Jesus Himself chose who would be pastors and teachers “And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, til we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting …” (Ephesians 4:11-14) These gifts, or appointments, are the 5 different kinds of church leaders. ”And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers …” (1 Corinthians 12:28) We are given the reasons (above) why Jesus Himself chose the leaders He would see to it that all of the churches would have the same doctrines. False doctrine would be less likely to creep into the churches. The Holy Spirit would surely lead the Jesus-chosen pastors. But, would God’s Spirit lead pastors who were NOT chosen by Jesus? Let’s not forget Satan He is the greatest liar and deceiver in the history of this world. When man disobeys (rebels against) God, Satan has more of an open doorway to enter! He hates God, man, churches … and he comes “to steal, kill, and destroy” (John 10:10). A related observation Jesus chose His 12 disciples carefully. They were ordinary men: fishermen, a tax collector, and a revolutionary. Not one was from the educated religious class of Jews. A very important question Did Jesus ever decide to stop choosing who He wanted to be His church leaders? If so, WHY would He stop … and allow man to choose for himself? The grievous error For various reasons, some men decided to appoint themselves to leadership. This became more and more of a trend … man-run churches! And many different doctrines, and many different denominations! Now for the BIGGEST and most important question Since the original apostles passed away … what percentage of RCC, EOC, old Protestant, Evangelical, Pentecostal, etc. priests, ministers, pastors, etc. do you believe have actually been chosen by Jesus?