pastor:
a. Description: They were once servants of the Lord, but have now backslidden. They no longer have time to preach, pray, nourish people and prepare them for heaven. All their time is taken up with meetings upon meetings. They have become servants of the people. Bad friends, economic hardship and strange teachings have changed them.
b. Basic motive: To make it, either by force or by fire. They therefore engage in Church politics. They become cunning, crafty, arm – twisting and can speak from both sides of the mouth. Their strategic closeness to Church authority make them to determine the transfer, promotion, discipline and suspension of other Pastors, many times better than them. Character assassination is their modus – operandi.
c. Demerits: Their Churches always suffer because they are not always around due to frequent meetings. They are spiritually dry, unable to get fresh insight from God and the Church suffers spiritually. They get involve in scandals which they use for their political manouvering to cover up. Political Pastors needs to return back to the Lord, else,
d. Prospects: Remember where you have fallen, repent and return back to the Lord. Stop Church politics and concentrate on the primary job of Pastoring, leading, nourishing and preparing people for heaven. See Jeremiah 10:21; 23:11; Micah 3:11.
- Occultic Pastor:
a. Description: These are the people who have no business being in the ministry, but they are there all the same. Some are former occult practitioners who claim to be born-again, while others are herbalists and magicians who decide to hood wink people by mordernising as Pastors. They live double lives. They appear to eat at the Lord’s Table but also deal with the devil in secret. They use means and demonic power to perform spurious miracles.
b. Basic Motives: Their motive is gain, power and control over people. They therefore use candles, coconut, incense, salt, kolanut, sponge, soaps, special baths and native roots as “prayer support”. They engage in fake vision, false prophecy and spurious miracles. They read the Sixth and Seventh books of Moses. They are usually polygamous and womanizers.
c. Demerits: Using other means to ‘Jazz’ up the work so that crowds can come; people under bondage and oppression; making people sure children of hell; immorality thrives; witchcraft and calamities in Churches; people dying and losing their destiny in such Churches. Oppressive air of bondage will be thick. No form of godly spirituality among the people. Occultist Pastors will always be exposed by their traits and they will lose their ministries sooner or later.
d. Prospects: True repentance and knowing the Lord afresh, turning away from synagogue of Satan. See Revelation 2:20,24; 3:9.
Prayer Point:- Oh Lord God, break me, remold me to Your perfect image and servant of God indeed now by fire, in the name of Jesus Christ.
Have A Wonderful Tuesday!