23 Ways Leaders Dominate Their People by Sam Storms | One Lord One Body Ministries

I thought Sam Storms listed some clear abuses of authority that would apply not only to church-world, but the family and the business world as well. Proverbs 28:16 states; "That a ruler who lacks understanding is a great oppressor." Many times these insecure alpha male/females types don't even recognize they are oppressive leaders. They think their assertiveness… …

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“Rule Well” and “Double Honor” in 1 Timothy 5:17

Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching. Rom. 12:8; 1 Thess. 5:12; [1 Cor. 12:28] Deut. 21:17 The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (1 Ti 5:17). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles. When one encounters 1 Timothy 5:17, one runs into a great …

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Ray Stedman Corrects Lording and Professional Ministry

What if ministers ceased training believers for fulfilling the minister's "vision" (ex. church growth and mission models, "organizational health" and formal academic credentialing as the primary means of ministerial training). Instead, what if these leaders trained believers to hear directly from God what is the ministry to which He calls them, being mindful of the …

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The True Extent of Pastoral “Authority,” Part 2

In a previous post, under the same title, Lambs's Harbinger examined the New Testament in order to determine whether pastors (elders / overseers) have "authority" over other believers in the organizational sense of the term, let alone in the spiritual sense. The answer is no for both. The Word is the true authority. The pastor …

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The True Extent of Pastoral “Authority,” Part 1

What authority, if any, does God grant a pastor over people? The short answer is "NONE in the position or the man himself." Hebrews 13:17 King James Version (KJV) does read: 17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, …

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On Meddling & Professional Ministry

After some years away from the IFB movement, I began to see that a common sin in nearly every sect of clergy is "Lording" (1 Peter 5), whereby they act as divine mediators between God and mankind. No one starts out by saying, "Today, I am going to play God with people's lives." So, I …

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The Greatest Sin in the Church: Lording

Pastors!! We are guilty of the greatest sin in the churches. If you do not know what "Lording over the flock" is, then you are most probably doing it! STOP!!You call yourself an "overseer" and an "undershepherd," because you gain these titles from Scripture; but you have more than likely learned the wrong connotation of …

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