KNOWING GOD FOR YOURSELF DOES NOT MEAN YOU DON'T NEED A LEADER
I wouldn’t be me if I did not acknowledge my absence. So, yes it has been a while since my last entry. But I have not ceased in my work and seeking the Lord.
I woke up this morning with something on my heart to share. This is a blog for disciples, the students of God. In that, it is my desire that you grow healthy in the Lord. There are a lot of people who are teaching false doctrine and I do not want you ignorant.
There is a certain type of false teaching that has been around, and I am finding that more and more people are receiving, practicing, and even teaching this to others.
This teaching is encouraging people to leave their leadership and instilling the idea that if we have God, we have no need for other people to teach or lead us. This is a lie and a doctrine of men of devils (1 Timothy 4:1).
I know that this is strong language, but I cannot stress to you how wrong this is according to the Word of God. Indeed, there have been spiritual leaders who have abused their authority and power, but that does not nullify the authorized office of leadership, instituted by God. A determination like this is like saying that all men are unfaithful because one man committed adultery.
This movement of false doctrine is fueled by people who have been offended and in turn, have become rebellious. They then find those of a similar situation and draw them unto themselves. Hypocritically, they build a following for themselves performing the role of the same office they condemn.
I encourage every person to build a personal relationship with God. Every believer has access to the Father because of Jesus. However, that access and relationship will never overturn the order of God. The church was instituted by God, and the Spirit chooses those who will lead.
SO, WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT THIS?
If God were against pastors or leaders, why would the Holy Spirit select some to operate in this capacity? Understand that not all people are chosen to lead. So, there is not a leader in every person.
Ephesians 4:10-12 King James Version (KJV)
10 He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.
11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
Pay close attention to the word “some.” This is a clear indication that not all believers occupy a place of leadership in the body. Some will mature to leadership and others will follow.
Romans 12:4-8 King James Version (KJV)
4 For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office:
5 So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;
7 Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching;
8 Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.
The word of emphasis in this passage is “ruleth.” This is proof that there are people chosen within the body to rule. They have been graced by God to lead His people in a path that will help them inherit eternal life.
WE ARE INSTRUCTED TO OBEY LEADERS
The people who fuel this movement are those who despise following any instructions; they want to be able to come into a place and have free reign to do what they want. These people don’t want to be held accountable for their mistakes or be told they are wrong.
They also believe that “rebuke” or correction should not be exercised, though the Word clearly says otherwise (Titus 1:13). Chastisement is a sign of sonship (Hebrews 12:7).
At times people really make me laugh because they will call for obedience in their businesses and households but criticize obedience to spiritual leaders. The Bible says obey those that have rule over you (1 Peter 2: 13). As a believer, obedience is not only designated for the church but unto anyone who has authority. (Unless it is a call to disobey God) Then disobedience is warranted; Daniel and the three Hebrew boys are great examples of this.
SO, WHAT ABOUT GOD?
Paul, a leader, said in 1 Corinthians 3:9 that “we,” meaning other workers of the Kingdom, are “co-laborers” with God. This means that a true leader is not saying that they are God; or even near God. They are working with God to aide others in the path of salvation. A real leader understands the head of the Church is none other than Jesus Christ, and that the position they occupy is one of great honor and responsibility. They understand that they haven’t been called to be served, but to serve.
Knowing God for yourself does not exempt any person from the need of a teacher and pastor. Every child born (without complications) into this world is capable of breathing on their own; however, they still need a parent to feed, nurture, love, discipline, protect, teach, and guide them until they are of age to care for themselves. Yet even in their adulthood, their parents remain their parents, checking on them, praying for them, and if necessary, taking care of them. The job is the same for a spiritual parent.
Following this doctrine that encourages you to forsake leadership, is like being a child who runs away from home. Sadly, we see the heartbreaking outcomes this can bring. Likewise, spiritually, I want to prevent anyone of you or someone you may know from being a runaway.
No parent is the same; some are stricter than others. But if they follow the law of Christ, I see no wrong. There were times as a child I didn’t understand the good of my parent. It wasn’t until I grew up and became a mother, that I could appreciate how I was raised.
Beloved, I highly recommend that as we are in a delicate time, that you read the Word of God for yourself. Do not believe people because they have a title or following. Rather, test their doctrine according to The Gospel of Jesus Christ. The two must match. For an article about avoiding false doctrine, check out my article in Team Jesus Magazine.
I love you all.