SIGNS OF DISLOYALTY
1. A Leader who disappoints you in times of pressure or crisis.
a. Ask why Brother Paul says he wouldn’t work with John Mark? Because Acts 15:38; “But Paul thought not good to take him John Mark with them, who departed from them and went not with them to the work.
2. Leaders who disappoint you when they are under pressure
a. I noticed that certain people just do not come to church or participate when they have domestic or financial challenges / problems
b. Proverbs 25:19 says confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth and a foot out of joint.
c. No matter what happens a pastor still has to minister.
3. Leaders who has moral weaknesses
a. A Leader with persistent problem of immorality would be problematic
b. 1 Timothy 5:2 says treat the younger as sisters with all purity.
c. A person who lives continually in sin is in rebellion against God
4. Leaders who have financial weakness
a. John 12:5-6 – why was not the ointment sold for 300 pence and given to the poor. He did not carte for the poor but was just a thief.
5. Leaders who are worldly. 2 Timothy 4:10; “For Demas hath forsaken me having loved this present world”
6. Leaders who think they can do what you are doing better than you can
a. Remember Absalom in 2 Samuel 15:4; “ O that I were made judge in the land, that every man which hath any suit or curse might come unto me, and I would do him justice”
7. Any leader who is prepared to attack his own Father or Senior in the ministry
a. Beware of those who will come to you to say negative things about their leaders
i. Remember Absalom – 2 Samuel 16:11
8. Wounded Leaders – (Jacob in the Wilderness) (Please understand your credentials as distinct from word)
a. Dig into the history of rebels. You will discover that they have been hurt by something that was said or done to them earlier. 2 Samuel 13:22; “Absalom hated Amnon because he had forced his sister Tamar.
Prayer: All deep seated wounds in your life shall dry up today; it shall not bear fruits in Jesus name.
9. Leaders who are not prepared to be trained or re-trained in the ministry.
a. These people will often say;
i. “I was a leader before I joined” What he is saying is that; “I have already trained, your training is unnecessary.
10. Leaders who are not prepared to do menial jobs
a. The Disciples did menial jobs. They were ushers, waiters, errand boys and scavengers.
b. Without shame, they collected the baskets of left over bread, crumbs and fish bones in front of thousands of people.
c. They were sent on errands to buy food.
d. Jesus taught us the importance of being a hands on leader
e. Luke 22:27; “I am among you as he that serveth”
f. Matthew 18:3; “Except ye become as little children, ye shall not enter.
g. An evangelist must start with menial jobs
11. A leader with a persistently stormy marriage – 1 Timothy 3:4
a. We must strive to keep our homes.
b. Everybody has difficulties in marriage – honest truth
12. Leader who are irritated and reactionary every time they correct them.
a. Ecclesiastes 4:13; “Better is a poor and wise child than an old and foolish king, who will no more be admonished.
b. Peter was neither irritated nor reactionary when Jesus rebuked him harshly.
c. Matthew 16:23; “But he turned and said unto Peter get behind me Satan.
13. A person who gives excuses and continue to justifies himself
a. When a simple instruction turns into a prolong debate – problem.
14. A person who does not keep promises.
15. A leader who is vying for promotion and recognition
a. 1 Kings 1:5 Adonijah – exalted himself saying; “I will be King”
b. Watch out for position conscious people.
16. A person who is an unknown factor.
a. A new person is a potential traitor until proved otherwise. Remember that when the disciples had to choose someone to replace Judas, they picked someone who had been with them long enough. Acts 1:21-22, (Verse 26 Mathias)
17. A leader who has never been criticized
a. Will think there is truth in the criticism leveled until they too come under fire
18. A leader who does not say Amen or smile while you are preaching. Jeremiah 1:8 “Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the Lord.
19. A person who does not take notes when you are preaching
a. Revelation 21:5 – “…he said unto me, write, for these words are true and faithful”
20. A person who is not faithful in another person’s work.
a. Luke 16:12, “And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man’s, who shall give you that which is your own?
21. A leader who does not pay tithes and offering.
a. Malachi 3:8
22. Leader who do not attend certain meeting
a. Take note of those who constantly absent themselves from certain meetings
b. Remember how Thomas was absent when Jesus appeared after His resurrection.
c. Judas was always moving in and out of meeting and Thomas absence while Jesus appeared led to his doubts.
23. A person who approves of someone who makes wrong decisions.
24. Leaders who are not prepared to do things they did not choose to do.
a. Note those who will only like to do things they are personally interested in.
25. A person who poisons you about others.
a. He speaks negatively about somebody to you, will speak negatively about you to somebody.
b. 1 Timothy 3:11
26. A leader who is not prepared to embrace the philosophy, the standard, the vision, the procedures and the spirit of the house, wants to do things his own way.
27. A person who manipulates his way into leadership without serving his way into that leadership position
o Joshua served Moses
o Elisha served Elijah
a. 2 Kings 3:11, “But Jehoshaphat said, is there here not a prophet, they answered, here is Elisha which poured water on the hands of Elijah.
28. A leader who does not stay around or mingle and interact with other church members.
a. Some Pastors behave like a Prime Minister than a Shepherd of God’s flock
i. John 10:14; “I am the good Shepherd and I saw my sheep and they know me.
29. A leader who has a jezebel for a wife.
a. 1 Kings 21:7, “And Jezebel his wife said unto him, dost thou now govern the kingdom, arise and eat bread…..”
30. A person who constantly shifts the blame to other people
a. A good leader says, “it’s my fault”
i. Genesis 3:12, “the woman whom thou gave to me she gave me the ….
31. A leader who thinks too much money is being spent on the head i.e. the boss
a. Remember how Judas opposed the expensive gift given to his pastor – Jesus
b. John 12:5, “why was not the ointment sold for three hundred pence and given to the poor.
c. Judas like all disloyal people felt it was a waste to spend such an amount of money on the pastor.
32. A leader who is unduly guest, reserved and detached
a. The Bible says that Absalom said nothing for two years. It was after 2years he decided to have a party.
33. A leader who is always late to meetings
a. Lateness is a reflection of the unwillingness of the person to be a part of the meeting.
34. A leader who feels he knows the mindset of the organization and therefore does not bother to ask important questions
35. A leader who has not been involved in practical ministry work.
a. These set of people will work with theory
b. We need people who have seen the practical workings of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit and the Word of God.
c. People who have lied through successes, mistakes, betrayals, the high and the lows of ministry.
36. A leader who does not contribute to a joint effort which is intended to bless the ministry.
37. A leader who has not been tested by time. Time reveals many important things
38. Refusal to promote corporate or global vision.
a. Nurturing personal ministry while serving in a ministry. Matthew 22:14, “for many are called, but few are chosen”
b. Time reveals the difference between those chosen and those called.
c. Time alone will differentiate between men and the boys
d. Many of our theories and analysis will only be proved with time.
e. If you want to know if someone will be loyal, commend the person to God and to time.
Finally, the Bible says in 2 Samuel 19:10; “And Absalom, whom we anointed to rule over us, has died in battle. The consequence of disloyalty in Ministry is death.
GOOD DEEDS ARE NOT DUE BY WALKING INTO A CHURCH. THEY ARE DUE BY WALKING OUTSIDE AND HELPING OTHERS