The hypocrisy of a self-professed religious leader/Part 1
Before we can look into some specific examples of those who have risen into apparent positions of religious leadership, we do well to first consider the manner in which such leadership is exercized and whether a need exists for that form of leadership within the framework of what God Himself considers to be His spiritual family.
Although the history of both the religious institutions and their former and current leaders would greatly enhance this particular study, obviously we cannot address all of that in this limited space. Instead, we will simply note what the Bible shows to be proper leadership and what man has done to both circumvent and prevent that from occuring.
The framework of proper leadership
Every type of leadership in this world resides within the framework of a particular entity, the entity itself being governed and controlled by those who created it. For example, if you decide to start your own business, you make the primary decisions or have the right and power to designate who will and won't do what. In contrast, if you merely work for a particular organization instead of owning it, you can only exercize ownership or leadership responsibilities as delegated by your superiors. You can only lead in the place and in the manner they say and designate. Your freedom to lead is restricted by the guidelines set in place by the owners of the particular entity. This is true regardless of whether the entity is man made or whether heavenly in nature. The owner and creator of something is ultimately the arbitrator of how leadership will be performed.
Within a family unit, the parents would be considered the leaders. That is also because they have responsibilities that the children do not, responsibilities that if neglected result in adverse consequences for the entire family. That said, leadership in families differs significantly from leadership within business or government. More on that later.
The framework of hierarchal leadership
Every entity within this world system is operated and controlled by using a top down hierarchy. Whether it is various forms of government, the militaries of those nations, individual businesses, non-profit organizations or any other formally orchestrated entity, every one uses this type of authority. Just about everyone on planet earth is familiar with the manner in which this type of authority is exercized. It is everywhere around us. If you have ever applied for a job, held a job, attempted to buy a car or needed a resolution to a problem than you have experienced some level of hierarchy.
Top down hierarchy is simple. It basically appears as a pyramid with one person at the top and the other people dispersed throughout the pyramid. The higher up in the pyramid you are the more authority you exercise, the more delegated authority you possess. That authority is primarily for making decisions within the framework of your section of the pyramid where you work/reside. It is considered top down authority because you have authority over anyone in the pyramid who is below you within it. The authority you possess was earned and must continue to be earned in order to retain it. You must faithfully carry out the demands of the one above you who gave you authority or you will no longer be welcome to exercise it. The authority you temporarily possess is exercized from a title and a position you possess within a particular pyramid only, it does not exist within any other pyramid. Each pyramid has its own owners or rulers who decide who will exercize authority, how it will be exercized and upon whom. The owners of an entity have absolute control over what they themselves have created.
The reason for hierarchies
God allows hierarchies for one simple reason, man is sinful and without some framework wherein man's sinful nature could be controlled chaos would result. Man cannot be trusted to do what is right or just, he must be placed within some form of restraint which keeps him in check. These hierarchies vary one from another, some being more or less benevolent while others cruel and merciless. Nonetheless they exist as a necessity due to the selfish nature of man which would naturally take everything he could obtain to his own destruction. A perfect example would be the uncontrolled looting by the masses after hurricane Katrina or in Vancouver BC after the 2011 Vancouver hockey team botched the Stanley Cup finals. It is true that these are extreme examples of a minority of people apparantly out of control. Nonetheless, consider what might occur when a nations economy collapses entirely. Just how many people will remain calm and within the boundaries of the established laws? Exactly, none but for the grace of God. When human beings believe they have not received what they are due or need on a given occasion, their true selves are displayed for all to see. The more that the majority of a population leans toward or acts out inappropriate behavior, the easier it is for individuals to justify their own sinful actions and the more they will.
The framework of Biblical leadership
In our Bibles we find the mother of two of Jesus' disciples asking Him:
"Command that in Your kingdom these two sons of mine may sit one on Your right and one on Your left." But Jesus answered, "You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink?" [Matthew 20:20-23]
The question above he posed to the two disciples who likely had no idea what it really meant to drink from the cup of Jesus' sufferings despite their confidence in saying they were able to do it. Well, they got at least one of their desires. They were to suffer in the likes of their Lord. Notice that despite the mother originally asking Jesus the question, Jesus directed His answer toward them. (as if it was their own selfish request posed through their mother).
Overhearing the conversation, the ten remaining disciples became indignant with the two brothers. ????? But Jesus called them to Himself and said, "You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them. It is not this way among you, but whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave; just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many." [Matthew 20:24-28]
What can we discern from this exchange?
- The original request for special privileges for themselves was wrong.
- They self-confidently equated their own abilities with Jesus' (they did not know they were asking to share in His sufferings), nevertheless they would.
- They thought they could earn by their own efforts the positions they desired.
- The other disciples were apparantly jealous that these two were going to share Jesus' cup (envious of that for which they also didn't understand)
- Jesus said to His disciples, "You know" because they understood the manner the gentiles exercised authority and wanted to remind them of that.
- Jesus tells them, "It is not (or will not be) this way among you" – that is, you are not to lord it over one another.
- Jesus uses the Gentiles example of lording it over others to contrast His manner of proper leadership- the first shall be servants and slaves.
- Jesus uses Himself as the ultimate example, He served and was going to give His life as a ransom for many.
It comes as no real suprise that the disciples then thought they could earn a special position and authority near Jesus. "You know" proves these disciples were well aware of what it took to be recognized as a leader or one with authority, it took hard work! They were willing to do whatever it took, even if that meant having to follow in Jesus' steps! They also knew what it meant to be on the receiving end of such an abusive authority- no fun at all! Not two, but all twelve desired to reserve a spot as close to the King as possible. Little did they realize what such a request would actually cost them.
We should cut them some slack for earlier in Matthew 19:28 Jesus did promise that they would sit upon twelve thrones themselves judging the twelve tribes of Israel. That's not that far of a stretch from His right and left hand.
Jesus' point is this: What He is bringing to fulfillment is not like everything they have known previously. His kingdom is not of this world, His kingdom and His people do not, will not function in the same manner as those who reside in this world. Jesus is introducing something to them which is entirely new, something which will entirely disrupt their lives and alter them forever. It is a new beginning, a beginning which starts, continues and ends in Him. His kingdom is one which emphasizes service and laying down of one's life for others. This life could only be lived as each of them were willing to abandon any selfish desire to rule or be first among their brothers.
Not long afterwards Jesus uses the religious people of the day as an example of what not to do.
"But do not be called Rabbi; for One is your Teacher, and you are all brothers" What is the prohibition, being a teacher? No, the prohibition is being called a Teacher etc. Why? Because you are all brothers, you are all equal, no one is more important than anyone else. That was the very thing the Pharisees in this passage were pretending to be. That is why they wanted to be noticed.
Then, another prohibition: "Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven" Calling someone father in a spiritual sense is eqating reverence that is due God alone. This also exalts the person called "father" above others as spiritually elite.
Then, one last prohibition: "Do not be called leaders; for One is your Leader, that is, Christ" Emphasizing a leader detracts from Jesus leadership (follow Me) and also exalts one man above others.
Jesus summarizes this passage with a familiar refrain: "But the greatest among you shall be your servant. Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself will be exalted" [Matthew 23:1-12]
In case we're having difficulty here, let me make this as plain as I can.
If you are allowing anyone to call you Rabbi, Teacher, Pastor, Priest, Father, Reverend or any spiritual title of any kind, including Leader, YOU ARE exalting yourself above others!
The framework of Biblical leadership is one amongst brothers and sisters whom all are equal before God. If any family member is holding onto anything that exalts themselves amongst that family it must be renounced and taken to the cross. There is absolutely no place for one family member to be exalted at the expense of another or one another.
Now would you consider your own religious affiliation please? Do you find that those who claim to lead or do lead exalt themselves in any fashion whatsoever? Even one?
- Do your leaders construct the format of your meetings?
- Do your leaders claim to be leaders?
- Do they dress differently than you do?
- Do they allow themselves to be called Teacher, Pastor, Father, Reverend etc?
- Do they stand in front of everyone else when addressing the saints?
- Are your leaders paid a salary or receive financial perks unlike everyone else?
- Does the majority of your meetings revolve around the leaders' spiritual gifts?
- Does the leader(s) make decisions for the other believers?
- Do the leaders demand or require you to donate money to them or the church?
- Are you able to question/judge what the leaders teach? Are they accountable to you?
Despite claims to the contrary, all of the above practices are contrary to New Testament Christianity. None of the ten practices above are found among the early disciples of Jesus Christ nor the 1st century ekklesias. Is it merely a simple oversight or rather is this list of regular practices among modern day church leaders outright rebellion? Can someone actually be considered a faithful Christian, let alone a faithful Christian leader who practices what the Bible and God condemn? One thing is for sure, most of today's church leaders think so.
Who created your church, really?
We stated earlier that whoever authors an entity is the arbitrator of how that particular entity will function. This is just as much true within an individuals business as it is within a particular church. For example, if an individual as yourself believes that your church was created by God, then they would also have to believe that God is the One Who decides how that particular church should function. Therefore, their must be reasons or evidence to substantiate the beliefs and practices that are taught in that place. Most people claiming to be Christians say they base their Christian belief and practice upon what the Bible teaches. In reality though, very few people actually base their beliefs upon the scriptures and even those who do often misinterpret and therefore misrepresent what God has actually said. For example, how many claiming that they were led by God to start a particular church are following the unscriptural patterns of 1-10 above? Is God building a physical institutional structure manned by a religious hierarchy or is He really in control?
Man controls what He builds
When a man or men build something, they invest a substantial amount of time, effort and money to insure it accomplishes the goals for which it was established. If they view what they have invested as theirs, they will also view what is accomplished as theirs as well. This is as true for an individual who graduates college as it is for those building a church. From day one it becomes "our church" and soon after "our pastor" and "his flock."
What man builds he must also safeguard to insure its survival. Their are many ways in which religious men safeguard their religious institutions, here are a few:
|What man has done||What God has said||The Result of men|
Having a formal name
for their institution such
as Catholic, Baptist,
My kingdom is not
of this world
Thousands of sects
compete with each
other, all claiming to
know the truth.
|Insures the entity||unnecessary||
Men desire wordly
protection over God's
Make up doctrines like
|A tradition of men||
Deceive men to believe
that God's authority
in either an individual
or an institution. Makes
every other expression
of Christianity appear as
exempt of authority and
Appointed special holy
men to be the
their institutions. Each
individual appointed has
both a religious position
and spiritual title.
DO NOT DO THIS
Exalts individual men
and detracts from
Jesus' preeminence. Has
led to the false
distinctions of both
"clergy" and "laity"
These men above appoint
themselves with those who
support their beliefs, vision
and leadership of others.
Multiple equal elders in
each local assembly
prevent this. Every man
subject one to another.
More and more power
and control is given
to the primary leader
and his yes men.
Promoting a religious
figure who has both
religious and political
power and influence.
An unholy alliance
Both the Pope of Rome
and Queen Elizabeth II
have power over both
political and religious
These religious and
political leaders have either
"seen" or "unseen" armies
that do their bidding.
God does not force
belief nor morality upon
Throughout history men
have used all means to
include "force" to persuade
individuals into their
religious beliefs. This will
only escalate over time.
Devised ways in which to
expand the reach and
influence of the religious
institution. This ususally
amounts to various
"social services" toward
people in need.
That which is born of the
flesh is flesh.
Providing for the needs
of others at the expense
of the gospel is not an
The "good works" of these
other "agencies" or affiliated
deceive both the volunteers
and the public from the
entities real agenda
behind the scenes. These
are used to generate
revenue and manpower
toward the ends of those
Always promoting the
institution "as the way" at
the expense of Jesus as
No one can have a
relationship with God
the Father except through
[2 Corinthians 4:5]
Institutions never exalt and
emphasize Jesus alone-
it is Jesus + man's
traditions or Jesus + our
doctrinal statement or
Jesus + baptism, Sabbath
keeping etc. The proof is
in a name, the name(s) they
use in promoting their
agenda and themselves.
Is any ot the above really true and if so how did it originate?
Within the realm of what is termed Christiandom, rest assured that where any of the above exist, a religious hierarchy has been established.
All religious hierarchy has been instituted to enforce the beliefs of the individual behind the institution or the spiritual force driving this particular individual.
Now, would you once again consider your own religious affiliation? Do you find that those who lead or claim to lead promote any of the above whatsoever?
"For each tree is known by its own fruit. For men do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they pick grapes from a briar bush. The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings brings forth what is good; and the evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth what is evil; for his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart." [Luke 6:45]
Now, who are some of today's self-professed leaders and what's coming from their mouths?
Is the founder and Senior Pastor of Saddleback Church, a mega church in Lake Forest, CA.
Where does one start with this man many call the Purpose Driven Pastor or Pope? The man is a walking and talking contradiction at every corner. Let's start with the obvious.
The man in question seems to think the whole world and everybody in it can benefit from from his primary writings, The Purpose Driven Church and The Purpose Driven Life. Rick not only claims to know what is best for you as an individual, your church, your church leaders, your neighbors and everybody in every other religion as well, but also believes his vision based on having a purpose can even benefit entire nations and those who govern them. Wow. Sure makes me feel insignificant.
Rick is well known for having a penchant in catering His message to His audience. On one hand he claims to be an orthodox Christian, that is, until the heat of that message is a little too uncomfortable with his next audience. He has been known to embrace muslims, Jews, in fact anyone who is willing to play along with his personal peace plan. He has made it known to all that he is willing to work with anyone whatsoever, to include ecumenical pursuits despite God plainly condemning that within the scriptures.
Speaking of the scriptures, his books and writings contains whatever version is necessary to get his points across. The fact that the verses are often maligned or far from context seems trivial to him. What matters most is getting the majority to fall in line with his personal vision for the future.
Here's a few quotes from the man. Would you call these statements representative of a Christian called to shepherd others or more characteristic of one ashamed and compromising?
"Sadly, isolationists have been extremely judgmental of seeker sensitive churches in books and articles. Most of these criticisms are unfair (very judgmental) and do not represent what actually happens in seeker sensitive churches. Trailblazers always get arrows shot at them. Translating the truth into contemporary terms is dangerous business. Remember, they burned Wycliffe at the stake for doing it" (PDL)
"Using information we gathered through the survey, we mailed an open letter to the community addressing the major concerns of the unchurched and and announced a church service designed to counteract the most common excuses they gave" (PDC)
"The greatest challenge churches will face over the next five years is developing and adapting our ministry methods to the massive 21st century. We can't just keep on "doing it the way we've always done it" (Pastors.com)
"What we need is a biblical and balanced program to help people overcome their hurts, habits and hang ups. Celebrate Recovery is that program"
-a hundred more errors could be found but arn't necessary to prove my points herein.
Although not his only venue in expousing the theme of leadership, Rick's church has what is called "Commissioned," the Saddleback Church Leadership Academy which supposedly trains the next generation of church leaders. Yeah, ok.
Rick Warren, although not pioneering the art of replacing Jesus as the Solution, is well versed at substituting whatever he thinks works (pragmatism) for God's written truth. When an individual actually believes Jesus is the Answer, he stops looking for or creating something that competes with Him for our attention. When we look at all the spinoffs derived from Rick Warren's obsession with "purpose" alone, it's quite obviously an idol that detracts from Jesus' preeminence- a very profitable one at that!
The entire foundation of Rick Warren's ministry/empire is built upon a false premise: that the local church is or can be directed toward and cater to unbelievers needs. This is neither true, nor scriptural. The local church (ekklesia) is the people of God in any locale, it excludes everyone else.
"Is an internationally recognized leadership expert, speaker, coach, and author who has sold over 19 million books. Dr. Maxwell is the founder of EQIP and The John Maxwell Company, organizations that have trained more than 5 million leaders worldwide. Every year he speaks to Fortune 500 companies, international government leaders, and organizations as diverse as the Unites States Military Academy at West Point, the National Football League, and the United Nations" – from JohnMaxwell.com.
"More than two million churches will be needed to meet the needs of these new Christians" (Comment in relation to the late Bill Bright's speculation that more than 1 billion people during the first decade of the 21st century will come to saving faith in Christ"
"More than 4000 new pastors will be needed to meet the needs of these new Christians"
John continues by asking the question, "Who will train them?" (these new believers) and proceeds to tout his self-made EQUIP training program.
The fact is, with the exception of his bio, none of the above is true, nor is his own EQUIP training program even necessary for any saints to be established. John Maxwell, despite his attempts to prove his self-made directives from the Bible is without question a compromising globalist, who like his friend Rick Warren will work with anyone in his efforts to transform not only individuals but even cultures and nations, neither of which Christ has ever mandated. He supports the seven mountains mandate alike heretical dominionists and even has a mandate of his own called, Million Leaders Mandate.
John is a very educated and accomplished man, and his site boasts of his worldly accomplishments. Needless to say, his message is wholly accepted worldwide which proves the absense of the cross of Christ throughout as well as an appropriate separation from people and institutions that are not Christian. His life and ministry can be summed up in the words of two of his latest books, Developing the leader within you and The 5 levels of leadership:Proven steps to maximize your potential. They Don't exactly sound Christian now do they? Neither is his self-made training program.
Is the founding and Senior Pastor of Willow Creek Community Church in Barrington, Ill. He is also the chairman of the board for another invention called Willow Creek Association "that exists to maximize the life-transformation effectiveness of local churches. We do this by stirring up and calling out the core leadership of churches around the world, encouraging them to follow their "holy discontent" as they build life-changing communities of faith. We then equip these leaders with next step solutions to impact spiritual transformation of their people, their communities and the world"
Notwithstanding the mouthful above, Bill is also the originator of what is called The Global Leadership Summit because….."we're convinced that leadership is critical to church vitality. A church's effectiveness in pursuing it's God-given mission is largely dependent upon the character, devotion, and skill of its leadership core- which can be formal or informal, staff or volunteer, clergy or laity. The influence and impact of the church is felt most fully when Christ-centered leaders are at the forefront of establishing and growing well-led local churches and organizations…key reasons why the The Global Leadership Summit exists."
If you have come to the conclusion that what Bill thinks will be the deciding factor in whether churches are effective is proper leadership than you have guessed right. Not any form of leadership, but where the core leadership (volunteers) are willing to abide by the leadership dictates and direction of Bill and his partners in crime. You are therefore not prepared to lead by the Spirit of God but rather by various canned resources which have been prepared beforehand, supposedly for your local communities edification.
Seeing that Bill claims that his association has 7,000 member churches enrolled which represent 90 some denominations, what might be the odds that some of these are void of scriptural truth and integrity? Has Jesus now become unconcerned about who we do and don't hold hands or hearts with? If so, wouldn't this also include various speakers from all walks of life for these summits, most of which likely think that "God helps those who help themselves is a verse in the Bible. Then again, Bill wasn't too concerned when he thought it wise to build a church under the wisdom and guidance of pagans and reprobates in his neighborhood now did he?
Bill Hybels, much like his friend above John Maxwell, has no clue as to the very basic manner in which God has always chosen to build His spiritual body. Although Christians do participate in this building, no part of God's spiritual house can be built with either mans wisdom, nor with bricks. Nor does God intend to draw out the cream of man's own crop of self-educated spiritual elites otherwise known as the "core group" to be enlisted in an army that welcomes both the sinners and the saints working together. Best get out now before you get killed, or buried in the plethora of your own or others vain imaginings.
As expected, the cross of Christ, the cross all believers are commanded to embrace (which will guarantee them no popularity, extreme suffering and numerous speaking cancellations from worldy men) is nowhere to be seen nor heard, is supressed in unrighteousness. Run.
C. Peter Wagner
Is Chancellor Emeritus of Wagner Leadership Institute, which serves to train leaders to join in a movement known as the New Apostolic Reformation, which is not an organization but a group of individuals with varying beliefs. He is currently (2012) vice president of Global Spheres, Inc., Chuck Pierce's replacement of what was originally Peter's Harvest Global Ministries.
In Peter's own words: "The NAR represents the most radical change in the way of doing church since the Protestant Reformation. This is not a doctrinal change. We adhere to the major doctrines of the Reformation: the authority of Scripture, justification by faith, and the priesthood of all believers. But the quality of church life, the governance of the church, the worship, the theology of prayer, the missional goals, the optimistic vision for the future, and other features, constitute quite a change from traditional Protestanism."
Peter Wager and the majority of the NAR believe (although there is no official statement) the following:
1) Apostolic Governance
2) The office of prophet
4) Supernatural signs and wonders
5) Extra Biblical revelation
In relation to this last point Peter writes: "The one major rule governing any new revelation from God is that it cannot contradict what has already been written in the Bible. It may supplement it though."
In regard to Leadership: "Wagner Leadeship Institute is an international network of apostolic training centers established to equip the saints for kingdom ministry. WLI reflects a new paradigm for unique training in practical ministry. Students learn in a creative, revelatory atmosphere of teaching, impartation and activation with opportunity for hands-on practical application and ministry. WLI provides the highest level of training and spiritual impartation through a successful faculty of internationally known leaders who walk and minister powerfully out of the 5-fold ascension gifts. Students obtain a living, functioning, impartation and activation from the Holy Spirit to walk in their divine destiny"
Wow. Now if only God would reveal to me what it is they are talking about in the above paragraph! One thing's for sure, I'm going to be a little hesitant to go for that impartation stuff.
Although Peter gives credence to the authority of the Scriptures above, many of those within the NAR give it lip service through both their words, beliefs and actions. Has anyone ever heard of Todd Bentley? Are you aware that both C.Peter Wagner and Che' Ahn were both on stage in Lakeland Florida endorsing the fiasco that was exhibited through Todd Bentley. As embarrassing as it had to be for these two men, it very well may have been a case of, "It's too late to turn back now" if you know what I mean.
Let's say that was just one major NAR flop. Just what Bible are we to discover some of the Insitutes supposedly "highest level" curriculum, whatever that means…
- Developing Structures for Apostolic Ministry (Che' Ahn)
- Advanced inner Healing: Soul Fragmentation (Sherry Alire)
- Intercessory Keys to Unlocking Heaven (Lora Allison)
- Dream Interpretation (Barbie Breathitt)
- Strategy and Protocol for Dominion (Jim Chosa)
- Advanced Spiritual Warfare (Kim Daniels)
- Invading the Seven Mountains (Tommi Femrite)
- School of Spiritual Warfare (Becca Greenwood)
- Basics of Deliverance (Robert Heidler)
- Walking in the Supernatural (Bill Johnson)
- Implementing Apostolic Ministry (John Kelly)
- Third Day Healing (Kimble Knight)
- Training and Activating the Prophetic (Chuck Pierce)
- God's Unfolding Battle Plan (Chuck Pierce)
- The Power of Apostolic/Prophetic Alignment Seminar (Chuck Pierce)
- Piercing the Heavens Seminar (Chuck Pierce)
- Taking Dominion Now Seminar (Chuck Pierce)
- Dominion over the Land (Jean Steffenson)
- School of Deliverance (Bill and Janet Sudduth)
- Restoring of Innocence (Bill and Janet Sudduth)
- School of Signs and Wonders (Brian Thomson)
- Apostles and Apostolic Ministry (Peter Wagner)
- Unleashed for Impact (Lance Wallnau)
Those within the NAR are not a loose group of individuals here and there but rather a coordinated group of individuals, many operating organizations and businesses who have every intention of taking dominion as they follow in the footsteps of their "spiritually elite leaders." These leaders are those found among the various Global Spheres around the world who "have been recruited" by the "core group." A list of these elites can be found on the Global Spheres website.
In short, just another man-made effort to court the favor of those looking for more. I have little doubt some of the individuals involved with the NAR are sincere, nonetheless they are participating in something that will only court disaster and God's soon coming judgment. As usual, Wagner and Associates are recruiting others to follow and support their own fleshly creation. Despite what they claim, their basic claim of restoring dominion falls far short of God's real intentions and in fact has no scriptural merit in itself. Abandon these people and ideas.
The Circus of Leadership Propaganda
We've already mentioned four specific vehicles that professing Christian leaders use in indoctrinating others into their ideas and methods of training others. They are:
1) Rick Warren's Leadership Academy entitled, "Commissioned"
2) John Maxwell's EQUIP training program.
3) Bill Hybel's Global Leadersip Summit
4) C.P. Wagner's Leadership Institute
In addition to these self-annointed "Christian leaders" we also have the typical yearly or periodic conferences on leadership where the supposed experts prostitute themselves for money and attempt to get us to be like them. A few I found:
- C3 Conference (February 15, 2012)
- Exponential Church Practicum (March 5, 2012)
- Drive Conference (March 11, 2012)
- Christian College Leadership Conference
- Christian Leadership Alliance (April 10, 2012)
- Catalyst West (April 18, 2012)
- YMCA Christian Leadership Conference (April 20-22, 2012)
- Inside-Out Church (May 3, 2012)
- International Pastors & Leadership Conference (May 3-5, 2012)
- Radicalis (June 27-30, 2012)
- Black Church Leadership & Family Conference (July 23-27, 2012)
- Leadership Summit (August 9, 2012)
- Christian Management Australia (September 27, 2012)
- Catalyst Conference (October 3, 2012)
- Sticky Teams III (October 22, 2012)
I'm quite sure there are many more. My point isn't just to point out how much effort has to go into keeping the followers of these men excited and devoted to them and their personal visions, but also to note just who these self-appointed leaders actually are. And although I haven't entirely proven yet how each of them are living hypocritical lives as professing believers, each of them claims to be a leader in service to the family of God. What we'll eventually get around to is HOW THESE PEOPLE LEAD others.
The guilty parties: Any professing Christian who claims to be a leader or acts in a fashion indicative of someone attempting to get people to follow them, their methodologies, resources or their own ideas instead of Jesus Himself.
Their is only one example of exemplary leadership within the body of Christ and that is the example of Jesus Christ Himself. The individual who is truly born from above only recognizes one resource for both life and godliness and refuses to stoop below that standard. It is only a worldly or fleshly man who's discontent leads him away from Him who is perfection incarnate.
"But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, just as it is written,
"LET HIM WHO BOASTS, BOAST IN THE LORD."
-to be continued
As is shown above, man's form of leadership is the exact opposite of what God has commanded for His children.