tirsdag 16. august 2016

Spiritual authority is explicit

Pragmatism is considered a good quality when the end justifies the means. I believe that Paul had learned pragmatism from the Holy Spirit, because I believe what I wrote a couple of days ago that ‘an exceptional Spirit gives exceptional qualities’.

I have also mentioned that William Booth possessed a good portion of pragmatism (1). But it is very important to state that pragmatism is not the same as lack of clarity. A leader must be able to distinguish between what is of less importance and what is absolute.

Through Paul, God had said that everyone on the ship would be rescued. The passengers believed it, but the crew panicked. Secretly they planned to save themselves and escape on the lifeboat. Again Paul used his spiritual authority and said:

“Unless these men stay with the ship, you cannot be saved.”
Acts 27:31
Here is no vagueness. It is impossible to misunderstand the explicit message. Through the prompting of the Holy Spirit, Paul had taken on himself to lead the large group of drowning people to the safe shore. It is all about crossing the border to life. In such situations, you will never compromise.

When God has spoken and the "revelation" is tested, it is the leader's responsibility to stand firm on God's word. Paul comments on this in one of his letters: 

...do I make my plans in a worldly manner so that in the same breath I say both “Yes, yes” and “No, no”? But as surely as God is faithful, our message to you is not “Yes” and “No”.
2 Cor 1: 17-19
'Manna' for today:
..let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No’.
(1) See: Fanaticism and pragmatism

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