18. They had qualified pastors (John 15:16; 21:15-17).

So did Israel.

And I brought you into a plentiful country, to eat the fruit thereof and the goodness thereof; but when ye entered, ye defiled my land, and made mine heritage an abomination.  The priests said not, Where is the LORD? and they that handle the law knew me not: the pastors also transgressed against me, and the prophets prophesied by Baal, and walked after things that do not profit. (Jeremiah 2:7-8)

Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! saith the LORD.  Therefore thus saith the LORD God of Israel against the pastors that feed my people; Ye have scattered my flock, and driven them away, and have not visited them: behold, I will visit upon you the evil of your doings, saith the LORD. (Jeremiah 23:1-2)

All a pastor is, is an under-shepherd that is supposed to feed and care for the flock that belongs to the Lord Jesus Christ.  Thus, whether in Israel, or the New Testament church, even though the qualifications varied, if you meet (or met, as the case may be) the appropriate qualifications, you were/are a qualified pastor.


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