I have never contributed to a blog. I have never followed a blog. I have never read someone’s blog. I don’t like the idea of blogging. And this is why:
Who cares what I think?
It is not false humility. I am not a theologian. I am not a nationally renowned Christian leader. I am not trying to set the theological bar for the nation or establish the methods and practices of churches worldwide. I am just a local pastor and that’s all I want to be.
Let me be clear. There are a lot of great and godly men out there in the Christian blogging world, who are being faithful to God’s truth and I am thankful for them. But I want to preach God’s Word with authority and without compromise to a local congregation to whom God has called me to shepherd. I want to follow God’s command to,”shepherd the flock of God that is among you” (1 Peter 5:2).
Who has authority?
Hebrews 13:2 says, “Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith.”
The author of the Epistle to the Hebrews calls the church to remember their own leaders. You are to remember how they lived, how they spent their time, how they evangelized the community, and how they loved God and His word. The individual Christian is to be intimately acquainted with their own local pastors.
No one can preach the Word of God to individual Christians like their own local church pastor. No one can identify the congregation’s struggles and needs like their own local church pastor. This is because no one knows the church like their local pastor.
God designed the church to be lead by a group of called and qualified local pastors. What you need is a godly man who knows you and can speak truth directly to you. You need to be able to see the truth changing this man and be able to follow his example in everyday life. You need a local pastor.
With technology today, individual Christians are being inundated with Christian content, some of its is Biblical and a lot of it is not. Any Christian can pick and choose from the pantheon of church leaders that fit their preferences and theological perspectives and, thus, change their minds at any time. What is missing is authority. God calls you to submit to the leaders that He has called and established in the local church. Have you done this?
This blog does not exist to add another opinion to the internet. Instead, this blog exists to testify of God’s grace in the Hisayasu family and His faithfulness in the establishment of Harvest Bible Chapel Ventura. In the next few months, I hope to boast of Christ’s goodness to us, to share how He is changing us, and to sharpen you with truth.
So, do you think that popular and national church leaders detract from the authority of the local pastor? Do you think it is possible to watch these national church leaders live the Christian life so that you may imitate their faith? Give your thoughts in the comments section!
To the praise of His glory