Called to be Household and Church Leaders

Posted on May 5, 2012

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Adventist liberals and feminists are moving quick to destroy a Biblical teaching that will cause our Church to be weaker instead of stronger.  We need to prayerfully seek God’s plan for Adventist homes and churches.  It is important that we study this topic with an open and teachable mind.

All throughout Old and New Testament history, men have been called by God to be household leaders, kings, priests, and apostles. Not once did God deviate from this system. God the Father and Jesus had many opportunities to change the gender role system, but never did.

But I do not allow a woman to teach, or to exercise authority over a man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. But she will be kept safe through childbearing, if they continue in faith and love and holiness with sensibleness. 1 Timothy 2:12-15

The Apostle Paul is not a male chauvinist pig or just happened to be stuck in a specific cultural time. Paul is tying this God-given teaching to the fall of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. By doing so, he is including all generations and cultures.

“All Scripture is God-breathed, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” — 2 Timothy 3:16.

We need to remember that men are built and wired for physical strength and leadership. Women on the other hand are wired with highly sensitive emotions and work great in a nurturing or supporting role. Women help bring balance in the relationship between men and women… making them a team instead of competing adversaries. “And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.” Lucifer as the serpent used women’s sensitivity to his advantage and deceived Eve into taking of the fruit.

Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body. Therefore as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for it. Ephesians 5:22-25

God is clearly teaching that there are Biblical Gender Roles. Men are to be “Christ-like” leaders in the home and women are to respect this Biblical system.

“All Scripture is God-breathed, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” — 2 Timothy 3:16.

This is where the Church needs to step in and help educate, support, and hold our men accountable to the calling of household leadership. Instead of debating “Women in Ministry” and ordination, we should be teaching our men (young and old) how to be Christ-like leaders. The health of our Church is based on the health of Adventist homes. If a majority of our church families and homes are dysfunctional… a majority of our churches will be dysfunctional. We need to stop playing into the hands of Adventist liberals and feminists and get to work strengthening our household leaders and families.

“All Scripture is God-breathed, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” — 2 Timothy 3:16.

What does the Bible say about church leadership? The Bible clearly teaches that the church is to be led by “men” who have proved themselves as household leaders.

Faithful is the Word: If anyone reaches out to overseership, he desires a good work. Then it behooves the overseer to be without reproach, husband of one wife, temperate, sensible, well-ordered, hospitable, apt at teaching, not a drunkard, not contentious, not greedy of ill gain, but gentle, not quarrelsome, not covetous, ruling his own house well, having children in subjection with all honor. For if a man does not know to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God? 1 Timothy 3:1-5

Please look at the words God uses to qualify a man to be a church leader.
1. Husband of one wife
2. Ruling his own house well
3. For if a man does not know to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?

“All Scripture is God-breathed, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” — 2 Timothy 3:16.

I do not know about you, but it is clear to me that God has plainly communicated His will for household and church leadership. God is not telling us that men are more important or of higher value then women. No! It is the exact opposite. Men are called to be servant-leaders in the home and church. Husbands are to serve their wives as Jesus served His disciples in the upper-room right before His death on the cross. Men have the God-given responsibility of making sure that Christ is lifted up in the home and church.

Because of this calling… men need to be the first to apologize, do what is right, serve others, and lead the family in worship. If more and more men stood up are Christ-like leaders in the home settings, we would begin to see them stand up for Jesus in the church settings.

Remember:
• Dysfunctional Homes Create Dysfunctional Churches
• Healthy Homes Create Healthy Churches

Let us pray for and hold our Church leaders accountable to the wonderful truths that God has given us. We do not want to be a Church that has turned its back on God.

If My people, who are called by My name, shall humble themselves and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land (homes and churches). 2 Chronicles 7:14

Please pray about this very important issue and if you feel impressed to ask our Church leaders to stay true to God’s Word… I invite you to write a short note to our North American Division leaders —> CLICK HERE

“All Scripture is God-breathed, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” — 2 Timothy 3:16.