So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers.
Many Christian leaders today are self-appointed and have no anointing. Why is this the case? We automatically think that because someone goes to Bible College (seminary school) and has been ordained by the church, that this means they are officially a pastor, teacher or preacher. But is this really true?
Those who are more moved by human power and authority rather than God’s, will blindly follow men down the path of destruction because they refuse to listen to the Holy Spirit and acknowledge the fundamental truths of Christianity taught in the Word.
God is the one who gives us our gifts (1 Corinthians 12) and has prepared work ahead of us (Ephesians 2:10). We can’t choose to be a hand if we were created to be a foot, and likewise the opposite. We can’t simply choose to become a pastor because daddy wants to retire and we would prefer to keep the empire in the family. Selfish desires and ambitions are put above God’s will today, and we are paying the price for it. We have pulpits full of false prophets who are man-ordained and are full of greed and every kind of evil. Unfortunately, because people have itching ears, the wicked seem to prosper—at least for a season.
The offices that God has chosen and those who are to fulfil those offices are not to be taken lightly without thought. Every role in the church is important, and these roles must be filled by those chosen to fill them.
False preachers continue to preach that we should follow our heart’s desires and our dreams. So the one who wants to be a famous singer, ends up leading the church in worship. The pastor who wants to be the next Joel Osteen and become rich, goes to Bible College in order to live his best life now. The cool kid wants to lead youth because all these young people look up to him and admire his moves. Suddenly, church is about realising your full potential and the church are ‘purpose-driven’ rather than Holy Spirit-led. A church who does not bow their knee to God’s will, but their own agendas.
So are the church being built up in the midst of all this ambition and self gratification? No, because they have not been chosen by God and therefore they are there to serve their own agenda. Can you imagine being at a church where the pastor and its leaders have not been called by God? If they haven’t been called by God, then they are not serving God, and if this is the case, then where are they leading the flock? Instead of a Holy Spirit-filled church, we have a church full of vanity, which leads to death. Would you want to have life-saving surgery by a surgeon who was born with a shaky hand but a love of money?
Let us fear the Lord, because it is the beginning of wisdom. Let us allow God to reign in all matters of church and our own lives.
‘The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction’.
— By Judah Ayling