Questions on Leadership And Finishing Well

When are we as leaders going to figure out that sin is insanity. Why do we keep going around the same mountain thinking that we can “get away” with moral and ethical practices that are contrary to scripture?

If sin is to soul what cancer is to the body why then do we want to draw near it and indulge. Why embrace what will kill?

How many leadership shipwrecks do we need to witness until we finally figure it out? How many God-appointed, God-anointed people do we need to see tragically disqualify themselves from high levels of Kingdom leadership and influence?

I’m just asking questions, trying to figure it out.

Like Any Man

Like any man, I am faced with the lure of sin, yet I realize it’s facade and it costs. Sin is never worth it.

Yet, what is it that causes, us, as spiritual leaders to compromise? What is it that convinces us to make such deathly, life altering, unscriptural ethical and moral decisions?

Is it success?

Is it the lack of accountability?

Is it an escape from pressures and long hours?

Is it the lack of intimacy with the Lord?

Is it weak areas in our lives that have not been healed?

Maybe it’s all of the above or none at all.

Sin Is Not Natural

All I know is sin is NOT natural. Though we are born with a sinful nature; sin breaks us, wounds us and kills us. We are not designed to live in sin. We short-circuit and self-destruct. Take a look at history, read a newspaper or watch the news.

That’s why we need a Savior, one who rescues us from the penalty and power of sin. We are free from its grip in order to live for God’s glory. This is how we are wired to TRULY live and lead.

We have the Bible, our “owners manual”, that teaches us how to order our moral and ethical lives. On top of that, we have the Holy Spirit who leads us into all truth.

Yet, somewhere along the way, we ignore the Word, resist the Holy Spirit and fall prey to sins intoxicating influence.

It’s painful. Worse yet, we all lose.

Though there is forgiveness and restoration, I have yet to see any leader return to the level of influence they once had.

Far From Perfect

I realize that as leaders we are FAR from perfect. We all make mistakes. I praise God for grace.

But when another Pastor morally falls, or another minister does something lawfully unethical, it begs the “why” question and I suppose this is what I am asking.

There is so much to lose and zero to gain. What a huge price to pay.

Why? In 500 Words

This post doesn’t have a solution just a question. This is a 500 word WHY? post. It’s an open letter.

Don’t look at this post any way, shape or form, as pointing the finger at anyone. I’m in the same boat and just as susceptible and anyone else.

Just trying to figure things out.

Question: What is your take on this? What causes these things to happen and why? Any suggestions or possible solutions? Add your comment below.

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Dean Deguara
7 years ago

Great questions…I would say all of the above. I think we have to identify those leaders that have finished well and ask them those specific questions, take notes and apply them to our lives. A lot of safeguards are common sense, but this kind of sense becomes uncommon when leaders experience pressure, weariness, stress, etc. I love this dialogue.

Dean Deguara
7 years ago
Reply to  Dean Deguara

Saw this reflection from J. Lee Grady. He has some good points although I don’t think it should pertain to mega church pastors.
http://www.charismamag.com/blogs/fire-in-my-bones/19870-6-ways-to-prevent-an-embarrassing-ministry-scandal

Dean Deguara
7 years ago
Reply to  Dean Deguara

“only pertain to mega church pastors”

7 years ago

Though it is the natural man that sins, I like your point that sinning is not natural to us at the most fundamental level. It’s a design issue … we are not designed to sin as you say. “Let him who thinks he stands take heed, lest he fall” (Paul to the Corinthians). It’s devastating to hear of David Yongi Cho this past week. I just heard Lee Grady a little over a week ago. Though he is no longer the editor of Charisma, he continues to be a voice to the Spirit-filled community about integrity, accountability, transparency, etc. His… Read more »

7 years ago
Reply to  Brian

Thanks for your post, Greg. I’ve referenced and linked to it here: http://www.truenorthquest.com/sin-is-insane/

7 years ago

Nice deep post. This has been a question I have thought about for a few years now and it was brought on by a former pastor from my church. One day he mentioned to me a racy movie he watched and I guess my face gave away the shocked looked and he said something like ‘In Christ we are free.’ He went on to say that we have the freedom to do these things as long as we don’t make someone stumble or we cross the line into sinning. He said it was good to know what is going on… Read more »

7 years ago

I think the enemy (Satan) tempts and does whatever he can to lead us away from God and the direction He wants us to go in. It’s why we must keep God close to us, so we do not go down the wrong path.

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