Aren’t I Supposed To Get Fed?

A few weeks ago I saw a handful of my friends from church sharing this article from Relevant Magazine, called “Five Really Bad Reasons To Leave Your Church” written by Aaron Loy.

People were saying things like “Wow, I never thought of that before.” It was interesting because the FIRST reason Mr. Loy gives as a BAD reason to leave your church is “I am not getting fed.”

If you don’t know what that means, here is a definition. Not getting “fed” at church is a metaphor–The Bible is our daily bread, we are the sheep, and the pastor is supposed to feed us. So, if you are not getting fed that means that either the pastor is not teaching the Bible. Or that the “bread” that he is giving you is stale.

If the word is stale. That would also mean not fresh. He isn’t putting work into preparing the sermon. He isn’t sitting in prayer, seeking God’s heart on the teaching. He is not digging deep into the text and highlighting the deep nourishing meaning. He is not waiting for the anointing of the Holy Spirit.

It would be the equivalent of him either giving moldy bread, OR just throwing a bag of flour out at the congregation.

He needs to prepare it. It takes time. It takes effort. It takes waiting on the Lord to allow it to rise. It takes care. It means not just serving something you served last month, because you were too lazy to prepare something fresh.

That is what it means when we say, “I am not being fed.”

Well guess what?

Apparently, that is okay.

The hip way of looking at it, is to say this I suppose:

Do pastors have a responsibility to steward the scriptures and care for their church spiritually? You bet they do. And it can be all too easy to overlook this while trying to manage staff, build systems, meet needs, put out fires and develop leaders, all while overseeing the overall vision and direction of the church. But let’s be honest, if you own a smartphone, a personal computer or a library card, you have access to some of the best preaching and teaching in the world. You can even find teaching archives of some of the greatest preachers of all time. Christian, you have access to more “meat” than any other generation before you!

YOUR PRIMARY CALL IN THE CHURCH IS TO CONTRIBUTE, NOT JUST TO CONSUME.

To leave a church because you’re not getting “enough” is a cop out. Your primary call in the church is to contribute, not just to consume. As a Christian, you shouldn’t require spoon-feeding for the rest of your life. Eventually you need to learn how to feed yourself so that, in time, you can actually feed others. Remember, your call is not just to be a disciple but to make disciples.
Read more at http://www.relevantmagazine.com/god/church/5-really-bad-reasons-leave-your-church#lqpYaVR3BDugUj5H.99

FOR REAL?

He begins by saying that pastors have the responsibility to feed the sheep.

But THEN he says, it gets overlooked because the pastor is really too busy managing his church empire. “And it can be all too easy to overlook this while trying to manage staff, build systems, meet needs, put out fires and develop leaders, all while overseeing the overall vision and direction of the church.”

He goes on to say that if the pastor is too busy building systems, well that is okay because you probably can listen to a podcast. So you should just keep supporting a pastor financially through tithing, even though he doesn’t think you are important enough to feed a fresh word. “But let’s be honest, if you own a smartphone, a personal computer or a library card, you have access to some of the best preaching and teaching in the world. You can even find teaching archives of some of the greatest preachers of all time. Christian, you have access to more “meat” than any other generation before you!”

Then he goes further. The next step is to INSULT you for not being fed. He says, “To leave a church because you’re not getting “enough” is a cop out. Your primary call in the church is to contribute, not just to consume. As a Christian, you shouldn’t require spoon-feeding for the rest of your life.”

Wow. This guy is providing a great resource [for lazy pastors] by shaming the starving church into accepting a spiritual anorexia, “At least you will be skinny!” wink-wink.

What a jerk!

I can’t believe this guy.

And what Scripture does he base this on?

-silence-

None.

Just his hip opinion.

Good thing he is so relevant.

And cool.

Well, what would Jesus say about this????

So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?”

He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.”

He said to him, “Feed My lambs.”

He said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of Jonah,[c] do you love Me?”

He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.”

He said to him, “Tend My sheep.”

He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?”

And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.”

Jesus said to him, “Feed My sheep.

John 21:15-17

It is a pastors duty to feed the sheep. If he isn’t doing it, for whatever reason then he is fleecing the sheep. He is profiting off of a starving flock. He is a hireling. A good shepherd will give his life for the sheep.

A bad shepherd doesn’t even care if a wolf is coming.

If you are not being fed, don’t rely on podcasts or radio programs. Get out. Leave. Find a pastor who cares. You deserve it.

Now, I am not saying that we are not supposed to eat the Word of God at home. We must do that. But we should also expect a gourmet, flavorful, fresh meal served to us at church each week.

We don’t keep going to restaurants that serve lousy meals. Why should we feel guilted into staying in a church with lousy sermons? THAT IS INSANE!!!

And, you might want to read the rest of that dumb article; he makes a couple other horrible points like–you shouldn’t leave a church just because you don’t believe everything the pastor teaches.

This is all part of the insanity of the mega church celebrity entitlement creeping into the body of Christ.

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6 Responses to Aren’t I Supposed To Get Fed?

  1. Kari says:

    I am curious to know more about where your viewpoints come from. This was a long piece about the movie but I read the whole thing. I am in agreement with you.

  2. Thank you! We left our previous church because we were no longer being fed in the way God was leading us…… what we were learning in our quiet time at home we could never practice corporately b/c our church just wasn’t delving into those biblical topics. Do we still love them? Yes, of course! Both my husband learned alot in our time there, met there, served there, and were planted there for more than 5 years, but God wanted more of us and that just wasn’t happening there in that setting of teaching. No offense, no junk, just time to move on to a “meatier” corporate message, a place new thing God had for us.
    Thank you again for writing this (new reader of your blog)

  3. My husband and I left a church because we believed we were not being fed, among some other reasons. Mid week services had turned into a “town meeting” atmosphere where there were current event discussions and YouTube presentations followed by discussions. We were starving spiritually and our faith was taking a hard hit from the level of unbelief in the congregation. We left after about a year of struggling with weather or not to stay. The pastors were very offended that we chose to leave and tried to guilt us into staying, questioning if we had really heard from God, saying that it was not their fault if we were not getting fed, etc. We simply told them that God was leading us else where and that we were not being fed. They kept pressuring us for the “real’ reason for our decision, but the Holy Spirit led us to not give them a long explanation. We are now in a church where we are getting feed, serving others, and once again growing.

  4. Julie says:

    I read the article and was in agreement with it in the spirit I believe it was written. It seems to me that the point was that these days, many people have the idea that the church exists to serve THEM. We should not be thinking of ourselves as merely customers of the church – I believe that if the church were a business, then God is the owner, the church leaders are the managers that train and equip the saints for every good work, and the saints are the employees that go out into their circles of influence to bring in the lost (customers).
    Have you ever noticed how little Jesus actually preached in the Bible? All through scripture there are examples of how people were trained for leadership – by spending time together. This did not begin with Jesus and the 12, it is modeled all throughout the old testament. This is in NO WAY to say that the preaching is not important – but even if there are the best messages in the world, they rarely make a long term impact on the hearer. What DOES make a difference in peoples lives is having mature, well fed leaders to spend time with younger believers and share their lives and model for them what is means to live by the Spirit. For there to be intentional teaching, equipping, coaching and just 100% LOVE. They then grow and teach others what they have been taught, and the church grows and multiplies. We have an amazing pastor/preacher/teacher at our church, but he doesn’t just give a sermon every week – he is always training a group of men the way Jesus did. And there are more than 200 other leaders with their own groups. We call it Life on Life Missional Discipleship and it transforms lives for the Kingdom.

    • Hi Julie, thank you so much for taking the time to articulate your thoughts and leave a comment!

      I agree with some of what you are saying. But I honestly cringe when I hear people compare a church to a business. I have heard that a lot, even to the point of hearing people call mega pastors, CEO’s. The Bible says that the church is the Body of Christ, not a business. And if we start treating non-Christians like customers we will end up pandering the truth to sell the the Lord Jesus to them.

      As far as what you said about discipleship, I believe that Jesus didn’t call pastors to built mega churches, but to tend the sheep and make disciples. We all have to be in the process of making disciples. We all need to be equipped for that. And it sounds like your pastor is doing a good job of making disciples. That is awesome. My point wasn’t that we should sit in church passively, while all the burden is on the pastor to feed us. But that it IS the pastor’s job to feed the sheep. Well fed sheep are able to then continue to grow on their own, and then of course be about the business of making disciples too.

      You say, “What DOES make a difference in peoples lives is having mature, well fed leaders to spend time with younger believers and share their lives and model for them what is means to live by the Spirit.” I like this! That is what Jesus modeled for us.

      God bless you.

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