Read this carefully!
It’s common to find someone who has recently come in contact with the truth of redemption and is so excited about these ‘new discoveries’ that he’s so passionate to start preaching and teaching others. This is a very good desire and is quite commendable. In most cases, he’s in a local church that does not agree with these realities of the finished work of Christ and then he’s upset with the whole system and perhaps assumes the posture of the ‘Martin Luther’ of that assembly and as such begins to protest. Perhaps he also sees himself as ‘Moses’ who must keep telling ‘Pharaoh’ to let’s God’s people go! He’s mad at the system and wants a total demolition.
So, where does he start? He begins to reach out to people in same local church and then has a camp within the church where he’s the leader and with his infant voice of truth, he begins to inspire others against the system they are all in together. Most times, the focus is not on spiritual growth, but more about creating a revolution, which often genders into rebellion. Two costly mistakes you might be making:
1) You are new
You ought not to be a leader yet. Paul gave admonition to Timothy on the qualifications for being a leader in the body of Christ and amongst many is the need for being mature and experienced in the faith. You may despise this instruction but it will reflect in how you ‘lead’ as a novice. 1 Timothy 3:6-7; ‘not a novice, lest being puffed up with pride he fall into the same condemnation as the devil. Moreover he must have a good testimony among those who are outside, lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil. ‘
The word ‘novice’ here speaks of a new convert. He isn’t fit to lead because he is inexperienced. This applies to someone who all his life has fed on wrong teachings and suddenly stumbles on the truth of Christ! Leadership is not the first thing to attempt – Followership is. Acute learning mode should be activated. Rather than starting a ‘church’ within your local church, why not go submit to the people who enlightened you? Learn how to submit to a Pastor before installing yourself as one.
As much as Paul had a dramatic, spectacular encounter, he had hands laid on him for the work of ministry. Hands were laid on people in the early church by elders. So, obviously, he submitted to the authority in the church (Acts 13:1-4; 1 Timothy 4:14). Paul says such a man must also have a GOOD TESTIMONY FROM THOSE WITHOUT. This is some time tested spiritual maturity! Even those outside must have seen an evidence of a transformed life!
When I encountered the truth, I went all the way to submit to the man who taught me. I didn’t even deliberately go there for being trained because it was not like I knew much about submitting to authority. But I was just so passionate about GROWTH much more than I was about LEADING. I was passionate about preaching too but not obsessed with leadership positions. I served in that local assembly, carrying drum sets, arranging venue for meetings, running errands for ministry sake. There’s something following and serving does to you that knowledge alone will never do.
If you haven’t learnt how to be faithful over things, you cannot be faithful over people. Leadership is not just for knowledgeable men, but for faithful men! 2 Timothy 2:2; “And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” And faithfulness is tested over time.
2) You ought not to start a fellowship, circle, within a church that has its leadership and authority in place
It makes no sense! I have never and will never join a church with the intention of leading the people to follow me instead no matter what I know. Christ didn’t join the Pharisees and Sadducees. He had his own disciples away from their system. If you feel the church does not agree with the truth of redemption, then leave! Nothing GROWS in the midst of STRIFE and CONTENTIONS so your approach is dead on arrival – You plant and they uproot.
There are strict injunctions in scriptures about withdrawing from false influences. Romans 16:17 says to mark those who cause divisions contrary to the doctrine of the Apostles and to AVOID THEM. 1 Timothy 6:5 says to WITHDRAW from men who suppose godliness is a means for gain. 2 Timothy 3:5 says to TURN AWAY FROM those who have a form of godliness but deny the power thereof. 2 Thessalonians 3:6 says to WITHDRAW YOURSELF FROM everyone walking disorderly and not after the tradition of the Apostles. This is the bible approach! Don’t build a church within another church!
What if the church that blessed you is in another state and you sincerely haven’t found another church with same persuasions? Then, you can gather people to listen to the same materials blessing you. You don’t need a title of Pastor, Bishop, Reverend yet. Just learn the word together and grow together. I just thought to share this because I see many are making decisions that may not stand the test of time. I hope this helps someone out there to avoid such pitfalls. Cheers!
Culled from Adebowale Ibukun Tosin (Facebook wall)