Has your church got the real deal?

Nothing is more counter-productive & unfitting in a Christian leader than to try drawing a following by constantly blowing their own trumpet.  It is ugly, it is boring and ultimately it is far, far removed from Christ and the Cross.  Worst of all is, some of these Christian leaders get well paid to do it and have lifestyles which say little about who Christ was, and then they have the audacity to refer to what they do as a “calling”.  We may be fooled, but God will never be.  If you are one not doing the leading, but following, be sure it is Christ whom you follow, and that you are not seduced by the eloquence and charisma of a bogus leader.  The Christian Leader concept has become an elite, a private club, a source and grounds for discrimination within the Body of Christ.  There should be much repentance at this time in the body of Christ, but instead we are turning a blind eye to a system which seeks to empower a few so that they can rule over others’ spirituality and freedom, and just like the Pharisees in Biblical times, Christians find themselves yet again under the yoke of religiosity and false spirituality trying to live to the expectations of those who will only take notice of them and take their views into account when they speak their language and emulate their behaviours.

Please, please, please, if you are a Christian today and you are reading this, do everything you do as onto the Lord.  Seek His voice and follow it.  Volunteer in a ministry because your heart breaks for what takes place within it, lift up your hands in church because that is exactly how you would worship the Lord in the privacy of your home, answer an altar call because the Holy Spirit within you is drawing you to the front of the church to be ministered to and renewed, and not because the “influential” people within your congregation are looking.  Do not do these things because you feel such pressure from other Christians to do so, because you feel this is the hoop you need to go through in order for the church leaders to regard you as “one of them”, a “chosen one”.  Never forget that from the moment we accept Jesus Christ genuinely into our hearts, we are all called to be a ROYAL PRIESTHOOD, and that God has placed as much potential and gifting within you to do good works and produce fruit as the one who is standing on the pulpit, attending fancy conferences, travelling all over the world to preach and getting paid to do so.  I think it is fair to say that when it comes to Christianity one is never to be fooled by appearances.  Whilst someone may seem holy and anointed in the natural world, they may actually translate as someone very different in the spiritual world.  Be discerning, and above all pray with all your heart and soul, with commitment and dedication, so that the Lord will give you spiritual eyes to see things and people for who they really are.

For all those who are reading this, I pray this warning  becomes truth in their lives in the mighty name of Jesus who was and is the friend of sinners and whose heart was and is broken for the “lepers” of this society for whom many of today’s Christian leaders, immersed in the glory of their own accomplishments,  do not have the time or the inclination, or simply the heart to serve.  In the end, it all comes down to one thing:  should these leaders be taken out of their current circumstances and placed in an environment where what they do is completely unknown to the rest of the world, but known to God, would they still refer to themselves as a Christian Leader?  I believe only those who can last the distance in anonymity will become worthy leaders in the eyes of the Lord and may one day be used for the rest of the world to see and follow.

You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, that you may declare the wonderful deeds of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. Once you were no people but now you are God’s people; once you had not received God’s mercy but now you have received mercy. (1 Peter 2:9-10)

Advertisements

5 thoughts on “Has your church got the real deal?

  1. Sadly, is some cases the “church” has become more of an organization than an organism, more an institution than a ministry. I am glad there are still servant-leaders today although, I’m afraid, there numbers are rapidly diminishing. In the end, Jesus will stand as the only one worthy of any glory and the compeller, through His Spirit, of every work that pleases Him. May we all “fix our eyes upon Him” and not ourselves!!!

    Thanks for your passion. I know you are speaking “the truth in love”.

    Linden

    • Hi Linden,

      Thank you for your comment as always.

      I am not sure that servant leaders are diminishing. I think it is more a case of them working behind the scenes, without a name, a following or all the “noise” that surrounds the visible leaders. Because they do not draw attention to themselves, but the love of Christ, they will often go unnoticed, but in fact, the service they do is without a shadow of a doubt helping to “build the kingdom”.

      I pray for all those leaders today, that they continue to seek only the Lord in all that they do, and that in all they do they only seek to share of the love of Christ with those who have none.

      God bless them all!

  2. Oh how true are your words. This world encourages the pursuit of status; it seems it is more important to impress the world around us rather than the Lord. Only the humble will enter the kingdom of heaven we are told. Those that pursue status in this world can hardly claim to be humble and there will be an unpleasant reckoning for some. I agree the best way is to serve quietly and passionately in the background. Self promotion is a recipe for disaster.
    God bless your tireless work.

    • Dear Glenn,

      So good to hear from you and thank you for your encouraging comment.

      To have so many leaders within The Church itself who are so driven by wanting to make their ministry known to the world, their influence around them, is just not acceptable. It defiles God but it does not fool Him. Pride causes lethal blind spots in people, and there seem to be so many who are just carrying on under the guise of reaching the lost, but in reality they are only serving themselves by ensuring that others reach and follow them. The Bible does tell us that God will eventually grant the proud and stubborn the wishes of their heart, and that when someone continues to follow their own ways and will and not heed the warnings coming to them, it is in the end at their own peril. What I don’t get is, how can so many intelligent and supposedly wise and Christ-loving people be so blinded by their tunnel vision and self-centeredness? Perhaps their relationship with the Lord is not as authentic and real as they make others believe. Time will tell. It always does!

      • One thing is certain is that the light will penetrate the darkness and those deceiving will be seen for what they are. As to why supposedly mature Christians cannot see the folly of their actions is that the devil does a good job in deceiving them into thinking that the outcome is more important than the motive. Why shouldn’t you have your moment of fame, you have earned it? Our society’s culture encourages this desire to such an extent that makes it appear acceptable. Those of low self esteem are particularly vulnerable to falling into this trap.
        Keep up the thought provoking work.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s