March 28th 2016
Not Every Man is Called of God
Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men’s sins: keep thyself pure. (1 Timothy 5:22 KJV)
God has given much responsibility to those He has called to preach. They are responsible before God for their preaching, teaching, and leadership. They are, in essence, holding the spiritual future of souls according to their teaching and direction of leadership. Preachers cannot afford to take their office of spiritual authority lightly.
Paul is speaking in this scripture verse of laying hands on, or ordaining another man for service in the ministry for God. Jesus Christ laid hands on His original twelve disciples for them to begin their earthly ministry. Today preachers also ordain qualified candidates into the ministry.
When a man is ordained it is of great importance that he is living according to the will and Spirit of God both inwardly and outwardly. Otherwise, the person who is carrying out the ordination ceremony partakes responsibility in perhaps overlooking a sinful lifestyle of a spiritually wayward pastoral candidate.
A preacher is to be careful in potentially laying hands on an unworthy contender for the office of preacher.
Yes, Jesus Christ was aware of the heart condition of Judas (perhaps by his fruit?). Jesus Christ spoke of the one who would betray Him at the last supper. However, Jesus Christ operated in obedience to the will of God in all functions of His blameless life on this earth.
Only God intimately knows the heart condition of individuals. He especially expects men of God to be discerning and to operate as great fruit inspectors towards any man who profess to be called in the ministry.