Job Description of a Good Shepherd by Roger Oakland


[This is an excerpt from Roger Oakland’s new book, The Good Shepherd Calls; And is reposted from Lighthouse Trails Blog of 2/20/17]

Both the Old and New Testaments consist of numerous references that provide the guidelines required for a leader to be classified as a good shepherd. It makes sense that we would look to the Scriptures for guidance because the Bible is the inspired Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16) and should be our ultimate authority when it comes to discussing this topic.

First, the Psalmist describes the Good Shepherd as the one who goes ahead of the flock to lead the sheep. He is a true leader always on the lookout for their safety.

Thou leddest thy people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron. (Psalms 77:20)

But made his own people to go forth like sheep, and guided them in the wilderness like a flock. And he led them on safely, so that they feared not: but the sea overwhelmed their enemies. (Psalms 78:52-53)

Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, thou that leadest Joseph like a flock; thou that dwellest between the cherubims, shine forth. Before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh stir up thy strength, and come and save us. (Psalms 80:1-2)

A good shepherd is always aware of where his sheep are in relationship to himself and concerned about their well-being. He is always searching them out when they are lost or remaining behind and does all he can to bring them back to the flock.

For thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I, even I, will both search my sheep, and seek them out. As a shepherd seeketh out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered; so will I seek out my sheep, and will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day. (Ezekiel 34:11-12)

What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost. (Luke 15: 4-6)

Third, a good shepherd shows tenderness for the weak, the ewes, and the young lambs. He attends those who are sick and in need of special care.

I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick. (Ezekiel 34:16)

And he said unto him, My lord knoweth that the children are tender, and the flocks and herds with young are with me: and if men should overdrive them one day, all the flock will die. Let my lord, I pray thee, pass over before his servant: and I will lead on softly, according as the cattle that goeth before me and the children be able to endure, until I come unto my lord unto Seir. (Genesis 33: 13-14)

So he [David] fed them according to the integrity of his heart; and guided them by the skilfulness of his hands. (Psalms 78:72)

While many other characteristics of a good shepherd are found in the Bible, there is one more in particular I want to include. A good shepherd watches out for and protects his sheep from wild beasts or predators such as wolves that feed upon the sheep. The good shepherd will lay down his life to protect them with a strong dedication and commitment as we see here:

And David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his father’s sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock . . .Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God. (1 Samuel 17:34, 36)

I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep. The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep. I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. (John 10:11-15)


There is a connection between the term good shepherd and the well-known term pastor. While Christians have made this connection and given this title to leaders who stand behind pulpits, oftentimes these leaders are not being true to the biblical qualifications. Walking in the flesh (human nature) rather than the Spirit, these men are driven by man’s fallen nature which seeks power and attention thereby corrupting what it means to be a pastor. This, of course, has impacted Christianity throughout the ages, but over the past several decades the problem has accelerated to the point where we are now witnessing this present apostasy ravaging churches throughout the nations.

Addressing this topic is not easy nor will it be welcomed by many. Efforts to be helpful will be met by an avalanche of opposition. So many of today’s Christian leaders believe they are above reproach and should not be challenged. In fact, they find biblical correction useless and unnecessary, especially when headed down Apostasy Road. However, the Bible is clear that God has serious concerns about those who pervert the Word of God and lead the sheep astray. For such, serious consequences lie ahead.

Jeremiah’s warning to the spiritual leaders of his day is a good reminder for us today. Consider the similarities to what is happening at present:

Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Hearken not unto the words of the prophets that prophesy unto you: they make you vain: they speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of the LORD. They say still unto them that despise me, The LORD hath said, Ye shall have peace; and they say unto every one that walketh after the imagination of his own heart, No evil shall come upon you. (Jeremiah 23: 16-17)

As in Jeremiah’s day, our modern-day prophets speak of peace and prosperity. But if they were truly speaking for the Lord, they would be preaching of repentance from sin and faith toward God as becomes apparent below:

For who hath stood in the counsel of the LORD, and hath perceived and heard his word? who hath marked his word, and heard it? Behold, a whirlwind of the LORD is gone forth in fury, even a grievous whirlwind: it shall fall grievously upon the head of the wicked. The anger of the LORD shall not return, until he have executed, and till he have performed the thoughts of his heart: in the latter days ye shall consider it perfectly. I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran: I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied. But if they had stood in my counsel, and had caused my people to hear my words, then they should have turned them from their evil way, and from the evil of their doings. Am I a God at hand, saith the LORD, and not a God afar off? Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the LORD. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the LORD. I have heard what the prophets said, that prophesy lies in my name, saying, I have dreamed, I have dreamed. . . . Which think to cause my people to forget my name by their dreams which they tell every man to his neighbour, as their fathers have forgotten my name for Baal. (Jeremiah 23:18-25, 27)

The prophet Jeremiah concludes this passage with an urgent appeal to the shepherds of the land not to speak falsely but to proclaim the Word of the Lord. We have a powerful Gospel that needs to be proclaimed to an increasingly godless world, but the words of peace and prosperity we hear are only vanity, while God’s Word shall never return void:

The prophet that hath a dream, let him tell a dream; and he that hath my word, let him speak my word faithfully. What is the chaff to the wheat? saith the LORD. Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces? Therefore, behold, I am against the prophets, saith the LORD, that steal my words every one from his neighbour. (Jeremiah 23: 28-30)

While we have the Good Shepherd to follow—a Shepherd who is faithful and true—our own earthly shepherds and leaders should remember with soberness that leaders will be judged more strictly than others (James 3:1). It is a calling that should never be taken lightly.



Calvary Pastor Chris Quintana on KWVE Changes, CC Distinctives and ‘Non-Essentials’


The recent announcement that aberrant teacher Rick Warren will now be featured on Calvary Costa Mesa’s KWVE radio was met with shock and dismay by many in the Christian community. Social media lit up, as people spoke out about the direction of CCCM & KWVE.


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On Feb. 18th (2017), Chris Quintana, Sr. Pastor of CC Cypress wrote an out standing response to the situation on his Facebook page. I am reposting here: [see]

“It has been a couple weeks since programming changes at KWVE first came to light. I have been asked about it, and I’ve seen numerous posts regarding those changes. Many popular teachers are now gone and have been replaced by some whose addition is causing confusion on the part of those who at one time viewed the station as a trusted resource. It is a progression, as it would appear, and many have been watching changes slowly develop in the past few years.

Even before the passing of Pastor Chuck in October 2013 many questions began to be asked with regards to the direction Calvary Chapel would follow in his absence. It was clear, to the careful observer, that there were some who felt Calvary Chapel needed to change how it did some things, especially in its associations and a big tent seemed more to the liking of some. So we knew the what, and how, and even the extent of it was something only time would tell. I for one hoped we would continue as a fellowship of like-minded believers and that Calvary Chapel would be careful to follow Pastor Chuck’s distinctive lead in his absence. For many, nothing has changed, but for others a new direction is clearly underway.
As it pertains to this new direction, Pastor Chuck made clear to us pastors, repeatedly, that we were free to associate or disassociate as we saw fit, the decision was ultimately ours. The basis for our association was our agreed upon doctrinal distinctives. These are not exclusive to us, but they are distinctive to Calvary Chapel. Pastor Chuck put them into book form in case anyone was unclear on them and my affiliation as pastor was based on my affirming them.
Now let’s be clear, there are other related doctrinal views which branch from those big picture distinctives. One obvious example is our position on eschatology, something some within Calvary would say is a non-essential. I strongly disagree, and here is why. You view of end things forces you to take a position on how we interpret the Book of Revelation. It will force you to consider Israel as to its past, present and future. You will be forced to consider the timing of the awaited rapture of the church, assuming you have the correct view on the matter to begin with. It is no small matter, quite the opposite, the Calvary distinctive views should be clearly expressed and taught in our churches or the name means nothing.

For those who feel this is not significant I would ask you to consider what Paul wrote to the Thessalonians. If Paul began what is his most recognizable passage related to the rapture in 1 Thessalonians 4 by saying “But I do not want you to be ignorant” why would we allow people to be ignorant by claiming it’s a “minor” doctrine? Paul felt it worthy to be sure they knew, because at the time of his writing to them many were uninformed, and that needed to be addressed. If it were not a concern, as some tell us today, then didn’t Paul leave people in their ignorance?

So given all of that, it should go without saying when the radio station owned and operated by Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa (KWVE) tells their audience that eschatology and the gifts of The Holy Spirit are “minor doctrines” something in their focus and the honoring of what has made us a distinct fellowship of pastors and churches has changed.

From the website letter regarding the addition of Rick Warren to their schedule:“It is also important to note that not every teacher on KWVE shares the same doctrine as it relates to eschatology, the gifts of The Spirit, or other minor doctrinal matters”. I believe it begs another question, if we have the ability to reach millions through the radio, should not a consistent message be pursued? If the station is an owned entity of the church God built through Pastor Chuck, should what is taught through it reflect the doctrinal views of the church He pastored? As many view it, to do otherwise opens the door to confusion and projects a lack of conviction to our core doctrinal beliefs. My first thought upon reading the statement was; did Pastor Chuck consider those two doctrines to be “minor”? If he were still here, leading the movement, would things be on the course they currently follow at Costa Mesa and KWVE?

I consider the history of Cypress to the current controversy at Costa Mesa and KWVE, for some perspective. My pastor who had been here for 31 years went to be with The Lord on Father’s Day 2010. From that moment it never occurred to me that doctrinal matters he defended and taught could be changed to “minor” status, simply because he was no longer here. If the name on the building stayed the same, does it not stand to reason that what happens inside the ministry would remain unchanged as well? Should people know what to expect, based on the past? In my estimation, of course they should, or the name means nothing. Pastor Chuck was plenty gracious, but doctrinally he was consistent. When contrary doctrinal matters made their way into the movement, he addressed them. We know the history and it is the opposite of the current direction around some Calvary Chapel fellowships.

For those who think we should continue as we were then we should, by virtue of the name, affirm the doctrinal traditions of our founding. It is sad to see business decisions take precedent over our doctrinal distinctives. I know among the reasons for the purchase and operation of KWVE was to give a clear biblically sound alternative to the mess that was “Christian” radio in our area. There are those who view the station differently than the church, but I must ask if we are passionate about those distinctives personally, how does that not translate into public passion and support for them? Would we be comfortable having opposing views taught over our pulpits? If not why does that concern not translate to a much larger audience of a radio station? Compromising on doctrinal integrity because it is a radio station is to keep people ignorant, as Paul put it, instead of affirming truth.

I fully understand that many will disagree and that many others think people like me should hold our peace. However, since people see Calvary Chapel as the brand, if you will, why should we accept such fundamental changes to who and what we are? I do address these matters when they become so big they can’t be ignored since I receive volumes of questions regarding our church’s position, since we share the name. I believe there is a danger when we minimize the distinctives for some perceived unity, within Calvary Chapel and it is why there is a split in our one close fellowships. In my estimation it has the resulting effect of making us become less than we have been, historically speaking. Is this not a discussion worth having?”


Run For Your Life from False Teachers & Their Teachings!

Absolute MUST WATCH video – Run For Your Life from False Teachers –  Sermon by Carter Conlon : Senior Pastor of Times Square Church (founded by the late David Wilkerson). Video uses scenes from the 9/11 tragedy, but the message is far more serious – It concerns the eternal destiny of  souls!

The Fear of The Lord is to Hate All Evil!

Gospel Church

I must say at the outset here that this is not about any “holier than than thou” campaign. I am just another knucklehead trying to walk with The Lord, with the same faults and weakness as everyone else. Christians still stumble in many things, as sanctification is a process, in willing cooperation with The Holy Spirit. I must apply my convictions to myself first – for we are to examine ourselves to see if we are truly in the Faith [2Cor. 13:5].

Throughout Scripture we are exhorted to walk in holiness, “Without which no one will see the Lord” [Heb. 12:14] – We are exhorted to fear The Lord and to depart from evil. Yet these days if you talk about holiness and the fear of God with many who claim to be Christians, you are likely to immediately be labeled a fanatic or a “pharisee”. Why is that? First,  sadly, many who claim to be Christians are not genuine Christians. Though they may have repeated a prayer or been baptized, etc., they never truly understood the seriousness of sin, the holiness of God, and their position before a holy God. Hence, there was no genuine repentance, no fear of God and thus no genuine salvation.

No one can be “saved” unless they understand what they are being saved from – without a genuine understanding of what sin is, what it does – and WHY Christ had to die for us?

Secondly, many Christians haven’t crucified the flesh and it’s desires, but instead have allowed themselves to become gradually desensitized to evil and to sin, and thus to become gradually conformed to this world – to this evil age. They have become apathetic instead of watchful and prayerful. They have become undiscerning – as false gospels and cheap grace lure them into churches that are more than happy to accommodate, entertain them and take their money. These things are happening at an accelerating pace, ripening the church for the end-time apostasy.

Have we forgotten that a Christian is someone who is supposed to be Christ-like. Have we forgotten that “The fear of the LORD is to hate evil!” [Prov. 8:13]? We are exhorted to “Be imitators of God as dear children”, and we are warned: “Therefore do not be partakers with them! For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light… finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them!” [Eph. 5:7-11]

In most churches today, especially those in the emergent movement, holiness is minimized almost to the point of non-existence. I think many in the emergent/ neo-emergent movement – who think they can use the culture, fashions and fads of this world – even dressing, talking & acting like the fallen world, are making a serious mistake. Aside from the fact that there is NO Biblical precedent for this, what kind of witness is this? What is this telling people – that they can have the world and Christ too – That there is no need for holiness and separation from sin and evil? Is THIS the message of the Gospel?

We are moving rapidly into the end times, for “The mystery of lawlessness is already at work”. More people are being deceived, more churches are falling by the wayside all the time – and this will only increase, as “The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness!” – 2 Thes. 2:9-12

“Sad” is a word that doesn’t begin to describe what has happened, as many once solid churches have departed from the truth, being seduced by the desire for wealth, power and prestige. It is as the Apostle Peter predicted, that false teachers, “By covetousness will exploit you with deceptive words” [2Pet. 2:3] True believers need to stand on God’s Word – stand against the tide, and refuse to support corporate churches and ministries that are really only interested in expanding their own kingdoms. True believers need to stand on God’s Word like never before, and preach as Jesus did [Mark. 1:15 ] – that “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: REPENT AND BELIEVE the gospel”!