“For we know in part and we prophesy in part.” 1 Cor. 13:9 (NKJV)
God has set leaders among us to lead and teach us His ways. We need to respect and honour them in line with the word of God. Let us allow preachers to be men and not Gods. If some are tempted to make themselves Gods, don’t encourage it, rather pray for them to be who God wants them to be. Apostle Paul frowned at those who would treat him as a god. The apostles understood that only God is infallible at all times. Many of us rightly, will reject the Catholic Church dogma of “Papal infallibility” and yet we have instituted in our own denominations a replica of the same. Why do we think church leaders cannot be wrong? Let’s get this clear, only God never makes mistakes.
We need to follow like the Berean Christians. With humility of heart and diligence, we should pursue and seek the truth by bringing ourselves under the word of God. This will help us understand the mind of God for ourselves and for our own destiny. God’s intention is for us to have a full relationship with Him as sons and daughters. We all have the personal responsibility to grow up to be who God has made us be. God’s word is the final authority on all things. Our faith should be in God.
We should not embrace or encourage lack of character and integrity but we should also be careful not to condemn those God has chosen to bear His name. Let us give room for their human frailty. This understanding will encourage us to pray for our leaders and to support them as God enables us. When we expect men to be like the Almighty God, we are preparing ourselves for disappointment and frustration. Being ALMIGHTY is too much for any man to take on.
My prayer is that church leaders will teach and uphold the truth with sincerity of heart and authenticity, building the kingdom of God with the gifts and opportunities that God has given to them. I pray that followers will understand their own standing with God and walk in the word of God for their own lives and the advancement of the kingdom of God.
Lekan Wellington Adegunwa