First, I need to tell you that I have the greatest respect for pastors, and ministers. I have worked for many pastors over the past 20 years, and have found them to be honorable, God-fearing, and really exceptional men. They have all been men. I’ve only seen one woman associate pastor in a Baptist church.
Some pastors are bullies. Pulpit bullies.
A year ago a pastor stepped behind his new pulpit for his first sermon with the congregation that had just called him to be their pastor. I was there for his first sermon.
He laid out his outlook for the church.
He told them that he spent one hour every morning in prayer. If anyone wanted to come to the church and join him in prayer they would be welcome.
His congregation did not know it, but they had just been set up. They had been set up to believe that this pastor knew the truth. They were led to believe that someone so in touch with God would not be in the pulpit telling them anything but truth.
This pastor does not believe that women are equal to men before God in the home or the church. He is the same pastor who compared a wife to a dog, said there is a movement to have mankind and womankind language in the Bible (which separates women into a separate species), and said that women’s role was housework, whether they liked it or not because life was not always fair.
He bullied his congregation and almost dared them to find anything wrong with what he has to say because he is in touch with God. Few people spend an hour a day in prayer, and we stand in awe of those that do. However, in my experience most pastors cannot set aside the same hour absolutely every day because of other pastoral duties, and family responsibilities.
Jesus said to keep your prayer life secret, not to blare it out on the streets.
Wednesday we will discuss the larger context of Pulpit Bullies.