Therefore thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, concerning the shepherds who care for my people: “You have scattered my flock and have driven them away, and you have not attended to them. Behold, I will attend to you for your evil deeds, declares the Lord. -Jeremiah 23:2 (ESV)
There are spiritual leaders who are in positions to care for people who are not doing so. There are pastors who do things that scatter and drive people away from fellowship. There are so-called spiritual leaders that go by pastor, bishop, preacher, minister, prophet, teacher, and apostle; who are rotten in God's eyes. These people are corrupt, false, and evil.
Corruption in the household of God, does not escape God's eyes. A time comes when God deals with these people (1 Peter 4:17). God says, "you have not attended to them. Behold, I will attend to you." Disciplinary action is coming. It came in Jeremiah's time and is coming again today. The time is here. God does give performance evaluations to people in leadership among His people.
Apostle James warns people who want to be teachers of God's people that they will be judged more strictly than others (James 3:1). The seven churches in the book of Revelation were audited or evaluated (Revelation 1:20-3:22). A man in our congregation was shocked and put off by this message and told the pastor so in a letter. John went to the zerox machine and made copies of Revelation 1-3 and mailed them back to the man.
The good news is not only that God is paying attention and promises to deal with sinful leadership, but repentance is always possible. The whole book of Jeremiah is calling a people and their leaders to repentance. It's the same with the letters to the seven churches in revelation and it is the same today.
Repentance. Change your mind. Change course. To and through the Cross. God centered. Christ centered. Spiritual relationships through Christ. Start over. The King is coming.
(The painting above is by Pieter Brueghel II, "The Bad Shepherd", Oil on panel, 29 in. x 41¼ in.
c. 1616, Private collection)