Scripture about Synod and Pastors in CRM Purgatory
CRM is a unique place in synodical politics, where a man who’se trained years to serve as a pastor can find themselves ousted from a call, placed on the CRM list, and then sit and languish for ages waiting for another call.
I know it’s not going to make much difference, but I’ll feel better posting some pertinent Scripture citations here:
Pastors are sometimes referred to Christ’s Ambassadors through whom He makes His appeal (2 Corinthians 5:20). Therefor, the way pastors are treated should be given special consideration:
And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ Mt 25:40
What makes this a fundamental offense in Christiandom is that when such men wind up CRM’d, not because of some wrong they did, but because of some wrong someone else did, which was then either ineffectually opposed, or perpetuated by the “powers that be”:
He has told you, O man, what is good;
and what does the LORD require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God?
Some will say “Wait for God – He will provide”, as if this relieves Synod and the pastor’s fellow believers of the responsibility to their brothers in ministry. Such was the doctrine of the “religious authorities” of Christ’s time who used their traditions to invalidate the responsibility children had towards their parents, while sounding high-minded and pius in the process:
For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and your mother’; and, ‘Whoever reviles father or mother must surely die.’ But you say, ‘If a man tells his father or his mother, “Whatever you would have gained from me is Corban” ’ (that is, given to God)— then you no longer permit him to do anything for his father or mother, thus making void the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And many such things you do.”
Such neglect and dismissal certainly isn’t the fruits of love, which implies….
If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.
1 Jn 4:20–21
I think this is most damning of all citations:
What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
Could it be that the lack of fruit of all the “evangelism” and “mission” programs is in part because God knows that a church that can’t properly care for it’s own pastors will not take good care of a harvest of new believers? And that, in the end, “The church” would drive them away, and their final state would be worse than how they are now?
One has to wonder….