The Primary Duty of a Preacher of God
People who had gotten the chance to attend our congregational gatherings couldn’t help but express their amazement at the deep faith that our brethren display, and at the efforts they exert just to abide by the biblical teachings to Christians – things which they do not see in other religious groups, not even in their own religions.
For instance, our sisters in faith wear modest apparel, they do not cut their hair, they do not apply excessive make-up, and they do not wear any jewelry – because all these are biblical teachings which they had understood and are now embedded in their hearts. That is why they do not care even if they are ridiculed by others for being old fashioned and plain-looking. What they care about is their obedience to God’s words, which had awakened their spiritual awareness.
I TIMOTHY 2:9-10 says,
9 In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with braided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array. 10 But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.
I PETER 3:3 says,
Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;
As a preacher, it is my duty to instill, or inculcate, in the minds and hearts of our brethren the words of God for them to develop love for God and spiritual awareness.
ACTS 26:18 says,
To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.
It is the preacher’s primary responsibility to open the eyes of people. Their eyes need to be opened so that they would see the light. So that they turn from darkness to light, and from the power of satan to the power of God. Other preachers deprive their member.
JEREMIAH 23:30 says,
Therefore, behold, I am against the prophets, saith the LORD, that steal my words every one from his neighbor.
And which is that light being referred to? It is the word of God.
And it is the word of God that I instill deeply in the minds and hearts of our people, not my story, not my person, not my opinion, because it is the word of God that will save their souls.
JAMES 1:21 says,
Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.
According to James, lay apart all filthiness: filthiness of the flesh, filthiness of the spirit, filthiness of the mind, even the superfluity of naughtiness. The world today is overflowing with naughtiness – drugs, terrorism, broken families, infidelity of husband and wife, premarital sex, etc. We are admonished to throw them away and remove them from our hearts. And so that our souls will be saved, we have to receive the word of God with meekness. This is the reason why we always advise our members to read the Bible. Our knowledge of the word of God would make us realize how great He is, and how good it is to be good. To be good, you have to know the word of God; all the goodness spring forth from the book of God.
II TIMOTHY 3:16-17 says,
16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
The Scriptures will thoroughly furnish us with all the good works. All the good works come from the word of God. Therefore, the preacher, or the minister, has the obligation to furnish the people with all the words of God for them to know what is good.
JEREMIAH 26:2 says,
Thus saith the Lord; Stand in the court of the Lord’s house, and speak unto all the cities of Judah, which come to worship in the Lord’s house, all the words that I command thee to speak unto them; diminish not a word:
The preachers are instructed to preach the word of God. Unfortunately, preachers today do not do that, instead they simply tell stories about their experiences, about their travels, their thoughts, etc.
On my part, whenever I speak, I see to it that I speak what the Scriptures say; I speak the word of God, not my stories, not my opinions, not my thoughts.
As stated previously (in II Timothy 3:16-17), the inspired Scriptures are profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. And for the man of God to be perfect, he must be thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
The words of God in the Scriptures could make man perfect. Actually, it is the Lord’s commandment that we be perfect.
MATTHEW 5:48 says,
Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
We must be perfect as our Father in heaven is perfect.
There is no truth to what some pastors say that no man is perfect because all men commit sins. That is ignorance of the Scriptures. Are they implying that if a man has sinned he cannot be perfected anymore? In the history of God’s people, were there people of God who had been made perfect by God’s word?
Had there been people who had attained perfection?
HEBREWS 12:23 says,
To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,
The just men who lived in the olden times were made perfect by God’s word. Always remember that it is the word of God that can make one perfect. How?
JAMES 3:2 says,
For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.
It doesn’t matter if somebody committed a sin, especially so if it was committed unintentionally. God may still forgive him. So long as that person believes in the words of God and he tries to live by them, he may still be considered perfect. As mentioned by James, if any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man. For a man to be perfect, he must not offend in the word of God.
Biblically speaking, there are people who had been considered by God as perfect. Job was one of them.
As written in JOB 1:1,
There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and the man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.
The parents of John the Baptist, Zacharias and Elisabeth, were also considered perfect. Both of them were blameless in the eyes of the Lord.
LUKE 1:5-6 says,
5 There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zecharias, of the course of Abijah: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth.
6 And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.
If you receive the word of God in its entirety, you are considered by God as perfect, just like Zacharias and Elisabeth.
Another person who had been considered perfect was Noah.
GENESIS 6:9 says,
These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generation, and Noah walked with God.
Walk with God, the way Noah did, and you will be found perfect.
In other words, the very reason why we are trying very hard to teach our people the word of God is because, it is the word of God that will enrich their souls, their minds, their hearts, and their entire beings. The word of God will teach them to do what is good. And, accepting the word of God wholeheartedly, in its entirety, would make them perfect in the sight of God.