A few days ago I was reading a book on humility by a very popular Ghanaian author. It was a good read until I got to a place where the author said that you shouldn’t ‘correct upward.’ He went on to explain that it is wrong for you to question and try to correct your spiritual leaders. He said that God called your leader and if he is going wrong, it is wrong for you to correct him, you should leave it in the hands of God to correct him. This is the same man who wrote a book on loyalty, but loyalty to who exactly?
I heard a prominent Nigerian preacher warn that you should never argue with him because if you do, ‘judgment’ will fall on you and you will die in a mysterious manner. He gave several examples how some members of his congregation rose against him and they were killed ‘mysteriously.’ The fact is that we all shall die some day. A Christian should never be afraid of death because to be absent from the body is to be present with The Lord-2Conrinthians 5:8.
This man also says you cannot ‘argue with proofs,’ that ‘only fools argue with proofs.’ That means you should not question his doctrines and unscriptural practices because he has successfully surrounded himself with money and material things. Money and material things are not proof of being in the centre of God’s Will. John the Baptist had his ministry in the desert, yet the whole nation came to him. He didn’t need to surround himself with material things as ‘proofs’ that he was in the centre of God’s Will.
A few years ago my wife read the training manual for a department of the church she attended when she saw this statement: ‘the authority of the head is not subject to error.’ That meant the leaders in the church can never be wrong. That also meant she should never question or argue with the decisions of her leaders, no matter how foolish, crazy or asinine they may be. She was shocked by that unscriptural statement carefully hidden in a church training manual. She didn’t complete that course and she has since left that church.
This erroneous teaching is the foundation upon which every cult is built. For centuries, egomaniacs have used scripture to manipulate multitudes and justify their desire to control and enslave the very people they were called to serve and protect. When a leader tells you not to question his or her authority, that person is walking on thin ice which will soon break open into error.
We are purchased by the blood of Jesus Christ to serve and live for Him. We should put His word first above all else. God’s word should be above the words of your pastor, who is a man just like you, who will give account to the Lord Jesus Christ someday. A pastor should lead and not ‘lord it’ over you by telling you not to ‘challenge his authority.’ If your pastor cannot stand you questioning what he does; if he goes into a fit of anger when you ask pointed questions, you are probably in a cult disguised as a church and you should escape from that dungeon while you can.
Some of you may not have heard of an American preacher called Jim Jones. Please google it. He was a spiritual leader who systematically manipulated and controlled the people who came to his church. Soon, his word became law. Anyone who questioned him was shamed, disgraced or punished severely. He instilled fear in his followers. They were afraid of him because he abused them emotionally and physically. Jones bought a large expanse of land in Guyana and moved his congregation of mindless followers there. He indoctrinated them to the point where they did absolutely anything he told them without question. They became slaves to a man instead of following the Words of Christ and they paid dearly for it. Jones eventually murdered over 900 of his followers by making them drink poisoned kool-aid. Those who refused were compelled at gun point to drink it and some others were shot. That was a great tragedy which happened because hypnotised sheep refused to ask questions or challenge the insane unscriptural claims of their leader.
When a leader who was called to serve you as a pastor begins to arrogate to himself authority and powers he doesn’t possess, to manipulate and control you, then it is time for you to exit that organisation. When asking legitimate questions makes you ‘rebellious,’ it is time for you to leave. When a leader becomes so arrogant that he thinks he has the power to ‘curse’ you because you need more answers, such a leader is on his way to error. When a leader tells you that big buildings, money and material things are ‘proofs’ of his spirituality, you are in a coven of covetousness and you will be doing your soul a lot of good by leaving that organisation before it is too late.