Why Are There So Many Christian Leaders?

Why are there so many Christian leaders today when Jesus said there should only be one?

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2 Responses to Why Are There So Many Christian Leaders?

  1. SHARAT BABU says:

    Thank you so much for this blessed message. Your brother Babu.

    On 1/12/14, A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom

  2. Susanne Schuberth (Germany) says:

    What an inspiring question, Mike.

    Hopefully, I won’t post too many correction comments here as your post with Kierkegaard’s quote, ” Nothing is more dangerous to true Christianity than to get men to assume lightmindedly the name of Christian” (Current Events in Light of the Kingdom of God) was forced to take. ;)

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    Well, “Why are there so many Christian leaders today when Jesus said there should only be one?”
    The Bible displayed the beginning of today’s church leader complexity for example there:

    “And they said to one another, “Let us choose a leader and go back to Egypt.”” (Nm 14:4)

    Reading the Old Testament, it often sounds as if the people of Israel rebelled again and again because they pined after returning into slavery, for it is written,

    “And the whole congregation of the people of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness, and the people of Israel said to them, “Would that we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the meat pots and ate bread to the full, for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.” Then the Lord said to Moses, “Behold, I am about to rain bread from heaven for you, and the people shall go out and gather a day’s portion every day, that I may test them, whether they will walk in my law or not.” (Ex 16:2-4)

    Didn’t they have ears which could hear the Lord’s voice? The Lord promised to rain bread from heaven (Christ, that is). The wilderness was only a test. It was not meant to be a life-long journey as one might think perhaps. We can hardly imagine how sad God must have been about the unbelief of His people.

    “And the Lord said to Moses, “How long will this people despise me? And how long will they not believe in me, in spite of all the signs that I have done among them?” (Nm 14:11)

    Jeremiah expressed the problem bluntly,

    “You brought your people Israel out of the land of Egypt with signs and wonders, with a strong hand and outstretched arm, and with great terror. And you gave them this land, which you swore to their fathers to give them, a land flowing with milk and honey. And they entered and took possession of it. But they did not obey your voice or walk in your law. They did nothing of all you commanded them to do. Therefore you have made all this disaster come upon them.” (Jer 32:21-23)

    DISOBEDIENCE toward God’s Holy Law (*), which is spiritual (Rom 7:14), was the reason for disaster in their life.
    Didn’t they all receive the “land flowing with milk and honey”, i.e., Life in the Spirit by seeing and entering the invisible Kingdom of God (in NC spiritual terms, so to speak – cf. Jn 3:3-5)? However, they had become law-breakers.

    Could the matter get worse than that? Oh, yes. And how!! We read,

    “Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah and said to him, “Behold, you are old and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now appoint for us a king to judge us like all the nations.” But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, “Give us a king to judge us.” And Samuel prayed to the Lord. And the Lord said to Samuel, “Obey the voice of the people in all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me from being king over them. ”” (1 Sm 8:4-7)

    Ouch! :cry:
    The LORD said, “They have rejected ME from being king over them.” Didn’t they know how much our Lord and God was grieved by their ongoing provocative demands?
    Our Lord is LOVE!!!
    HE alone is able to give us EVERYTHING we might ever need. Do we trust in Him?

    “Really?”

    Or do we rather trust in Christian leaders, pastors, priests, the pope, famous Christian preachers, prophets, authors, or whomever…..?

    People of spiritual Israel, aka Christianity, it is time to return to Him. TODAY.

    ““To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: ‘The words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand, who walks among the seven golden lampstands. “I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear with those who are evil, but have tested those who call themselves apostles and are not, and found them to be false. I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for my name’s sake, and you have not grown weary. But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent. Yet this you have: you hate the works of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.’” (Rev 2:1-7)

    Amen.

    “Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all.” (2 Thes 3:16)

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    (*) As for God’s/Christ’s law in our time, I posted a poem over there on Tullian Tchividjian’s blog, see http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/tullian/2014/01/10/antinomianism-legalism-and-the-relationship-between-law-and-gospel/?comments#comments

    Thank you, Mike.

    Susanne

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