Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Again, I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them (Matthew 18:18-20).
Recently, a major leader in contemporary Christianity resigned for improper behavior.
This pastor led a church that had more church affiliates around the world. When they opened a satellite church in New York City, on the first Sunday, crowds were lined up for blocks to enter.
The church’s worship music has impacted Christians for decades!
Yet the pastor resigned.
Why does this happen too often with Christian leaders? Yes, inappropriate behavior also causes the downfall of actors, sportscasters, politicians, and athletes, but why Christian leaders?
“Christian leaders should be different,” I think, whenever I hear of one stumbling.
I can’t diagnose completely the reasons for this leader’s fall, but I believe a difficulty with all leaders is accountability. More success often leads to less accountability.
Jesus talks about accountability in both leaders and with all of us:
When two or three agree to bind something on earth it shall be bound in heaven.
The Greek word for “agree” can also be translated “symphony” in English. The Greek word for “binding” implies placing in chains or eliminating the free reign of strongholds.
If two or three achieve a symphony of unity about a personal sin or weakness – that fault can be rendered ineffective through prayerful binding. If there isn’t confession, repentance, and agreement, the unfettered sin takes control.
Then leaders fail. And you can falter too.
The “two or three” accountability with Christian leaders can be hindered by fame, money, and/or success. It’s difficult to be honest with a strong leader, resulting in that leader becoming incapacitated with self-awareness.
You are not a famous leader, but the same accountability is needed in your life. Who is honest with you?
I’ve heard excuses used to avoid honesty and counseling – with “I don’t need it” as the main reason. Yes, you do need accountability. All of us must have close personal relationships allowing a spiritual symphony that binds strongholds.
The New Testament uses the phrase “one another” 46 times. The reason? We really do need one another.
Pray for Christian leaders and pray for your pastor. The pastorate creates loneliness as an occupational hazard. Church leaders take unpopular stands when holding to truth and leading for needed change.
Join the local symphony in your church by praying for your local church leaders. Don’t expect them to become your prayer partner, but let them know that they can always expect you to pray for them.
Please pray for me too!