In this hour, I’m noticing that leaders are not bringing correction to unruly sheep.
They are allowing those in their care to act unseemly and to be disorderly among the Body of Christ.
I’m seeing leaders turn a blind eye and deaf ear to those whom God has entrusted them with and they refuse to rebuke them, because of some material or monetary gain, or a door which they can open for them.
When the word speaks in Jeremiah 3:15 about God giving us Pastors according to His heart that would feed us with knowledge and understanding, it was because the people were out of order and backslidden in their heart.
He gives us leaders to show us His ways and to teach us righteousness and how to walk obedient, faithful and holy, before the Lord.
This requires a leader to confront the sins, iniquities and issues in our lives, so that we won’t continue to walk or act contrary to what His word proclaims.
but when a loving leader corrects and rebukes ungodly behavior, the people cry out against them. Leaders are fought hard against when they refuse to sit by and allow the people to practice ungodly behavior among them.
When a leader does not confront those who are unruly, often they have a hidden agenda involved, because a good leader knows that a person in their care who acts out of order, is first a bad reflection of God and the Body of Christ, and also a bad reflection of them.
They will not sit by and allowing anyone to tarnish the reputation of the ministry work, because they know it brings an unjust accusation against them and what they are called to do.
In this hour, I am finding that several in leadership are even using those who are in their spiritual care to do their dirty work, and they are allowing them to tarnish the reputations of other leaders, to disrespect other leaders, and to attack other leaders.
No good leader would ever allow a person in their spiritual care to sow seeds of discord among the people, to gossip, lie, slander or to cause envy or strife among the people.
I know in my spiritual upbringing we were taught how to behave ourselves, and if we got out of order, we were rebuked, corrected and disciplined, NOT congratulated and encouraged in our ungodly behavior and character.
Our leaders would openly rebuke us and put us on the altar, and set us down until we corrected our behavior, and not give us a spiritual promotion!
There are some leaders who are messy and out of order themselves and they are teaching those in their care to be just like them.
Paul said something in Galatians 4:16, “Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?”
Too many leaders worry about losing friends, rather than helping to develop people in righteousness and truth.
Teaching godly principles and enforcing the standards of holiness is a must for anybody in leadership.
You can’t stop correcting people just because they work closely with you, or they are your family, friend, or financial supporter.
Regardless of who they are, you can’t allow them to continue to walk and act in disorder among the people, and not correct and discipline them.
Too many leaders are looking for buddies, instead of making disciples. It is your job as a leader, to confront and put in order those persons who are doing things that are not according to the word and the ways of God.
Proverbs 6:16-19 should be a blueprint to us of things God hates and our a abomination to Him.
Yes, we have the Ten Commandments, but God speaks on other things that are character traits, attitudes and behavior that is not becoming when you are a righteous, holy and a born again believer.
Leaders, is time now to stop holding back correction because somebody has money or influence! Open your mouth and use your spiritual authority and rebuke those who are speaking and doing things that are increasing strife debates and destroying the unity among the Body of Christ.
“And I will give you shepherds according to My heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding,” Jeremiah 3:15.
“These six things the Lord hates, yes, seven are an abomination to Him: a proud look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that are swift in running to evil, a false witness who speaks lies, and one who sows discord among brethren,” Proverbs 6:16-19.
~ Apostle Barbara R. Thomas
Apostle Barbara R. Thomas is founder of I Come to Heal Ministries, A Woman’s touch Ministry, The Next Dimension Global Outreach Ministries and Spoken Word School of Ministry and is on a mission, traveling the world, proclaiming the Gospel, for souls to be won to the Kingdom of God. She has life mandate to help bring others to their divine purpose.