THE PASTOR OUTSIDE THE ALTAR

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The altar is the most dangerous place to live even though it’s a place of honor. The altar is the meeting point between God and man; it’s a sacred and separated place. No one chooses to live by the altar except he is divinely called to do so.

The glamour, honour and benefits of the altar have made it so attractive to many who are not destined to live there.

The life of a pastor outside the altar is as good as the life of any other Christian. He is not a perfect man, neither is he immune against temptations. He eats and drinks the normal food and water which every other person eats and drinks.

He feels sexual urges like other men.

He feels hungry like other men.

He feels angry like other men.

He has emotions like other men.

His anointing and grace does not make him super human. If he is not prayerful and watchful, he will equally fall into temptation, just like others. Even though he prays for everybody’s problems, he has his own challenges also.

The life of a pastor within and outside the altar should be never be contradictory. It is unfortunate that many pastors are living two lives, one for the altar and the other outside the altar. At the altar they are holy and righteous, but wicked and cruel outside the altar; so as not to disappoint the expectation of men, they live a life of pretense and double standard.

Pastors are engrossed with the limitations associated with mankind. They may know many things by revelation but they don’t know all things.

We can best appreciate our pastors if we know that;

They can make mistakes like other men.

They can be tempted like other men.

They can be discouraged and depressed like other men.

They can be sick and pained like other men.

They can be in doubt like other men.

They can be in lack and want like other men.

They can backslide and lose their eternal life like other men.

It’s therefore necessary to constantly;

Pray for our pastors.

Encourage our pastors.

Support our pastors.

Protect our pastors

Bless our pastors.

Understand with our pastors.

Shalom!

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