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Jason Harris

Jason loves to communicate God's word both in the local church and at conferences and retreats. Jason has been involved with Worship Music since 1996 and InFocus since 2005. Jason has degrees in theology, music, accounting, and research and is currently a PhD candidate and lecturer in the College of Business, Law, and Governance at James Cook University, Cairns. Jason is also a pastor at CrossPoint Church. You can contact Jason at


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    Wow. This is really powerful. Thank you for sharing it.

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    Confused. What is this supposed to be a reference to?

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    Jason Harris


    The word pastor means a herdsman, shepherd. I have been richly blessed by the ministry and friendship of many pastors over the years. But God, in his inscrutable wisdom, has also repeatedly given me front-row seats to see the destruction and damage caused when a pastor is given power and authority that is biblically reserved for Christ alone. I have seen unspeakable evils done in the name of God and have spoken to the battered sheep in the hundreds. Literally.

    I suppose for those who have had mostly good experiences with shepherds, this poem might seem a bit melodramatic. And I can only say I’m thankful if that’s ever the case. But for many, these words will ring true. May every shepherd be warned of the danger of being unaccountable. May the battered sheep who run find help and hope in our lives and homes. And may those shepherds who are given up to their lust for power and control be rescued from themselves and from the wrath of God against evil.

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    How do you square this image off with all that Scripture says about the office of elder?

    This strikes me as classic straw man propaganda.

    (And not particularly classy.)

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      Joy Harris

      This depicts the ABUSE of all that Scripture says about the office of elder! To those who have been under that kind of pastor, there is nothing but harsh reality, unfortunately.

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      Jason Harris

      Hey PJ,

      It doesn’t square. Those who fit this description are not God’s undershepherds, but hireling shepherds. At best.

      As far as being a straw man, that would be true if someone were to interpret this as my view of ALL pastors. I trust my comment above clarifies that this is not the case at all.

      As far as being propaganda, that suggests an underhanded message. Again, I trust the above comment clarifies my message: Pastors, be accountable. Sheep, run for safety when necessary. Everyone, help those who run for safety. Hirelings, look to your souls for you stand under the wrath of a God who hates oppression and takes what is done in his name very seriously.

      As far as class, I can’t argue with you there. It’s got about as much class as a World War I trench full of mud, sweat, and gore. It’s an ugly reality. The important thing, though, is that it IS reality.

      Grace to you.

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