The responsibility of a pastor and layman in the ministry of God’s Truth:
Jeremiah 12:10-11 (KJB) Many pastors have destroyed my vineyard, they have trodden my portion under foot, they have made my pleasant portion a desolate wilderness. 11 They have made it desolate, and being desolate it mourneth unto me; the whole land is made desolate, because no man layeth it to heart.
God’s plans are never deflated or defeated by any works (or lack of work) by man. God desires to use man as a vehicle of His will however, He can bring anything to pass according to His supernatural power and presence. The state of this world does not rely on any work or action from man.
However, as expressed many places in the Bible, God does hold pastors of a church to a high moral standing as outlaid in Titus 1:5-9; James 3:1. This standing depends on the presence and supernatural power of God at work in his heart. A man cannot fruitfully preach and teach about God without His presence working in his heart.
Any man, including professing pastors, can work up his emotions and fabricate a religious aura about himself, but spiritual fabrication will never pass God’s inspection process. Though a professing man of God may accumulate a great following, accumulate great wealth, have a beautiful massive church building, he can be deceiving the masses.
Yes, sadly there are pastors who are destroying God’s vineyard.
Jeremiah 23:28-29 (KJB) The prophet that hath a dream, let him tell a dream; and he that hath my word, let him speak my word faithfully. What is the chaff to the wheat? saith the LORD. 29 Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?
Certainly, a pastor is never perfectly holy and poised this side of heaven as he leads others, fulfilling his calling from God, however, he can serve as a catalyst leading others astray because of his own personal disregard for knowing and following the authority and will of God in his own life.
Yes, a preacher has a personal responsibility before God for how he manages his spiritual life, his family, and his congregation.
The professing preacher who liberally teaches false doctrine to his congregation is like the chaff of wheat.
The sincere man of God who is busy about preaching Truth of God’s Word conveys the Bread of Life.
Jeremiah 23:31-32 (KJB) Behold, I am against the prophets, saith the LORD, that use their tongues, and say, He saith. 32 Behold, I am against them that prophesy false dreams, saith the LORD, and do tell them, and cause my people to err by their lies, and by their lightness; yet I sent them not, nor commanded them: therefore they shall not profit this people at all, saith the LORD.
A pastor cannot occupy a distinguished place up on a pedestal in the life of his congregation.
Only God is to be lifted up this side of heaven.
The preaching man called of God will be human. He will face many battles with his flesh. He must be open and willing to discriminate and judge with razor sharp spiritual perception, between that which comes from God against clever wickedness emanating from the god of this world.
In closing, Jeremiah 25:34-38 Calls for pastors, leaders, and governors to mourn for their nation, be on their knees in prayer to God regarding their congregation as well as the vast “spiritual wasteland” ever increasing in size and threatening to devour more souls in this wicked and dark leaning world.
Yes, the context of this verse in Jeremiah logically refers to the land of Israel in the time of Jeremiah. However, it can and should be applied to the times in which we live today. Men of God, both preachers, and layman should be on their knees in prayer about our land and busy about warning numerous lost souls about the coming time of judgment on the spiritual horizon. One day it will be too late for reaching any more souls in this dark land and perhaps the blood of lost souls will be on their hands (Ezekiel 3:16-19).
Pray for your pastor, pray for your church, pray for the many lost souls, and pray for this land as wickedness and darkness flourish all around us as the world waxes worse and worse 2 Timothy 3:12-13).