Know Your Leader
I just watched an Animal Planet show called “The Whale Wars” It follows the exploits of the Sea Shepards aboard the Steve Irwin.
The Sea shepards claim that international law prohibits Whaling in the Antarctic. The TV show makes this crew out to be heroes, but what is the truth? Let’s look at the specifics.
“Sea Shepherd bases its actions on enforcement of international maritime law under the United Nations World Charter for Nature; however, the organization has no official mandate or authorization to enforce any legislation. Sea Shepherd was deprived of its status as an International Whaling Commission observer after sinking Icelandic vessels in 1986. In 1994, IWC Secretary Ray Gambell stated “the IWC and all its members ardently condemn Sea Shepherd’s acts of terrorism”
So what? This is a great example of how important it is to understand who your leaders really are. Are they who say they are? Do they really represent who they claim to represent? Are they telling you the truth or just repeating lies? The Bible warning is so clear, if your leader is blind, you will both end up in a ditch! Let’s look at both passages.
NLT Matt 15;13 Jesus replied, “Every plant not planted by my heavenly Father will be uprooted, 14 so ignore them. They are blind guides leading the blind , and if one blind person guides another, they will both fall into a ditch .”
NLT Luke 6;39 Then Jesus gave the following illustration: “Can one blind person lead another? Won’t they both fall into a ditch ? 40 Students are not greater than their teacher. But the student who is fully trained will become like the teacher.
The Matthew passage warns us that those not planted by the father, those who are still seeking their own selfish desires, those who are living as residents in this world growing their followings are blind. The leaders who do good works with the humility that comes from wisdom [James 3;1-17], who follow Paul’s tentmaker servant slave preacher example[2 Peter 3;16] are good leaders. The second passage warns us that our leaders limit our growth.
If we follow the biblical mandate, following many pastor teachers, not honoring one leaders above the others, this is not a big problem. But in today’s fallen churches most follow an individual leader. If this man is blind, the poor followers fate is sealed!
The believers at today’s Lukewarm Churches have no idea that they are following Those ‘Whom God Knows Not’. The Biblical warning about Our Dangerous False Teachers is completely ignored. The don’t even seem to understand the biblical Commands Of The Lord. .
Our bibles are filled with warnings about these false teachers and vicous wolves. Take a quick look two passages that about being approved By God.
‘Teachers of the Law not having God’s Love – honoring each other but not honoring God
NLT John 5;39 “You search the Scriptures because you think they give you eternal life. But the Scriptures point to me! 40 Yet you refuse to come to me to receive this life. 41 “Your approval means nothing to me, 42 because I know you don’t have God’s love within you. 43 For I have come to you in my Father’s name, and you have rejected me. Yet if others come in their own name, you gladly welcome them. 44 No wonder you can’t believe! For you gladly honor each other, but you don’t care about the honor that comes from the one who alone is God.
NLT Gal 1;10 Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant. Pastoral Virus
I pray that we can seek the Holy Spirit, and turn from our people pleasing blind leaders, and seek only God’s approval.