Randy Munter, at The Old Time Gospel website, posted his latest editorial a few weeks ago. As TOTG is, and has been set as my home page for years I see it first-thing everyday and have read the latest editorial more then once. Why do I find myself rereading it? – call it spiritual hunger. Because I know what Randy wrote is the truth. Thomas Watson (1620 – 1686) asked and answered when writing of spiritual hunger
What is meant by hunger? Hunger is put for desire (Isaiah 26:9). Spiritual hunger is the rational appetite whereby the soul pants after that which it apprehends most suitable and proportional to itself.
Whence (or from what place or source) is this hunger? Hunger is from the sense of lack.
And folks, lack is something we are seriously suffering from. Lack of love for the truth, love for our fellowman, humility, or even the ability to experience shame at our actions.
And as Randy’s message points out, we are suffering for lack of true Godly leadership.
“Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.” I Corinthians 11:1
“Where are the apostolic leaders who can put God’s people to praying? Let them come to the front and do the work, and it will be the greatest work which can be done. None but praying leaders can have praying followers. Praying apostles will beget praying saints. A praying pulpit will beget praying pews.” — E. M. Bounds
The church is in desperate need of true leadership, not just in word, but in example. Paul told Timothy, “…be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.” I Timothy 4:12
Today we have big name preachers who are no different than the scribes and Pharisees of Jesus day when he said, “All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not. For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers. But all their works they do for to be seen of men…” Matthew 23:2-5
These men set no personal example for the flock, they love to rule and be seen of men, but as Jesus said of them, “ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered.” Luke 11:52 – He calls them “blind guides”.
Jesus Christ was the first fruit, the original pattern and example for every Christian to follow. But His example was not in word only for men to hear, but in life for men to see and imitate.”…Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps.” 1 Peter 2:21 – Jesus was a true leader.
Paul followed the original pattern of Christ, then admonished men to “Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.” Not just in word, but in the example of Christ likeness that he lived before them. True leadership leads by example. I was told as a young leader in the military, “don’t ask your men to do anything that you have not or would not do yourself. If you lead by example, your men will follow.”
Where are the men who come straight from the prayer closet to the pulpit, and cry out that men should pray without ceasing. Where are the men who live holy lives, then command men to walk in the spirit. Where are the men who humble themselves before God, then say to men they must turn the other cheek.
Where are the true leaders that walk after Christ setting the example for others. Who can say, “Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.” Let him lead the way, and not these charlatan would be leaders of the modern church who have stripped away the foundations of what we hold dear.
Instead of true Godly leaders, those whom we see named as “leaders of the Church in America” today are,
“…..blemishes at your love feasts, eating with you without the slightest qualm—shepherds who feed only themselves. They are clouds without rain, blown along by the wind; autumn trees, without fruit and uprooted—twice dead. They are wild waves of the sea, foaming up their shame; wandering stars, for whom blackest darkness has been reserved forever. Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about them: “See, the Lord is coming with thousands upon thousands of his holy ones to judge everyone, and to convict all of them of all the ungodly acts they have committed in their ungodliness, and of all the defiant words ungodly sinners have spoken against him.” These people are grumblers and faultfinders; they follow their own evil desires; they boast about themselves and flatter others for their own advantage” – Jude 1: 12-16