The Good Book says . . . “For we have found this man a pestilent fellow, and a mover of sedition among all the Jews throughout the world, and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes.” (Acts 24:5)
pestilent — Modification of Middle French “empesterer,” to hobble, embarrass; from (assumed) Vulgar Latin “impastoriare,” from Latin “in-+(assumed) Vulgar Latin pastoria,” hobble, from Latin “pastor,” herdsman —more at PASTOR. Meaning is to harass with petty irritations, annoy.
I sure hope I don’t fall in to this category!
Now you can understand why some cranky people say, “Quit pestering me!” Church leaders are just trying to do what God has called them to be: a guide, a shepherd, a protector. The five-fold ministry (of apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers) that God has given the church is perhaps the best “pesticide” this side of Heaven against “all the wiles of the devil.”
Eeeek! R A I D!