A Moment of Truth: Respect Your Elders

I don’t know about you, but my spiritual fathers Bishop Jack C. Wallace & Bishop Benjamin A. Gibert taught me honor and respect for church leadership from the time I was 16 until now. That lesson has resonated with me since then. My spiritual fathers both taught me to run the play. You don’t always agree with what your coach tells you. But because you honor your coach, you obey whether or not you agree with the play that is called. The same principle applies when it comes to the shepherd of the house. You may not agree with the play that your church leadership has called, but because you respect the office they hold and the mantle on their lives...you run the play. The last instruction given from DWO leadership was to Press pause.

I'm your big sister and l say this with the utmost respect and love for everyone involved in the DWO transition. Elders have been chosen and appointed by leadership with a sound mind and humble heart seeking to please God. I know that the church is in a time of transition, but I urge you with the most sincere heart to respect your elders & pastors. No major decisions are to be made while on pause. 

God appointed elders and shepherds (pastors) to oversee the flock. “Take care and be on guard for yourselves and for the whole flock over which the Holy Spirit has appointed you as overseers, to shepherd (tend, feed, guide) the church of God which He bought with His own blood.” Acts 20:28 AMP & “Therefore, I strongly urge the elders among you [pastors, spiritual leaders of the church], as a fellow elder and as an eyewitness [called to testify] of the sufferings of Christ, as well as one who shares in the glory that is to be revealed: 2 shepherd and guide and protect the flock of God among you, exercising oversight not under compulsion, but voluntarily, according to the will of God; and not [motivated] for shameful gain, but with wholehearted enthusiasm; 3 not lording it over those assigned to your care [do not be arrogant or overbearing], but be examples [of Christian living] to the flock [set a pattern of integrity for your congregation]. 4 And when the Chief Shepherd (Christ) appears, you will receive the [conqueror’s] unfading crown of glory.“ 1 Peter 5:1-4 AMP. 

The Absolute authority is Abba Father. It's HIS church and His church alone! Any pastor set in place will know that it is not their church and they have no right to it. Every leader must give an account of his/her actions. But these elders were chosen with prayer and fasting and were entrusted to protect the congregation. “When they had appointed elders for them in every church, having prayed with fasting, they entrusted them to the Lord in whom they believed [and joyfully accepted as the Messiah].” Acts 14:23 AMP. Plurality of elders is for the protection of the flock. Plurality is a mere safeguard to ensure a single leader in place does not abuse the flock. “Do not accept an accusation against an elder unless it is based on [the testimony of at least] two or three witnesses. 20 As for those [elders] who continue in sin, reprimand them in the presence of all [the congregation], so that the rest will be warned. 21 I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus and of His chosen angels that you guard and keep these rules without bias, doing nothing out of favoritism.” 1 Tim 5:19-21 AMP. We were never called to blindly follow our leaders, but l must stress obedience to Godly church leaders is for your benefit as members of the church. Everything must be done in decency and in order. We must shun even the appearance of evil. I urge you to lean not unto your own understanding at this time. Your moral obligation is to pray for the church leadership and I encourage you not to participate in gossiping about the current situation. Pray God's will be done, but first we must respect what order has been set. “Do not move the ancient landmark [at the boundary of the property] Which your fathers have set.” Proverbs 22:28 AMP. I encourage you to love your brethren and DO NOT LEAVE THE CHURCH in a time where there is the most need for your prayers and support. We want to be sure to glorify God and honor His word in this time.

I love you. I choose no side, but the side of my Father and His Word. Let's continue to pray during this time. Let's not fight and bash our brethren. No matter your church affiliation, we are ALL brothers and sisters in Christ. Stand with me and let's pray together for the next 2 weeks. I’ll be sure to post scriptures for each day of prayer. We can get through this on - Pastor Tricia

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The elders who perform their leadership duties well are to be considered worthy of double honor (financial support), especially those who work hard at preaching and teaching [the word of God concerning eternal salvation through Christ]. For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle the ox while it is treading out the grain [to keep it from eating],” and, “The worker is worthy of his wages [he deserves fair compensation].” Do not accept an accusation against an elder unless it is based on [the testimony of at least] two or three witnesses. As for those [elders] who continue in sin, reprimand them in the presence of all [the congregation], so that the rest will be warned. I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus and of His chosen angels that you guard and keep these rules without bias, doing nothing out of favoritism.” 1 Timothy 5:17-21 AMP