On Anointing and Unction
That conclusion is that cleaning up the church will not happen from the top down, but from the bottom up.
There can’t be corrupt leaders if there are no willing followers financing the show.
To accomplish this means we have to look at the church differently and understand our individual roles in the church… and understand that every person in the church has something of value besides money to contribute to the church.
Part of this process (in my opinion) is debunking the mythology around pastors while recognizing the office and respecting the fact that God does want leaders in the local body.
I’m a pastor.
That means that at some point God called me to be a leader and teacher of some of His kids.
It means I am called to care for souls with my gifts in concert with the rest of the gifts in the assembly.
I do this by studying hard and listening well to Him and them.
It means I’m always available to both.
I have no supernatural abilities that anyone has noticed.
I do not sin less than others, nor I do not have access to the throne reserved for a special few.
I struggle with my flesh and my prayers aren’t heard or answered any more or less than anyone else’s.
I am just like the rest of the kids, just with a different job.
The only “anointing” I have is that which is common to all those in the kingdom of God.
“But you have been anointed by the Holy One, and you all have knowledge.”
My sermons have “unction” when I’ve worked hard enough to understand the text and deliver it with some measure of clarity.
The Holy Spirit empowers His word, not me.
The qualifications for ministers are not supernatural…they are all about character.
I barely qualify…and if the day comes when I don’t qualify at all my church needs to remove me from leadership for the sake of their souls and mine.
The worst thing they can do is set me apart as special or more important than them.
I need them as much as they need me…that’s how a body works.
I’m not special.
I am not more important than anyone.
If it’s not all about Him…start over.
Make your own application…