I work right now as a Massage Therapist in Florida. I see about 100 clients a month. This means I get to listen to all sorts of problems people are having.
One particular problem with a client of mine has to do with a church she attends. She has been serving at the church for nearly two years now, and she has been leading a young girls group (teenage girls). She told me how she didn’t feel like the position has suited her, that the girls don’t listen, and that she herself doesn’t feel like she’s equipped or ready to even lead people like this.
Well, one of the paid staff members at this large church told her something to this effect: “You’re a pastor. That’s what you’re doing now. Satan is going to try to dissuade you from doing what pastors do. So don’t listen to that voice telling you that you aren’t doing a good job or that you’re not enjoying it, that’s the Devil talking.”
It’s probably one of the most anti-biblical and manipulative things I’ve heard someone at church say. I am not enjoying this position and I don’t feel ready to do this, even though I’ve been doing it for a year is pretty much what my client told the staff member. And the response is not, well what do you need help with? What kind of training do you think you need? Instead, the response is, her feelings, emotions, and thoughts are all a direct result of Satan’s power. What are we suppose to do with that?
How can we test the spirits and know if this is from Satan or not if we don’t give a chance to even test the spirits? I don’t believe it was from Satan at all, and that my client was right: She isn’t ready and she isn’t a pastor, but she’s been put in a role that is very much shepherding. If Satan’s influence is anywhere, it’s in the lack of discerning what the Bible teaches on all these matters, and using manipulative tactics to get someone to keep serving where you want them to serve.
I love the body of Christ. And it really angers me when I see and hear of sheep being manipulated for the agenda of a buisness, er, I mean a “church.”