By Roy Burner (Minister of the Gospel)
Leadership of today is in trouble because of many factions bringing turmoil and dissension into the picture. One man stated: I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people (Indira Gandhi).
It is a sad state of affairs when a country is under a dictatorial type leadership that seeks power; not the good of the people. One can normally identify with sound leadership of the past; but are we seeing the same today? Or are we seeing the flexing of muscles to contain the masses.
In a Constitutional Convention that was deadlocked in bitter political disunity, Benjamin Franklin rose and made a plea to the delegates: I have lived a long time and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth God governs in the affairs of men.
If a sparrow cannot fall on the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid? We have been assured in the Sacred Writings that except the Lord build the house they labor in vain that build it. I firmly believe this.
I therefore beg leave to move that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven, and its blessing in our deliberations, be held in this Assembly every morning before we proceed in business.
There are many heathen nations who scoff at seeking guidance from God because they serve other gods. There are once godly nations who are walking away from the very God who planted them as a nation, helped them through difficulties, who are depending now on their own strength rather than seeking God.
Abraham Lincoln stated: We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven; we have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity; we have grown in numbers, wealth, and power as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God.
We have forgotten the gracious hand that preserved us in peace; multiplied, enriched and strengthened us, and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these things were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own.
Scripture reveals: Righteousness exalts a nation: but sin is a reproach (or disgrace) to any people (Proverbs 14:34). Leadership of today plays an important role as to whether righteousness is in the forefront or not. It is difficult to place godly leadership in a nation whose morals has dissipated with evilness coming to the forefront.
The Lord, in speaking to the people, through the prophet Jeremiah said: The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule (or rule) by their means (or own power); and my people love to have it so: and what will you do in the end thereof (Jeremiah 5:31)?
It become a time of perverseness, adultery, spiritual and civil corruption, with the words: my people love to have it so. Leadership of today, through the demands of the people, make way for the sinfulness of man to rule rather than the righteousness of God.
Judah's spiritual leaders had taken flight of their responsibilities and given way to the evilness of man. Leadership of today, in many churches of the Western world, have walked away from the exaltation of God to the exaltation of man. They have allowed worldliness and tolerance to seep into the church; lacking the fortitude to right the wrong!
We are witnessing genealogy leadership of today. When a spiritual leader goes to his heavenly reward; oftentimes a son steps into that position. As saints of old depart; the upcoming younger generation often do not hold the same moral convictions, as a result the church does not progress in its former manner through a younger genealogy leadership. Such terms as sanctification, righteousness, and holiness are no longer utilized by the younger biblical leadership of today.
A worldly intrusion, rather than holiness standards based on God's Word, comes into existence. It is not only in the ministerial role but religious organizations, who previously stood for biblical religious values; no longer uphold such, because of the genealogy leadership of a younger generation.
One man stated: Success or failure often depends on one man (Louis D. Brandeis). A biblical example is when Moses went up to mount Sinai to commune with God, when the people saw that Moses had delayed to come down, they persuaded Aaron (the High Priest) to make a golden calf for the people to worship. Scripture reveals: And the Lord said to Moses, Go, get you down; for your people, which you brought out of the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves (Exodus 32:7).
The people failed to wait for their spiritual leader; resulting in breaking the First Commandment Moses was delivering to them, written by God's own hand: You shall have no other gods before me (Exodus 20:3). This demanded a exclusive covenant relationship with God!
The people were rebellious, satisfying their own idolatrous lust, with immoral sexual activities; practices of the pagan nations of their day. Many nations today allow the ungodliness of man to go unabated; with the leadership of today promoting such rather than dislodging its advancement.
Scripture gives a warning example of the fate of those who displeased God by allowing evil to manifest itself: Now these things were (or became) our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted. Neither be you idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play (1 Corinthians 10:6-7).
Neither let us commit fornication (or sexual immorality), as some of them committed, and fell in one day 23,000 (1 Corinthians 10:8). Now all these things happened to them for examples: and they are written for our admonition (or instruction), upon whom the ends of the world are come (1 Corinthians 10:11).
Scripture reveals: God spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly. And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes condemned them with an overthrow (or destruction), making them an example to those that after (or afterward) should live ungodly (2 Peter 2:5-6).
One man noted: The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him, in other men, the conviction and the will to carry on (Walter Lippmann). There has been a failing of such in the leadership of today due to the influx of worldliness invading the church in many Western nations; instead of carrying on, based on the Word of God, as that of past leadership.
In a poem entitled The Church Walking with the World (author unknown) are these words: The World said: Your preachers are all too old and plain. They frighten my children with dreadful tales that I do not like to hear. They talk of judgments, fire, pain, and the doom of the darkest night. They warn of a place that should not be thus spoken to ears polite.
I will send you some of a better stamp, more brilliant and fast, who will show how men may live as they please and go to heaven at last. So she called for pleasing, deemed gifted, and great, and learned; and the plain old men who had preached the cross were out of her pulpits turned.
This poem expresses the spiritual leadership of today that has succumbed to the worldliness of man rather than the righteousness of God; through a new generation of believers, who have allowed dust to collect on the biblical teachings of yesteryear. Spiritual leaders of the past revealed the Word of God in its fullness to inspire virtuous living; which we are seeing a decline of in the immoral society of today.
The apostle Paul wrote: As we said before, so say I again, If any man preach any other gospel to you than that you have received, let him be accused. For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ (Galatians 1:9-10).
A Bible commentary noted: This shows that the message, not the messenger is of utmost importance. To persuade men would be to court their favor or seek to please them by preaching to them what they want to hear not what they need to hear.
Paul said: For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; and shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned into fables (that which is fictitious) (2 Timothy 4:3-4).
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