*How to deal with issues when elders are Wrong
- The effect of it is very terrible he said, it brings the church into opprobrium , it brings the church into reproach.
- Pastor Enenche advises youths to leave kingdom matters for God to Judge
Senior Pastor, Dunamis International Gospel Centre, Pastor Paul Enenche has advised youths to deal with Elders with honour and respect, he revealed this in a special podcast which he titled THE VIRTUE AND CULTURE OF HONOUR ,WHEN ELDERS ARE WRONG.
As believers what do we do when elders are wrong he asked ? Pastor Enenche revealed from 1Tim. 5:1 that elders can indeed be wrong, but the Bible expressly warns us not to rebuke an elder but entreat them as Fathers, he went through the old testament giving copious examples of elders that were wrong, from Noah to Eli, Samuel, Saul , David and much more. Pastor Enenche also revealed some elders of the new testament that went wrong at certain times but the young ones didn’t take it to the public square or put them on television stations, or on social media or broadcast it everywhere, they rather dealt with it in wisdom.
Using the life of David as a case study, despite Saul going apparently mad in chasing the life of David, David still honored the anointing upon his life, when he had opportunity to kill him he didn’t do it.
When Saul fell and died on the mountain, David said tell it not in Gath, publish it not in the street of ashkelon , lest the daughters of the Philistines rejoice, lest the daughters of the uncircumcised triumph. (2nd Sam. 1:20)
Pastor Enenche explained that kingdom matters should not be brought into the public square for public opinions. The effect of it is very terrible he said, it brings the church into opprobrium , it brings the church into reproach , it brings the name of Jehovah into mockery before the unbelieving world.
Pastor Enenche further explained that it emboldens the wicked to speak against God and speak against God’s People , it also emboldens sinners to be settled in their sins, the unbelievers will not see any reason to go to Church or serve God, then the faith of young believers will be shaken.
According to Pastor Enenche, it will be more difficult to preach the gospel in the public space because of the ridicule and lastly it raises a generation of unruly people, rebellious and rascals who have no business whatsoever with the gospel.
He therefore counseled the young ones not to look at for the faults of elders or fellow brothers in the Faith, rather pray for them that God will help them, set them on the path that is right.
He also advised that when you see an erring elder , pray to God if he is asking you to talk to them , if not, pray that God uses someone they respect to talk to them, or God raises someone to talk to them. If none of the approach works, he said , tell God to take care of them his own way, God can decide to take them out of the earth, or whatever way deems fit for him.
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