An excellent article and very timely given the grave issues surrounding so many ‘pastors’ at the moment. Thanks to my brothers in Christ in Ghana, Stephen and Emmanuel, for a thought-provoking article.
Touch not the Lord’s anointed.
This is a very popular battle cry whenever the teachings and actions of a particularly popular Christian leader is questioned or criticized. If I am not mistaken this is what is meant when people use this statement:
- A man of God is called by God and not by man
- He is therefore not answerable to anyone but the one who called him
- Since we do not know whether what he is teaching and/or doing is by divine instruction and therefore according to God’s will to question his actions or teaching can unknowingly be questioning God Himself and therefore incur the wrath the Lord.
I wonder if this view of Christian leaders as being untouchable stems from the way we as an African society view spiritual leaders. Traditionally religious leaders are untouchable. Their word is law and to speak against them or question their methods…
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