Revelation 3:22 (New King James Version)
“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”’
Love flows out of our deep gratitude for God’s love for us, rather than out of our likes and dislikes. “We love him because he first loved us…” 1 John 4:19
For the believer, to ‘fear’ the Lord is to give Him the highest respect. It is not a matter of feeling intimidated by Him or His character. But it is out of our respect for Him and His authority, that we walk in all His ways and keep His commandments.
Our love for Him should overflow out of us to others.
In an unhealthy church the fear of God is mentioned but the passion to live in this love and reverence has died.
Man has elevated himself to equal God. He tries to manipulate and control God’s people through false love and false prophesy using the spirit of fear.
How does a leader become a dictator? Fear.
Fear can trap people into a controlling behavior. They have a problem with trust. Love is replaced by fear and control. When people feel threatened they often become fearful.
Fear grows into a Jezebelian authority over the Church.
In fear, people begin to condemn, strike out and hate. Fear can bring a church into a place of control which results in a loveless environment.
How many times have you heard, “I love you….”? Then you are mistreated, ignored or snubbed.
Love is only ‘empty’ words to them, not action.
Sin does exist in the church!
Control and manipulation is a form of witchcraft. Satan, also is knocking on the door of the Church. He can take over a church through a Jezebelian leader.
Fear= control & manipulation = Jezebelian leader/pastor = SIN!
As a result, many sincere believers are led astray. Many leave the church hurt, grieved, disappointed, sour and offended by the very place they came to be loved and accepted.
They leave with a distorted view of Jesus and the gospel, which causes many to ultimately walk away from God altogether.
For those that manage to survive within an authoritarian Jezebelian church usually experience feelings of guilt, condemnation, and worthlessness hangs over them like a dark cloud.
In summary, those that wish to act as dictators are not fulfilling a calling of God, but rather elevating themselves into a position to serve their own self-interests and ambitions. They step outside of biblical teachings for the purpose of fulfilling their desires to control the lives of others all under the guise of “religion”. They use God for their own personal gain.
“But there were also lying prophets among the people then, just as there will be lying religious teachers among you. They'll smuggle in destructive divisions, pitting you against each other—biting the hand of the One who gave them a chance to have their lives back! They've put themselves on a fast downhill slide to destruction, but not before they recruit a crowd of mixed-up followers who can't tell right from wrong.
“They give the way of truth a bad name. They're only out for themselves. They'll say anything, anything, that sounds good to exploit you. They won't, of course, get by with it. They'll come to a bad end, for God has never just stood by and let that kind of thing go on. “ 2 Peter 2: 1-3 Message Bible