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Leaders And Pushers

The English word "lead" originated from an old Anglo Saxon word, laeden, which simply meant a course by which to travel (the modern-day English word for the metal lead, although spelled and spoken the same, has no common etymology, or origin, to the words lead and leader). According to its original meaning, a leader was someone who guided or inspired others to make a journey which would benefit them.

The English word "pusher" originated from an old Anglo-Saxon word, pusse, which meant to beat, or to drive along. A pusher is someone who uses force or intimidation to thrust others in the direction that he wants to go, for his own benefit. The major difference between leaders and pushers is that pushers "lead" from the rear because it's only from there that they can push.

"And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil"

Jesus of Nazareth never pushed anyone who sought to be a Christian (see Christian Living). He taught that it was evil to be a Christian pusher. Christ led solely by the Truth that He spoke.

Unlike pushers whose corrupt attitude always corrupts those who allow themselves to be abused (because they are pushing them in the wrong direction i.e. "15:14 ... And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch" Matthew 15:14 KJV), the Truth leads us away from temptation, not into it.

The Holy Scriptures

"6:13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen." (John 8:11-15 KJV)

Consider carefully the Messiah's warning how the carnal-minded world "leads" those who walk in the Truth i.e. "ye shall be beaten ... when they shall lead you."

"13:9 But take heed to yourselves: for they shall deliver you up to councils; and in the synagogues ye shall be beaten: and ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them. 13:10 And the gospel must first be published among all nations. 13:11 But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost.

13:12 Now the brother shall betray the brother to death, and the father the son; and children shall rise up against their parents, and shall cause them to be put to death. 13:13 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved." (Mark 13:9-13 KJV)

Did the world ever "lead" Jesus Christ because He led by the Truth? Yes, it did. Judas the betrayer was the "leader" that identified the Son of God so that the mob could "lead" Him away with chains and torture to His death.

"14:42 Rise up, let us go; lo, he that betrayeth me is at hand.

14:43 And immediately, while he yet spake, cometh Judas, one of the twelve, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders.

14:44 And he that betrayed him had given them a token, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he; take him, and lead him away safely.

14:45 And as soon as he was come, he goeth straightway to him, and saith, Master, master; and kissed him.

14:46 And they laid their hands on him, and took him." (Mark 14:42-46 KJV)

Fact Finder: What does it mean to "follow" the Messiah?
See Followers Of Christ; also The Timeless Church


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