The Illusions of Leadership
I was in worship, and in a moment of time the Lord showed me a vision depicting the spiritual state of much of the leadership in the contemporary church. Later, He said to me, ‘I am breaking the illusion.’
I stood on a cliff, high, but not at the top of a great mountain, and saw a vast plain before the sea. Far below was the leadership of the church, at ground level, with a scant few on small hills. They looked out to sea, and seemed unaware of the mountain at their backs. They had neither the courage to go into the deep, nor the awareness to climb the heights, but they stood there, some in smug satisfaction with where they stood.
The awful truth, hidden under many layers of pious phraseology, shallow theology, and a great many convincing but learned behaviors which can create an image of maturity, is that much of the leadership of the church has not matured, has not been delivered, and is not purified from many of the sinful influences of the world. Some of these influences are so pervasive, so subtle, that we are not only able to discern them for what they are, but we even embrace and defend them as inherent to our culture, character, temperament, or whatever ‘necessities’ we may conjure up to excuse ourselves from the inconvenient burdens of a guilty conscience.
God is again calling us to examine ourselves. We are often unable to adequately address the issues of our time and our culture because we are on the same level as the culture itself. We have not launched away from it into the depths, nor have we risen above it, and we are usually unaware that we are more submitted to culture than to Christ. There is a deeper repentance needed, so that we will realize where we have been, and that it is low. There is a further purification necessary to be able to address the culture from a heart uncluttered by that culture and unfettered by carnality.
Arise, repent, and be purified, so that you can become who God intended you to be. A lost and broken world awaits you.