Monday, October 13, 2008

We Need Holy Leaders

Last Monday I attended a minister’s meeting for the Nebowa Camp area churches. There was something that greatly disappointed me. Ray Boltz was brought up, who has been a contemporary Christian music singer and has recently revealed that he is a homosexual, and the rest of the meeting little jokes and snide comments were made. I don’t know what disappointed me the most, that a group of ministers found that to be funny or that I didn’t say anything about it. The Ray Boltz situation is a sad situation because of the temptation and struggle he faces on a daily basis has allowed him to be deceived that homosexuality is not a sin. Instead of praying for a fellow brother we decided that it was appropiate to make fun of him.

That experience reinforced something that Henry Blackaby wrote in Holiness:
“I believe there will be no revival without holiness in the leadership. None. Cry unto God all you want. He will not hear you. Pull together all the phrases that revivalists of other generations have all quoted, and it will not make an ounce of difference to the heart of God. God is looking for holiness!” (p. 72)

It is not surprising to me that the Church has lost influence in the United States. We are so compromised, and it begins at the leadership level. This is so clearly seen by the percentage of ministers who look at pornography on a regular basis or the percentage of pastors who have affairs with people in their congregations. As leaders we may be committed to many things, but being holy is not one of them.

The Church in the United States will continue to decline, not because atheism and liberal university professor, but because of unholy leaders: preachers, elders, and teachers who are more influenced by this world than by God’s Word. There will be no revival until church leaders commit to holiness and truly seek to be separate from the world

And for that to happen there is only one place to start: with the man in the mirror. While I can call people to holiness, the only person I have control over is me. Regardless of whether or not people will follow, I have to choose to be holy, to be a good steward of the miracle of transformation God is working in my life through the blood of Jesus and the presence of the Holy Spirit. If I don’t choose to be holy, why should I expect other people to be holy?


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the post Paul, very convicting. Easy to joke, hard to step up and make a difference. Very moving post.

Paul said...

Thanks for the comment Justin. I find this to be something very difficult to write/talk about because while you want to encourage people to have a higher standard, you don't want to come across as being judgmental.

With that being said this idea of holiness keeps crossing my path, so it has been something that has been on my mind.

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