LET ME EXPLAIN JUST WHAT I MEAN . . . .
5 CHARACTERISTICS THAT WILL MAKE YOU RAISE YOUR EYEBROWS
SIN│is a criminal act against God! We are all criminals because we fall short of God’s Glory (Romans 3:23). The Bible succinctly declares our criminality as sinners who are hopeless outside of Jesus Christ. With our best foot placed forward, our righteous behavior would not gain us the privilege of entering into God’s eternal Kingdom.
So there! Let us not place our self righteousness above others. Even Paul shouted in his letter with utter terror when he looked from within and analyzed his life in comparison to Jesus his Savior: “O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord (Rom 7:28)!” Paul believed in introspection and moral leadership.
However viewer, the difference between a reprobate (a depraved, unprincipled, or wicked person: a drunken reprobate) and me is that the reprobate is a criminal without Christ, and I am a criminal saved by Jesus’ one act of laying down His life for me so that I can be permanently decriminalized when glorification comes at the Second Coming.
It follows that through prayer and confession I am “decriminalized,” “released” from guilt without “bond;” the keys to Satan’s jail snatched right from his fingers daily, hourly, or moment by moment and instantly brought back into a relationship with my God. Without Jesus all humanity stands jailed on an “Alcatraz” in the center of a bay of guilt with no possible escape from criminality (see 2 Timothy 2:26). Thank God for Jesus!
But now that we understand that we are saved from our criminality, what happens when leaders abandon introspection and moral leadership who are imperfect criminals?
NOW LET ME MAKE THE CASE:
BUT│what about our leaders who govern over an institution such as our local Conference and other entities of the World Church? Do they sin and fall short of God’s glory? Most certainly! Their human criminality and behavior stand open to heaven’s radar of justice.
So it’s like this: before our leaders can refer to workers as outlaws, they have to consider their criminality first since all accuser(s) are born with a “criminal mind” that is bent against God. So my case for you to consider is: How can some of the leaders of the Southwest Region Conference think of themselves as “less” of a criminal than pastors/members when they are sinners too? Is it because our leadership lacks introspection and moral leadership?
Failure to spiritually look within their hearts sometimes flaunts another “kind” of leadership as they view their righteousness as being above their fellow brothers and sisters that paves the way for unrighteous behavior, unrighteous decisions, unrighteous evaluations, and unrighteous terminations and relocations of workers; because they will always proclaim in the name of their self righteousness that they are “doing” the Lord’s will. Their quest to carve out a legacy for the future or secure more power, often causes “clandestine” administrators to forget the words of Christ: “Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets. To apply the Golden Rule from Jesus’ mind it takes introspection and moral leadership.
In retrospect, according to the Golden Rule principle, this current President would not want to be mistreated, relocated to a district like El Paso or forced into retirement as he administered the moves of other pastors in the past year. He would squeal for mercy.
NOW, DOES THE BIBLE ILLUSTRATE AND WARN AGAINST UNIMPEDED HUMAN CRIMINALITY WITHIN LEADERSHIP│ Let us briefly look in the bible at one lengthy history of criminal minds at work within a real historical leadership event that makes my point. Simply, when Israel wanted a human person rather than God over them, God gave them their “desire” since they wanted to be like other nations. But God warned the Israelites about the “criminal mind” within leadership and future atrocities that would be committed by Israel’s kings.
Bible history confirms that eventually the kings of Israel turned into a “religious organized mob” because the kings failed to have any real introspection (the examination or observation of one’s own mental and emotional processes); thus leaving God and eventually becoming dependent on their own tainted wisdom.
Failed introspection and moral leadership open a dark door of the worst kind of treatment to the people they were supposed to be leading. The sad result of being sent back to Babylon where they originally came from indicated that “grace” had left an entire nation; basically because of their inhumanity to humanity. (2 Kings 25:1-11)
Drawing a comparison to our current Conference leaders who are running the Southwest Region Conference, who are sinners who put “material possessions” above God and people, similar to Israel, the leaders of the SWRGC seem to me to REFLECT “mob like” characteristics (View the 5 Characteristics below). Without introspection and moral leadership, it is possible for any organization to emulate mob behavior including a religious organization such as the Southwest Region Conference, because they have forgotten the meaning of “moral leadership. “Moral Leadership is a very different kind of leadership. Rather than aspiring to being followed, Moral Leaders aim to serve. Instead of showcasing their own skills, Moral Leaders tend to develop the capacities of others (www.globalethicsnetwork.org).”
BELIEVE IT OR NOT│within a Christian denomination or Conference such as the SWRGC by definition these mob characteristics do exist. So you might even say that Constituency Meeting might be described as picking who will be our next mob/godfather leader. Too bad Jimmy Carter will not be present to make sure that the election is fair and the present godfather has not suppressed constituent confidence with underworld threats like, “I will make you an offer that you can’t refuse!” Yeh right! I hope I don’t end up with a horse head in my bed when I wake up in the morning just before the election. Judging by what has taken place in the last year we shouldn’t be knocked out of our socks when we see the future mob actions, mob terminations, mob relocations considering the lack of introspection and moral leadership of the present clandestine leaders?
Once the election comes to an end and if the incumbent overcomes the negative perception that hovers over his administration, “hits” will be issued on his perceived enemies; and good pastors will die in the workplace once again. You can believe that!
NOW, BY DEFINITION OF AN ORGANIZED CRIMINAL MOB EXPERTS REVEAL│ “that organized crime groups, whether traditional mob families or street gangs, have a number of common characteristics.” And so, does the SWRGC leadership have similar characteristics of a religious criminal Mob? Check this out:
CHARACTERISTIC 1: “Organized crime thrives on supplying illegal goods and services for which a large number of people are willing to pay.
Now come on! But it’s true! Believe it or not POWER is a drug in demand. Once someone gets it the more power addicted leaders want; and power corrupts. Consequently, leaders without introspection and the moral capacity to lead are never satisfied and will do whatever it takes to get more power from someone who has it. The President can say to someone he needs to gain more influence, “If you do this I will supply you with this.” And many Constituents buy this power through commitment of loyalty, money or kissing the President’s you know what. Most Presidents fail to undergo self introspection and never consider Moral Leadership.
CHARACTERISTIC 2: “The goal of organized crime groups is to make money; members also gain a sense of pride, power, and protection. “
Look at this characterized picture like this. The growth of tithe in the SWRGC becomes the mantra of all presidents past and present. If a minister does not perform well in growing the tithe in his district, that pastor’s j-o-b is history, regardless of the status and financial composition of members.
I heard one person from the General Conference speaking on stewardship who said: “show me a person who doesn’t have a job who can return their tithes.” In more direct words, you can’t squeeze juice out of a banana peel even if you juice it with some other juice. Preachers are being juiced with relocations, termination and a faulty retirement scheme which indicate an abandonment of Moral Leadership and no introspection—all because of tithe loss in their local church.
CHARACTERISTIC 3: “Groups have what is called a pyramid power structure like legal businesses. In legitimate businesses, there is a boss called the chief executive officer (CEO), under the CEO are vice presidents, treasurers, advisers, accountants, lawyers, technical staff, and so on. ARE YOU SEEING THIS PICTURE?
Organized crime has a boss, advisers who work closely with the boss and assign tasks to different crews, captains who run the different crews, soldiers who carry out the physical work and act out tasks from collecting money to killing people, and men with special skills.”
The current President/godfather has built his pyramid system of advisers, crews, accountants, even lawyers and faithful soldiers. How else could he have misappropriated the funds on camp improvements and willfully withheld information from you the constituent—by refusing self introspection and no foresight for Moral Leadership.
CHARACTERIS 4: “Members are extremely loyal and committed; they go through initiation rituals, take oaths, and swear to secrecy. Those under bosses are reportedly loyal to this President.” Has this President told anyone the whole story or anyone else in that office? Shouldn’t you know the truth before the bad is revealed?
The Secretary/Vice President, Treasurer/Vice President, Ministerial, and Under Treasurer have kissed the godfather’s ring of loyalty and sworn allegiance to him. But, are they willing to go down for their godfather in a nasty territorial war and power struggle that will soon take place in September?
CHARACTERISTIC 5: “Punishment for members who stray might be demoted to a lower rank or, depending on their offense, death. Well, let’s not go there but we could say death as describing the loss of income and employment.”
Those who are in the President’s mainstream will be rewarded. But the treasurer and Secretary might be on the godfathers list of hits if he gets back in.
FINAL CONCLUSION: “During the mid-twentieth century, organized crime in the United States was dominated by the American Mafia whose “godfathers,” meaning founders, were of Italian and Sicilian descent. In the latter half of the century, other groups appeared and grew in number, including motorcycle gangs, street gangs, and by the 1990s, organized crime units with home bases in other countries.”
What I want you to grasp is: when people don’t matter and agendas are more important, the local conference unknowingly/knowingly are eventually possessed with similar characteristics of an organized MOB. Infiltrated into the halls of Lanark Street. As an employee or member your godfather might say when you confront him, “Say hello to my little friend.” This could be interpreted as meaning, “good night and sweet dreams.” You figure it out!
HAS THE SWRC BECOME AN ORGANIZED MOB?
Read more: Organized Crime – Characteristics Of Organized Crime – Gangs, Boss, Power, and Tasks – JRank Articles http://law.jrank.org/pages/11942/Organized-Crime-Characteristics-organized-crime.html#ixzz3dtpAqxVN
 The New King James Version (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982), Ro 7:24–25.
 The New King James Version (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982), Mt 7:12.