When we are considering Godly Leadership, whether it be ourselves or others, we always need to go to the scripture to weigh the teachings.
Like the people of Berea in Acts 17, we need to be diligent and search the scriptures to see if what we or they are teaching is true!
Hebrews 13 (KJV)
1 Let brotherly love continue.
2 Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.
3 Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.
4 Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.
5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.
7 Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.
8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
The verse we want to concentrate on here is verse 7. Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.
This verse from the writer instructs the followers of Jesus to look to their leaders for instruction and guidance. Remember them which have the rule over you does not imply slavery but willful obedience in the body of Christ.
He goes on to say, “Who have spoken to unto you the word of God”.
How important a task, to speak the word of God to people without bias or preference. To acknowledge the truth in any and all surroundings or places you might find yourself.
These are the tried ones who have gone through the trials of life and learned the patience of God.
I was told on more than one occasion by a former minister to never ask for patience because tribulation wortketh patience, Romans 5:3. This is so taken out of context and unbiblical! People hear cliches and grab onto them and speak them as truth! How sad, when pastors teach this kind of thing.
The scripture teaches us to endure tribulation,
Hebrews 10:36 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.
Lets look at some of the scripture dealing with Christian leadership.
Hebrews: 17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.
1 Timothy 5:17 (KJV)
17 Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.
1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 (KJV)
12 And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you;
13 And to esteem them very highly in love for their work's sake. And be at peace among yourselves.
1 Peter 5:5 (KJV)
5 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.
Proverbs 11:14 (KJV)
14 Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety. (A counsellor is a wise person who would be considered an elder among the congregation.)
One who is in a place of Godly leadership should know he is in a place of looking out for the fellow christian as one who is going to give an account their soul and for how he teaches others and how he relates the word of God to them for he will surely be held to account for his teachings.
There is also a responsibility for those who are the hearers of the word being taught. This responsibility is found in the last part of the verse in Hebrews 13:7 listed above. “considering the end of their conversation”.
When you start following someones teaching, be sure you look into their living as well as their teachings. There are many who teach partial truths to appease those who might tolerate some error, but their intent is to deceive.
Satan has ministers in your pulpits as well as the Lord. Just because it cries out Lord, Lord or prays a fancy prayer does not make it a minister of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Just because it quotes scripture and has catchy cliches does not make it a minister of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Just because it has been to a seminary and been taught all man knows and has it’s papers (Only good for starting a fire) does not make it a minister of our Lord Jesus Christ.
It can dress nice, look nice, smell nice, drive a fancy car, have a great following and anything else that might garner a worldly following but if it does not have the Spirit of Truth, the Spirit of the Lord God, it is useless to His body, the Church!
Remember in the previous chapter of Hebrews (12) the writer speaks of those who wait on the earthly altar and those who have their alter in heaven? Many leaders alters are still right here in this earth! Beware of them at all cost!
Now go read and study to find out what this means!
We understand that we are to look into the end of the conversations and to look into the perfect law of liberty as well. What are the end results of what they or we teach? What are the far reaching results of this teaching? What is the sum of the whole teaching?
How will this teaching affect us in our worship of a holy God? How will it guide us in our pursuit of holiness and sanctification?
Consider the end of it’s conversation! what does it teach and do? Does the teaching glorify God and give honor to the Son? Does the lifestyle give Glory to God and honor the Son?
If it doesn’t glorify God and honor the Son, it isn’t of God!
Be a follower of Jesus and the scripture. Follow holiness and godliness, without this we will never see God!
Ephesians 4:14 (KJV)
14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
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