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A word of caution for pastors

Published:Wednesday | January 7, 2015 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:
I begin with a word of caution to all of us ministers of the Gospel, or so declared, of the need to treat those we perceive to have erred with compassion, kindness and respect.

The Bible says: "Brothers, if anyone is caught in and transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness, keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted." (Galatians 6:1.) And Matthew 18:15 posits: "Moreover, if your brother offends you, go and tell him alone, if he hears you, you have gained a brother."

We have a God-given responsibility to all our leaders to influence them positively for God; and how can we if we alienate them? "Christ method alone will bring true success in reaching the people, the Saviour mingled with men as one who desired their good. He showed His sympathy for them, He ministered to them, won their confidence, then He bade them follow me." (Ministry of Healing, p. 143.)

Minister of National Security Peter Bunting is fully aware of the danger of self-exaltation and the need for divine help to deal with the issues of humanity. Hence, his call for divine intervention, for which he was raked over the coal.

 

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His call, in my mind, was divinely inspired, for only God can change the callous nature of humanity. There is not an impulse of our nature, not a faculty of the mind or an inclination of the heart that can change human nature. This needs to be, moment by moment, under the control of the spirit of God.

It is human to err, but divine to forgive. The true measure of love is loving without measure. Kind words never die. Let us show our leaders love and lift them up in our prayers.

Minister Bunting, God still speaks to those who will take the time to listen. And remember, worry is like a rocking chair. It will give you something to do but will get you nowhere. The impossible is often the untried. We are encouraged by what is happening - to God be the glory, for He still works through human instrumentality.

Michael H. Harvey

michael.harvey@ncu.edu.jm