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A Time For Real Christian Leadership

Ichthys (Ichthus) Icon for Stub One of the sym...It does not take a rocket scientist to observe all that is going on around us and imagine a day soon when the world and the church may be thrown into chaos.  The Middle East is on the verge of implosion as radical Islam is taking over nation after nation.  Iran has reiterated it will wipe out Israel when it attains nuclear weapons; and Russia has reemerged as a world military power, arming radical Islamic nations intent on destroying Israel.

The world economy hangs on by a thread as Europe teeters on the brink of bankruptcy and here at home unemployment remains very high and our national debt is skyrocketing.  And our federal government is infiltrating businesses and imposing human morality on religious institutions.

As we read the Books of Revelation and Daniel, we know God has foretold the time when evil would rise to power and a one world government and religion would emerge.  The Book of Ezekiel prophesizes a catastrophic war where up to one third of all mankind would be wiped out.

In the meantime we have emergent and social justice “Christians” saying we should not waste our time studying eschatology and biblical prophecy.  Well, I beg to differ.  A time is rapidly approaching when our very freedom as Christians will be threatened and political correctness will pressure us to back off our fundamental beliefs and values as Christians.  These very days Islam is still promoted by our government as a religion of peace and tolerance as Christians are marginalized as hateful.

Now is the time when real Christian leadership is needed.  God is being thrown out of public schools, entertainment and government and one day Christian churches will be faced with a huge decision—to remain faithful to God and His Word—or to capitulate to human reasoning and teachings.  If our Christian leaders are afraid to stand up to blatant sins like homosexual marriage and abortion at a time when they are still free to speak out against them, what gives us any hope they will do so when the pressure of an oppressive government comes to bear?

Leaders think strategically—they play chess, not checkers.  They understand changing conditions around them and plan and anticipate their future moves as circumstances change.  Businesses do it all the time—but I do not see a lot of it going on in the Body of Christ in this nation.  We seem content to eat the scraps that Satan and the government throw our way instead of standing up boldly and unashamedly proclaiming the truth of God.

If we cower in fear now over concerns of offending a Christian who might leave our church or stop supporting our ministry, what makes us think we will react differently when real difficulty comes our way?

As Christians we better wake up to the fact that we are in a spiritual war, whether we want it or not.  The enemy knows his days are numbered and he is ramping up his efforts to spiritually destroy as many as he can before our Lord returns in triumph.  So what do we do about it as rank and file Christians?

First, we dedicate ourselves to daily fervent prayer and reading of God’s Word.  Only by knowing God will we be able to discern the great deceptions being spun as “Christianity” in these final days.

Second, we expect our leaders to act as leaders.  No more avoiding tough issues or refusing to address creeping apostasy that is infecting Christianity in this nation.

And third, we do not act out of fear.  The harvest is ripe and the workers are few—we must commit to working those fertile fields for God, sharing the complete gospel to people who are lost or confused.

Brothers and sisters, calamity might be just around the corner.  Economically, morally and spiritually the world is about to change radically.  Are you ready?  Are you anchored in God’s Word?  Are you prepared if we are forced underground as a true church?  Are you prepared to share the true gospel with neighbors, friends and family when their world is thrown into chaos?

Jesus told us no one knows the exact day of His return—but that we could discern the season of His return by observing the times and actions around us.  The stage is set—are we prepared?


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One Response to “A Time For Real Christian Leadership”

  1. Mr Davis #

    I really have to wonder if the whole of our problem isn't the same as the problem Israel created for themselves in 1 Samuel 12

    Hear is the summary:
    19 And all the people said unto Samuel, Pray for thy servants unto the LORD thy God, that we die not: for we have added unto all our sins this evil, to ask us a king.

    20 And Samuel said unto the people, Fear not: ye have done all this wickedness: yet turn not aside from following the LORD, but serve the LORD with all your heart; 21 And turn ye not aside: for then should ye go after vain things, which cannot profit nor deliver; for they are vain.

    22 For the LORD will not forsake his people for his great name's sake: because it hath pleased the LORD to make you his people. 23 Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the LORD in ceasing to pray for you: but I will teach you the good and the right way: 24 Only fear the LORD, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things he hath done for you.

    Those which are supposed to be shepherds, teachers and prophets among us we have made them something they were never intended to be: our head. Our head is Christ if we are his not any man. This is why we are not to be a respector of persons. James 2

    For the Lord Himself says to us in Hebrews 8 which is quoting Jeremiah 31:33-34

    10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: 11 And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest. 12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.

    and 1 John 2:
    27 But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him. 28 And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear , we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming. 29 If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him.

    He that does righteousness is he who applies God's word to their own life to obey it in whatever way or whatever capacity that person is supposed to be operating in. We presume to much!

    James 1
    19 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak , slow to wrath: 20 For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God. 21 Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. 22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

    For the Elders out there hear Peter's heart in this:

    1 The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed: 2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; 3 Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being ensamples to the flock. 1 Peter 5

    What is the food but to live according to God's Holy Rule to lay down our lives for one another. To prefer one another ahead of ourselves. This is the way Christ walked and he expects us to walk in like manner. Cast aside the pulpit behind which you hide rather let your life so shine before all men.

    What does that look like? 1 Peter 4
    7 But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer. 8 And above all things have fervent charity (1 Corinthains13:4-7) among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins. 9 Use hospitality one to another without grudging. 10 As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. 11 If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. 12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: 13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. 14 If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of , but on your part he is glorified. 15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men's matters.

    For you Sheperds, Pastors, Priests whatever, your title, you are not the show. Christ Jesus is. He earned that right through His sacrifice in His own Death for your sins. If you are His you would do well to remember that and to make a point to get the peoples focus off of yourself. You cannot do that if you continue to stand in front of them, rather walk with them, show them your life as you follow Christ in accordance with His word, that they may follow that example of selfless service.

    May God grant us repentance on this. That He would grant that we not allow any to turn us from practicing the truth of His Word all of it and fulfill the Law of Love.

    Matthew 10:39 KJV
    He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.

    September 28, 2012 at 2:40 AM