“Do not ordain any one hastily; and do not be a partaker in the sins of others; keep yourself pure.” (1 Timothy 5:22 WNT).
Leadership position in the church is certainly a position of great honour, influence, and authority. When wrong people are in position of authority in the church, we should not expect things to be right in the church. The present moral and spiritual degeneration or decadence in our churches today is a clear reflection of her leadership.
It is sad but true that our spiritual leaders today are primarily responsible for our spiritual and moral bankruptcy. They are the ones who have driven the church to the miry clay. It is obvious that many of those who occupy high position of influence and authority in our churches today have no business being there, for they lack basic leadership qualities highlighted in the Scripture (1 Tim. 3:1-13, Titus 1:5-9 and Acts 6:3-7).
Without mincing words, if today’s church is going to come out of the miry clay where ungodly leaders have grounded her; there must be a real pruning and shaking in the present leadership of the church.
The truth is that many of those we have ordained as ministers of God in our churches today are not truly called and chosen by God, but are just victims of spiritual deception and manipulation.
Many of them were enticed, coaxed, or coerced into ministry or into taking up leadership position in the church by ambitious and carnal church leaders who are into a rat race of building empire or making name for themselves.
Sadly, many vibrant and zealous young men and women, but spiritually immature and undiscerning, have been manipulated, coaxed or cajoled into working for selfish and ambitious leaders in the church to help them achieve their inordinate ambitions while they are erroneously thinking they are working for God.
These selfish and ambitious leaders deceive immature believers into believing that God has called and chosen them to be His servants under their leadership.
Apostle Paul frankly warned Timothy about laying hands hastily on men to set them apart for ministry or leadership position in the Church.
Paul admonishes, “Do not ordain any one hastily; and do not be a partaker in the sins of others; keep yourself pure.” (1 Tim. 5:22 WNT).
If only our Bishops, Senior Pastors, General Overseers or Superintendents have heeded this great admonition or warning, the church might not have landed in the messy and muddy water she has found herself today.
It is God who searches and knows the hearts of men that holds the prerogative to choose and call those whom He desires into His service or leadership position in the church. Even the Lord Jesus while in the world did not choose His disciples arbitrarily or hastily.
The Scripture records that the Lord Jesus communed with His Father all night before choosing twelve apostles among His disciples to be the foundational leaders of the New Testament Church.
The Scripture records this truth in Luke 6:
12 Now it came to pass in those days that He went out to the mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.
13 And when it was day, He called His disciples to Himself; and from them He chose twelve whom He also named apostles. (NKJV).
Likewise, when it was time for someone to be chosen and appointed among the early disciples to receive the ministry and apostleship of Judas Iscariot, who betrayed the Lord Jesus, the disciples didn’t go about it arbitrarily or hastily.
First, they proposed two men (Joseph and Matthias) among the disciples who had accompanied them all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among them, beginning from the baptism of John to the day Jesus was taken up from among them (Acts 1:15-26 NKJV).
Second, having nominated Joseph and Matthias, the apostles then prayed saying, “You, O Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which of these two You have chosen “to take part in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place.” And they cast their lots, and the lot fell on Matthias. And he was numbered with the eleven apostles.” (Acts 1:24-26 NKJV).
Unfortunately today, in many of our churches, leaders or ministers are not chosen prayerfully, but primarily based on their educational qualifications, financial status, family background, eloquence, or relationship or affinity with the Senior Pastor, General Overseer or Bishop.
No wonder there are many leaders in our churches today who are not even genuinely born again. Many of them are so un-Christlike in their speech, conduct or character that even the unbelievers will not consider them as followers of Christ. What a disgrace!
Dear servant of God, when you ordain or lay hands hastily upon anyone who is not called or chosen by God, you become a partaker in whatever evil the person does.
This is why Paul warns Timothy, saying, “Do not ordain any one hastily; and do not be a partaker in the sins of others; keep yourself pure.” (1 Tim. 5:22 WNT).
Beloved, don’t become a tool in the hands of any man of God to be used in building a name or empire for himself. Don’t let any man of God ordain or lay hands hastily on you, but be fully convinced that God is the One calling you into the ministry or leadership position in His Church.
Like Barnabas and Saul, don’t be in a hurry to go out, but wait until you are sent out by the Holy Spirit.
The early Church leaders did not lay hands on Barnabas and Saul until the Holy Spirit had clearly called Barnabas and Saul, saying, “Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” Then, having fasted and prayed, and laid hands on them, they sent them away. So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia, and from there they sailed to Cyprus.” (Acts 13:2-4 NKJV).
What an example for us today!
God will undoubtedly arise to shake off all the corrupt leaders in today’s church, who have become a clog in the wheel of the church. Therefore, lay hands hastily upon no one, and let no one lay hands hastily upon you to actualize, advance, promote or protect his selfish ambitions, dreams or desires to build an empire and make a name for himself.
Friend, wait on the Holy Spirit to send you forth into the work, ministry or assignment that He has prepared and called you for!
Prayer: My Dear Heavenly Father, grant me the discernment to hear, know and recognize when the Holy Spirit is sending me forth into the ministry you have prepared me for. I refuse to be a tool in anybody’s hand to be used to build a name or empire for himself, in Jesus’ name. Amen.