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Do You Obey Your Doctor More Than You Obey Your Pastor?

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Do You Obey Your Doctor More Than You Obey Your Pastor?


It seems like people obey their doctors more than they obey their pastor. There is a great disparity of respect in the hearts of society between the two. This is openly demonstrated in the way their advice is treated.

The role of a doctor is greatly honored by our society. A doctor’s diagnosis and his orders are so respected that state laws support him. In extreme cases, some states have been known to incarcerate individuals for their non-compliance to the doctor’s orders.

A pastor is greatly honored as well. The members of the congregation can choose to heed his advice. His words are sometimes received with suspicion or outright rejection. The following fictional scenarios may help describe the difference:




The new patient sat anxiously in the examination room while the doctor looked over the file holding all the test results. He made notations every now and then. Without a word, he picked up a thick book and thumbed back to the index. He located the reference he was looking for and made a few notations on the chart.

The doctor then asked a few pertinent questions and checked the patient’s vital signs. He then turned and began to write several prescriptions.

The doctor folded the top cover back over the chart and in his best bedside manner broke the news to the patient and his spouse.

“As you know, your blood work came back and I didn’t like what I saw. So, that’s why I ordered the MRI. The bad news is, you have a mass that concerns me, it’s still contained, but if it is cancer and left untreated, it will be fatal.”

The patient then willingly goes through several months of chemo treatments. They endure more moments of pain and nausea than they wish to remember. They change their eating habits and strictly adhere to the diet the doctor gave them.

They also go back every week or so to the doctor’s office for checkups. The journey to recovery maybe years. They will pay the cost and tolerate every inconvenience just to survive. They brag on their doctor and sing his praises when they go into remission.

The cost of the treatment: It varies, but sometimes runs into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. The weekly office visits aren’t cheap either.


Patient 2


The Holistic Doctor looked at her patient. She told him that the cancer had spread. Her prescription was not written on paper, but she advised her patient to drink nothing but a mixture of carrot and asparagus juice. Eat no solid food, and drink only water and the carrot juice cocktail.

She then sells the patient an expensive juicing machine. The patient goes home and ingests nothing into his body but water and the prescribed juice for one year. Friends shake their heads at the patient’s willingness to follow through with the strict regimen.

Visits are made to the office to monitor his progress. After a year, the results are in. The patient is cancer-free. He testifies openly and brags on the results. The diet worked.

The costs of the doctor’s visits weren’t cheap either. Even though the health insurance wouldn’t pay, he happily refinanced his house to pay for his recovery.

In both scenarios, the patient did whatever was asked of them, and willingly paid for their costly treatment. They had no problem doing weekly or monthly follow-up visits. They love their doctors. They are healed.


Church Scene 1


The pastor sits in the office with a crying young man. He tells the pastor what has happened. He is ashamed.

The pastor had great hopes for him. He had shown so much potential. Now there’s much damage and others will be affected.

When the crying ends, the pastor prays with the man and then says, “I’m afraid I’m going to have to take you off the platform and set you down for a while. I want to help you recover yourself”

“How long will I be set down?”

“We’ll see. It depends on how you do. I want to see you in the prayer room before every service. I don’t want you having anything to do with the people we just talked about. I want to see some evidence of your repentance. You can recover. I will be here for you. Call me anytime if you need me or feel yourself getting weak again. I love you.

When the office visit is over, the pastor/saint relationship is over too. Rather than submit to the pastor’s prescription for recovery, and be set down for a while, the man changes churches.

The cost was nothing to the church member. The pastor gave of himself to no avail. The church lost money, a member and quite possibly, a soul.


Church Scene 2


The pastor stood behind the pulpit, his sermon had been impressed upon him in prayer. The Lord stirred his heart to preach against the things of the world that were in the church.

Signs of worldliness had shown itself here and there in the congregation. He preached the essentiality of Acts 2:38. He said when you get this Holy Ghost experience, your life changes. Your friends change. You dress holy. You don’t do the things you used to do.  You no longer go to the places you used to go.

The lack of response from the audience loudly stated their reaction to the sermon. A few members looked sideways at their friends and family to catch their reaction. They mostly just looked at the preacher without a visible reaction.

After service, a few phone calls were made. A private meeting was set up. Then a formal meeting was arranged. The pastor was voted out.


The cost? Whatever it was, the people refused to pay it.


I Am Not Talking About Bad Doctors Or Bad Pastors.

I Am Addressing How Even Good Doctors And Good Pastors Sometimes Get Treated Differently.


There are many people alive today because they followed the good doctor’s advice.

There are also many people spiritually alive today because they followed the advice of their good man of God.


Thank God For Every Saint Who Loves His Or Her Pastor Enough To Obey Him.

Jesus said: John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.


Hebrews 13:17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.


Do You Obey Your Doctor More Than You Obey Your Pastor?

You Really Need To Say Amen! It Means You Received The Word Into Your Heart!



Written by Martyn Ballestero

December 14, 2019 at 11:43 pm

Posted in Obedience, Pastors

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  1. Very good word Brother Ballestero. I give a hearty “AMEN!”

    Voice of Pentecost WL

    December 15, 2019 at 12:01 am

  2. Brother Ballestero I am glad to say I do obey my Pastor. There may be times I don’t understand but my Pastor is known to be a man of prayer and I know he hears from God.I also know that whoever stands behind the sacred desk at our church is hearing from the Lord also.Im so thankful that the Lord led me out of the A/G church and that I’ve been baptized in Jesus name and filled with his Spirit! I’m so thankful for ministers that preach the uncompromised truth! You can’t have a church that’s alive without it!!!

    Sherry Miller

    December 16, 2019 at 10:11 pm

  3. Elder Ballestero ,Thank you this is not almost true , it is true and right . May God bless my Pastor for given me the right prescription to live holy in this unholy world.

    Sunny John

    December 17, 2019 at 4:49 pm

  4. Bro. Ballestero, your blogs always come out just in time. I’m thankful for the man of God in my life. I said some time ago that you are one of the men of God that i hope to meet someday and Lord willing that will happen soon. Love and appreciate you!

    Rodney Fulton

    December 18, 2019 at 9:08 am

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