U.S. Lacks Notable Christian Leaders

by John Greene

US lacks notable Christian LeadersA new Barna Group study points out that no single Christian leader captures the attention of the nation’s population. When asked to identify the single most influential Christian leader in the U.S. today, two out of every five Americans (41%) are unable to think of anyone who would meet that description. (“Live As Children of Light“; “A Fountain of Life“)

bible-faithAll of us like to feel good, especially about ourselves. However, we live in a time when feeling good isn’t enough. Christians that are honest and serious about not wasting their time would do well to examine their personal “faith life.” We are living in end times, facing unprecedented times and perhaps, a little uncertainty. The world, however, doesn’t have a clue. Some even believe that mankind will bring about the ‘Kingdom of God’ [Elohim, YHWH]. The truth is that the decisions (choices) that you make today are likely to have long-term effects on your relationship with YHWH and your ability to enter into His Kingdom, which the Elohim of Hosts will bring into reality without the help of the world. (“Heavenly Father Has A Name“; “Facing Adversity in Faith“; “Faith and the Harvest“; “The Beginnings of Faith and Salvation“)

As far as Christian leadership is concerned, I am uncertain that this is really a problem except that less and less attention is being garnered by real teachers of truth. The world and much of the world of faith that claims Jesus [Yahshua] the Messiah has adopted their own gospel. On the other hand, truth seekers have discovered that American Christianity from 50 years ago, and even before, isn’t YHWH’s truth, but a doctrine of man. Even Christianity of the recent past has been steeped in the world without real reform, which is actually repentance through new spiritual knowledge through real Bible study. We were in active and routine physical ministry until 2 years ago and I must speak honestly here. In more places than I care to admit, the crowd began to look at us in response to what we were teaching as if they were deer in headlights. We were speaking simple truths and it was as if simple truth was going over their heads entirely. We noticed that pastors were keeping professed Christians in ignorance, a failure of the ‘pastoral model’ entirely. What’s worse was that Christians were not cracking their Bible for any reason, having a form of godliness, but proving false to that. (2 Timothy 3:5; “The Importance of Practical Repentance“; “Christians & Leadership Crisis“)

The fact is that Christians must not idolize leaders, but instead develop a personal relationship, answerable only through their Savior and Master. This means that more is required than attending a service once a week while expecting blessings to somehow ‘rub off.’ I believe that we are living in a new generation where an increasing number of sanctified disciples of the Messiah refuse to be contaminated by deception, even as they seek to root it out of their lives. They aren’t counting on the ‘church’ or a leader to follow. They are looking at Messiah and learning to listen to the Sanctified [Set Apart, Holy] Spirit. Yes, many are falling aside after the world. However, you can’t put everyone in the same barrel. Real truth-seeking disciples of the Messiah have become unapologetic about compromising YHWH’s Word and can’t gather continually with a corrupt body of believers, no matter how much they may know them or love them as people. Sooner or later, bad associations spoil good habits (1 Corinthians 15:33) and disciples must set themselves apart. (Romans 12:1-2; 2 Thessalonians 5:6,8) We are set apart to live the Word of Elohim in the Holy Spirit. (“Filling Your Life with Truth Instead of Deception“; “Are You Running Away from Messiah?“; “Living in an Apostate World“)

That, I believe, is the reality of ‘today’s church,’ YHWH’s genuine body of believers.

“For YHWH so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
John 3:16, RNKJV
Heavenly Father,
Thank you for sending the Messiah, your only begotten Son to be my Savior. I believe in Him and have made this belief the center of my life. Because of this, by faith I have everlasting life! Thank you! I repent of my sins and of my past, freely admitting that I have fallen short of Your glory. I look fully forward to you in my life and commit my life to You. Thank You YHWH, my Heavenly Father for setting me free in the name of your Son Yahshua [Jesus]. Amen.
genuine-articleYou will never enjoy true freedom through the Messiah and power of the Holy Spirit unless you read and absorb the Bible in prayer and trust. You will never know this freedom until you experience it for yourself. Get to know your Heavenly Father, His Son and allow the Holy Spirit to work in your life. The Holy Spirit is your teacher, your Holy Counselor that lives in you to help you learn about the truth of YHWH and His spiritual gifts.
Satan does not want you to have the excellence of YHWH in your life. People pray for protection and want to be taken care of, but often do little in growing close to Him. The world, your husband, your wife, your family, your government do not build your trust in YHWH or free you from spiritual bondage. Your church or your pastor cannot save you. Education, power and money will not free you, but only the Word of your Heavenly Father. Salvation is a daily walk, an act of love for yourself and for those around you, not a one-time event that centers only on you. Make the Word of YHWH your own, your very life!
YHWH is Yahweh, the covenant name of your Heavenly Father.
The names Yahshua and Yahushua are original language names for Jesus,
He is often referred simply as the Messiah or Master.
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2 Responses to U.S. Lacks Notable Christian Leaders

  1. newcode says:

    From personal experience I know that it is quite true than many Christians do not read the bible. Most of my church going friends never open a bible. Some of that, but only some is due to the fact that many churches insist on promoting church doctrine rather than encouraging bible study. I think in large part
    pastors are not purposely keeping members in ignorance. The problem is that the pastors themselves are ignorant of scripture. Some pastors like the Graham’s and Kenneth Copeland are more concerned with using their churches to gain personal wealth rather than to promote any kind of truth.

  2. scotty says:

    I have had the same experience when trying to start ministry. Many of today’s church goers expect a wealthy preacher to come along and tell them that if they support his ministry they to will be rich like he is. They also hold that any person entering into ministry will have a day to day job, and if he or she does not, that person cannot be called.

    They flatly reject the fact that Jesus sent out the 12 and then the 70 and declared that they should earn their living by their preaching. They site Paul’s tent making, and refuse to acknowledge that Paul himself had rejected the notion that a person God called to preach should
    work a separate job saying:

    1 Corinthians 9:14 KJV
    Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel.

    Paul therefore bears witness against them that they have put Paul’s tent making above Christ and are therefore not in Christ.

    The whole: “there is no free lunch” mentality is made false by the nature of those God has called to preach. While their duties are to preach, society as a whole, and this includes those who attend church regularly, do not regard preaching the gospel as a legitimate job. Therefore, that food which the
    preacher eats is from societies perspective, unearned. It is therefore free. As such, this phrase and the phrase “there’s no free money” statement, should never exit the lips of those who are in ministry.

    What I find odd is: society at large criticizes preachers for earning a living preaching the gospel. They will however, gladly pay millions to someone preaching their politics.

    In the sense of politics, society says it’s OK to earn a living preaching. But in the religion sense, society says it’s not OK to earn a living preaching. This shows the totality of hypocrisy in society.

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