Humans in this age are influenced by many leaders either it is politics, education, religion and etc. We, of course, need leaders, because they have bought great changes to the world in their leadership, if we have to take some good example of leadership then we must remember the name like Mahatma Gandhi, Abraham Lincon, Nelson Mandela and so on. On the other side, this world has witnessed some bad leaders as well; we know their names very well like Hitler, Saddam, and Osama bin Ladin and so on.
Good leaders bought great impact through their good leadership and bad leaders have bought destruction, envy, terrorism and so on to this world. So Leadership matters.
There is one excellent quote by one of the greatest leaders Emperor Alexander the Great. He one time said, “I am not frightened of soldiers of lions direct by a sheep; I am scared of forces of sheep steer by a Lion”. What a powerful statement about leadership.
WHAT DOES ACTUALLY LEADERSHIP DO?
Capable headship is not on the subject of creating speeches or well-liked; headship is definite by the outcome, not attributes. So the real leadership will bring the best out of you and it will cherish your potentiality.
A good leader will lead you a goal and he will put on his full effort on you to make it achievable. Yes, leadership does matter. If we are led by wrong leaders our future will be in darkness.
WHAT IS THE BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVE ABOUT LEADERSHIP?
Bible strongly supports and encourages good leadership. “Mathew 28:19, clearly say “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations”. Jesus is commanding his disciples about making disciples in the other context he was saying please go and do leadership because the world needs it. But the question arises our leadership and disciples making is for whom? For Jesus or our self-boasting. Whatever we do it should be for Christ our Lord. But it is painful to see some of the Christian leaders these days are misleading people, taking benefits of their wealth and position and so on. They became self-proclaimed God, and people are following them instead of our true leader Jesus.
HOW MANY LEADERSHIP IS ALLOWED IN BIBLE?
The bible talks about five leadership which is appointed for the kingdom of God. They are called as (Ephesians 4:11)
(1) APOSTLES (2) PROPHETS (3) EVANGELIST (4) PASTORS (5) TEACHERS
These are the leaders appointed by God for his kingdom and they do hold a responsible and honorable position but their position, honor is not above God’s honor and position. They must be considered as leaders, not God. I have seen many people who are giving so much of honor to Human leaders but when God come the same honor never reflect in their life.
Bible clearly says about honoring God, not humans. We will discuss these matters in the next article.
WHY THESE LEADERS ARE APPOINTED?
The purpose of their appointment is very simple and profound that is “Equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ”(Ephesians 4:12).
They are appointed to edify the body of Christ which is the church. And it is compulsory that the foundation of the church must be laid in the profound doctrine from the Word of God. No is allowed to build on his own thoughts and perspectives. Because the foundation of the church is built on “Teaching of the Apostles” and they taught it from the scripture.
But it is very painful to see that many leaders are of this age is building the church from their own doctrines and theology which never matches the truth of the Word of God. We will discuss these matters below
WHAT ARE CULT TEACHING AND HOW THEY IMPACT OUR LIFE?
There are many ways to identify the cult teachings; I will give a few major filters to identify the cult teaching.
1) TRAIN YOURSELF WITH ORIGINAL
I was a banker and while I was working in the bank we used to have lots of responsibilities on our shoulder especially when it comes to detecting fake currency. In banks these days they are using fake currencies detecting machines because they are made in such a beautiful way and it is hard to identify but in our time we used to do it with bare hands and eyes.
We used to get strong training regarding fake currencies; we were trained in such a way that our bare eyes could easily detect the fake one in the midst of the original.
When we used to send for the training bank never allowed us to do training on fake currency notes, they always give us original currency printed by the Indian government. We used to train in the original currency and that training helped us in identifying the fake ones.
In the same manner, start training yourself in the original scripture which is a bible and you will easily identify the cult in the time period. Maybe in the initial time, you won’t be but in the long run, you will. Keep practicing.
2) THE CULT NEVER PREACH SALVATION, HOLINESS AND SECOND COMING OF JESUS
When we read the scriptures it always emphasizes the Salvation, holiness and the second coming of Jesus Christ. The main message which the bible gives is the above three.
SALVATION THROUGH THE BLOOD OF JESUS, HOLINESS AND THE SECOND COMING OF JESUS CHRIST.
The cult will never preach about these things. They will always preach about blessings, healings, breakthroughs, curse breaking, fake miracles, Giving and another motivational preaching.
In short, they preach what people want not what Jesus wants. They are the AARON of the Kingdom of God, and they do what people want.
Aaron was the brother of Moses; both of them were called to lead God’s own people from Egypt to Promised Land. They both led his people from Egypt but in the Journey, something happened.
At the mount of Sinai, Moses was called to God’s presence so that he must be handed over with the tablets of ten commands and Moses obeyed the calling of God and went to his presence but Aaron was at the valley of Sinai with Gods people and people asked him to make a God for them.
Moses on the other side was sitting in the presence of the Lord and taking laws and promises from God and on the other side, Aaron was ready to make a Golden calf for people because people told him to do so and he made it as per their demands.
This is happening in this age also; one side of our Christian leadership is sitting and crying to the lord for promises, Grace, forgiveness, Mercies, blessings and so on and on the other side so-called self-made leaders are twisting theologies, word of God, Doctrines, Truth of God because people don’t want it, and these so-called preachers and leaders are making golden calf as per their requirements.
SHAME ON THEM. REPENT AND COME BACK SO THAT THE MERCY OF THE LORD FALLS UPON YOU.
I humbly request all of my readers please don’t follow fake leaders because they will land you in hell with them, start practicing in Good notes so that you must identify the cult.