But Jesus called them to Himself and said, ‘You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them. Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave — just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many’. Matt 20:25-27
Leading in the church is to be based upon service (bottom-up) and not formal authority (top-down):
- And He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, ‘If anyone desires to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all’. Mk 9:35
Jesus also explains that all the works of the world are evil:
- The world cannot hate you, but it hates Me because I testify of it that its works are evil. Jn 7:7
John tells us that the things of the world originate with Satan:
- We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one. 1 Jn 5:19
Revelation explains that everything in the world is deceived by Satan.
- The Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world. Rev 12:9
So we have worldly leadership and church leadership, which are opposites. Worldly leadership works on a pyramid hierarchy system, which emanates from the demonic hierarchy used by Satan. As a worldly system it is evil, according to Jesus. However, church leadership is based on service and the leader being at the bottom supporting everyone else. In addition, Jesus demands that we do not call church leaders by any formal titles of respect (Matt 23:8), because everyone in the church is a brother.
Leadership that follows the world’s model is actually demonic.
This leadership structure is seen in military groups, commercial companies, government systems, public service bodies and every form of human activity. It is a demonic system that Satan has stamped on the world. On the contrary, church leadership, that of elder, is based on being supportive in a family.
Pretty much all modern churches follow worldly leadership templates based on authority, formal respect, and even formal names. According to God’s word, this leadership structure is demonic and evil. It is darkness. Therefore, no one should be part of a church that has this authoritarian structure. Even more conservative churches that have this structure: minister or ruling pastor – elders – deacons – congregation, are following a worldly pattern.
Therefore the modern church operates on an organisational dynamic instead of an organic family model. Their leadership structure is worldly, demonic and evil. They operate with an unbiblical clergy-laity split. Single leaders dominate the church while the gifting of ordinary members is crushed.
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