This article was originally published by The Mennonite

Where are the leaders?

In trying to understand the first Christian communities mentioned in the New Testament, we see that God placed leaders in the Church—people called to guide and direct believers, based on obedience to instructions which Jesus left for these communities.

Likewise, my attention is powerfully gripped by how vulnerable human beings are against the attacks of the enemies of God, whether open or covertly.

The enemy infiltrated the Church many years ago, and began to question the validity and authority of Scripture; he began sowing doubt.

At the same time, the spirit of deception began to select certain sins as worse than others, thereby establishing that sin is relative and that God is not concerned with it.

For the deceived Church of today, sin is an antiquated notion of human reality; now—this church believes that God welcomes all and incorporates us all in the Church without the need to acknowledge nor repent of our sins.

We need not seek forgiveness, much less the transformation of our lives.

There are churches with confused leaders who have become social agents of change, without the God who confronts sin and wickedness, the heart of the matter in human beings, and justify sin unquestioningly.

The best way for Satan to destroy the Church is to do it from within.

From the outside he can attack, pursue, harass, but if we have a strong and united community of faith, the enemy of the Church can do nothing.

However, the situation is very dangerous when the enemy gains a foothold in the church and begins his devastating work from within.

To achieve this, the destructive spirit operates in a very subtle way, the same way Satan tempted Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden, assuring them with the words: “Don’t worry. You will only gain knowledge of some things.”

The father of lies continues his work of deception today by sowing doubt, invalidating the Bible, putting it aside and contending with humanist ideas and philosophical arguments that sear the conscience.

We live in the midst of this permissive society that proclaims freedom, so much so that people can do what they please, according to their flawed criteria, and God has no say in the matter.

The terrible thing about this deception is that people become enslaved to their sins, since everything is relative and normal, because everyone is doing the same things.

Decades ago, Western society accepted sexual deviations and other perversions as something normal, including broken marriages, the abuse of power, usury and cheating, among many other evils; everything is normal in this society.

Nonetheless, from its very inception, the Church was placed amid an atmosphere of perversion and human sin to proclaim the good news of salvation.

Jesus established his Church to proclaim faith in Christ so that we can live as citizens of the Kingdom of heaven here and now. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. (Heb. 13:8) Sin remains sin before God, and God does not change His Word to please those who have despised Him. Rather, God continues to seek after us with eternal love so that we may repent of sin and receive forgiveness and newness of life.

There are certain congregations in which these divisive topics are not mentioned for various reasons, which raises the question, where are those leaders who God called to preach his pure and unadulterated word? Where are those men and women who denounce sin and call people to repentance?

Where are those churches that support those leaders who risk their heads for the purity of the Word?

James 1:21-22 exhorts us to get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the Word planted in us, which can save our souls. Be doers of the Word. Or, in the words of Jesus who said, “those who do not take their cross and follow after me, are not worthy of me (Matt. 10:38).”

Where do we stand? May God help us remain faithful witnesses!

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