All Pastors are Frauds
Your pastor is a fraud.
I like to make large, sweeping, easily discernable declarations from the position of truth.
Jesus was similar. When Jesus spoke, his listeners were astonished because he spoke as one having authority.(Matthew 7:29 cf. Mark 1:22.) Jesus then left Earth, but he gave this authority to us, saying,
Now that Jesus has left us, we have his authority. And we need this authority to fulfill God's will for us.(As found in John 6:39-40, the only place where Jesus has stated it.) Thus, I tend to make very simple claims that Jesus stated thousands of years ago, and apply them to us today.
And today, I will tell you a truth: Every pastor currently living is a fraud. No, I don't mean those that herd the four legged mammalian animals. I mean the pastors that are spread throughout the world to give wannabe children of God advice, peace, and perhaps take a little money for their work.
That man is a fraud. God said,
We merely need to ask ourselves, "How many shepherds will God provide his flock?" The answer is one. This one shepherd is Jesus, there is no room for any other shepherds, including your pastor.
Does the Ezekiel 34:23-24 Prophecy Apply to Jesus?
We would be remiss to apply a prophecy to Jesus that cannot be applied to him, so let us make sure that Jesus does fulfill this prophecy.
First, let us note David. King David was once a man of importance, but then he passed away, just as all humans tend to do. He had some children, and there were several prophecies that one of his children would eventually become important. Thus, knowing that Jesus was of David's line is incredibly important. If Jesus was not of the seed of David, then Jesus cannot fulfill this prophecy. However, several testaments to Jesus's lineage are made in the gospels. In addition to the two lineages,(Matthew 1:1-17 and Luke 3:23-38.) the people Jesus spoke to called him the Son of David.(Matthew 9:27, 12:23, 15:22, 20:30-31, 21:9, 15, Mark 10:47-48, 11:10, 18:38-39) In Jesus's time, no one questioned whether Jesus was or wasn't of David's lineage. Thus, Jesus fulfills this portion of the prophecy.
Second, let us note that God said,
Third, let us consider if Jesus fed us. Of course, Jesus fed thousands of people(Matthew 14:15-21, 15:32-39, Mark 6:33-46, 8:1-9, Luke 9:10-17, John 6:5-14.) a few times. So technically, Jesus fulfilled this prophecy, but we are not looking for a technical fulfillment. We want a full spiritual fulfillment. We want to be fed today, separated from Jesus by thousands of years! Thankfully, Jesus left behind food for us in the forms of his disciples, who recorded his words. Jesus said,
Last, let us make sure that Jesus claims the position of shepherd. If Jesus doesn't want to be called a shepherd, then he clearly does not fulfill the prophecy in Ezekiel. Jesus claims to be this shepherd. He says,
There can be no doubt, Jesus is the shepherd! He is a son of David! He both a lord and the son of God, a prince! He has left us food to grant us eternal life! He is the one shepherd! Any other shepherd then, must be a false liar, as both Jesus and God have declared that there can only be one shepherd.
Think about what that means for a moment. That would mean that anyone who calls themselves a pastor, the same term as shepherd, do not know Jesus, for if they did, then they would know that Jesus is the only shepherd. And if these pastors do not know Jesus, then how could that know the words of God, which Jesus gave us to eat? These self-proclaimed pastors then, must be something else. Jesus provides us one clue as to what these people might be, saying,
A hireling. Does your self-proclaimed pastor receive money from you? From his congregation? If he does, why? If it is so he can obtain food or clothing, whether for himself or another, then he truly does not know Jesus. Jesus said,
If your self-proclaimed pastor wishes to provide a charity,(This is something that is esteemed by man, and therefore seen as an abomination before Jesus. See Luke 16:15. Consider also reading God's View of Evil.) then he should do so without using his position as a spiritual advisor or teacher or whathaveyou.
I believe that in light of Jesus being the only shepherd, we should consider another passage Jesus said. We will break it down into parts. He said,
There are hundreds of thousands of pastors. God has only ordained one and Jesus is that one. Every other pastor is a liar and a fraud, and listening to them will result in destruction.
Jesus say directly after this,
Consider what fruits these fraudulent pastors are gathering. If they are "good" pastors, then they feed their flocks and teach them about God. That means that they take away the position of pastor from Jesus, and the chance for God to feed from the God. Instead, what they feed their flocks is not the word of God, but whatever they believe to be right or correct. A similar thing can be said of those denominations who call their leaders by the term of "father." Jesus expressly forbade this.(Matthew 23:9.)
Skipping ahead a little bit, Jesus next says,
All these fraudulent pastors will probably die and say similar things to God. Things such as, "But I fed many people and told everyone about you!" But Jesus will stay say,
Thus, our pastor is no Earthly person. Our pastor is Jesus, and he left us his voice. It is recorded in the gospels, and it is our feed for eternal life. Praise be to God!