Author: Alfred Benjamin King
Title of Today’s Story: The Framed Pastor
Date: 2nd June 2011 (Thursday)
THE FRAMED PASTOR
Once upon a time, there lived a faithful, loving, God- fearing Pastor. He stood for what was right and was loved by those who weren’t afraid to love those who called a spade a spade even when the truth was bitter.
Obviously, some people hated the Pastor even within his own congregation because of his noble character. For nobility plus ministry is equal to telling people that the wrong things they do is wrong. And people often don’t like being told they did something wrong even though you aren’t being critical but only trying to help them fix a flaw you pointed out.
One afternoon, while having lunch with his family, the Pastor heard a knock on the door. He went to open it only to find his assistant Pastor standing there with that look he didn’t like on his face.
The Assistant Pastor told the Pastor that there is a picture of the Pastor leaving a night club with a girl that had been on the news and was quickly spreading on blogs and forums across the Internet.
The Assistant Pastor trusted the Pastor but there was picture evidence. He needed to know if his mentor; the Pastor had done this. He needed something – something to believe. He needed to hear it from the Pastor’s own mouth.
The Pastor told his Assistant that it wasn’t true. The picture had to be a fake.
However, the media increasingly raved about it. It was everywhere. People just kept spreading the news. Soon it started disturbing his ministry. People started leaving the church while many of those that remained tried to convince those that were still there that they should leave because the Pastor is a fraud.
In the face of all this, the Pastor’s family stayed together. His wife believed him. She knew her husband was faithful to their marriage. She never doubted his faithfulness for a minute.
The Pastor’s children too believed that their father was telling the truth. If anything, the rumors that were spread increased their trust in their Dad because it was truly testing considering the fact that there was a picture which was all over the internet.
The Pastor over time got into a state of depression. His kids were being teased by other kids in school that their Dad is unfaithful. His wife even though she never complained, was getting looks of pity from other women.
The Pastor’s personal bible study time and prayer time started growing shorter as the Pastor sank deeper and deeper into depression. He was suffering for something he didn’t do.
His wife noticed what was going on with him. So she sat him down and talked to him that what he is doing now by allowing himself to be depressed is letting Satan win.
She told him that Satan wanted to see him this way. Satan wanted to see him with a broken spirit. That way he would soon walk away from the ministry and blame it on one of the many schemes children of the devil use to destroy the ministries of men of God.
She told him that even through this was one of those schemes that he should respond by being positive, by being strong, wearing a smile on his face, and preaching the gospel even more.
As a Pastor, the devil would be sure to bring strong trials and tribulations his way, but as the scriptures say, God is faithful and would not let us face a trial we can’t bear.
The Pastor listened to his wife’s counsel and he went about preaching boldly. He began holding crusades and seminars. He started doing more for the kingdom of God. The devil wasn’t going to bring him down. He wasn’t going to let the devil stop him from walking in his calling.
After the Pastor’s positive change of attitude, someone came out with a tape that proved that the Pastor was at a charity function at the alleged time they said he was seen walking out of a Nite Club with a girl.
The truth came out that the picture was just photoshopped. It was a fake. Someone had gone through a lot of trouble to ruin the reputation of the Pastor. However, thanks be to God it ended up solidifying the Pastor’s reputation as a good man when the truth was revealed.
God is always in control. Whenever, people spread lies and rumors about us, we should just smile and don’t mind them because they win when we let it get to us.
Q & A
1) What was the Pastor doing when he heard the knock on the door?
2) Why do you think the rumor spread so fast?
3) Why did his wife stand by him?
4) When people spread lies and rumors about us what should we do?
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“Oh Lord God, I come to you in the name of Jesus Christ. Your word says, ‘… whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved’ (Acts 2:21)
So now I ask Jesus to come into my heart to be the lord of my life. I receive eternal life into my spirit and according to Romans 10: 9, ‘That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God raised him from the dead, thou shall be saved’ , Therefore I declare that I am saved; I am born – again; I am a child of God! I now have Christ dwelling in me, and greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world! (1 John 4:4). I now walk in the consciousness of my new life in Christ Jesus. Hallelujah!”
PRAYER FOR THE RETURNING BACK SLIDER (ONLY):
“Oh lord God, I ask for your mercy and forgiveness for turning my back on you. I come back to you today in total sincerity and like the parable of the prodigal son, I thank you for receiving me back with Joy and Gladness.
I confess that Jesus Christ is the lord of my life and God the father is my Daddy. Hallelujah!”
PRAYER TO RECEIVE THE HOLY SPIRIT:
“Oh Father, I thank you now for making me born again. For making me your child.
I ask that you give me your Holy Spirit to live in me and with me. For your word says that you would freely give the Holy Spirit to all those who ask. I open my heart and receive, and I know by faith that you have given me your Holy Spirit. Thank you Father. In Jesus name. Amen.”
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Alfred Benjamin King is a full time writer and illustrator. He is one of the leading Christ – Minded writers in both fiction and non – fiction today.
His contribution to literature is extra ordinary. He created two new genres of literature namely, “D.I.P” and “S+C.S”
His literally works and special projects have gone spiral on the web; wheeling in an ever increasing number of views per post.
Alfred Benjamin King was the founder and General Overseer of the “Disciples of Jesus” which he has now dissolved into a concept based on divine direction.
He currently lives in the city of Port – Harcourt in Nigeria, Africa.