We can only wonder what is going on in the mind of a pastor who kills his wife. This seems to have been headlined the past few months, “Pastor murders wife.”
When these pastors are subdued by law enforcement as they stand in handcuffs, they appear calm and innocent. They plea not guilty although they are guilty.
They are men who shepherd people, and in a position that requires them to be examples of Christian living. Many of the flock seek them for natural and spiritual guidance.
What happen that cause a man of this status to commit a heinous crime? Are they called of God to Shepherd people? Hmm?
Paul said this, “even though I was formerly a blasphemer [of our Lord] and a persecutor [of His church] and a shameful and outrageous and violent aggressor [toward believers]. Yet I was shown mercy because I acted out of ignorance in unbelief,” (1 Timothy 1:13).
Two words that Paul states, “ignorance in unbelief.” Paul speaks in past tense, as this was prior to him becoming a believer of Christ and a leader. But Paul appreciated that God showed him mercy for his sinful past.
The roles seem to reverse today, pastors are taking the mercies of God for granted and becoming persecutors, verbally and violently committing sinful acts against vulnerable congregants.
Their lack of knowledge and pastoral training makes them prone to fail. Pastors that fall prey of erroneous doctrines become antichrists, teaching congregants the ways of their sinful vulnerabilities, manipulating them to compromise.
These men place themselves in positions to commit lawless acts, and “Because of this God will send upon them a misleading influence, [an activity of error and deception] so they will believe the lie, in order that all may be judged and condemned who did not believe the truth [about their sin, and the need for salvation through Christ], but instead took pleasure in unrighteousness, ”
(2 Thessalonians 2:11-12).
The fragile congregants become a part of the pastors deception and agree with their unrighteous erroneous teachings.
We are living in the era of apostasy, and pastors are denouncing their faith in God and attaching themselves to self worship and glory. They are narcissist who seek to please their fleshly desires, as they connect to fables and myths which lead to arguments and useless speculation about what is biblically truth or lies.
We must “understand the fact that law is not enacted for the righteous person [the one in right standing with God], but for lawless and rebellious people, for the ungodly and sinful, for the irreverent and profane, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers,”
(1 Timothy 1:9).
Pastors that find themselves in a lawless situation have somewhere during their Christian journey lost belief and faith in the teaching of the gospel of Christ.
Are you still wondering what goes on in the mind of a pastor who commits murder? “...since they did not see fit to acknowledge God or consider Him worth knowing [as their Creator], God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do things which are improper and repulsive,” (Romans 1:2). Hmm!