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Wednesday, May 2 2012

What Do Leaders Do?

According to the Word of God, what is a "leader"? What does a "leader" do? When are leaders not leaders?

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.

Notice how the famous Twenty-Third Psalm illustrates how righteous leaders (of whom the Messiah is the ultimate Leader) do so for the benefit of those that they "lead."

The Holy Scriptures

"23:1 A Psalm of David.

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
23:2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
23:3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
23:4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
23:5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
23:6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever." (Psalm 23:1-6 KJV)

On the other hand, 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 "lead" 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 people. A Biblical example of that is Diotrephes (see Diotrephes And The Other Antichrists), a corrupt shepherd who absconded with the flock that belonged to the LORD, not to him, because he wanted to be the "leader."

"1:9 I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not. 1:10 Wherefore, if I come, I will remember his deeds which he doeth, prating against us with malicious words: and not content therewith, neither doth he himself receive the brethren, and forbiddeth them that would, and casteth them out of the church [see The Church Today].

1:11 Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God. 1:12 Demetrius hath good report of all men, and of the truth itself: yea, and we also bear record; and ye know that our record is true." (3 John 1:9-12 KJV)

"Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good"

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

Sermon 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.

"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 kind of "churches" do pushers create, for themselves?
See Is Your Church A Cult? and Is Your Religion Your Religion?

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This Day In History, May 2

1507: Two years after entering the Augustinian monastery at Erfurt, future German reformer, Martin Luther, 23, was consecrated as a Roman Catholic priest. Luther remained in the order until 1521, when he was excommunicated from the Church of Rome.

1519: Leonardo da Vinci, Italian sculptor, scientist and painter of the "Mona Lisa" and the "Last Supper," died at age 67.

1668: The Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle between France and the Triple Alliance (England, Sweden and the Dutch republic) ended the War of Devolution (1667-1668) which Louis XIV of France had initiated to advance his claims to the Spanish Netherlands.

1670: The Hudson's Bay Company was chartered. Two French explorers and traders, Pierre Esprit Radisson and Medard Chouart des Groseilliers, proposed the fur-trading company to England's Charles II and a group of English investors. The "governor and company of adventurers" of Hudson Bay received title to all land in western and northern Canada that drained into Hudson Bay.

1776: With the sole purpose of strengthening their own imperial empires (in North America and around the world) by challenging the British empire, France (which at the very same time occupied much of northeastern North America and the vast Louisiana territory to the south) and Spain (which at the very same time occupied what is today Florida and most of southwestern US) began supplying weapons to the rebels in the New England colonies that the British established in the uninhabited wilderness over a century earlier.

1813: During the Leipzig campaign of the Napoleonic Wars, the French won the Battle of Lutzen.

1885: King Leopold II of Belgium was proclaimed king of the new Congo Free State.

1951: The Council of Europe admitted Germany as a full member.

1952: The first scheduled jet airliner passenger service began with a British BOAC Comet that flew from London to Johannesburg, South Africa carrying 36 passengers.

1953: Jordan's King Hussein took the throne after his father, King Talal, was deposed. In Iraq, King Feisal II assumed power.

1965: The first communications satellite for relaying television pictures became operational.

1982: During the Falklands War, a British submarine sank the Argentine cruiser General Belgrano.

1989: Hungarian border guards started taking down the barbed wire along the Austrian-Hungarian frontier. It became the first breach in the "Iron Curtain" that ultimately led to the opening of the Berlin Wall 6 months later, on November 9.

2008: Cyclone Nargis struck Myanmar (in southeastern Asia on the Bay of Bengal). Over 130,000 people were killed and millions were left homeless (a cyclone is a rapid inward circulation of air masses around a low-pressure center; circling counterclockwise in the northern hemisphere and clockwise in the southern - a hurricane is a cyclone).


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