What does an authentic Christian pastor look like? Are you suspicious of pastors because of the televangelist who fakes miracles and panders for money? Has an abusive or manipulative pastor wounded you in the past? Do you feel like the pastors you have known do not represent God? First, I want to say that I am sorry that experience has caused you to see Christian pastors in such a light. Second, you should know that God spoke about such men.

In the days of Ezekiel, God states that the shepherds of Israel (religious leaders) had abused his people. These shepherds had allowed sheep to be scattered and devoured by wolves. Instead of feeding the sheep, the shepherds had been feeding themselves (Ezekiel 34). Because they abused his people, God declared that he would be their shepherd, he would lead his people to green grass, feed them, and they would “go out” with Himself at their head!