O leaders, this warning is for you!

Derby Cathedral

“And now, O priests, this command (warning) is for you. If you will not listen, if you will not take it to heart to give honour to my name, says the Lord of hosts, then I will send the curse upon you and I will curse your blessings.

Malachi 2:1-2

Unfaithful leaders have continually harassed the church in South Africa and around the world.  

Locally, Pastor Mboro, from the Incredible Happenings Church, is a self-proclaimed prophet.  He owns a fleet of luxury cars, including a Bentley and BMW i8 (which costs an estimated R2 million).  Guards carrying AK47 assault rifles guard him.

In 2016, he claimed to have gone to heaven. He took a selfie with his Galaxy smartphone to prove it. For R5000 he will WhatsApp you the photo.

Many in his church are poor and struggling to make ends meet.

Further afield, in the Church of England there has been a huge turning away from the Bible by many ministers and bishops.

Recently, Melvin Tinker, an evangelical minister, was banned from preaching at a Carol’s service at Derby Cathedral.

Astonishingly, the Cathedral was willing to host the viewing of sexually explicit movies earlier this year.  The Dean of the Cathedral permits erotic films, but banned an evangelical preacher.

There are countless examples of leaders in the church falling far short of the standard God requires. 

Malachi teaches us that God holds leaders accountable.                                 

In Malachi 2:1 God singles out the leaders of God people, the priests, for rebuke.

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Sometimes no loaf is better than half

Oh that there were one among you who would shut the doors (of the temple), that you might not kindle fire on my altar in vain! I have no pleasure in you, says the Lord of hosts…  (Malachi 1:10)

The attitude of the people and priests towards God in Malachi’s day was, “Lukewarm is sufficient; half a loaf is better than none.”

God said, “You go through your lukewarm religious activities, but by your attitude and actions you show that you despise me.” (1:6-9)

God said that he wished there was someone to shut the temple doors.

For God, silence is better than blasphemy.  Quiet is better than hypocrisy.

They thought they were worshipping God, but they were despising the Lord of Hosts (1:11-12)

Cultural or nominal (in name only) Christianity is a huge challenge in South Africa, and most probably in many other countries. 

If you are not Muslim, Jewish or an atheist, you must be a Christian.

Our churches are full of people who consider themselves Christians.  However, they are not.

Our pews are full of churchgoers who think they are worshipping.  However, in reality, they are despising God’s name by their lukewarm, mediocre, second-rate, unacceptable religious activity.

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