“Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God to the shepherds: “Woe to the shepherds of Israel who feed themselves! Should not the shepherds feed the flocks? You eat the fat and clothe yourselves with the wool; you slaughter the fatlings, but you do not feed the flock. The weak you have not strengthened, nor have you healed those who were sick, nor bound up the broken, nor brought back what was driven away, nor sought what was lost; but with force and cruelty you have ruled them. So they were scattered because there was no shepherd; and they became food for all the beasts of the field when they were scattered.” Ezekiel 34:2-5, NKJV
It seems a great mystery to many pastors (so-called) as to why people are fleeing the church. The answer really is simple:
- They are sick of not being fed. They hear you quote a few verses, read a poem, and then talk about how great life can be if they just buy your book(s).
- They are sick of your begging for money. You talk about how much God needs you money for his program, yet they see you living in million dollar homes.
- They are sick of you twisting the Scriptures. Instead of declaring the grace of God, you enforce on them a new legalism that leaves them feeling guilty.
- They are sick of you being a bully. Everything is good if they agree with you; but should they disagree, they are characterized as divisive and being led of the devil.
And you blame them for leaving. Am I missing something?