Thursday, 24 December 2020
“And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ” – Ephesians 4:11-13
GOD has placed in the church spiritual leaders to help fulfill the purpose of His kingdom. They shepherd, guide, and offer teachings to the body of Christ. The message on obedience to authority/leadership is one that is very sensitive to most Christians. It’s becoming harder by the day to trust those regarded as “spiritual leaders” because of the charlatans that have flooded the globe. More and more people are becoming concerned with the teachings of obedience to spiritual leaders because it has led to spiritual abuse, controlling church leadership, and spiritual shipwreck. People have been used, abused, and manipulated by their men of God to a point that they have completely lost a sense of respect for spiritual order and principles. This is all the work of the devil to mess with the Kingdom order, to remove the focus of man from what obedience to spiritual leaders is actually intended for.
Obedience to spiritual authority and leadership has nothing to do with man but everything to do with GOD. We are not following man or dealing with man, but rather we are dealing with GOD and coming under His direction. However, He has chosen to work through man, and we cannot change that. All submission and obedience are unto GOD, not the men we think we are submitting to. Failing to submit to a spiritual leader is failure to submit to GOD. Don’t let the devil fool you, nothing you do is unto man so make it a point that you are always in right standing with your spiritual leader. It’s for your growth and benefit.
All submission and obedience are unto GOD, not the men we think we are submitting to and failing to submit to a spiritual leader is failure to submit to GOD