Addressing Leadership Pitfalls in Africa (Correcting)

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“Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness” (Gal 6:1)

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Address Leadership Pitfalls in Africa Correcting Galatians 6:1

It’s the elephant in the room that no one any longer wants to talk about: The church is as characterised by sin as the world is and no one’s doing anything about it. Click image to enlarge.

At some stage in the last few decades the church in South Africa made peace with sin. Oh, we’re not given over to complete licentiousness but, like holy hypocrites, we tolerate it in our midst. Our young folk “wobble on the tracks” and we ignore it because “all teenagers go through that phase”. We turn a blind eye to our ladies whose idle chatter amounts to gossip. We’ve ceased to challenge those caught in sexual sin (Gal 5:19), confront those dabbling in spiritualisms (Gal 5:20a), tackle those who engage in all manner of animosities (Gal 5:20b) or face up to the other “such like[s]” described as the fruit of the flesh in Galatians 5.

When a believer strays from the straight and narrow Godly leaders must intervene for the good of the individual (Mt 18:15 – 20) and righteous testimony of the body. Sin is a gangrenous contaminant; unchecked its corruption multiplies. Paul speaking to this very topic says, “Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?” (1 Cor 5:6). However painful the process might be, correction, and even church discipline, is an act of grace rather than an act of vengeance (1 Cor 5:5).

How uncomfortable it is for one sinner to stand before another, with integrity, and plead them to holiness. For this reason church leaders must be characterised by two indispensible traits: we’re to be exemplifiers of truth (2 Tim 2:21 – 23) and we’re to be pursuers of truth (2 Tim 2:21 – 23). We’re at war with sin. The battle lines are drawn and forces amassed. We’re to fight sin in our lives, our families, our churches and this world. It can no longer be tolerated, stomached or condoned.

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Mark Penrith (352 Posts)

Mark is a pastor at Crystal Park Baptist Church. Crystal Park Baptist Church is a community of regenerated believers who confess Jesus Christ as Lord; gathered together for teaching, worship, fellowship and evangelism. Mark is married to Liezl, has three children, Kaitlyn, Kathryn and Thomas and loves preaching, writting and thinking.


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