I thought about this hard and long, before I decided to post about it. I already know that a lot of preacher’s or religiousleader’s as we call them, have a problem when it come’s to calling out “fellow religious leaders.” But the question is; should they? If every Christian and religious leader believes in God and in the Word, then why would any professed religious leader, be reluctant to set a “scripture supported” record straight? Believe it or not, speaking out or against any religious leader today, can lead to verbal assault or unwarranted anger, between both or all party’s involved. Even though God’s commands are very cut and dry, regardless of whether or not one believes them to be literal or not, they are what they are. Yet, these same leader’s utilize entire sermons in God’s pulpit, defending things that are flesh inspired and amount to no more than trying to prove false doctrine.
How can church leader’s spend 1-3 hours talking about stuff that has absolutely nothing to do with salvation, how to walk with God or when to ask for forgiveness for your sins. Even more important; Why are so many preachers reluctant to admit when a fellow church leader blatantly sin. We learn from each others sins. In essence, how can a man or woman of God be afraid to discuss man’s errors in his ways, when those errors put the salvation of follower’s at risk?
And to make matters worse, some even take time out to explain why you should forgive a church leader whose in error; and unlike Bible scripture, modern church leaders always fail to focus on the specifics of an error. This is a spiritual injustice to God’s people. It’s like church leader’s are intentionally hiding things from the people they lead. Somehow they find it easier to just act like it never happened. But, real Christian’s want truth. They don’t want to be coerced into tolerating and ignoring inexcusable behavior from church leaders, simply because they hold powerful or important positions.
We’ve got a lot of people out here who are broken, biased, confused, but still determined to lead. And brokenness alone does not make a religious leader useless. However, biased beliefs and transgressions that weaken one’s ability to lead and tarnish his or her character, can and call for righteous intervention.
Changing God’s Word to suit man-to-man situations is not what God intended. Real men and women stand up for what’s right and take action to correct that which is wrong. When people allow behavior that’s unacceptable in God’s sight, they also encourage it. When we fail to do what’s right, we lose the Lord‘s favor. Contrary to popular belief, good deeds alone are not enough. To even suggest that a person is good, simply because he or she does good, is dangerous. It’s risky business because God is the only one capable of discerning the heart. He looks deep down inside and determines whether the good was came from good.
God expects leaders and follower’s alike to sacrifice, give up something valuable, expecting nothing in return. When you sacrifice something, you know when it’s gone, because it meant a lot to you, which means it meant even more to Christ. God doesn’t want anything from us, that don’t mean nothing to us. He expects man to respond appropriately to spiritual transgressions that hurt other people. Church leaders and followers have to put pride aside.
He hates pride. Pro. 8:13; 11:2; 16:5; 18-19.
God expects us to put our relationship with him above all other relationships. When we do, he puts us first. Too much pride won’t allow you to do that. Instead, it causes you to eventually stumble and fall.
From the Sermon Note Book; http://www.sermonnotebook.org/old%20testament/2%20Chronicles%207_14.htm
Here are the evidences of pride in a life: Recognize any of them in yours?
1. Pride refuses to listen, it always interrupts others.
2. Pride likes to talk about itself all the time.
3. Pride has an intense desire to be noticed.
4. Pride believes that it deserves everything it gets.
5. Pride is not thankful.
6. Pride cannot be corrected.
7. Pride does not like to follow instructions.
8. Pride exalts itself in the presence of others; it brags.
9. Pride criticizes and tries to makes itself look better by putting others down.
10. Pride thinks of its own needs first.
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