Leadership Gone Wrong
I was thinking today about the importance of Pastors, Ministers, Church Leadership, act. leading from the right heart, motive and perspective. Many well meaning church leaders and church members have fallen prey to these false teachings on “spiritual covering”. This false system of believing that the church/pastor are the people’s “spiritual covering” has wounded and even destroyed many people’s lives and severely hindered many ministries. And that is a shame But, thank God we can learn and avoid some of these pitfalls in the future. But, I have heard many of these “covering” teachings myself and many of them are filled with statements like these:
-You have to submit your spiritual life and walk with God to your church because your Church/Pastor is your “spiritual covering”.
-When it’s time for you to leave a church/ministry, God will tell the leadership before He tells you.
-If your opinion disagrees from your church leadership’s opinion, then even if you are right, then you are still wrong.
-God always backs the leadership, even if they are wrong to the point of being harmful and destructive because they are teh leadership and the “covering”.
-You’re not allowed to leave a church even if you are being abused there because that church is your “spiritual covering”.
I am all for order, accountability and correction in the ways that the scriptures subscribe. I’m not at all for the encouragement of discord and harmful rebellion, but the fact of the matter is that Jesus and Jesus alone is the Spiritual Covering of every single one of His sheep, He alone is our High Priest, not a church or preacher. And He can “cover”, protect and lead His people much better than we preachers can!
Paul said is this way in 2 Corinthians 1:24 – “Not that we lord it over your faith, but we work with you for your joy, because it is by faith you stand firm.”