Sunday, September 21st, 2014
Leadership (Part 2)
The leaders of this people cause them to err, and those who are led by them are destroyed.
Isaiah 9:16 (NKJV)
They are blind leaders of the blind.
Matthew 15:14 (NKJV)
Because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
1 John 4:1 (NKJV)
Such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery, they deceive the minds of naive people.
Romans 16:18 (NIV)
False prophets were a problem before Christ. Elijah faced 850 dirty dealers in front of King Ahab.* False prophets were a problem for Jesus. He faced Israel's power players throughout His ministry.* False prophets were a problem for early Christians.
Jude, the half-brother of Jesus, called them 'Spots in your love feasts... serving only themselves... Clouds without water, carried about by the winds... Raging waves of the sea, foaming up their own shame; Wandering stars for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever' (Jude 1:12-13);
'Late autumn trees without fruit, twice dead, pulled up by the roots' (v.12). In other words, they were dead before they knew Christ, and they would die again because they rejected Him. Even worse, they twisted His Words and led His lambs astray.
False prophets are a problem in our churches today. But how can we know them? Even Satan quoted Scripture and was brilliant enough to convince one-third of God's angels to follow him.
Jesus said, 'You will know them by their fruits' (Matthew 7:16). If fruit is the evidence of work, consider church leaders: Are they inwardly focused or outwardly bound? Raising mighty structures or lifting humble people? Hanging with their homies or reaching out to strangers? Dressing for success or covering the poor?**
If a church is a tree, Jesus cursed a beautiful tree without fruit.***
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Jesus said 'The hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in Spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him' (John 4:23).**** Not on famous mountains, nor in manmade temples.
Because God's Spirit cannot be contained. You are His priests. You are His temples. You are His church without a roof. Through media, you extend yourselves (and Him) to every nook and cranny of the earth. End times are here, and you are called to His movement.
Staying in one place is the opposite of going to all nations. Focusing on one person (even a famous prophet) is dangerous, unless that Prophet is Jesus.
To Be Continued...
* Consider Elijah's amazing contest and battle: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+kings+18&version=NKJV
* Jesus' most condemning Words in the Gospels: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=matthew+23&version=NKJV
** Matthew 25:31-46: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=matthew+25%3A31-46&version=NKJV
*** References and article regarding the cursed fig trees: http://www.gotquestions.org/curse-fig-tree.html
**** John 4:21-24: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+4%3A21-24&version=NKJV
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Leadership series.