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Rebuke a Wise Man


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“Do not correct a fool or he will hate you; correct a wise man and he will appreciate you.” – Proverbs 9:8

Do you love God? I’m sure you do.

Do you love your church pastor?
Ah, maybe you have to think about that question some more. You see, too many Christians do not fully recognize that their local church pastor  or elder is God’s representative and spiritual authority over your life. They have been given the responsibility to look after you…to teach you and disciple you and protect you from straying away from God’s flock or making mistakes that will hurt your relationship with Jesus Christ.

Your local church pastor is your overseer (1 Peter 5:12). His is the ruling shepherd in the church and is accountable to God for you under the “Chief Shepherd” Jesus Christ. Their job is to feed you the Word of God, guide you in your spiritual walk, and guard over your souls.

Loving Reproof

It is also a pastor’s job to correct you when you’re doing something wrong. Some believers don’t like this part of a pastor’s function, but it is a biblical fact. Reproof and rebuke is often necessary for all of us. When your pastor reproves you, don’t get angry at him or falsely accuse him of being unloving. If he cares enough to correct you, he is demonstrating the same love that God has for you:

“For whom the Lord loves He chastens, and scourges every son [or daughter] He receives.” – Hebrews 12:6

The Greek word used here for “chastening” is paideia. It not only carries the nuances of “discipline,” “rebuke,” and “correction,” but also the positive connotation of “training” and “guiding instruction” by a loving parent to bring their son or daughter to mature adulthood.

When a pastor chastens us for something that needs to be corrected in our lives, we should do the right and wise thing and accept his correction with humility. We should recognize that He loves us and desires to see us achieve our fullest potential in Christ.

“Reprove not a fool, lest he hate you.” The fool, on the other hand, does not respond well to reproof or discipline. He faints when being rebuked and becomes angry and resentful towards his pastor or God. The fool is destined to never learn from his mistakes or reach any spiritual maturity. Some are so prideful they will actually leave the church when reproved and fall away from God.

”… rebuke a wise man, and he will love you.”

The wise Christian doesn’t get their feelings hurt when reproved by their pastor because he regards the Lord’s discipline as evidence of his pastor’s love and concern. He sees God’s grace and commitment to us as our Father in his actions.

” Now no chastening for the present seems to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them who are trained by it.” – Hebrews 12:11

When we receive correction from those in church authority – such as a pastor or elder, instead of getting mad, let us remember the admonition of Jesus who declared that whom He loves, He rebukes. Instead of sulking in self-pity, let us repent quickly and learn to love reproof.

” As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.“ – Revelation 3:19

– Luis Josephus



Author: Luis Josephus

Luis Josephus is founder and director of 4JESUS OUTREACH, a non-sectarian (i.e. non-denominational) outreach dedicated to proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ. He is also an ordained Christian minister, pastor, and author of several books. For more inspirational messages and biblical resources, visit our website at: www.4JesusOutreach.com

2 thoughts on “Rebuke a Wise Man

  1. Usually I agree wholeheartedly with your blogs,and I don’t have a problem with submitting to rebuke for sin, I personally find submission to God as a freeing experience. However, this one I am rather uneasy, because pastors are men, and men do fail. I have had experiences with pastors who have crossed my path who have used this kind of teaching to control their parishioners. They said “God said” in order to control their congregations to benefit themselves. The kind of pastor I am referring to reminds me of the Sanhedrin of Jesus’ day. Jesus called them “the blind leading the blind”. There are far too many false pastors out there for us to blindly follow anyone simply because they claim to be “God’s messenger”.
    I John 4:1,2 says “Beloved believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God. because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses (is in agreement with all that the concept implies) that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God.”
    In other words, the spirit behind what another person is saying must line up with what Jesus said when he was in the flesh and walking among us on this earth. We must test all spirits including pastors and others in leadership.
    Apostle Paul did not simply follow the authorities in Jerusalem simply because they had been in the faith longer either. At the Counsel of Jerusalem, he rebuked the apostles because of their decision to insist that Gentiles be circumcised. They were wrong, and someone had to set them straight. The Apostles at Jerusalem as leaders in the church were willing to accept Godly counsel when it was offered.
    It is important that we as Christians always seek wise Godly counsel, that we are sure that counsel we receive lines up with God’s wisdom.

    It is true that we have to test a pastor’s ministry by its fruit, whether good or bad. If it bears bad fruit, Jesus warned us to beware of these false prophets and even avoid attending their churches (Matt. 7:16-20). However, the point of the message here is not about submitting to bad prophets, but good ones. If your pastor is a true prophet of God, submit to him, support his work, and pray for him. “Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially they who labor in the word and doctrine.” – 1 Timothy 5:17

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