Spiritual Leadership of Anointed Men

March 18

Pastoral Ministry: Spiritual Leadership of Anointed Men

Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch out
for your souls, as those who must give account. Let them do so with
joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you.
–Hebrews 13:17

You cannot deny that the life and vitality of the Christian church
lie in the spiritual leadership of men anointed of the Holy Ghost.
I dare to tell you that there is danger in too much democracy in the
life of the church.

I am sure that some of you with a strong Baptist background will
curl up like a burning leaf in the autumn to hear me say this, but
that is all right: I am half Baptist myself!

But I do not believe that God expects the Christian church to thrive
and mature and grow just on plain democratic principles. If you will
check around you will find that even those who hold to democracy in
their church policy never get beyond first base unless they have
leaders within the denomination who are anointed men, strongly
spiritual in leadership.  Christ the Eternal Son, 100.