The modern day church has grown to have many distinctive differences from the church of scripture. One of the most prevalent is having unqualified church leadership.
Now, to many, these churches do have leaders as far as they can tell. However, upon close observation we find that these leaders have not been spiritually vetted and therefore are not fit for leadership in the church. So, what is it that disqualifies an individual from being a leader in the church?
The Unsaved Leader
You would think that this would be a given, but there are many pastors who are not even saved. They don’t live in accordance in the scriptures, counsel others wrongly and in opposition to them, and have never called on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ in order that they may be saved. They are tares among the wheat.
This is illustrated in a story that is recounted by Dr. John Macarthur. He was at a pastor’s conference speaking specifically on leadership in the church. Afterwards, a young pastor came up to him and made a poignant comment about the leadership in his own church:
“I think I know what the problem is in our church now. Half of the leadership is saved and the other half isn’t”
That can be a wee bit of a problem in a Christian church.
How does this happen? Well, part of it is that the church continues to invite unsaved people to church when they have no business being there. I address this in my upcoming book, Stop Bringing Them to Church (yes, for those who have been waiting, the book is finished and is slated for release early to mid 2012). I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: the church of the living God is not a place for unregenerate, evil, unrepentant, unholy, wicked, depraved people. They need to get saved before they become a part of any church.
The Immature Christian
You always run the risk of causing a disaster when putting someone in a position who has not been proven and therefore are not ready for it. The scriptures say in 1 Timothy 3:6:
Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.
I’ve seen many young Christians who have a desire to want to be in leadership in the church. They know how to say moving prayers and sometimes know the scriptures well. Though these things have their place, these are not the things that qualify them for leadership. There’s a long list of other qualities, all of which are character based. Placing an immature Christian in leadership is asking for trouble. We don’t do this so as to protect the brother. I say brother specifically for a reason, which leads to the next disqualified leader….
The Woman Pastor
Here is where I know I’m going to get a whole bunch of upside down smiley faces. Regardless, the truth of the matter is that women who are pastors, ergo leaders, of a Christian church are in disobedience to the scriptures. In addition, the churches who have women pastors don’t have pastors at all. In truth, they are pastorless.
Since this topic is one fraught with all kinds of emotions and views, I’m going to leave this section short so I can address it in detail in my next essay series titled The Pastorless Church. In it, we are going to look at why there are women pastorates then take a cold, hard look at the scriptures in detail, going line by line through the scriptures to decipher exactly what it says about this subject.