I have over the last 28+ years watched with dismay as the leadership of the body seemed to seperate itself, not as much from sin but from one another. The church has become infected with an epidemic of jealousy among its leaders. The church I was born again into was one that embraced each other, now they only seem to pick at each other. One condemning the others beliefs or practices, while they themselves are found by the Lord to be wanting for such things. As the body looks at its leadership are we showing them how to come together or how to only make broader the line that seperates. I call on those of us who have been tasked by the Lord to sheperd, not Lord over his flock, to embrace our differences for it is those very differences that the Lord uses to speak to his people. I am not in any way condoning compromise but rather unity of the faith, after all is not that the measure of our maturity, as Paul tells us in Ephesians. Let us reach out to each other to receive from one another those unique ways of ministry that the Lord has anointed and embodied us with. We are complete only when we receive all the Lord has to say through all of us. As we near the end of this great age of the Church before the great coming of our King let us show forth his love for us by sharing it among the leadership first. I say by the voice of the LORD no one of us has all revelation and we need each other. The days of I can teach all they need is over my friend, for we have grown churches as weak as our own lack of esteem. I love the body of Christ and I need the entire five fold ministry gifts to help me raise them, remember it is the Five fold ministry not just yours, arrogance alone would make us feel we possess all gifts. Be blessed and increased in all you do as I call you blessed of the Lord.
Bishop Mike Martin