Be Careful Who You Follow 2
People who say one thing but do another lie with their words or their deeds or both.
James 1:8: A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
James 3:11: Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?
The truest messages people deliver are often the things they do, not the things they say.
James 1:22: But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
A spiritual leader who is walking with God can help his followers do that and a leader who is godly can help his followers to be godly. I have observed that of the few Pastors I have had those who lived the Bible had disciples who lived the Bible. Those that strayed from the Bible had disciples who strayed from the Bible. Followers must be sure their leaders are following Christ.
1 Corinthians 11:1: Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.
Spiritual leaders must be doubly sure they are following Christ. They have a great responsibility. I believe the judgment of sinning leaders is far more severe than that of their followers. Their sin and judgment might even be multiplied by the number of followers they lead astray.
A leader who goes astray cannot lead his followers aright. A leader with blind spots will teach his followers that it is ok to have blind spots. A leader who does things his own way instead of God’s way will have followers who do things their own way instead of God’s way. An untruthful leader will have untruthful followers. An unrepentant leader will have unrepentant followers. A leader who is not right with God will have followers who are not right with God. A leader who tries to put himself above his followers will be below them. A leader that is charming and shallow will have followers that are charming and shallow. Ungracious leaders will have ungracious followers. Unforgiving leaders will have unforgiving followers. Leaders who are proud will have followers that are proud. Complaining leaders will have followers who complain. Sinning leaders will have sinning followers.
I am reminded of toddlers that stand up under a table and bump their heads. They cannot stand up to their full height until they get out from under the table. Likewise, followers usually cannot stand up to their full height spiritually until and unless they get out from under sinning leaders.
So how can we know which leaders to follow? Know the scriptures for yourself.
Acts 17:11: These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
Psalms 119:105: Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
Care to discuss Be Careful Who You Follow 2 with Ron?