“True the elders are accountable but they are not accountable for sheep that do not obey.” – Anonymous leader
It alarms me that this statement comes out from one of the promising leader in the congregation. In the headship order and flow of leadership in a body that organism this fraction will certainly show a proportion of overall relationship and sentiment of that church direction. It is scary to understand that this group will only accountable and associate with an individual God children when you only obey to them. These leaders tend to misconstrue ‘obey’ as explained, ‘hopakouo’ (G5219) rather than the actual ‘peitho’ (G3982) as describe in the book of Hebrews 13:17.
(Heb 13:17 KJV) OBEY them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.
It is understood Greek, ‘hopakouo’ literally mean ‘to listen, to place attention to a command or to compliance and submit to obey’. On different description, ‘peitho’ refer to ‘persuade or be persuaded to have faith, induce to believe by relationship and winnable favor or trusting and be confident to yield, listen and thereafter comply’!
“OBEY them” in that verse does not come by ‘hopakouo’ forcing to listen and comply with that leadership norms, rules and expectations. But being in ‘peitho’ persuaded or yield a conviction of trust and believe the leader have the charisma and confident to be rule over by them. In explanation those leaders are given to appointment does not instinctive empower in leadership but by means of earning those reverence and capability as their chosen leader.
That’s why by means of not meeting up to those abusive leader standards you will be identified and viewed as defiance and he testify not to be held accountable to you as a sheepfold to Christ.
These truly are a shocking intention and bring insult to our Lord himself as he proclaimed his commandment of sacrifice for us free to the lost and disobedient sheep’s to win them back to the salvation of Jesus Christ. Whether the sheep believe, disobey and distrust in their faith to the Lord we must not abandon them on hope into God’s calling and accountability to Jesus Christ charged. Salvation belong to God (Rev 7:10) not at accredit reason of doing good and reciprocal something in exchange to accountability and association. (Luke 6:35) We must exercise ‘peitho’, persuade them by the grace of God to obey towards the righteous calling instead of practicing ‘hopakouo’ command and impose people to obey and articulate house conformity or else be cast away and be unaccountable for by the congregation as a measure of chastisement. Jesus endlessly called us to be a Good Shepherd to guide by exemplary in God’s love and servant hood to our neighbor as ourselves. He knew along this is where the basis of Christianity Leadership and the fruit of his chosen and anointed one is selected. (Matt 22:40)
“Blessed is the man who does not fall away on account of me.” Jesus Christ proclaimed. (Matt 11:6 NIV) He knew that many will reject and abuse his teaching and instruction by leading his sheep’s into a heap of confusion and astray to death. He knew that at the end times many Christians will not hold accountable to him the same desert his words. Those leaders will manipulate his pure words in an egocentric approach with corrupt order of submission to men in pretext and masquerade as wolves in sheep clothing.
As learned from biblical account as wickedness persist the people will rise up against the abusive leader and the saga will relented with the obedience of God as priority rather than men understanding (Act 5:29) in our vow of obedience into His righteousness way.
Take note of God mission is about His own people it is not an acquisitive mean to achieve his cause but rather a direct and simple straight approach in setting his love and relationship across boundaries on an uncharted course to save mankind.
It is right at this point know where our adventure and answerability began!