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My Answer to Preventing Financial Scandals: The Fear of God
In recent years, we have heard of churches globally that have been marred by financial scandals.
Famous pastors and Christian leaders make the news for all the wrong reasons, leaving many disillusioned.
I have been asked on more than one occasion: “Why do these men and women of God fall?”
You don’t have to be a Bible scholar to connect the dots.
Modern Christianity has pivoted towards the love and grace of God, while at the same time neglecting and abandoning the teachings on the fear of God.
Yet the Bible characterized the great leaders as having the fear of God in their leadership – Jesus, Moses, Joseph, David, Noah, Abraham, Nehemiah, Job, King Uzziah, Cornelius and many more. (Just do a search.) What’s even more interesting is that loving God as a leadership trait is conspicuously missing.
Let’s look at one of them:
Nehemiah 5:15 (NLT)
The former governors, in contrast, had laid heavy burdens on the people, demanding a daily ration of food and wine, besides forty pieces of silver. Even their assistants took advantage of the people. But because I feared God, I did not act that way.
Nehemiah did not abuse his power because he had the fear of God.
In the secular and corporate worlds, there are systems of checks and balances, accountability, and even whistleblowing.
All these are necessary.
In Heart of God Church, we have put in place external controls (thanks to our independent auditors, professionals and board members).
But while secular leaders have external controls, godly leaders also have eternal and internal controls – the Fear of God.
The fear of God gives us internal controls.
It does not rely on laws, policies or external systems of control.
It is written in our hearts.
We also have eternal controls.
One day, when we die and enter eternity, we will have to face God and be accountable to Him.
In my message The Lost Truths: Fear of God, I share more and give a personal example to illustrate why eternal and internal controls are the best form of accountability.
When you have the fear of God, you will have accountability even if no one is looking.
Accountability is the practical outworking of the fear of God.
Hebrews 4:13 (NLT)
Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and he is the one to whom we are accountable.
Pastors and leaders, let’s have the fear of God.
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