Church Leadership


Judgment Must Begin at God’s House
by Ronald W Robey
(written January 03, 2017)
 
I care about souls that are dying and headed toward a devil’s hell.
 
I tell people about Heaven, and a Jesus that loves them. I also warn people about Hell, and a devil that hates them.
 
What now? Where do I send them after sharing all these truths? To an assembly of people where the leader will lie to them?
 
See, here’s’ the problem. Judgment must begin first “where” according to the Bible? At the House of God.
 
If you are going to meet in a building for religious services on Sundays and Wednesdays, you’d best make sure that the doctrines taught in it are truth. make sure that the doctrines being spoken to the hearing audience are in fact in agreement with what the word of God actually states.
 
Judgment must begin first at the House of God.
 
Now, I know that a brick and mortar building is not the House of God. The Apostle Peter was clear on that when he said,
 
1 Peter 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?
 
Did you catch that? Peter identified US as the House of God. Not the building we may meet in, but US. The House of God is a living, breathing organism. And that living, breathing organism can been in a building, under a tree, on the mountain, by a lake…anywhere. Where any two or three are gathered in the name of the Lord, He is in the midst.
 
But judgment must first begin with US.
 
It does no good to tell someone about Christ, and then send them into a den of false teachings. The hearts should be faithful and true before a guest arrives at the meeting place.
 
Do you invite guests to your home when it has not been dusted or swept and is looking a mess? Of course not!
 
So why send someone to a building where you meet with other Believer’s when leadership is deceitful? Why subject guest’s to lies and deceit? Time to clean house!
 
If the leadership is not teaching sound doctrine according to the word of God, remove them from leadership position and elect new leadership. Elect leadership who are willing to stand up for what is right; willing to preach the word of God and not opinion; willing to go against the flow no matter the persecution that may come….no matter how unpopular the truth may be to their ears and hearts.
 
We need preachers who will preach the truth. Otherwise, it does no good to invite guests to visit, or to even live among you. If your doctrines are false, you are just as dead as the guest’s you bring into your midst.

Despisers of God
by Ronald W Robey

Malachi 1:6 A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a father, where is mine honour? and if I be a master, where is my fear? saith the LORD of hosts unto you, O priests, that despise my name. And ye say, Wherein have we despised thy name?
Malachi 1:7 Ye offer polluted bread upon mine altar; and ye say, Wherein have we polluted thee? In that ye say, The table of the LORD is contemptible.

Malachi 3:7 Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them. Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the LORD of hosts. But ye said, Wherein shall we return?
Malachi 3:8 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.
Malachi 3:9 Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.
Malachi 3:10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.
Malachi 3:11 And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts.
Malachi 3:12 And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the LORD of hosts.

In Malachi , the Priests of Israel showed how they despised God when they departed from His ordinances and offered unacceptable sacrifices on the altar.

2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
2 Timothy 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
2 Timothy 4:4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

Many of today’s pastors reveal that they too despise God when they depart from His word in order to preach a monetary tithe requirement to their congregations.

There really is no difference between the sin committed by the Preists of Israel, and the sin of Pastors today. Both groups of people have replaced what God said His tithe is to be with something unacceptable as tithe.

Just as the Priests of Israel were guilty of sin and needed to be rebuked, so also the preachers of today are guilty and need to be rebuked.

1 Timothy 5:20 Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear.

Gehazi? or Elisha?
by Ronald W Robey

2 Kings 5:20-22 But Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, said, Behold, my master hath spared Naaman this Syrian, in not receiving at his hands that which he brought: but, as the LORD liveth, I will run after him, and take somewhat of him. So Gehazi followed after Naaman. And when Naaman saw him running after him, he lighted down from the chariot to meet him, and said, Is all well? And he said, All is well. My master hath sent me, saying, Behold, even now there be come to me from mount Ephraim two young men of the sons of the prophets: give them, I pray thee, a talent of silver, and two changes of garments.

Acts 20:33-35 I have coveted no man’s silver, or gold, or apparel. Yea, ye yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me. I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.

Gehazi, the servant of Elisha, had witnessed a miracle performed on Naaman the Syrian. Naaman was full of leprosy and sought the man of God that he might be restored to health and reunited with his people. Elisha gave Naaman a strange order, to wash seven times in the muddy waters of the Jordan river.

Naaman was bewildered. How could an unclean man wash himself clean by washing in waters that also were unclean? Wouldn’t water that was much purer do what was needed? No, it had to be the filthy waters of the Jordan river. Naaman, a man of great wealth, known and respected by many before the disease of leprosy had come upon him had to humble himself to the point that he would do that which to most men of nobility would seem degrading and humiliating… he had to humble himself to the point that he would actuully bathe in filth.

And when he obeyed, Naaman’s health was restored. The leprosy was gone!! What could be done for the man of God for such a miracle? Elisha offered to pay Elisha, but Elisha would not have anything to do with it. God’s work cannot be bought with silver or gold. Elisha knew full well that it was not his hand that had healed the leper, but the hand of Almighty God. God deserved the glory and praise, not man.

And so, Elisha returned to Samaria. But Gehazi, with greed in his heart, turned and followed after Naaman. When he caught up with him, he lied to Naaman and told him that his master Elisha had changed his mind and wanted payment for the healing.

When Elisha knew what Gehazi had done, Elisha decreed that Gehazi would be plagued with the same disease that had once been upon Naaman. Gehazi became the leper and outcast that Naaman once was.

Sadly, today there are many preachers who want to fashion their lives after both Elisha and Gehazi. They will stand behind pulpits, preaching the Word of God, while expecting the gain of man. Granted, not all preachers are out there for filthy lucre, but many are.

Pastors should be leading by example. They are to feed the Church of God, expecting nothing of man for that work. Elisha did not expect pay. Jesus commanded the the seventy disciples whom He sent out in Luke 10 not to accept pay.  He told them, “Freely ye have received, freely give.” The Apostle Paul, in Acts 20, told the Elders of the Church that he accepted no pay for his preaching of the Gospel. Paul said that he worked with his own hands to support himself and that they should follow his example.

Does this mean we cannot give a love offering once in a while? Not at all. I encourage love offerings for the pastor. But it is clear when reading God’s Word that the man of God was not to be paid for work he was doing for the Lord.

Too many pastors expect their flock to take care of them financially, when the Word of God reveals that the pastor should be working to meet his own financial needs. It is not the congregations responsibility to pay the preacher a weekly salary.

Pastors, follow the examples of Elisha and Paul. Don’t be a Gehazi.

Witchcraft in the Church?
by Ronald W Robey
 
1 Samuel 15:23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.
 
In the above verse, we learn that witchcraft is a sin. But the question arises, what exactly is witchcraft in the verse above?
 
The Hebrew word is “qesem”, (keh-sem) and it means “a divine sentence.” So, “witchcraft” is the act of pronouncing a divine sentence upon someone.
 
Now, I know God told prophets to decree that people would be blessed for obedience, or cursed for disobedience. That is not witchcraft. If God tells one to speak blessings or cursing, He is not telling that one to perform witchcraft.
 
But if one pronounces a blessing or cursing on someone where God did not authorize it, that is witchcraft.
 
When the pastors or spiritual leaders of a church assembly tell their congregation that they must tithe their money or they will be cursed, those pastors are pronouncing a curse upon those who do not heed their bidding. They are guilty of witchcraft.
 
Sadly, many pastors are guilty of rejecting the Word of the Lord concerning what God’s holy tithe consisted of and are guilty of pronouncing a curse upon the saved.
 
These Pastors are therefore sinning against God and against His Church.

Acts 20:28-29 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.

The true Pastor (Shepherd) will be concerned with feeding the flock in fields that are beneficial both to the health of the sheep, and to the maturity of the sheep.

A wolf is not interested in seeing the sheep advance in spiritual maturity and health. All he is interested in is feeding off of the sheep.

Judgment must begin at the House of God. If there was no danger to God’s flock, why even warn them of impending danger? We must be alert. We must be discerning of those who are “labouring amongst us”.

When wolves are detected near a flock, the shepherd does what he can to kill of the wolves, or he will chase the wolves off.

A true Shepherd of God’s flock will do all he can to protect God’s flock, even to the point of laying his own life on the line if need be.

Judgment must begin at the House of God. Make sure there are no wolves amongst the sheep.

1 John 2:26-27 These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you. But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.
 
Pastors who teach the monetary tithe requirement doctrine seduce their members into believing that God requires them to tithe; promising them that, “God will return great blessings upon you when you give Him the ten percent He asks you to give”.
 
We have no need of these seducers teaching us, for we have the anointing,… the Holy Spirit. He teaches us.
 
Since God has gloriously freed me from the chains of the monetary tithe requirement lie, I will never sit under the authority of another monetary tithe requirement teacher again. I will allow the Holy Spirit to teach me.
 
Those who want to be seduced by those liars, that’s on them. They can’t say they weren’t warned.
Have You Rejected God?
by Ronald W Robey

It is interesting that of the four,… no,… five tithes in Israel, only one is pushed by pastors today.

What? You didn’t know there were five tithes? There are. Notice:

1. The children of Israel are required to tithe to the Levites the first six years in a seven year cycle. Num. 18:24-26; Neh. 10:37-38

 

2. The Levites are required to tithe to the House of God. This tithe is taken from the tithe they receive from the children of Israel. Num. 18:27-28; Neh. 10:37-38.

 

3. The children of Israel are to tithe annually to themselves. Deut. 14:22-26.

 

4. The children of Israel are to tithe every three years to the Levites, widows, orphans and foreigners. Deut. 14:27-29.

 

5. The children of Israel are required by kings to tithe. This tithe is not by command of God, but by demand of kings. 1 Sam. 8.
It appears that pastors today have taken the role of kings. They demand tithes, but they tell people it is God demanding them.
However, God never commanded tithes of money. So, it is not God demanding the tithes. it is the pastor demanding them.
Just as the children of Israel had rejected God and wanted a king to rule over them in 1 Samuel 8, many today reject God’s word and will. They instead want a pastor to rule over them.
The pastor has them deceived into believing that God requires them to tithe. In reality, God does not. His command to tithe was given to Israel only.
Psalm 147:19-20 He sheweth his word unto Jacob, his statutes and his judgments unto Israel. He hath not dealt so with any nation: and as for his judgments, they have not known them. Praise ye the LORD.
Many will not even open their Bibles to see what God has to say, because they believe their man in the pulpit knows what he is talking about.
That is idolatry.

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