2 Question 2

Wow, what a question.  We need to understand that from the beginning of the church in Acts, chapter two, it has been attacked by Satan.  Paul said in Acts 20:29-30: “For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.”  This shows that some from outside the church (called ‘wolves’ in this verse) would enter in among them and attack them, trying to ruin the testimony of the church.  The term ‘outside the church’ means people who are not saved.  But there are also some from within the church (where is says, “also of your own selves” in this verse) who would work to gain a following of their own.

We read in 3 John, about a man named Diotrephes, who wanted to be in charge of the Lord’s assembly and dominate the Lord’s people.  3 John 9-10 says, – “I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not. Wherefore, if I come, I will remember his deeds which he doeth, prating against us with malicious words: and not content therewith, neither doth he himself receive the brethren, and forbiddeth them that would, and casteth them out of the church.”  The problem here is that Diotrephes wanted to have the preeminence, or to be in charge, but Colossians 1:18 tells us that the preeminence belongs to the Lord Jesus Christ.  It says, “And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.”

While some love to have a following, some greedily seek after money.  1 Timothy 3:2-3 gives instructions concerning the elders in the church.  It says, in part that, “A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;  Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre (or money); but patient, not a brawler, not covetous.”

We read in 1 Peter 5:1-4 – “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: 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; Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.”  So, it’s easy to realize that having money as a motivation to be a leader is condemned by the scriptures.  The desire should be to help others in their walk with the Lord, not to get rich.

We all need to read God’s Word so that we can discern what is proper and what honors the Lord, then follow after those things that honor Him. Satan’s desire is to dishonor the Lord and he often seeks to do it among those that profess to be Christians.  This gives the world the wrong impression about the Lord.  Have you ever heard someone say, “Well, if he’s a Christian, then I don’t want to be one?”  This usually indicates that someone who professes to be saved has such a bad testimony that people who are not Christians have a false impression about the Lord.  Even in natural life, if someone misbehaves badly, we blame his parents.  So, in the spiritual realm, everything we do reflects on our Heavenly Father.  So, let’s all be aware of our behavior and make sure that what we do honors the Lord.