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The secret sin that can disqualify Christian workers, leaders, and Pastors

We will never be disqualified from the love of God. However, we can short-change God’s work. Self-righteous Christians move within the power of their own knowledge, circumstances, and wisdom, not entirely from God. It is pride in itself, and pride is Lucifer’s first sin. (Isaiah 14:12-18)

The secret sin of pride

Pride has another name, “false humility.” It’s a convenient sin because it’s easy to hide. There could be a fake humility in your heart because you silently seek to be recognized by what you do or how effective in the church you have become. Many times, we openly criticize and rebuke without love or silently judge others because they sin more than us. That too is pride.

God warns teachers of the law who wants attention to themselves, rather than Him alone (Luke 20:46). We who teach is judged more than those who don’t, we must always guard our heart above all else. (Proverbs 4:2-3)

we silently judge others because they sin more than us

Jhonny Crumpton, All N 4 Him Ministries rebukes; “Pride walking, name-dropping, gift exalting, knowledge sharing, and the list goes on. You want people to know more about you than about who has called you. You say ‘To God be the Glory,’ but what you do points back to how gifted, talented, and efficient you are. The LORD detests the proud, they will be punished.” (Proverbs 16:5)

Repent, change your mind on how you see yourself as God’s warrior. Do not be like a ‘fourth head’ of the Godhead – The Father, the Son, The Holy Spirit & You. God shares His throne with no one!” The Apostle Paul reminds us to preach God’s words, not ours. (1 Corinthians 2)

After pride comes destruction.

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HEART CHECK: We must examine the motives of our heart every day, what we say each time, and in every situation possible.

God doesn’t need a soloist in His grand orchestra. We must guard our heart, it is the wellspring of life (Proverbs 4:23). Christian workers and leaders are called into servanthood to glorify God by proclaiming the Gospel and loving others. We are not to be the “boss” of others.

Being a Pastor or having a position in the church does not make us better or greater than others. In fact, to say that you are a church or ministry leader means you are a “servant of the LORD.” Titles bring about responsibilities in the church, not a license to lord over others. Jesus demonstrated for us what it means to be a humble leader.

Jesus demonstrated for us what it means to be a humble leader

FURTHER READING:
Seductive idols of a Christian.
Red flags of an abusive or bullying pastor.
Should Christians submit to a bad leader?

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“I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in Me and I in him produces much fruit because you can do nothing without Me (John 15:5); “This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you.” (John 15:12)

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