by John Greene
In the world that we live in, the majority of us have learned leadership and its role in human life through local or national culture. As a historian, I can certainly see the origins of leadership and how that connects with leadership today. In this age, most people have blindly accepted a previously established role of church and state leadership. They have given the authority in their lives to an established earthly authority while allowing it to define their lives. To many, this is the sole definition of culture. With the rise of an international media and an interconnected globe, leadership roles have come under closer scrutiny.
It would seem that many believe that they know leadership when they see it. As a whole, people have learned to value leadership so that they can avoid leadership themselves. This is what Ruth and I constantly noticed during ministry in various churches over the years. Christians seemed only too happy to do as they pleased while placing ‘responsibility’ on those in leadership. If anyone was expected to do anything, they were often paid for it to create the idea of responsibility or accountability. This is what huge numbers of Americans call Christianity and the church. Leadership is supposed to take the upper hand and the rest of us are to do as they are told unless we decide to ignore leadership that is presented. The problem with this kind of leadership is that it creates a society of followers that don’t have a true relationship with the Father, or worse. Instead, Christians have routinely become wards of the state, following after whatever worldly culture and government encourage or dictate. Only in the last few years have Ruth and I learned about what we saw in years past and what it really means. Christians have developed a “trickle down” view of authority, with themselves at the bottom of all authority.
In a recent survey of Christians, 82% believe that the “United States is facing a crisis of leadership because there aren’t enough leaders.” In this survey, these Christians were asked for the most important trait in a leader. 64% of those polled said that integrity is one of the most important traits a leader must have, followed by authenticity and discipline. This is most curious since the word “integrity” has rarely used today as a measure of anything in the last decade. Certainly, in the ‘secular lives’ of professed Christians that vote, integrity is not an issue. Appearances are that most nations have a very real crisis of integrity, but not just in the pinnacles of authority. Because of our lifestyles versus what scripture teaches, all of us face a crisis in integrity because of imperfection. Instead of integrity, double-minded thinking has become a significant stronghold of operation. (John 8:44; Which Shepherd Do You Believe?“; “The False Shepherd and the True Shepherd“; “False Religion and How Worthless It Is“)
What is most troubling is where Christians are looking for authority. They look for authority in politicians, religious leaders, their pastor, their employer or anyone else that they might see as a “boss.” Christians are not encouraged to look beyond this viewpoint. As a result, Christians are looking to man in a “trickle down” version of faith. ‘God’ isn’t real except, perhaps, when a person is really desperate for help. He is a token. Many leave it to religious leaders to do the praying. The church is the authority. The state is the authority. Science is the authority. Doctors are the authority, and on we go. Someone else is given the authority and consent for the “common good,” whatever that means at the moment. What is so dangerous to genuine Christians is that the world is only too happy to decide what the “common good” is for you and every person on the globe. In time, this will bear real fruit when what is “good” is decided for you. This is already happening in the halls of legal statute and in courtrooms where worldly judges rule with the “common good” in mind. In this realm, the law of YHWH is more a liability than an asset. Your obedience and consent to the world are what is demanded.
Christians have stopped looking to YHWH as their authority. Perhaps, this is because of the confusion that exists about who the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit really are. There seems to be marginal agreement among Christians. More and more, Christians choose to look to men instead of looking to their Heavenly Father by searching Him out and establishing His reality in their lives. Even when you read scripture, someone else is considered an authority over someone else. Certainly, the world is closer to the end of the Last Days than is commonly appreciated by most Christians. (Matthew 28:18; John 14:26; “Responsibility & Accountability“; “Are You Rejecting YHWH’s Holy Spirit?“; “Interfaith: Image of the Beast & the False Prophet“)
“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of Yahweh; having a form of holiness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” – 2 Timothy 3:1-7, WoY
Yahshua [Jesus] admonishes believers not to be deceived, (Matthew 24:4-14) that the abomination of desolation, the unbelief that seizes the souls of men will prevail in a world that has a form of ‘godly devotion,’ pointing ‘here’ or ‘there’ at any evidence of ‘Christ’ in men. (Matthew 24:15-28) Professed Christians everywhere are in danger of missing out because they look to men as their master. (Matthew 24:36-51)
“But beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are savage wolves. By their fruits you shall know them. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes or figs from thistles? So every good tree yields good fruit, but a rotten tree yields wicked fruit. A good tree is unable to yield wicked fruit, and a rotten tree to yield good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. So then, by their fruits you shall know them – Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Master, Master,’ shall enter into the reign of the heavens, but he who is doing the desire of My Father in the heavens. Many shall say to Me in that day, ‘Master, Master, have we not prophesied in Your Name, and cast out demons in Your Name, and done many mighty works in Your Name?’ And then I shall declare to them, ‘I never knew you, depart from Me, you who work lawlessness!” – Matthew 7:15-23, ISR98
“And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it. For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Yahshua [Jesus] the Messiah is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antimessiah. Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward. Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of the Messiah, hath not Yahweh. He that abideth in the doctrine of the Messiah, he hath both the Father and the Son.” – 2 John 1:6-9, WoY
“But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed Yahweh, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of Yahweh. Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.” – James 2:20-24, WoY
“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: for the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through Elohim to the pulling down of strong holds; casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of Elohim, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of the Messiah” – 2 Corinthians 10:3-5, WoY
Which authority are you in submission to? You have the decision. YHWH does not force His Will on any man until the end of this age. The authority of a disciple of Messiah comes from YHWH Almighty and He is the ultimate authority. Yashua [Jesus] is the Mediator and High Priest of YHWH’s people. (Acts 4:12; John 14:15; 1 Timothy 2:5; Galatians 2:16; 2 Timothy 2:1-15) Men often seek the same authority as Yahshua [Jesus], our High Priest. You see this routinely through history as man seeks to command power by any means necessary. (“Disciple: The Bible & Higher Authority“; “The Role of Authority in Your Life“; “Disciples of Messiah & the Authority of Man“; “The Spiritual Authority of Christian Women“)
“In the same way, you younger ones, be subject to elders. And gird yourselves with humility toward one another, for ‘Elohim resists the proud, but gives favour to the humble.’ Humble yourselves, then, under the mighty hand of Elohim, so that He exalts you in due time, casting all your worry upon Him, for He is concerned about you. Be sober, watch, because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” – 1 Peter 5:5-8, ISR98
“Little children, let no one lead you astray. The one doing righteousness is righteous, even as He is righteous. The one doing sin is of the devil, because the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of Elohim was manifested: to destroy the works of the devil.” – 1 John 3:7-8, ISR98
“And no wonder; for even Satan fashions himself into an angel of light. It is no great thing therefore if his servants also fashion themselves as servants of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.” – 2 Corinthians 11:14-15, UPDV
Most of professing Christians have lost the grasp of two separate kingdoms that fight for the allegiance of the mind and heart. Instead, the religious have grafted the world into their religious teaching, further corrupting it. They fail to see the difference between what the scripture really says and what they believe. More and more, everyone is righteous because they say they are or wish to be. Instead of seeking accurate understanding of scriptural truth, religious leaders have added their own truisms, making their own gospel. They seek credibility by the standards of the world instead of using the standards of YHWH. They seek philosophy and mysticism over what the original language of the Bible says. (“Truth About the Modern Concept of Pastor“; “Beware of False Teachers“)
82% of Christians in a particular survey claim that they believe in a leadership crisis. Unhappily, Christians have omitted themselves wholesale from this leadership crisis, of which they are a vital part. They look for others to exhibit spiritual fruit. Instead of taking the leadership of Yahshua [Jesus] and exhibiting that for themselves as active disciples, they are looking at others to fulfill the leadership of Messiah in this day. Evidence shows that they prefer lip-service and playing church over real devotion or commitment. Most Christians seem to be content to deny the Messiah they claim to love and serve while looking to others to fulfill the His commands. The survey has sadly missed the point, which is exactly what the world does in the things of the Father’s Kingdom. (James 1:12; Hebrews 6:4-6; Revelation 2:4-5; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12; “Disciples of Messiah and Spiritual Fruit“; “A Hidden Lifestyle Message from Messiah“; “Spiritual Disease that Eats at Your Salvation“; “Spiritual Fruit & Renewing Your Mind“; “Christian: Are You Bearing Fruit?“)