“Jesus looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the offering box, and he saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. And he said, “Truly, I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.” Luke 21:1-4
I’m still pressed to further stress the matter I raised in my last post. What bothers my heart is not that I feel that our elders are ‘gods’ and hence cannot be critically appraised and discussed in order that we may draw some lessons from their lives and doctrine. However, what bothers me is the kind of spirit I found amongst young ones like us who look with disdain on pastors and spiritual leaders of denominations as ‘fleecers of the flock, hypocrites, etc. We may even have a particular man of God that we honour above all else.
It is very possible for a church leader to have Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD). Usually, a leader with NPD will lead the church as more of a cult rather than a true church. This is why it is important for church members to be aware of NPD in order to be able to identify it in leaders and take measures to protect themselves.
Sometimes it’s hard to recognize them by their fruits. Their church leadership position can make them appear holy and right and mask their bad fruits. When you shop for fruits at the grocery store, you need to look past the layers of colouring and wax that cover the bad fruit on the shelf in order to truly see the condition of that fruit. Their goal is to sell you bad fruit by making it seem good and covering up its defects. The same is true with bad leadership in a church and the same careful checking is needed.