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Leadership - 2. The Law of Influence

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H. Measuring leadership
Psalm 82:1-8

Many passages in Scripture declare God to the Ultimate Judge (Ps. 7:8, 9:8, 10:18; 26:1; Prov. 31:9; Is. 1:17)

But before the final Day of Judgment, God uses his leaders to vindicate His people and urge the wicked to repent. God has entrusted His leaders with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, through which men can be delivered from final judgment. Listen to the Lord’s promise to His people: “I will restore your judges as at the first.” (Is. 1:26) Spiritual leaders are to take this task seriously to use their influence to promote justice. This differentiates true judges from false judges:

1. True Judges
Chosen and appointed by God (Deut 16:18)
Responsible for certain area (2 Chr. 19:5)
Righteous and trustworthy (Deut. 16:18)

2. False Judges
Rule by their own power (Jer. 5:30-31)
Lead others astray (Mic. 3:5)
Irresponsible, selfish (Mic. 3:1-2)

I. Can’t Force Action
Ezekiel 14:12-14

Even the best leaders cannot force followers to act. God says even three of His choice servants – Noah, Daniel, and Job – could not save rebellious Judah. All three were full of integrity, character, and discipline, totally competent and responsible to do the right thing. Yet God says even they could save only themselves.

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