When people are committed to submit to authority, it is pleasing to God. I do not ascribe to “blind commitment”, pretentious loyalty and people who blindly submit to ungodly authority.
God takes submission seriously, and He expects leaders to lead well, and followers to follow well. Perhaps, the most dangerous element in commitment and submission is PRIDE. Pride tells God “I have got everything”, “I am on my own”. Even though we have divine direction laid out for us, people with pride in the church will choose to go down on their own chosen path, wandering aimlessly in pride and arrogance in the dark, determined that they are going the right way.
“Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall”. ( Proverbs 16:18 ESV)
In most churches, some people develop critical Spirit. Usually, this starts with UNATTENDED PRIDE. When people are quick to judge leadership and authority, always criticising and having a negative disposition, they are most likely to be carrying “a critical spirit”. When believers carry a negative attitude of the heart that seeks to always condemn, tear down and destroy with words; be careful, such people have a critical spirit, and they will never commit to a course in the church, and will never submit to authority. In contrast, constructive criticism, one which involves opinions that are meant to build up. A critical spirit always creates blind spots in a person’s heart and mind causing him to believe he is being constructive, but in reality he is not. Their actions are characterised by ungodly behaviours. It’s very difficult for people in the church with such an attitude to submit.
Rather than constantly pointing out the deficiencies in our leaders, and those around us, we need to be honest about our own imperfections.
To be cont…
Stay blessed always and remember to love someone and mean it.
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Rev. Prophet Luke Luki Barson is the Senior Pastor at Liberty House Christian Centre at Tema Community 25.
He has studied at the University of Ghana, the Methodist University College and the Christian Service University College.
He is currently a PhD student at the University of South Africa.