“Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.” Jude 1:11
What is the gainsaying of Core or Korah?
There is a movement today in the Body of Christ that seeks to minimize or sideline God- appointed Offices in the Church. A pastor is not man’s idea but rather God’s. We are all one in Christ and we are all new creatures in Christ Jesus. We are equals and joint-heirs with Christ to the throne of eternity. However, God has given gifts to His Church in men and women who are leaders in the Body of Christ.
These leaders are given unique authority from Jesus and will be held accountable on judgment day for the use of this authority. What was the rebellion of Korah and how is it on display today? Here is what Korah said,
“And they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron, and said unto them, Ye take too much upon you, seeing all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the LORD is among them: wherefore then lift ye up yourselves above the congregation of the LORD?” Number 16:3
Korah thought that everyone being holy qualified them to take a position that was not God appointed. Korah caught on to the revelation that we are all holy. Similarly, much of the Church understands today that we are all holy, righteous and perfect in Christ. However, Korah presumed that to mean that we all can function in the same position and did not understand the true grace, election and gift of God. He assumed that Moses’ position was rooted in pride, when God called Moses the humblest man on the earth!
Korah was specially chosen by God to transport the holy vessels whenever Israel moved camp.
However, he wanted to also offer incense to God and operate in a priestly function which he was not called to do. Paul instructs us, “But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.” 1 Corinthians 12:18
Today, there is a movement that constantly belittles and insults pastors and tries to assume positions that God has not called them to. Jude warns these people of what happened to Korah when he assumed that Moses was self appointed.
Korah’s desire for leadership was not his error but rather his rebellion to God appointed and Spirit-led leadership.
With all that said, the Highest Office in a believer’s life is occupied by the Holy Spirit. The Church is built on the foundation (not the covering) of the Apostles and Prophets. The Government of Heaven is on the shoulders of Jesus and leaders stand on the shoulders of Jesus and invite others to stand on their shoulders.
Leaders are foundation, not covering. We push you higher to God and never desire to come between you and your relationship with Christ.
An individual believer may not understand everything that a pastor does and this doesn’t mean that he has to follow a pastor blindly, in fact it is the total opposite. Each individual believer has the Holy Spirit in him that will bear witness to the Offices in the Body of Christ.
Like every father knows that there is a time for instruction and a time for teaching, you must be able to bear witness with God’s offices. They will protect you from danger at different seasons in your life. Let’s say a child was going to stick his finger in a socket. The father can’t explain or teach but rather shouts, “Don’t do that!” Even though the child doesn’t understand electricity and its effects, he trusts his father.
The inner witness of the Holy Spirit is supreme and this witness will bear witness with God’s Offices on the earth.
Don’t fall into the same error of Korah where he brought destruction unto himself. I urge you to be led of the Spirit.
Hebrews 13:17 “Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.”
God’s leaders are also watchmen. When you obey God appointed and Spirit-led leaders, they protect you. Unfortunately, not all leaders are God appointed and Spirit-led. However, those that are, are a blessing to the Body of Christ. The writer of Hebrews says it is unprofitable for you not to obey God’s leaders. Imagine a shepherd shouts, “WOLF!” and everyone ignores him. That unfortunate sheep will wind up turning into lunch.
Don’t be Satan’s lunch! A good leader will take his rod and his staff and run to the wolf. This leader places himself between the wolf and the sheep. He will fight to the death if he has to. In my view, apart from Christ, the model of this leader is Paul, the Apostle. I see him fighting wolves, suffering, preserving and loving through extreme circumstances. To that I say “RESPECT!”
To all pastors, ministers, leaders, fathers, mothers – I salute you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Be always faithful and keep up the good work!
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