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[FONT=Arial][SIZE=14px]Not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. – 1 Peter 5:3

In the minds of some modern Christians the idea of the pastor being someone who walks on a level of godliness above others is really not believed. Many believers think now that they fail just as much as the rest of us so why admire them or revere them as leaders. Though Christian leaders do fail and are men like the rest of us, the calling of being a leader in the body of Christ is a very solemn and godly call. There are higher moral and godly requirements for such a leader and God does judge them more strictly (James 3:1). Evangelicals in our day are throwing out the baby with the bathwater, meaning they are discarding anything that appears religious including any godly traditions of the Church that was been passed on. Since the early days of Christianity pastors and leaders wore different type of clothing, especially during the Church service. This was to signify their high calling as one to represent Christ and his teachings to the people. Whether its Presbyterian, Methodist, Anglican, Lutheran, Moravian, Alliance, or any godly movement there was always a sense of the holy in what was done in the Church meetings. It is purely a new idea in the modern evangelical and charismatic realm of pastors wearing jeans and the stripping away of any religious tradition even if its found clearly in Scriptures. Another area of loss has been the lowering requirements for Pastors and Deacons in the Church, not caring about multiple marriages, divorces and other sins.

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