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A Letter to Pastors: We Need to Know the Truth

Shepherd and his Sheep

by Stephanie Olson, Set Me Free Ministries Co-founder

Dear Pastor,

We need you. We know you are in the pulpit every Sunday. Your job is truly one of the most difficult jobs on the face of this earth. Despite what people think, you don't just work on Sundays. You work endless hours preparing your messages, leading your congregation, and taking care of business. You are absolutely invaluable, and you deserve tremendous thanks for what you do.

But there is something we implore you with. We need you. We don't need you to tell us how wonderful we are. We don't need you to tell us how to lose weight. We don't need you to tell us how to have the best life we can have today. No, we need you to tell us the Truth. We need you like a flock of sheep needs a shepherd. We need to know the Truth.

We believe what you tell us. Yes, it's true–we want to hear really good things, we do like our ears tickled. But please don't do it. We need to know what Jesus requires of us. We need to know that there really is a hell and that some of us might end up there if we don't follow Jesus. We need to know. We need to know the Truth.

We are like the sheep in Ezekiel 34. Please don't be like that shepherd. We need you to love God more than you love us. We need you to fear God more than you fear us. We need you to tell us the Truth. We need to know that this life is not about us but about Him. We need to know that this is not our home, and if we look like the world, we may die like the world. We need to know the Truth.

We need to pray for you, and we need to know how we can. Your job should bring persecution and loss of crowds. Your job should come with trembling and fear. But, we are here for you. You are not alone. There is a remnant that will stand with you. And, of course, God is with you. He says to you, "Do not fear, nor be afraid; have I not told you from that time, and declared it? You are my witnesses. Is there a God besides Me? Indeed there is no other Rock; I know not one." (Is. 44: 8) We need to know the Truth.

Thank you for listening. We plead with you; stand with God, not with man. You are not alone. Please don't fear us; love us. We need to know the Truth.


Your sheep

3 Responses so far.

  1. Heidi Weinert says:

    Thank you Stephanie.  This is exactly why we no longer can go to the church where I met your mother.  There are plenty of self help seminars in the world.  When the verse they read from the pulpit has nothing to do with the "sermon" and there is no other reference to scripture in the "sermon", then it may be time to confront and then if unheaded, move on.  The term seaker friendly makes me want to puke I heard it, or the principle behind it so often.  You can drag them all in the door but if they don't want to hear what God has to say to them then they are all going to hell anyway and all you've got is a semi-moral country club and if you are lucky a somewhat earthly good, effective charity organization.  But I digress.  We did grow there for a while thanks to the small percentage of faithful that strove to make the Bible known there against quite a bit of friction.

  2. Stephen Handwerk says:

    Jesus said in John 14:6 (from the NIV) Jesus answered " I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me" This should at least partialy answer your question.

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