Do Unconverted Pastors Have Any Authority To Preach The Bible?

If a man got up before a room full of people and authoritatively disseminated information on the subject of brain surgery without having actually been a brain surgeon, then a vast majority would relegate this man to a non-essential status. If a man began pontificating about engine building having never built one prior to his public address, then, very possibly, he would be considered ignorant. One could endlessly provide scenarios where people teach and share supposed first hand information about certain subjects without having been involved in what they are proposing. With each illustration, one would emphatically state that the speaker was absolutely out of place to do so with zero credibility!

In view of this fact, why is credibility given to individuals who speak about the Bible and its various doctrines without having been born again? What’s more, how is it possible for a man to get up in front of a congregation of people as a pastor and preach without having been saved? Again, how is it conscionable for a man or woman to communicate Bible truths without having full confidence that what the Bible says is true? The fact is that no person has any right or authority to preach and teach God’s Word unless they are a child of God. That is… they have been born again as John chapter three describes.

Ramifications Of The Unconverted Preacher…

Cults are born from the teachings of unconverted ministers. The Bible makes it plain that the natural man or unsaved man, cannot understand the Bible (1 Corinthians 2:141 Corinthians 2:14
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14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.  

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). Only an enlightened soul can rightly divide the Word of God. This enlightenment does not come through mortification of the flesh, channeling departed saints, the worshiping of angels or even through yoga exercises. It only comes through the teaching ministry of the Holy Ghost (John 14:26John 14:26
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26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.  

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). The Word of God is spiritually discerned. Great is the scope of destruction from a person who tries to herald forth God’s Word without having been saved prior to!

Results Of The Unconverted Preacher’s Message…

Though there are some exceptions, a vast majority of people who have been indoctrinated by the unconverted have been made a twofold child of the Devil with the contortions fashioned from verses of Scripture taken completely out of context. When people view the Bible through the prism of publications like the Book of Mormon, or The Watchtower, it is very difficult to unravel the cords woven by the unregenerate messages ingrained into them. Great is the accountability to God, whatever the affiliation (Baptist, Methodist, Mormon,etc.), for how one explains God’s Infallible Word!

Rewards Of The Unconverted Preacher In Eternity…

Preacher or not, all of the individuals who have ever lived on planet Earth, that have never been saved by God’s grace, will be cast into the lake of fire! Lost, unregenerate, wicked theologians have for centuries tried to denounce, discredit and disprove this. Though, possibly, millions have been swayed by their message, it still does not change the truth about the future damnation of the unsaved! See Revelation 20:11-15Revelation 20:11-15
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11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. 13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. hell: or, the grave 14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.  

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and Revelation 21:8Revelation 21:8
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8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.  

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Conclusion

It is my personal opinion that the unsaved have no right to authoritatively expound the precepts of God’s Word. Any person, and there are many, who openly denies the need of the new birth, is lost and in need of Jesus Christ! Thus, they should not even attempt to handle the Bible until they are converted by the Holy Ghost! It is for certain, they will continue to spread their poisonous venom until their souls are snuffed out into eternity. Hopefully, those who are in this awful condition will see the error of their way and come to Jesus for Salvation!

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Originally posted 2010-11-30 12:01:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

About Andrew Schank

Andrew Schank is an Independent Baptist Missionary/Pastor who loves to blog about spiritual matters! His main ministry website is http://www.togetherinthegap.com. Andrew is also a contributing author to two other blogs/websites including http://linked2leadership.com and http://www.ifbkjv.com. Pastor Schank's Church website is http://www.greatcommissionbaptist.org
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