Robbie L. Rogers
If you are a committed Christian you are a leader, you are a priest, a
saint, a teacher and many other things, most especially, I hope you are a
willing servant in the hand as though a tool with a handle, in God’s own
hand; yet, at the same time, in the flesh, we are all acknowledged sinners
and must walk out our salvation with trembling hearts, in hopes that we
may walk in His Will not ours. That’s why we are here is it not?
Above all we do not want be like Jonah who ran away from what he knew to
be God’s Will, not only for his life, but for the people he was supposed
to go and speak the truth to. God had to use some mighty peculiar
circumstances to drive him back to where he should have been a willing
servant to go, to Nineveh.
In a different time, Isaiah prophesied during the decline of Israel, in
the shadow of the powerful Assyrian Empire. He spoke the word of God to a
people who were in reality “deaf and blind,” they refused to listen to his
warnings of the looming disaster.
He warned that the sin of the people would bring God’s judgment. He
warned that without repentance God’s judgment would be terrible, yet, God
told him they would not listen and that they would be turned over to their
rebelliousness because their hardness of heart and calloused lives had
taken them beyond being able to turn to repentance.
Furthermore, I believe many of those things that applied to the people
of Judah also apply to us today; for, in many ways we are in a world and
in a nation of deaf and blind Christians.
“‘Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered
his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one
called to another and said:
"Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his
“‘And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him
who called, and the house was filled with smoke. And I said: "Woe is me!
For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of
a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of
Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning
coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth
and said: "Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away,
and your sin atoned for.
And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send, and
who will go for us?" Then I said, "Here am I! Send me."
And he said, "Go, and say to this people: " 'Keep on hearing, but do
not understand; keep on seeing, but do not perceive.' Make the heart of
this people dull, and their ears heavy, and blind their eyes; lest they
see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their
hearts, and turn and be healed."
Then I said, "How long, O Lord?" And he said: "Until cities lie
waste without inhabitant, and houses without people, and the land is a
desolate waste, and the Lord removes people far away, and the forsaken
places are many in the midst of the land.
And though a tenth remain in it, it will be burned again, like a terebinth
or an oak, whose stump remains when it is felled." The holy seed is its
stump in the land.” Isaiah 6:2-13
Isaiah saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the
train of his robe filled the temple. He was called to speak out to a
stubborn and obstinate people knowing they would not truly listen, but he
obeyed. As Christians we are not given the pleasure to simply exist.
Christian ought to be classified as verb and all of its derivatives. We
are called to be doers not pew setters, not couch potatoes in life. It was
from that stump, often called Jesse’s Stump, that Jesus came from. It was
from that seed, that stump, that we were saved.
Isaiah said "Here am I! Send me." And, we too should continually do the
same, even going to our Ninevehs.
Nineveh was saved because of repentance. Judah chose not to repent.
Nineveh was not a Jewish nation. Judah was. I believe leadership is a key
here. The King repented and led his entire nation to a repentance that
saved them all.
“For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with
tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their end is destruction,
their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on
earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a
Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be
like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all
things to himself.” Philippians 3:18-21
Bad leadership in the church is causing all manner of sin to proliferate
in the Body of Christ. We see it every day.
I believe the church is reaping the rewards of decades of bad theology and
leadership. Where were the watchmen on the walls who saw it coming 40
years ago and beyond. Who literally stole their voices. Why were they
silent, allowing the cancer to consume the body to where they turned a
blind eye to the nature of sin itself, even debauching themselves and
their flock with their vile thinking?
Remember we are servants, though also friends, we are not masters of our
fate. It is God, or rather it should be God, who builds a ministry, or
gives us words, or for that matter even gives us the ears to hear, and He
can either take these things away or bless them according to His will.
“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your
reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be
anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with
thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God,
which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds
in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever
is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if
there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think
about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen
in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.”
Our duty is to be diligent against all odds, if necessary, and be the good
watchman on the wall spreading His truths, letting God do what God will
do.... we must keep on working in His service never forgetting His
promises, never letting the world, the flesh and the devil steal our
victory as we go about proclaiming the truth, begging for a spirit of
repentance to come over our land and our people.
We should pray for our leaders! That they might lead us to a continual
righteous life. But, just what should we look for in a leader, according
to the scriptures?
“If anyone is above reproach, the husband of one wife, and his children
are believers and not open to the charge of debauchery or insubordination.
For an overseer, as God's steward, must be above reproach. He must not be
arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain,
but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and
disciplined. He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that
he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke
those who contradict it.” Titus 1:6-9
Paul is saying here to appoint elders in every town, in every church, and
he tells them what kind of character they must display in theirs and their
family’s life. Later he tells them how we should be, as the Body of
“Speak thou the things which become sound doctrine: That the aged men
be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience. The
aged women likewise, that they be in behavior as becometh holiness, not
false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; That they
may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love
their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to
their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. Young men
likewise exhort to be sober minded. In all things shewing thyself a
pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity,
sincerity, Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the
contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you.”
And he continues on to explain how leaders and the people as a whole are
“Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey
magistrates, to be ready to every good work, to speak evil of no man, to
be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men. But avoid
foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about
the law; for they are unprofitable and vain. A man that is an heretick
after the first and second admonition reject; Knowing that he that is such
is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself.” Titus 3:1-11
I want to add an admonition using Jonah again. After he finally did what
God had called him out to do he became angry at God. God in His great
wisdom and compassion caused a tree to grow and minister to Jonah’s needs.
Then God sent an insect to devour Jonah’s shade. Once again Jonah got mad
at God. Even though God sought to explain His actions Jonah’s pride was
too strong and he remained much in the same way as he had judged the
Ninevites. And, Jonah virtually disappeared from the Bible.
Many of today’s Christian leaders are angry at God in the same manner. In
their anger they fail to see their own needs to come to repentance.
Instead they blame the decline of their ministry, the church, on God or
others. Instead of speaking truths they preach inclusiveness and a watered
down Gospel. Neglecting to spell out things as they are they cry out to
God asking Him to bless their mess and He often turns away.
As Leaders and we are all such, we must not walk in the way of the world,
the flesh, and the devil; instead, as many of you have stated, we must
preach repentance. Ask to Lord in prayer what keeps His blessings from
flowing from His living waters, for many blessings from God are hindered
by our own decision not to obey when we are told and shown what to do or
say about a matter. We all have reason to repent.
“O Lord, thou hast searched me, and known me. Thou knowest my
downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.
Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my
ways. For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O Lord, thou knowest
Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto
Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy
If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in
hell, behold, thou art there.
If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of
the sea; Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold
If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall
be light about me. Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night
shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee. For
thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother's womb. I
will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are
thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid
from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest
parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect;
and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were
fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.
How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the
sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the
sand: when I awake, I am still with thee. Surely thou wilt slay the
wicked, O God: depart from me therefore, ye bloody men. For they speak
against thee wickedly, and thine enemies take thy name in vain. Do not I
hate them, O Lord, that hate thee? and am not I grieved with those that
rise up against thee? I hate them with perfect hatred: I count them mine
Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:
And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way
everlasting.” Psalm 139:1-24
That my friends is a call to true repentance; one that can bring total
healing, not only to each of us, our families, our churches, and our land.
Only repentance must come from us first before it will ever come to our
families, our cities, and our nation..