by Jim Perdue

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When God's Leaders Are Lacking (4 of 10)
Series: Going through the Motions
Jim Perdue
Malachi 2:1-9


We're in a study on Wednesday evenings entitled, Going Through the Motions. The OT prophecy of Malachi records God's people at a point of apathy, complacency, and indifference. And the truth is, It becomes very easy to go through the motions.

*Have you ever driven somewhere very familiar and when you arrived, stopped to think about how you got there? And, for whatever reason, you can't even remember the drive? I've done that before. Sometimes if you're traveling a routine route your mind begins to wander and drift and before you know it, you're at your destination without even knowing how you got there. What were you doing? You were going through the motions!

Tonight, in Malachi 2:1-9, we see that one of the main reasons that God's people were going through the motions was because the spiritual leaders were far from God. The complacency of the priests had turned into complacency among the people. And in this text we see what happens When God's Leaders are Lacking. READ TEXT

*Don't take a position of leadership in church unless you are prepared to be honest, pure, and loving in your lifestyle. Leadership is a privilege, and with privilege comes responsibility. God holds teachers of His truth doubly responsible because we who lead are in a position where we can either draw people toward Christ or drive them away from Him. This is illustrated in the life of the famous author Mark Twain. Church leaders were largely to blame for his becoming hostile to the Bible and the Christian faith. As he grew up, he knew elders and deacons who owned slaves and abused them. He heard men using foul language and saw them practice dishonesty during the week after speaking piously in church on Sunday. He listened to ministers use the Bible to justify slavery. Although he saw genuine love for the Lord Jesus in some people, including his mother and his w ...

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