By Roy Burner - Minister of the Gospel
Leadership of today is in trouble because of many factions within a country 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 leadership that seeks power; not the good of the people. One can normally identify sound leadership of the past; but are we seeing the same today? Or are we seeing the flexing of muscles to contain the masses. (Comment)
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 - including self. There are once godly nations who are walking away from the very God who planted them as a nation, helped them through difficulties, that are now depending 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 and multiplies and 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.
Righteousness exalts a nation but sin is a reproach (Proverbs 15:34). Leadership of today should play 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 overtaking.
Scripture reveals a time of perverseness, adultery, spiritual and civil corruption, with the words: My people love to have it so (Jeremiah 5:31). Leadership of today, through the demands of the people, make way for the sinfulness of man to rule rather than the righteousness of God.
The prophets prophesy falsely and the priests rule by their own power. 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 Western nations, 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 weigh against it.
We are witnessing genealogy leadership of today. When a spiritual leader goes on to his heavenly reward the son steps into that position but not with the same standing.
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 the younger genealogy leadership. Such terms as sanctification, righteousness, and holiness are no longer in the forefront of the biblical leadership of today as a younger generation of believers come to the forefront.
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 genealogy leadership of a younger generation.
One man stated: Success or failure 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. God said to Moses, get you down; for your people 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).
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 such to go unabated; with the leadership of today, promoting such rather than attempt to discourage its advancement.
Scripture reveals the fate of those who displeased God by allowing ungodliness to manifest itself: That many were overthrown as an example that we should not lust after evil things, as they lusted. Neither be idolaters, as were some of them. Neither commit sexual immorality, as some of them committed. All these things happened to them for examples and are written for our instruction (1 Corinthians 10:5-11).
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. Turned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes condemned them to destruction, making them an example to those that afterward should live ungodly (2 Peter 2:5-6).
Many shall follow their destructive ways; and through covetousness shall they with deceptive words exploit you; whose judgment now of a long time has not been idle, and their destruction slumbers not (2 Peter 2:2-3).
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 the traditions, based on the Word of God, 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 biblically 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 in the immoral society of today.
The apostle Paul wrote: There be some that trouble you, and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. If any man preach any other gospel than that you have received, let him be accursed. Do I persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? If I pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ (Galatians 1:7-10).
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 spoke of a time when one will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned into fables (or that which is fictitious). To preach the Word; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long-suffering and doctrine (2 Timothy 4:2-4).
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Product of the world are those who have become addicted to sin and wickedness through various means available.
A coming out! A day of reckoning; past offenses being revealed, with many being called to task for former abuses, with a new found freedom not formerly granted.
The wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold (or suppress) the truth in unrighteousness.
Ungodly persuasion has been on a upswing; with open reign towards exploiting the ungodliness of man, opposing any who would attempt to countermand.