THE OTHER DIRTY WORD

CORRECTION – THE OTHER DIRTY WORD

Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.
JOHN 3:20

Nobody likes correction, especially church people. I should know, I have pastored a church in New Orleans for over 33 years and I can’t tell you how many people have been offended when I tried to bring correction into their lives. Actually, correction is one of the chief jobs of a pastor. It may be a dirty job, but somebody has to do it. I guess that is what the prophetic nature of my chicken ranch job was all about. You know the one, the chief chicken poop scooper. That is what Paul told the young pastor Timothy he left over the church in Ephesus, “Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all long-suffering and teaching.” Martin Luther also spoke about the minister’s responsibility to correct those under his care. Listen carefully to his timeless words.

“The world doesn’t want to be punished. It wants to remain in darkness. It doesn’t want to be told that what it believes is false. If you also don’t want to be corrected, then you might as well leave the church and spend your time at the bar and brothel. But if you want to be saved—and remember that there’s another life after this one—you must accept correction. The civil authorities must punish the obvious darkness of public vices and the offensive ways of people, while we preachers in the church must bring to light the subtle darkness of false teachers and false belief. We must confront those who teach and think that they are righteous because of what they do. If the church and government stopped admonishing people, the whole world would collapse in a heap. If you want to be saved and be a Christian, then stay open to correction. Preachers have to rebuke, or they should leave their position. The Christian who won’t accept correction is only pretending to be a Christian.”

This problem with correction starts at the earliest of ages. All of us have told our children, “Don’t touch that , it is hot.” Inevitably the child touches whatever, the tears begin to flow, and the lesson is learned the hard way. Sometimes, regretfully, Christians are not as “quick” as children. They “touch” the forbidden object, the ramifications of sin hit them in the head, and instead of repentance many times the heart just gets hard. Then comes the clincher, instead of repentance, hostility toward the leader. “You Christians are all the same, all you ever do is judge people.” If I’ve heard it once I’ve heard it a thousand times. The blame will fall on the minister who is just trying to do his job, like Paul said, “Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all long-suffering and teaching.”
At the end of the day it is better to humble ourselves, become like a child, and receive correction from the Lord. Our lives will be safer and your pastor’s job will be a whole lot easier.

6 Replies to “THE OTHER DIRTY WORD”

  1. I believe we should gladly receive godly correction and with a song in our heart embrace the cross for it means God is still actively (sometimes in spite of ourselves) working in our lives.
    One should also remember this as they receive correction:
    Conviction is of God and should always be joyfully received.
    Condemnation is of the darkness and designed to be a wedge between you and the One who loves you.
    God forgives and chooses not to remember when we repent and confess, we the church, are to love and restore when the same is done.

  2. God chasens those He loves! if we dont receive correction then we really dont belong to Him , He corrects His ,like we do our own children, If we confess and ask him to forgive us and to cleanse us from all that isnt in his plan for us every thing that displeases him, that would seperate us from Him and our fellowship with him and our brothers and sisters, sins we allow which sould not be in us at all, the Lord will forgive and help us overcome, God will not do just a patch job on any of us, He goes after and gets after it so we can be right with him. He will restore help us overcome so we can get right and be restored to Him in the right way, God wants people to make uturns, be restored enterin as we use to say that! now if some one rebels against this, its a very bad pl;lace to be at, people do harden their hearts, not good! we have a choice get right receive his instuction or leave ! dont waste His time or your pastors if someone refuses to come clean go to the lord and others that may have been wronged, be reconciled with the Lord and anyone we may h ave harnmed, The Lord knows our hearts we dont, I will never trust my own heart only God knows what is in there thats why I need Him.

  3. Down deep in the chicken coop trenches where the excretement ends up, is very profoundly abundant mass of “feces”. If its not cleaned well and daily, eventually the chickens will get sick and die.
    Dead chickens are not productive, and they smell pretty bad….If you are a “Victory member” its a great moment in time to be quiet with the Lord and hear with your heart what our Pastor has admonished….It is the JOB of the pastors to equip the saints for the ministry….so all you “chickens” keep in mind that the fire hose force of water is able to clean the trenches! Let the Living Water continue to wash away the mess….. we are blessed that our pastor has experience to keep us washed with the Word.

  4. Ministers and the people that have been under their care, must meet one another, before Christ’s tribunal, at the day of judgment. (see 2Cor. 1:14)

  5. I have been at Victory for 25 years. That being said I have had many people, some of them friends ,who have left our church because of a preceived offence. Have I ever been offended, of course but I am not going anywhere. Your job as my pastor is to bring to light the hidden things of our hearts.Some people can”t take correction from GOD why would they take it from the pulpet. Keep preaching the word pastor. Maybe they were never part of our church body. Thanks for letting me be a servent in this body of belivers.

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