|Zechariah 10:3 |
3 "My anger is kindled against the shepherds and I will punished the goat leaders1, for the LORD of hosts has visited his flock, the house of Judah, and has made them as his majestic horse in the battle.
1 My anger is kindled against the shepherds and I will punished the goat leaders. The shepherds of Christendom are all goat leaders. They have deceived their followers to believing a false salvation; so their followers remain sinning goats, rather than innocent sheep. They ignore the requirements of salvation, and forget the warnings of the exclusions. The ministers of Christendom think that salvation's Biblically stated requirements of cleansing — purity — perfection, and holiness are impossible. They don't know how to receive the changing power of God. They deny it is necessary to suffer on the cross of Christ. The goat leaders are self-appointed; not appointed by the Holy Spirit for the perfecting of the saints; not taught, perfected, restored, and authorized by the Lord. So the goat leaders read the dead letter of the Bible to their goats, rather than speak words supplied by the Holy Spirit, words that give life to their followers, changing them from goats to sheep. The letter kills, the spirit gives life. 2 Cor 3:6; The words that I speak to you are spirit, and the are life. John 6:63. But true shepherds speak words supplied by the Spirit of God; as Paul said: Which things we speak, not in the words, which man's wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Spirit instructs; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 1 Cor 2:13; and as Peter said: If any man speaks, let him speak with God's words [oracles]; 1 Pet 4:11.
The preachers today, feed themselves, by taking money from the goats. Preaching for a salary is the error of Balaam, which is spiritual adultery, loving wages and profit — both Peter and Jude had some very grave things to say about those who solicit donations or preach for a salary. Woe to them! For they have gone in the way of Cain, have run greedily in the error of Balaam for profit, and perished in the rebellion of Korah. They have a heart trained in covetous practices, and are accursed children — for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness. Peter — Paul, and Jesus all spoke strongly against preachers who took money from the flock, feeding themselves at the expense of their listeners; the goat leaders of Christendom.