Murmuring against the man of God will hinder the effect any ministry has on the neighboring community, if any disunity among church members is heard of by them. Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. When the people of Israel spoke against God and Moses (Num. I can do all things through him who strengthens me. This lesson was featured in The Bible View #279. And it shall be with him, and he shall read in it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the Lord his God by keeping all the words of this law and these statutes, and doing them, that his heart may not be lifted up above his brothers, and that he may not turn aside from the commandment, either to the right hand or to the left, so that he may continue long in his kingdom, he and his children, in Israel. For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life. Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching. One will not be all he can be with any sin in his life. index = Math.floor(Math.random() * ads.length); And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory. So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed: shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock. When the righteous increase, the people rejoice, but when the wicked rule, the people groan. So I took the heads of your tribes, wise and experienced men, and set them as heads over you, commanders of thousands, commanders of hundreds, commanders of fifties, commanders of tens, and officers, throughout your tribes. Then Jehoshaphat was afraid and set his face to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. ads[4] = "" + For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”. S (, Compiled & Edited by BST & Crosswalk Staff, Compiled & Edited by BibleStudyTools Staff, California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. ‣ Don't bad-mouth your leaders, not even under your breath, And don't abuse your betters, even in the privacy of your home. Is it not the one who reclines at table? God has called that person to that office and anyone who has an accusation against that man must be extremely careful in how that accusation is carried out. 21:5-6), God sent fiery serpents to chastise them for their sin. But it shall not be so among you. ""; But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. For there are many who are insubordinate, empty talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision party. ‣ ‣ He restores my soul. Truly, I say to you, he will set him over all his possessions. M All rights reserved. ... Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”. He leads me beside still waters. When the leader was tired and had not the strength to lift up his arms, the battle was in the favor of the enemy. Bible Answer: The answer to the question, “Does God appoint evil leaders to lead nations?” is yes! Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. When we talk about or question what the pastor is doing (or other church leaders, for that matter) we are negating his authority to the listeners. ads = new Array(5); “Be still, and know that I am God. It shall not be so among you. The dogs have a mighty appetite; they never have enough. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. Proud member “Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom his master has set over his household, to give them their food at the proper time? Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came up to him with her sons, and kneeling before him she asked him for something. ‣ Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth. They must hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. A Psalm of David. My people—infants are their oppressors, and women rule over them. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. When Korah and over 250 others spoke against Moses and Aaron (Num. Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. It discourages most pastors, and the body of Christ will surely suffer. ‣ C Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil. Outdo one another in showing honor. Love one another with brotherly affection. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality. “Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture!” declares the Lord. By justice a king builds up the land, but he who exacts gifts tears it down. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, ... And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all. One day the parent may wonder why the children are not following what was taught in church from the Bible. Complaining about the pastor, or any other church leader or facet of the church, is only going to spread discontent among others. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. ads[3] = "" + No one will agree with everything anyone does, let alone the many decisions the local shepherd has to make. A dispute also arose among them, as to which of them was to be regarded as the greatest. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. U Loose talk has a way of getting picked up and spread around. Choose for your tribes wise, understanding, and experienced men, and I will appoint them as your heads.’. Moreover, look for able men from all the people, men who fear God, who are trustworthy and hate a bribe, and place such men over the people as chiefs of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties, and of tens. B Q Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. Speaking against the pastor, or other God-appointed leader, could hinder the Holy Spirit of God from working in one’s life or could bring the wrath of God on the violators. Do you see a man skillful in his work? Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones. I will also give you riches, possessions, and honor, such as none of the kings had who were before you, and none after you shall have the like.”. Murmuring about another’s work for Christ will put one in a position of judging (Mat. 1 Timothy 4:12 ESV / 605 helpful votes. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”. I If a king faithfully judges the poor, his throne will be established forever. ‣ That man is called a “pastor” or “preacher”. And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.