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  1. Posted this comment on “Pure Church” Thabiti’s blog at The Gospel coalition.
    It was removed. Tried posting it again and nothing.
    Maybe you can answer the questions?
    You write,,,
    “Look for a church where godly, biblical leadership is practiced.”
    How do “you” reconcile the use of the word “leadership?”
    When “Jesus” told “His disciples” NOT to be called leader?
    The word “leader”seems like a “high place.” Yes?
    Jesus always took and recommended the “low place.” Yes?
    Jesus humbled Himself, made himself of no reputation
    and took on the form of a servant. Php 2:7-8
    Jesus in Mat 23:10 KJV told His disciples “NOT” to call
    themselves master/“leaders”
    for you have “ONE” **master/”leader** the Christ.
    King James Version –
    Neither be ye called masters:
    for “ONE” is your Master, even Christ.
    The Interlinear Bible –
    Nor be called leaders,
    for “ONE” is your leader the Christ.
    Phillips Modern English –
    you must not let people call you leaders,
    you have only “ONE” leader, Christ.
    Today’s English Version –
    nor should you be called leader.
    your “ONE” and only leader is the Messiah.
    The Amplified-
    you must not be called masters ( leaders )
    for you have “ONE” master ( leader ) the Christ.
    Jesus told His disciples not to be called “leaders” and none did.
    Rom 1:1 Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ,
    Php 1:1 Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ,
    Col 4:12 Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ,
    Tit 1:1 Paul, a servant of God,
    Jas 1:1 James, a servant of God
    2Pe 1:1 Simon Peter, a servant
    His disciples all called themselves “servants,”
    None called themselves “leaders.” None? None.
    None called themselves “servant-leader.” None.
    If Jesus instructed “His disciples” NOT to call themselves leaders
    and someone calls themself a “leader”
    or thinks they are a “leader;”
    Is it possible they are NOT a “Disciple of Christ?”
    Just wondering. Be blessed.

    1. I would say you had it removed because nobody has time to respond to a list of questions in the comment.

      I wouldn’t get hung up on the word “leader” – Master and Leader are clearly not the same thing.

      Since the Bible mentions a gift of leadership I would suspect you aren’t on to something. That doesn’t mean that leadership can’t be exercised in an unbiblical ways, I can think of numerous examples.

      If we weren’t supposed to have leadership, we wouldn’t be given that gift, nor would we have elders. Nor would there have been apostles for that matter.

  2. Thank you for the link to that WSJ article, “Employers on Strike.” This passage in particular I really want to see all over the Internet:

    “Almost everything Congress has done in recent months has made private businesses less inclined to hire new workers. ObamaCare imposes new taxes and mandates on private employers. Even with record unemployment, Congress raised the minimum wage to $7.25, pricing more workers out of jobs. The teen unemployment rate rose to 26.4% in May, and for those between the ages of 25 and 34 it rose to 10.5%. These should be some of the first to be hired in an expansion because they are relatively cheap and have the potential for large productivity gains as they add skills.”

    The thing irritating me about the Left and the Obama cheerleading is that they don’t even blink when confronted with stuff like this. I mean, at the least, just admit that the economy is a mess and that maybe people should be freer to do business instead of regulated to death.

  3. Shane

    You write…
    “Since the Bible mentions a gift of leadership”

    Can you help?
    Where does the bible talk about a “gift of Leadership?”

    Where does the bible say an elder is a leader?

    Jesus loves me…

    “Disciples of Christ” all called themselves “Servants.”

  4. Shane

    Many have chosen an “impossible” profession, “Pastor/Leader.”
    Impossible if you “really” love Jesus? (aka. Love the truth.)

    For some it’s a job, a career, a way to feel good about themselves.
    But, if you love Jesus? The pain, the concern, the frustrations, unbearable.
    Only God knows the secret motives of our hearts. And us, sometimes.

    I have seen the dangers of “Titles,” and “Position”of “Pastor/Leader.”
    “Spiritual Abuse” for both the “leader” and those “being led.”

    I’m not not new to “ministering healing” to those who have
    been “Spiritually Abused” by those who were taught they were “Pastor/Leaders.”

    Folks who have been *burnt,** burnt out,** kicked out,*
    and *crawled out* of “The Religious System” of today.
    With it’s leaders, submission to spiritual authority, Tithes and offerings,
    and other unbiblical “heavy weights” put on folks shoulders.

    I also spend a fair amount of time with “Pastors/Leaders”
    So called “God Ordained Authority”who can’t do it anymore.
    Trying to run the show and please so many masters.

    Trying to please the denominational leaders,
    please the congregation, the congregations leaders,
    your own family, and of course Jesus.
    Who is often relegated to last place. Hmmm?

    Serving so many masters, that’s tough, Yes?

    Preaching every week… and it better be good, being the CEO,
    the team leader, counciling, marrying, burying, smiley face. etc. etc.

    Seems that ”Title” and “Position,” NOT in the Bible, “Pastor/Leader”
    comes with something, “A Little Bit Extra.”

    Power, Profit, Prestige, Honor, Glory, Recognition, Reputation, etc…
    All those things Jesus spoke against. Yes?

    Like those in the wilderness asking for meat, God gave them what they asked for,
    and “A Little Bit Extra.” He sent leanness to their soul. Psalm 106:15

    Jesus humbled Himself, made Himself of NO reputation,
    and took on the form of a “Servant.” Phil 2:7-8.

    Once you take the “Title” and “Position,” and are **known** as “Pastor/Leader”
    you now have; Power, Profit, Prestige, Honor, Glory, Recognition, Reputation.
    “Idols” of the heart, not easily laid down or walked away from. Ezekiel 14:1-7
    Heavy weights and expectations on men’s shoulders. Not easily lived up to.

    Once you take the “Title” you separate yourself from the brethren.
    “Titles” say, ** I am** – “You’re NOT.” Separation = loneliness = leanness.

    When you live the lie you start to die.

    What is popular is not always “Truth.”
    What is “Truth” is not always popular.

    It is written in the prophets,
    And they shall be “all” taught of God.
    John 6:45

    Out of heaven he made thee to hear his voice,
    that he might instruct thee:
    Deuteronomy 4:36

    And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold:
    them also I must bring, and they shall “hear my voice;”
    and there shall be “ONE” fold, and “ONE” shepherd.
    John 10:16

    One Fold – One Shepherd – One Voice.
    If Not Now, When?

    Be blessed in your search for Truth… Jesus.

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