“We give no offense in anything, that our ministry may not be blamed. 4 But in all things we commend ourselves as ministers of God: in much patience, in tribulations, in needs, in distresses, 5 in stripes, in imprisonments, in knowledge, in tumults, in labors, in sleeplessness, in fastings; 6 by purity , by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Spirit, by sincere love, 7 by the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armor of righteousness on the right hand and on the left, 8 by honor and dishonor, by evil report and good report; as deceivers, and yet true; 9 as 3.unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold we live; as 3.chastened, and yet not killed; 10 as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.” (2 Cor.6 3 – 10).

Today many preachers give offense to the name, gospel and church of Christ. They commit horrible sins; sins some non-christians will never commit. They bring reproach to the name of Christ by their character, lifestyle and many man-re-invented gospel/doctrines.

It would have been a different thing if they had committed such sins before becoming Christians or ministers. 1 Cor. 6:11 says, “and such were some of you.” Adulterers, homosexuals, thieves, extortioners, talebearers,liars, blasphemers etc., such were some of us! But God washed us and saved us by the blood of Christ. Thank God for His mercies and deliverance.

After becoming a Christian and a preacher there are some sins that should never be mentioned among us. A preacher commits terrible sins and you see Christians make excuses for them that it was a mistake, that they are human.

There is a difference between someone falling into a sin and someone who kept mounting the pulpit while living habitually in sin for prolonged period of time. And when exposed such a one just steps aside briefly and in matter of weeks goes back to the pulpit or ministry. That is not true repentance.

Brethren, the Bible tells us, “but you have not so learned Christ.” ( Eph. 4:20).

Preachers are still human; Christians still make mistakes and sin. But let’s beware of preachers who are preying wolves in sheep clothings. Preachers who prey and feed on the flock. Let’s stop making excuses for them, but rather call a spade a spade.

Do you have the above verses in your Bible? Do you note the following: by purity, by longsuffering, by kindness, by sincere love, by the armour of righteousness on the left and on the right? by the word of truth, by the power of God (2Cor.6:6 – 7). A minister who truly knows and loves Christ will live above reproach. He will pray to live and seek to live in a way that will not bring any offense to the name of Christ in anyway.

Observe the fruits produced by preachers you follow or listen to. Jesus said, “By their fruits you shall know them.” ( Matt. 7:16). Are they producing fruits of righteousness? Are they clothe with the garment of humility? Can you see the fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control) growing in their lives? Are they Chrst-like? Are they preaching sound biblical doctrines or trending doctrines? Are they manipulative and use power controlling tactics? Are they lovers of money?

The Bible tells us to observe and mark those men who live contrary to the pattern given to us in the Scriptures and avoid them. We are told to follow only those who walk according to Biblical pattern given to us.

17 ” join in following my example, and note those who so walk, as you have us for a pattern. 18 For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: 19 whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame—who set their mind on earthly things.” (Phil. 3:17- 19).

“Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them. 18 For those who are such do not serve our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly, and by smooth words and flattering speech deceive the hearts of the simple. (Romans”16:17-18).

“But we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you withdraw from every brother who walks disorderly and not according to the tradition which he received from us.” ( 2 These. 3:6).

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