There are many moments in a pastors life when he is greatly encouraged by the efforts of a new Christian; especially when that new Christian is one that he had the privilege of sharing the gospel with. Twice this new Christian has stood to the challenge of traditionalism by rural "pastors" who supposedly know the scriptures.
Granted, I feel as if I am on dangerous ground by countering men who claim to be pastors. However, these men in question are not feeding the sheep nor are they shepherding the flock. They are dangerously handling the holy Scriptures and in many circumstances they are doing more harm than good.
From deceptions concerning spiritual gifts (their distribution and their application) to butchering verses by misapplying the context, these men are dangerous and deceptive.
Lord, I pray that pastors would make disciples according to the scriptures and not based on the traditions of men. Let the scriptures be our guide and our sustenance as we teach and equip.