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Some years ago, in Uganda, one of our top workers was Rose, a woman who had married and then was divorced from a Moslem.  One of our other employees was Joshua.  Joshua and his wife, Esther were having marital problems and Esther was getting some advice from Rose.  I told Esther that she should get advice from someone who had a successful marriage and not from someone who had failed.  Well, Esther told Rose about the advice I had given and Rose was highly upset. Fortunately, my son Jim heard the whole story and warned me that Rose felt I had called her a harlot and was coming to see me so fortunately I had time to think it over.  She did come and told me that I was talking about something I knew nothing of and that I assumed that she was entirely at fault.  I responded by saying that I had no idea whose fault the divorce was or what type of person she was.  I explained that all I knew was that the marriage was a failure and that Esther should go to a couple who had a successful marriage.  As an illustration I pointed out that if I bought a farm and the farmer on one side had corn twelve feet tall and on the other side was a farmer with shriveled up corn one foot high I would go to the farmer with the good crop for advice.  It might be possible that I could be accused of not knowing every thing; that the man with the short corn was sick all summer or had been sold the wrong type of seed or fertilizer but with the knowledge I had I would get advice from the farmer with the good corn but Esther was getting advise from the wrong source  As I said, “Regardless of whose fault it was, you will have to admit your marriage was a  failure.

Jesus talked of the blind leaders of the blind in Matthew 15:14.  We don’t have to follow them, you know. The Bible is the final authority and so we have no excuse.  In Acts1:11 Paul commended the Bereans because they searched the Scriptures checking out Paul’s teachings.   Never the less the greatest condemnation fell on the leaders.  For this reason James tells us in James 3:1that we should not be too anxious to be masters or teachers as they will receive the greater condemnation.  We find a few like verses in Galatians 1:8 and 9:”But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we  said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed”. And we must go on to verse 10:”For do I now persuade men or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ”

  To begin with, I suppose the type of teacher will depend largely on the type of follower I have been. Elisha was a faithful follower of Elijah and became the prophet to the northern kingdom. Elisha called Elijah as Elijah was taken up in a whirlwind: “the chariots of Israel and the horsemen thereof”.  Elisha was called the same thing by the king ofIsrael. This is found in II Kings 2:12 and 13:14.

The leader in the church will some day stand before God and give account to Him of (like the Pharisees they love the praise of men more than the praise of God) how they have taught the people under their care.  According to Ken Ham, a very large majority of our young people drift away from the church, no longer believing the doctrines of Scripture after going to the schools, especially those of higher learning.  They have been taught by the church hierarchy that many of the stories of Genesis are not true; and you have them half way home  The theistic evolutionist believes that wherever he can check the Scriptures, they are untruthful and then he claims to have assurance of salvation; based on Scripture.

Of all the people in places of leadership, none will be held more accountable than the father  The father begins by just being a father of one or more children and then progresses to being a patriarch as his children marry and have children.  It is highly necessary that he himself has been obedient as a young person and that the Bible is his book of reference,  He believes it fully and applies it to life.  In Colossians2;3 we see that all wisdom is in Christ.  Proverbs 4;5 reads: “Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of My mouth”.  This verse implies a deep; not just a casual study of the Scriptures.


Written by biblestruth

October 20, 2011 at 4:05 pm

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