The Weight of Leadership

The priests did not say, ‘Where is the Lord?’
    Those who handle the law did not know me;
the shepherds transgressed against me;
    the prophets prophesied by Baal
    and went after things that do not profit.
Jeremiah 2:8

Pastors and spiritual leaders have a huge responsibility for their flock. While we are each individually accountable to God for our relationship with Him (see this post), leaders are held accountable to a greater degree (James 3:1).

The leaders of the Israelites did not take their role seriously. Instead of seeking after the Lord, they began to look into other religions and "things that do not profit." Sadly, many pastors and teachers today are guilty of the same.

In the pride of his face the wicked does not seek him; all his thoughts are, “There is no God.”
Psalm 10:4

Universalism was born out of exploring how to reconcile Christianity with other ideologies and religions instead of holding fast to God's Word. The idea that "all paths lead to God" is absolutely contrary to Scripture, which teaches there is only One God and One Way of Salvation - through Jesus Christ alone.

In some churches, the Gospel isn't preached. This is because people are uncomfortable with the hard truths of Scripture such as sin, suffering, the cross, and hell. Pastors have begun talking about "things that do not profit" because they are less controversial and leave the congregation with warm fuzzies.

I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book, and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.
Revelation 22:18-19

If you are in a leadership role at a church or Christian ministry, you have a weighty responsibility. Humble yourself before the Lord, seek His face, and plead with Him daily to keep you pure and help you to teach the Truth so you do not lead the flock astray.

If you are not a leader, you are responsible to lift up your pastors and teachers before the Lord (2 Thess. 3:1, 1 Timothy 2:1-3). Ask that God be present and working in their lives, that they humbly submit to His correction and sanctifying work, and that they always speak the truth in love. Pray that they would live above reproach and that God would protect them from the attacks of the enemy.

This is not a happy-go-lucky message. This is serious stuff. But if we each humble ourselves before the Lord and seek His face daily, we will experience the joy and freedom of walking in the Light. May we walk in the Light of His Word, so that we have nothing to hide and everything to enjoy!

Those who look to him are radiant,
    and their faces shall never be ashamed.
Psalm 34:5

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Hello! I'm Faith. I'm a verbal processor who wants to love the Lord and love people with all my heart, soul, mind and strength. I write to think and think to write. I don't drink coffee. I am a dogless dog lover. I enjoy hosting large parties in my home, and I enjoy being alone. Join me in looking to Him and pursuing A Radiant Face.


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