Who’s Your Step Pastor?

My friend @willmington posted the following tweets on Twitter one day:

Who’s your step-pastor?

Step-pastor = podcast/tv/blog pastor. He feeds you but does he lead you? He inspired you but does he shepherd you?

Not saying step-pastor is at fault. Just wondering if the new “spiritualists” run to step-pastors to feel good, while escaping authority?

Do Internet campuses/services perpetuate a step-pastor syndrome?

Again not bashing pod/tv/Internet (especially if my pastor is reading 🙂 But worth considering- beware being or only following a step pastor.

Other thoughts: In recent conversations I’ve heard very consistently, “Who’s podcasts do you listen to?” or “When I was listening to so and so’s podcast the other day.” Rarely have I heard, “My Sr. Pastor said…”

Who are you following?


5 thoughts on “Who’s Your Step Pastor?

  1. I think this is interesting. Would we make the same distinction about books instead of podcasts? “Don’t quote books to me unless they were written by your Sr. Pastor!” It’s nonsense.

    Of further interest is who is step pastoring your pastor….I don’t know how many sermons over the years I have heard pulled directly out of a Bill Hybels, John Piper, or Tony Campolo book (depending on the tastes of the Sr. Pastor).

    This seems to be arbitrarily centering out one area of influence. Now respect for authority set over you is an issue to be looked. I have been thinking for years how church discipline and authority work in a society where if you don’t like what your pastor says you can just go down the road to the next church.

    I now go to the meeting house and am priviledged to sit under Bruxy Cavey who I believe is one of the most gifted pastors of our generation. And I also listen to half a dozen other podcasts on a regular basis. Were I to quote one of them in no way would it be a disrespect on Bruxy or a sign that I wasn’t under the pastoral leadership of the meeting house.

  2. One of the greatest misunderstandings of this generation is “spiritual authority”. It is more than podcast/TV/satellite campuses, etc… Many people don’t understand or accept the spiritual accountability of a local body of Christ and its leadership.

    any people have replaced the Bible with spiritual books, many people have replaced the the expression of the body of Christ with a podcast etc…

    If those things are used to enhance your spiritual walk and nurture your soul, great. If they are being used to replace your local faith community, not good.

  3. Just because someone is your Sr Pastor does not mean they are your shepherd. I know of Sr Pastors that don’t have a shepherding bone in their body.

    I think the key is finding the pastor that cares about you. He doesn’t have to be your Sr Pastor. He could be ONE of the pastors on staff.

    I also think the Word of God is being replaced by “superstar” pastors or communicators. Let’s get back to “this is what Jesus said…”

  4. “There will be no peace on Earth until My Son’s Kingdom. I will crush every kingdom now standing and rock the earth off it’s foundation. I Yahweh will destroy every enemy to My throne, and who can stop Me? Who can turn back My anger? No one.”

    Christ Jesus said at Matthew 10:34 “Don’t assume that I came to bring peace on the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.”

    While Satan works to maintain “peace on earth” and halt prophecy, mankind is alienated from God. What was prophesied long ago is currently taking place and will continue to until the battle of Armageddon.

    Ezekiel 29:8 “Therefore this is what the Lord GOD says: I am going to bring a sword against you and wipe out man and animal from you.”

    Yes, that means God is angry.

    Revelation 16:21 “Enormous hailstones, each weighing about 100 pounds, fell from heaven on the people, and they blasphemed God for the plague of hail because that plague was extremely severe.”

    We are currently in the Tribulation and the severity is about to become much worse. If you think things are bad now, you can’t imagine how bad they will become.

    Satan is not the cause of what is occurring in the world via natural disasters, plagues, pestilence, financial crisis and all the rest. It is Yahweh’s will and it comes directly from Him. He is the One in control, and the One whom is nature.

    Psalm 83:18 “May they know that You alone – whose name is Yahweh – are the Most High over all the earth.”

    Calamity will come upon mankind and it will be via Yahweh’s hand. Satan is powerless to stop Him and mankind is powerless to stop Him.

    Ezekiel 28:23 “I will send a plague against her and bloodshed in her streets; the slain will fall within her, while the sword is against her on every side. Then they will know that I am the LORD.”

    Yahweh is about to bring full rebellion to Satan’s empire. As hard as he works to try and keep peace, he will not be able to halt the people from rebelling against the governments. There is a reason the job failures and the staggering economy, and the lost homes. They are all designed to culminate against each government of every nation affected by this curse from God.

    Malachi 1:4 “Though Edom says: “We have been devastated, but we will rebuild the ruins,” the LORD of Hosts says this: “They may build, but I will demolish. They will be called a wicked country and the people the LORD has cursed forever.”

    Satan will bring the nations back up from ruin for a short while, but they will not hold together. During that period of destruction, the people will curse God and seek their true benefactor that is opposed to Christ and Yahweh – Satan. The Antichrist will then make his appearance. The people will be awed by Satan’s regained powers and his strength to bring peace to this world of people. But it will not last. Yahweh will see to that.

    Matthew 25:41 “Then He will also say to those on the left, ‘Depart from Me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the Devil and his angels!”

    All of mankind is cursed except for the remnant. Think. How many people survived the Great Flood? Sodom and Gomorrah? It will not be any different. Those events were precursors to what will occur in these End Times.

    Mark 11:12 “[ The Barren Fig Tree Is Cursed ] The next day when they came out from Bethany, He was hungry.”

    Mark 11:21 “Then Peter remembered and said to Him, ” Rabbi, look! The fig tree that You cursed is withered.”

    Satan’s family tree is barren and was cursed long ago. Mankind is withering under our Creator’s curse.

    Jeremiah 17:5 “[ Curse and Blessing ] This is what the LORD says: Cursed is the man who trusts in mankind, who makes [human] flesh his strength and turns his heart from the LORD.”

    Mankind is under a curse and belongs to Satan. It requires effort – action on the part of anyone hearing this wake up call to get out of Satan’s empire. Those that have remained are to receive the plagues just ahead. Everything else has just been foreplay. The worst is just ahead, and it’s all from Yahweh.

    When Satan’s empire totally crumbles out from under him and them as their Antichrist, this is what will happen:

    Ezekiel 33:27 “Tell them this: This is what the Lord GOD says: As surely as I live, those who are in the ruins will fall by the sword, those in the open field I have given to wild animals to be devoured, and those in the strongholds and caves will die by plague.”

    Ezekiel 38:22 “I will execute judgment on him with plague and bloodshed. I will pour out torrential rain, hailstones, fire, and brimstone on him, as well as his troops and the many peoples who are with him.”

    Habakkuk 3:5 “Plague goes before Him, and pestilence follows in His steps.”

    That is the path Yahweh will lead Satan’s followers down.

    Deuteronomy 28:16 “You will be cursed in the city and cursed in the country.”

    There will be nowhere to hide.

    For the so-called Christian churches that claim to reveal Yahweh’s Word in truth:

    Revelation 2:23 “I will kill her children with the plague. Then all the churches will know that I am the One who examines minds and hearts, and I will give to each of you according to your works.”

    They are cursed especially for their lying conduct in reference to Yahweh and Christ. Remember when Yahweh killed the first born males of ancient Egypt? Now He will kill the children of Satan that make up the false churches.

    1 Chronicles 21:27 “Then the LORD spoke to the angel, and he put his sword back into its sheath.”

    The only way this will happen is if they repent and accept Yahweh for who He really is – in Truth.

    Otherwise, those churches professing to be true Christians will go the way of the rest of cursed mankind.

    Revelation 2:11 “Anyone who has an ear should listen to what the Spirit says to the churches. The victor will never be harmed by the second death.”

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