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5 Things Not To Expect From Church Leaders/Preachers by constancefriday(m): 2:14am On Apr 28, 2020
Apart from, being Strictly Spiritual, the job of a Preacher/Church Leader is Honorable, Well Organised and very Professional. It's very close to being Military even, just that we don't use physical weapons. Read 2 Corinthians 10:4)
Modern day Preachers and Church Leaders (Clergymen/Women) go through the same things their earlier day counterparts went through: Dealing with wrong expectations.
With the Duties of Preachers and Church Leaders in mind here are 5 wrong or unrealistic expectations People often expect from Preachers of the Gospel/Church Leaders.
N:B - This is not an endorsement or excuse for you to live a reckless, immoral or sinful lifestyle as a Child of God. More explanations within this writing will make things more clear.
5 Things not to expect from A real Preacher of the Gospel or Church Leader.
(1) Real is not Perfect. Don't expect him/her to be a Saint without a Taint:
While it's very important to be a good example for others to follow, it's unrealistic to expect a Preacher or Church Leader to be "absolutely perfect" without even having a shadow, or an iota of blemish.
There'd always be at least a scar, a thorn in the flesh or a nagging little issue they struggle with.
Their secret (or even visible) struggles are part of their personal journey and training with God.
Let me list a few examples here;
*Abraham (a Man of Faith); had extramarital issues due to his search for a Son out of his loins.
* Jacob (was so called favoured by God); but was a trickster to the bone, he tricked his brother, his Father and kept going around in circles until he encountered God.
*Moses (Was a true Leader blessed with real meekness); but he had anger issues that led to his costly error.
*King David (was a Man after God's heart); yet he wasn't allowed to build the Temple for God for his hands were stained with Blood.
More examples abound in the Holy Scriptures;
God doesn't require perfection for you to walk with him or work for him, he only needs you to be willing and obedient in your walk with him and he'll make you perfect.
Read Isaiah 1:18-19
N:B it's really very important to deal with every beseting sin/secret weaknesses in your life lest it becomes a tool in the hands of Satan to harm you.
Read Romans 6:1,9:1

(2) Don't expect him/her to have A Perfect Life: Never allow any liar trick you into thinking all real Preachers live a glamourous life of wealth, splendour, materialism and glitterati like worldly celebrities.
Although some real Preachers are quite popular and famous among the People don' t expect their Families, Marriages (Marital Life), Social Perception, etc to be perfect.
Just like every normal persons within society Church Leaders have their own Private (Privacy), Personal issues, Financial issues, etc but God helps them to deal with it.
The Holy Scriptures says and it's written in Psalm 34:19 that many are the afflictions of the righteous but God delivers him/her from all of them.

(3) Don't Judge them by their Past lives or mistakes:
Though everyone's lifestyle has consequences (whether they change or refuse to change), A Church Leader or Preacher (who has genuinely repented from his past sins and turned a clean, pure and new leaf) should not be judged or perceived by their past life.
The Holy Bible says in that a person in Christ Jesus is "a new creature" old natures have past away, which means a person who was once a Cheat is no longer a cheat, a person who was once immoral is no longer immoral, a person who was once an armed bandit is no longer an armed bandit, a person who was once a questionable gang member is no longer a gang member and even a petty thief is no longer a petty thief. He/She is a NEW CREATURE.
Read 2 Corinthians 5:17
Apostle Paul (formerly named Saul) of TARSUS, was once a killer, torturer and persecutor of Christians across Europe, he witnessed and participated in the murder and brutal killing of Stephen the Apostle in Acts 7:54-59 but in his way to Damascus (in Syria) to perpetuate his persecutions of Christians there Jesus arrested him. He became a well known Preacher, Church Leader and Church planter in the same Europe where he previously persecuted Christians.
Read Acts 9:1-25
Matthew was a tax collector who was resented by some Folks for his connection to Rome with their taxes and remittances to oppressive Cesaer but he became one of the Principal Disciples of Jesus Christ and a Church Leader amongst the 70 etc
An encounter with Jesus Christ changes every Man who "genuinely and sincerely" responds to God's call inside out.
N.B: It is very important (a matter of life and death) to avoid returning back to your old or previous life, remember it's what the Devil awaits to strike. Beware.
Turn your back completely to your old ways and follow Jesus till the end in Glory.

(4) Don't Expect him/her to show absolutely no traces of Humanity:
This is perhaps one of the most puzzling part. How can a Man/Woman who is a pure representation have trails or traces of Humanity?
Read James 5:17
Preachers/Church Leaders are not Spirits or Ghosts without flesh.
They are Divinity enclosed in Humanity (thus there's the Human side to them).
Human Emotions, Normal Biological Behaviours, Cravings etc are all there.
Don't be surprised if a Preacher who looks like a Ghost or a Spirit that doesn't eat food walks up to you and politely tells you he/she is hungry and wants to eat, don't be shocked if they suddenly get angry or lose their temper for some moments...it's all enclosed in their Human side (but it is very wise to have self control).
People often marvel; how can a Man call down fire from heaven and fire does fall from heaven then looks for something to eat, why not call down food from heaven as well ( well, sometimes we fast, don't get it twisted we're not called to be gluttons) how can a Man who has like passion like me pray for the sick and they get healed? Yet have feelings and cravings just like ordinary me? Don't get it twisted, anyone who fronts or pretends to be absolutely divine has one terrible secret sin/weakness you're not aware of. Everyone has a secret People don't know about, even the most Saintly or righteous looking ones amongst us do. But love covers up multitudes of evil.

(5) Don't Expect Him/Her to be infallible:
It is really true that a Church Leader/Preacher can fall out of Grace with God. To us Preachers it's a very terrible and dangerous thing (as a Preacher) to fall out of Grace with God.
That's why King David prayed fervently for God not to take away the Holy Spirit, because a fall out of Grace can be a fall into the grave.
God often reserves stricter and more severe punishments for Preachers/Church Leaders who abuse his Grace.
That's why we often ask you to pray for us. We have Humanity just like you, but with your Prayers backing up our efforts, we can do greater things like Christ said.
Remember these 5 items are aimed at fostering "Humane Understanding" about Spiritual Leaders, Clergymen, Preachers etc
It's not an endorsement or excuse for living a careless or sinful life as a Child of God. God Bless You.
Our website is
www.truthandlifegospel.webs.com
Yours Sincerely;
Apostle Dr Constance Friday.
Facebook www.facebook.com/realconstancefriday
Twitter www.twitter.com/constancefriday
Real Life Missions International are the administrators of Real Life Gospel Church, you can join us on Facebook www.facebook.com/reallifegospelorg
On Instagram @reallifegospel
Cheers!

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Re: 5 Things Not To Expect From Church Leaders/Preachers by seunlayi(m): 2:26am On Apr 28, 2020
God will help our leaders
Re: 5 Things Not To Expect From Church Leaders/Preachers by constancefriday(m): 2:44am On Apr 28, 2020
@Seunlayi Amen

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Re: 5 Things Not To Expect From Church Leaders/Preachers by stephieok: 9:58am On Sep 26
constancefriday:
Apart from, being Strictly Spiritual, the job of a Preacher/Church Leader is Honorable, Well Organised and very Professional. It's very close to being Military even, just that we don't use physical weapons. Read 2 Corinthians 10:4)
Modern day Preachers and Church Leaders (Clergymen/Women) go through the same things their earlier day counterparts went through: Dealing with wrong expectations.
With the Duties of Preachers and Church Leaders in mind here are 5 wrong or unrealistic expectations People often expect from Preachers of the Gospel/Church Leaders.
N:B - This is not an endorsement or excuse for you to live a reckless, immoral or sinful lifestyle as a Child of God. More explanations within this writing will make things more clear.
5 Things not to expect from A real Preacher of the Gospel or Church Leader.
(1) Real is not Perfect. Don't expect him/her to be a Saint without a Taint:
While it's very important to be a good example for others to follow, it's unrealistic to expect a Preacher or Church Leader to be "absolutely perfect" without even having a shadow, or an iota of blemish.
There'd always be at least a scar, a thorn in the flesh or a nagging little issue they struggle with.
Their secret (or even visible) struggles are part of their personal journey and training with God.
Let me list a few examples here;
*Abraham (a Man of Faith); had extramarital issues due to his search for a Son out of his loins.
* Jacob (was so called favoured by God); but was a trickster to the bone, he tricked his brother, his Father and kept going around in circles until he encountered God.
*Moses (Was a true Leader blessed with real meekness); but he had anger issues that led to his costly error.
*King David (was a Man after God's heart); yet he wasn't allowed to build the Temple for God for his hands were stained with Blood.
More examples abound in the Holy Scriptures;
God doesn't require perfection for you to walk with him or work for him, he only needs you to be willing and obedient in your walk with him and he'll make you perfect.
Read Isaiah 1:18-19
N:B it's really very important to deal with every beseting sin/secret weaknesses in your life lest it becomes a tool in the hands of Satan to harm you.
Read Romans 6:1,9:1

(2) Don't expect him/her to have A Perfect Life: Never allow any liar trick you into thinking all real Preachers live a glamourous life of wealth, splendour, materialism and glitterati like worldly celebrities.
Although some real Preachers are quite popular and famous among the People don' t expect their Families, Marriages (Marital Life), Social Perception, etc to be perfect.
Just like every normal persons within society Church Leaders have their own Private (Privacy), Personal issues, Financial issues, etc but God helps them to deal with it.
The Holy Scriptures says and it's written in Psalm 34:19 that many are the afflictions of the righteous but God delivers him/her from all of them.

(3) Don't Judge them by their Past lives or mistakes:
Though everyone's lifestyle has consequences (whether they change or refuse to change), A Church Leader or Preacher (who has genuinely repented from his past sins and turned a clean, pure and new leaf) should not be judged or perceived by their past life.
The Holy Bible says in that a person in Christ Jesus is "a new creature" old natures have past away, which means a person who was once a Cheat is no longer a cheat, a person who was once immoral is no longer immoral, a person who was once an armed bandit is no longer an armed bandit, a person who was once a questionable gang member is no longer a gang member and even a petty thief is no longer a petty thief. He/She is a NEW CREATURE.
Read 2 Corinthians 5:17
Apostle Paul (formerly named Saul) of TARSUS, was once a killer, torturer and persecutor of Christians across Europe, he witnessed and participated in the murder and brutal killing of Stephen the Apostle in Acts 7:54-59 but in his way to Damascus (in Syria) to perpetuate his persecutions of Christians there Jesus arrested him. He became a well known Preacher, Church Leader and Church planter in the same Europe where he previously persecuted Christians.
Read Acts 9:1-25
Matthew was a tax collector who was resented by some Folks for his connection to Rome with their taxes and remittances to oppressive Cesaer but he became one of the Principal Disciples of Jesus Christ and a Church Leader amongst the 70 etc
An encounter with Jesus Christ changes every Man who "genuinely and sincerely" responds to God's call inside out.
N.B: It is very important (a matter of life and death) to avoid returning back to your old or previous life, remember it's what the Devil awaits to strike. Beware.
Turn your back completely to your old ways and follow Jesus till the end in Glory.

(4) Don't Expect him/her to show absolutely no traces of Humanity:
This is perhaps one of the most puzzling part. How can a Man/Woman who is a pure representation have trails or traces of Humanity?
Read James 5:17
Preachers/Church Leaders are not Spirits or Ghosts without flesh.
They are Divinity enclosed in Humanity (thus there's the Human side to them).
Human Emotions, Normal Biological Behaviours, Cravings etc are all there.
Don't be surprised if a Preacher who looks like a Ghost or a Spirit that doesn't eat food walks up to you and politely tells you he/she is hungry and wants to eat, don't be shocked if they suddenly get angry or lose their temper for some moments...it's all enclosed in their Human side (but it is very wise to have self control).
People often marvel; how can a Man call down fire from heaven and fire does fall from heaven then looks for something to eat, why not call down food from heaven as well ( well, sometimes we fast, don't get it twisted we're not called to be gluttons) how can a Man who has like passion like me pray for the sick and they get healed? Yet have feelings and cravings just like ordinary me? Don't get it twisted, anyone who fronts or pretends to be absolutely divine has one terrible secret sin/weakness you're not aware of. Everyone has a secret People don't know about, even the most Saintly or righteous looking ones amongst us do. But love covers up multitudes of evil.

(5) Don't Expect Him/Her to be infallible:
It is really true that a Church Leader/Preacher can fall out of Grace with God. To us Preachers it's a very terrible and dangerous thing (as a Preacher) to fall out of Grace with God.
That's why King David prayed fervently for God not to take away the Holy Spirit, because a fall out of Grace can be a fall into the grave.
God often reserves stricter and more severe punishments for Preachers/Church Leaders who abuse his Grace.
That's why we often ask you to pray for us. We have Humanity just like you, but with your Prayers backing up our efforts, we can do greater things like Christ said.
Remember these 5 items are aimed at fostering "Humane Understanding" about Spiritual Leaders, Clergymen, Preachers etc
It's not an endorsement or excuse for living a careless or sinful life as a Child of God. God Bless You.
Our website is
www.truthandlifegospel.webs.com
Yours Sincerely;
Apostle Dr Constance Friday.
Facebook www.facebook.com/realconstancefriday
Twitter www.twitter.com/constancefriday
Real Life Missions International are the administrators of Real Life Gospel Church, you can join us on Facebook www.facebook.com/reallifegospelorg
On Instagram @reallifegospel
Cheers!


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