The Pastor’s Only Authority

They see falsehood and lying divination who are saying, “The Lord declares,” when the Lord has not sent them; yet they hope for the fulfillment of their word. – Ezekiel 13:6

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There have been several opportunities in my 35-year ministry to address local church pastors and when I do I usually try to emphasize the need for them to “feed the sheep.” Unfortunately, the “sheep” often seem to be starving, in more ways than one.

Ezekiel spoke of false prophets in his day and while I would not say that pastors can be false prophets, I do believe that preachers (even evangelical ones) may be guilty of false “prophecy.” A preacher must be careful to never lend the same authority to his words that rightfully belongs to GOD’S. The only truth of God is found in the Word of God. While our opinions might matter, they should never be considered authoritative. Where they are, we usually find an aberrant form of religion.

There is only one sure foundation for a God-honoring ministry and the cornerstone is God’s unchanging Word.

I honor and revere the name of Joseph Smith. I delight to hear it, I love it. I love his doctrine. I feel like shouting Hallelujah, all the time, when I think that I ever knew Joseph Smith, the Prophet whom the Lord raised up. I am bold to say that, Jesus Christ excepted, no better man lived or does live upon this earth. I am his witness. – Brigham Young

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