Please Start Judging Immediately!

If you’ve stopped judging, get at it again. If you never judged, get started. If you are judging some, please increase judging now! If you have been or just starting judging, get better and better at it!

The Meaning of Words

Hearing differing discussions of criticism, judgment, and optimism, we first consider the meaning of words. Most of the time the meaning of words separates people in the discussion and leave a misunderstanding between them.

When you say, “Criticism is always bad,” you must define your terms lest you call Jesus, Paul, James, John – the Bible – and every decent kingdom leader of history “bad.” The difference between judgment in a condemning sense and judgment in a proving sense is considerable. In reality, the use of the word “judgment” is often as misleading as the fact that people have assumptions about it’s meaning: many assume any judgment means “punishment” when the word does not always mean condemnation.

Even then, the question of condemnation is simply that condemnation is built into creation. If we sin, our sin condemns us: we are already condemned. That’s why Jesus came to save us, not condemn us. We were already condemned.

People mistake the need for discipline with the need for punishment. Both are God designed but we don’t do punishment as parents or kingdom leaders. Punishment is for civil government and God in the ultimate sense. The question of punishment always comes back to pardon: we are punished for what is not pardoned.

“Judge Not”

Oswald Chambers: “Jesus’ instructions with regard to judging others is very simply put; He says, ‘Don’t.’ The average Christian is the most piercingly critical individual known. Criticism is one of the ordinary activities of people, but in the spiritual realm nothing is accomplished by it. The effect of criticism is the dividing up of the strengths of the one being criticized.”

Mr Chambers, as well as others, reads the word “judgment” in the sense of punishment or permanent condition. Ascribing to a person a set condition: You are a liar with the sense that “you will always be a liar” is much different than identifying that someone has told a lie. By definition, telling a lie makes someone a liar, but that doesn’t mean that “liar” should be carved on his or her forehead as if their lying is intrinsic to their identity.

Identifying a lie that identifies a liar isn’t judgment for punishment, at least, it isn’t forbidden to recognize a lie and recognize a liar. However, doing so is judgment.

Chambers continues: “The Holy Spirit is the only one in the proper position to criticize, and He alone is able to show what is wrong without hurting and wounding. It is impossible to enter into fellowship with God when you are in a critical mood. Criticism serves to make you harsh, vindictive, and cruel, and leaves you with the soothing and flattering idea that you are somehow superior to others. Jesus says that as His disciple you should cultivate a temperament that is never critical. This will not happen quickly but must be developed over a span of time. You must constantly beware of anything that causes you to think of yourself as a superior person.”

Here is powerful Biblical truth! The identification of the problem is different from the discipline of the behavior it produces. The work of Holy Spirit both internally within people and toward people through His operation in leaders and other believers takes people to places inside themselves they shouldn’t go without Him.

The ministry of freedom always engages in the discovery of hidden things, at the root of the behaviors they produce. Only Holy Spirit operating through leaders and within a person can provide the pathway of discovery so the grace of the Cross can be applied to the roots issues.

Discerning these spiritual conditions isn’t license to offer criticism but to wait for Holy Spirit to surface what He intends to heal, cleanse, break, and destroy that is foreign to spiritual wholeness.

On the other hand, this “trying of spirits” is critical mass for leadership because it is the stuff of kingdom leadership.

As Mr Chambers points out, the fear of man becomes a demanding desire, a motivation, for superiority, and the penchant to bite and devour in order to diminish others opens ways to elevate the person offering the criticism. This is the negative sense of the term “criticism.” We call this “blind criticism” because it doesn’t seek to apply critical thinking through spiritual discernment and revelation to the process. It merely wishes to find something to gripe about so the individual offering the destructive criticism can diminish others.

This condition we avoid through maturity and submission to Holy Spirit and leaders who examine our hearts: but, this process of maturity doesn’t assume that the work of Holy Spirit or leaders is “criticism.”

Then, Mr Chambers offers this: “There is no escaping the penetrating search of my life by Jesus. If I see the little speck in your eye, it means that I have a plank of timber in my own (see Matthew 7:3-5). Every wrong thing that I see in you, God finds in me. [Emphasis mine.] Every time I judge, I condemn myself (see Romans 2:17-24).

“Stop having a measuring stick for other people. There is always at least one more fact, which we know nothing about, in every person’s situation. The first thing God does is to give us a thorough spiritual cleaning. After that, there is no possibility of pride remaining in us. I have never met a person I could despair of, or lose all hope for, after discerning what lies in me apart from the grace of God.”

Powerful! “I have never met a person I could despair of!” That means I see the power of the Cross, not that I become blind either in criticism or denial of root issues.

Of course, applying Mr Chambers’s words generally to leadership dynamics negates clear Scriptural instruction, but his analysis of blind criticism is powerful. His conclusion should be our conclusion: if I reach a place of despair with any person, I have missed the meaning of “judge not,” and “without the measure you use to measure, you will also be measured.”

Critical thinking and blind criticism helps us reach the meaning of Jesus’ words. Our definition of “criticism” and “judge” may be inadequate if they become generalizations that contradict with Bible thinking.

Prove by Test

When I “prove the spirit to be of God,” I do not criticize in the sense of “blind criticism.” I use critical thinking with spiritual discernment to reach a SpiritFirst conclusion and decision. I assess, as a form of judgment, with no regard for punishment, only discipline.

My goal is to agree with God’s assessment, to recognize God by distinguishing other spiritual sources. John is giving instruction about this to others because he has a history of expertise and experience about this very thing.

Note that John is functioning at the level and scope of his leadership, and he is asking those to whom he addresses this inspired teaching to do the same. He isn’t saying, “You are responsible for everything spiritual thing in the universe. You are responsible for the spirits that influence you at whatever level you live. “Don’t trust everything spiritual.” Not everything spiritual is good.

The critical thinking applied here doesn’t involve punishment since we aren’t authorized to punish spirits that are not of God. John speaks of the critical thinking that produces discipline.

Discipline means I embrace or reject, as a process of training and practice, what should be included and avoided by separation, making a decision or solving a problem about what should be given permission to influence my life.

This is a critical spiritual exercise, especially one for kingdom leaders since it is a measurement of their leadership.

We prove the spiritual sources so that we trust what comes from God and reject what comes through the influences available in the cosmic system (the world) controlled by the enemy of the Father.

Proving and Testing

The Bible gives clear instructions for proving. Proving and testing require critical thinking, not blind criticism. The Bible word translates, dokimazo, a term meaning, “test, prove, examine; distinguish by testing, approve after testing; determine to be fit by a process.”

Here are some Bible examples:

We prove the leaders sent to us by what the leaders who prepared and positioned have to say about them. [2 Corinthians 8:22 and others.] We prove leaders that we allow into leadership and send to other as leaders. [For example, those that serve, as in 1 Timothy 3:10, and others.]

We prove all (in the sense that we are responsible to test whatever comes into our level and scope of authority and responsibility). [Ephesians 5:10] We prove God’s good, acceptable, and complete will. [Romans 12:2]

Immediately we engage in proving and testing, we operate in discernment and revelation from Holy Spirit, and use critical thinking to organize our thoughts with the information we receive to reach conclusions. With this critical thinking, we make decisions and solve problems. That’s leadership at any level and scope: personal, family, and kingdom, cultural, spiritual.

“The Measure by Which You Measure”

Jesus didn’t have any problem mentioning to the woman at the well that she had had several husbands and the man she was with at that time wasn’t. He didn’t do that to judge her, but He did make a judgment decision when He spoke those words. He didn’t contradict His own, “Judge not,” but He did make a decision to speak those words that certainly assessed her present condition.

Did He judge her? No. Did He judge her? Yes. It is inescapable that He judged her by the proper definition of the word, but He didn’t judge her in the sense that He was about to punish her with everlasting judgment. He wasn’t condemning her because she was already condemned. He was judging the reality of her previous decisions and present situation however, in the sense of critical thinking, not blind criticism.

He brings up the subject, and she doesn’t feel condemnation from Jesus even though His words uncover her root issues.

Beware the rather ridiculous assumption that awareness of a person’s condition is criticism and judgment. To identify a liar isn’t to judge him or her even though a person who lies is a liar: to act as if they tell the truth or they can be trusted or they are honest so you avoid being judgmental is purely ridiculous!

Judgment has to do with decision-making, and redemption affords all kingdom leaders with the glorious privilege of providing good news. “You are indeed messed up, but God can clean up your mess. I’m here to help and lead you through that process.”

Beware the modern mistake of assuming the only way to avoid judging people is to ignore sin, the devil, or call it good through some weird mental gymnastic that helps you say, “You don’t know that God loves you and as soon as you figure that out all will be well. God is here now to ignore your condition into oblivion. He is the great denier of reality.” Duh.

There is no Gospel of the kingdom in that!

Let’s hear Jesus speak before we tell Jesus what He means by what He says.

“Judge not that you be not judged. For by what judgment you judge, you will be judged, and by what measure you measure, you will be measured.”

Actually, Jesus doesn’t say, “Judge not.”

Reading Mr Chambers above, however, I firmly agree. With regard to judging, Jesus is clear, “Don’t.” Of course, Mr Chambers goes on to make it clear that he defines “judge” in this sense as “blind judgment,” not critical thinking that reaches a conclusion. He says, “The effect of criticism is the dividing up of the strengths of the one being criticized.” That is blind criticism.

What Jesus actually says is, “Judge not if you can’t be judged by the same judgment, for judging exposes more you as well as others, and the measurement by which you measure will measure you.”

Mr Chambers immediately sees this conclusion in the matter as well: “There is no escaping the penetrating search of my life by Jesus.” We always judge from a position in which the process penetrates our own lives with Truth because we are using SpiritFirst critical thinking. We always destroy ourselves with deception when we engage in blind criticism because we further cover the sin that needs cleansing.

Consider the “restore the one who errs with meekness lest you also be tested” phrase from Galatians in this context. You cannot restore someone who sins if you cannot decide that he has does so, but the process of restoration engages critical thinking and your own heart must be examined by the other person’s failure to pass the test.

Blind Criticism

Blind criticism would simply identify the person. Critical thinking engages the process of restoration, discipline, leadership, and reconciliation. Decisions must be made, but punishment is never in the framework of the process.

In my experience, the people carrying the “Judge not” signs in the protest parade are the ones engaging in the blind criticism most. They judge those they consider to be judging. They measure those they accuse of measuring. They dishonor those they accuse of dishonor. They hate those they accuse of not loving. This is the mark of blind criticism. It is destructive to the person engaging in the process because they are not positioned to function or refuse to function in critical thinking according to God’s order.

In other words, we see kingdom leaders consistently and constantly engaged in critical thinking in order to make decisions and solve problems. They make judgments and enforce judgments, but they never punish. Unlike government and God, kingdom leaders do not punish: punishment comes only where there is not pardon.

In terms of kingdom leadership, both in the family and the kingdom per se, the roles and responsibilities of leaders include critical thinking, discipline, measurements, testing, and proving. They command and demand, but they never put you in jail if you don’t follow orders; disobedience requires no such punishment in the kingdom because the rebellious simply disqualify themselves from the process. Then, we behave toward them as illegitimate children or outsiders to the kingdom, beginning the process of evangelizing them all over again.

Those who engage in blind criticism punish those they judge and measure with biting words designed to diminish and destroy them. They poison people with pain. They bite and devour to intimidate. They manipulate and mangle, overcompensating their sense of powerlessness by attacking others in what they perceive to be or actually are areas of weakness.

Word Study

We judge using critical thinking, “intelligent comparison and contrast based on God’s word” [Thayer], arriving at conclusions by which we approve (prefer above another option) what is correct and reject what is inferior not preferred in the conclusions we’ve reached.

Jesus says, “I am not empowered to do things of Myself. I judge only as I hear, and My judgment is just, for I seek not to please Myself but Him who sent Me.” (John 5:30)

Consider the discussion points above now in this light: Jesus is authorized to judge by His Father, but He makes it clear that He represents the Father and Jesus judges only by SpiritFirst critical thinking using discernment and revelation.

“Judge” comes from the sense of making distinction, separating, assessment, and may be applied in several ways to what happens when distinction are being made the leaders role of the person making them.

Parents judge every day, as do kingdom leaders. Government leaders judge every day but applied the conclusions of the critical thinking in very different ways because of their role in society.

So, the application of judging depends upon the role of the person, who has authorized them, and the level and scope of their authority and responsibility. When we step out of that place, we encounter the response of judgment equal to what we have released.

For example, if a parent judges the behavior of a child for the purpose of nurture, training, and discipline, the child has no recourse but obedience or disobedience in terms of receiving their decision and problem solving. If the child judges his parents, he immediately steps into judgment at the level and scope of decision making and problem solving he judges. He suddenly finds himself judged as if he were the adult, the parent, the person positioned by God to rear children. He cannot do that and maintain honor, so he breaks the commandment and condemns himself by his decision.

In this same light we can better understand Paul’s comments in discussion of dealing with the man living in matrimonial perversion: ‘deliver this man over to satan for the destruction of his fleshly nature.’

At first glance, we are left to wonder about what that means! Yet, we understand that this man refuses to receive discipline, mocks marriage, and is called a brother, so the discipline necessary comes from Jesus, Paul being present in spirit, and the action taken positions this man to be judged by the judgment that he has used to judge his leaders.

He instantly experiences the nature of his own condemnation; his sin condemns him already, and punishment comes only from lack of pardon.

Paul says, “I have already judged this man.”

The man’s sin already condemns him. God has already made a decision about this kind of immorality, severe enough that the entire Ecclesia should be ashamed that someone continues to be identified as a brother while committing this sin. The judgment comes from God’s previous decision, and with the power of Jesus present, and Paul visiting in spiritual reality, the leaders are to do a delivery that bring judgment distinction to the situation. The result desired will be the full restoration of this man to the faith as he ceases this sinful behavior. This is not punishment but redemptive response!

In Conclusion

Basic meaning of “Judge not so that you will not be judged” would be, “Don’t position yourself to make a judgment when that position will judge you as well.” Don’t be a hypocrite, by the modern meaning of the terms.

First of all, Jesus never says, “Judge not.” He always says, “If you wish to avoid what judging will produce in your own life, don’t do it.” [In both the Matthew and Luke recordings, at two different times of teaching.] He never says that no one can judge except God in the sense that no one can know what God thinks about someone or something.

Second, we can know for sure what God thinks about a lot of things because God has already told us His judgment decisions and opinions in His Word. God is also actively involved in the judging process here and now and has sent representatives through whom His decisions and opinions are communicated and enforced.

Third, judging means “distinguishing, separating, assessing, and deciding” with these various meanings being used based upon the level and scope of the person’s leadership and the nature of the critical thinking being applied to a persons or situation. So, we have distinct instances of God, Jesus, and their human representatives judging throughout Scripture.

Fourth, the statement, “only God can judge” does not ultimate significance in that God is the Source of judgment both here and now and the ultimate sense. But, that is a million miles from the idea that no judgment is going on here and now or that only God has any business making decisions and solving problems. God is the One who has given humans leaders to do exactly that in the family, kingdom, and cultures of man.

Fifth, the concept that all judgment was done at the Cross leaves a big whole to be filled with explanation, so I don’t jump to the conclusion that a person who makes the statement means to spout a slogan. I don’t know what each person who makes that statement means by it. If the idea here is that punishment and judgment is the same thing, we have an inadequate definition of both. If we are using this concept to say that no one can properly correct, confront, discipline, lead, train, love, honor, protect, nurture – well, you get the idea – we can’t do anything to lead without making decisions and solving problems. Judgment is critical thinking applied through leadership that ultimately comes from God and ultimately returns to God for final outcomes.

What Makes Church Work Properly?

The modern approach to Scripture starts with what we want and fits Scripture to it so that God appears to say what we are doing pleases Him. One of the best examples of this dysfunction comes from the often quoted “equipping the saints.”

Kingdom Leadership Dynamics for the Ecclesia

Paul opens our eyes to God’s leadership strategy in Ephesians 4. Jesus leaves earth, and bestows five different kinds of leaders upon the kingdom Ecclesia that function to prepare and position saints (holy ones) to serve within the Body to make the Body function efficiently and effectively. Paul uses the body metaphor to explain how these leadership dynamics produce the results Jesus wants for His church.

In one particular phrase, Paul uses the Greek word, katartizo, to define how these leadership dynamics operate and what they accomplish when they are doing what He designed them to do. Jesus gave the five dynamics of leadership to “katartizo” the holy ones so they can work the ministry within the Body of Christ.

“Equipping the saints” becomes a fundamental, spiritual health issue for the Ecclesia, and the proper meaning of the term, katartizo, grows in importance for a good understanding of how leadership works in the kingdom.

Like many words, this term has different facets of meaning depending upon the context in which it is used. For example, when the word is used in a medical sense, it can have the meaning of setting a bone so that it will heal properly. When it is used to speak of fishermen working on their nets, it means the nets are being repaired so that fish won’t slip through holes torn in the nets by previous use or strains from daily use. When the word is used to speak of military preparation, it speaks to the position and provision for soldiers, lining up archers with bows and arrows, putting horsemen who can ride on horses would be a way of understanding how the term fits military “equipping.”

Luke 6:40 says, “The student is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher.” “Fully trained” being katartizo as that term operates in the context of discipling. The meaning of “equipping” can be measured in discipling terms.

Should we use the medical context because Paul discusses the Ecclesia in the metaphor of a body? Should we use the military context since the Ecclesia has a warfare assignment that the gates of hell cannot withstand? Should we use the “perfecting” translation as if the context calls for a “maturing” of individual members of the Body? Or, should be use the discipling context because we are speaking of kingdom leadership dynamics bestowed by Jesus upon His kingdom Ecclesia?

Contextual Meaning

I propose that this term means, “Prepare and position,” in this context, and that this dual meaning best describes what Paul says about kingdom leadership. I see Paul’s point as “leaders position members of the Body to function, preparing them to function at optimum levels in ways consistent to and in coordination with the systems of the spiritual Body, the Ecclesia.

We cannot see the results Paul describes without both concepts; we need to see a discipling leadership method that both “prepares and positions.” The uses of the term all point to both these aspects.

Medically, preparation and positioning is needed for proper function as a part of a living organism, operating within the systems of that body. Militarily, preparation and positioning is needed for proper battle plan execution so each soldier is not only where he needs to be but ready with tools and weapons to do what he is prepared to do. Leadership wise, discipling methods that prepare and position are needed to realize the end results Paul describes, for he speaks of the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, reaching to a mature man.

This leads me to conclude that a great deal of the discussion about “equipping the holy ones” merely forces this important revelation into modern church growth structures and institutional organizational charts, as if teaching people to greet, usher, host, or watch the kids resembles what this Scripture pictures in this passage. Paul could not envision such an inadequate conclusion! Neither did Jesus bestow these five leadership dynamics upon the kingdom in order to get the floor swept, or Sunday morning service moving with efficiency.

Such an approach to Ecclesia is like taking an aspirin for an earthquake. (I think Oswald Chambers said.)

What is Church?

If you begin with the modern definition of “church,” you end up with a picture of “equipping” that Paul would not recognize. Paul would ask, “Nice, but where’s the Ephesians 4 implementation I wrote about in Ephesians 4?” Paul wasn’t imagining nor what Holy Spirit inspiring the apostle to describe church growth methods for modern churchanity. Paul was thinking of the kingdom Ecclesia representing Jesus as a called together into assembly cultural and legislative body capable of making kingdom decisions and enforcing kingdom influence with spiritual power for lasting impact!

Paul saw a game plan for conquest, a blueprint for construction, a training module for champions, and a method of leadership that prepared and positioned body parts to do their jobs well enough that the whole organism would represent the Son of God in society.

Church is “ekklesia.” This does not mean, “Call out.” Another Greek term was used to say, “Call out.” This does not mean, “called out of the world” since it doesn’t mean “called out” at all. Of course, we are called out of the world, but that is not what Jesus or any other Bible author says when the term “ekklesia” is used. So, the metaphor of the Ecclesia as a body, building, or bride, offers us a picture by which to understand Ecclesia, but none of them is Ecclesia because they are metaphors.

People are not really bladders, arms, eyeballs, and lymph nodes. People are not really bricks, windows, shingles, and electrical wiring. People are not really unmarried maidens wearing engagement rings and planning for their wedding day pictures.

Church can be understood from these, and the word Paul uses in Ephesians 4 speaks to the body metaphor in particular. It does not mean only that broken bones need to be set so they will properly heal, however, because there are many other body parts besides those that make up the skeletal system.

Ecclesia is the “called together assembly” that comes from within the kingdom, assembled to for specific assignment, to accomplish specific kingdom economic, cultural, governmental, and military purposes. In that sense, the “preparation and positioning” of the holy ones becomes more clear in any one of the metaphors for church.

The leaders Paul mentions are kingdom leaders and the people they prepare and position are kingdom citizens. The citizens obey and submit to the King’s sent representatives so the process of preparation and positioning can proceed. The leaders have the King’s blueprints for building, the King’s understanding of His body to produce His stature, and the King’s expectations for a prepared and positioned bride. While none of these metaphors “walk on all fours,” each of them helps us understand “prepared and positioned” in a fuller way.

The King Ain’t the One Doing This

The King isn’t doing this becomes the most obvious part of the kingdom leadership dynamics. The King doesn’t disciple anyone. The King doesn’t prepare and position anyone. The King doesn’t provide the leadership directly to the saints because He sends representatives to do that for Him.

Oddly enough, this challenges many modern believers. They confuse what Jesus does personally through His Holy Spirit in believers with what Jesus does corporately through His called together in assembly Ecclesia. What Jesus can do for a person individually and what Jesus wants that believer to do corporately are two very different things.

He has a strategy for preparing that includes discipling, testing, maturing, teaching, training, nurturing, correcting, and restoring. He has a strategy for positioning which includes blueprints, schematics, team building, relational covenant, and oneness.

Kingdom includes every person born into kingdom. A person must be born anew to see the kingdom; a person must be born anew to enter kingdom. Once they are born anew, their enlivened spirit begins to encounter Holy Spirit Who teaches, reveals, leads, convinces, motivates, and testifies within them. Once they are born anew, their kingdom citizenship brings them into contact with the king’s representatives who prepare and position them to function within the kingdom, a reality that Paul uses the “members of His Body” metaphor to explain in Ephesians 4.

How to Deal with False Accusations

Problem solving is a leadership dynamic. The wisdom to govern was the request of Solomon, for example, because he needed to make decisions and solve problems if he was to be king. Obviously, we are not kings, but we do represent the King as kingdom leaders.

As a kingdom leader, you deal with false accusations as a leader. I’m not talking about making this personal, because it is kingdom when a kingdom leader is falsely accused.

You cannot allow false accusations to take on a life of their own because you have authority and responsibility as a representative of the King. Saying, “Well, Jesus didn’t answer His accusers,” doesn’t fit the scenario if the false accusations our against your leadership assignment. Being passive is just another excuse to justify cowardice. On the other hand, dealing with the situation in fleshly anger, vengeance, unforgiveness, or pride makes your leadership response worse than the false accusation.

You don’t step back and allow someone else fill the capacity He has given you. You lead! And, if there is anything that makes you vulnerable to the false accusations, you make this an opportunity to step toward the flaw and become a better leader. You allow your life and leadership to stand the scrutiny of those to whom you are accountable even when the accusations are false. You will certainly discover another opportunity to be improved in this moment of testing.

“Do not listen or receive an accusation against an elder until two or three witnesses establish is validity.” [See 1 Timothy 5:19.]

This particular is usually ignored by people because they are so unaware of the principle, think they have the right to be part of the process when they have no leadership standing to listen, and because people simply love to diminish leaders in order to feel more important.

False accusations pretty much come with the territory of leadership. Some measure of blending usually occurs between accusations and false accusations. Seldom is the false accusation void of a twisting serpent’s tongue of deceit, using actual events, prevailing impressions, or available information.

I’ve been dealing with both accusations and false accusations all my ministry life, the “how to” of dealing with false accusations becomes part of leadership life.

Step 1 – Release the gift of forgiveness first, not after you get the facts or understand the motivations. Forgive. If you wait, you may get into denial as a means of dealing with the pain and neglect the fundamental responses of kingdom leadership. Forgive. If you do not do this first, your Father will not forgive you when you overreact or internalize your defense. You may step into anger, frustration, fear, or retaliation; so forgive first and short circuit the enemy’s offense trap. Forgive first so you have a completely forgiven heart before God.

Step 2 – Make yourself accountable to spiritual leaders who have the place and position to confront your true feelings. Make yourself available. Don’t wait to prepare your defense, and then call them in. Immediately, go to them and confess openly your perspective on the accusations with full expression of your authentic feelings about the situation. Don’t be afraid of expressing your true feeling with those to whom you are accountable. If you are required to cover up your true feelings, you may need a different accountability group. You need to “get real” about the situation to avoid receiving a wound or dropping into disgust or despair about the betrayal. You should run right to your accountability group.

Step 3 – Get the facts yourself. Lead so someone else doesn’t. You heard about the false accusations from someone, so find out what was actually said or is still being said. Never listen to someone’s drama queen or king presentation of gossip, the story of someone flying off the handle, or fall into knee jerking. Don’t jump to conclusions about the accuser’s motivations and the meaning of what you initially hear without getting the facts. Many “false accusations” are actually someone’s poorly produced complaint system at work, a cry for help, a tantrum for attention that you feed if you don’t understand what really happened or was actually communicated. Reality and truth always walk together, so get some of both.

Step 4 – Shut down the lineup of defenders who wish to pick sides to defend you before there’s anything to defend, who get into false accusations of their own to discredit the person or persons falsely accusing you. Don’t allow people who love you to get out of position, out in front of you, defending what needs no defense. Stop the feud before it becomes a feud, so the enemy doesn’t have the opportunity to feed the situation or control the agenda and message of the moment. Lead! Leaders lead in crises so someone else doesn’t gain leadership in their places. Be as aggressive as is needed, without anger or overt intimidation in our voice or behavior, but be certain that everyone realizes God’s representative will represent God in this situation, not some bozo on a ego booster high. Do not remove yourself from the situation unless your accountability group finds that this will be the next step in bringing a Biblical response.

Step 5 – Answer all false accusations at the appropriate level of exposure. Don’t make a private matter public; don’t leave a public matter to private discussion. The reach of the accuser’s communication is the scope of the leader’s response. The actual source of the false accusations is where you start. The wording of your response is not nearly as important as your heart in the matter. Seek to meet with the person or persons making the false accusations to see if they will retract or make it clear that their words were taken out of context or misunderstood, if that is the case. Try to avoid allowing them to lie their way out of the corner from which they falsely accused lest they simply repeat the behavior the next time they are angry or afraid. But, communicate your response without creating a sense of self-pity or victimization on your own part. Again, lead. Solve problems, as every leader is required to do. Seek to end the issue, put that thing in the grave, and settle it as much as is possible.

Step 6 – Establish some final definition to the relationships involved. Either the person responded to the opportunity to retract or clarify, and you can reset the relationship, or tragically, they chose to ignore every outreach of your leadership and must be identified for their behavior to protect the Ecclesia. Do this at the level of their communication; keep the scope as small as possible, but you must always settle the issue at the Ecclesia level when the person refuses to face the reality of such a serious misdeed. If the person or persons involved are not believers, the issue must be dealt with in a totally different way: in this article, I am speaking strictly of believers. If the believers do not acknowledge your leadership in this matter, other leaders must be involved to press for kingdom integrity. If that fails, you are left to settle the matter as best as you can and move on. since you have exhausted your leadership reach. Establish finality from that point of reference.

Step 7 – Establish closure in yourself, your family, and the other leaders in your scope of leadership so no residue of unsettled bitterness or unforgiveness clouds the atmosphere or leaves open doors to further hellish intrusions. As a leader, protect those you lead from unresolved issues so they don’t continue to process the situation without reaching a point of closure.

You will discover a great deal of dysfunction among kingdom leaders, and the most likely scenario of dealing with false accusations will find you watching other leaders accepting the false accuser in as a victim of abuse or “misunderstanding.” You will watch in dismay as other leaders justifying the accuser’s victimization with false mercy, placating them for being treated so unjustly and setting them up to repeat their behaviors. Other leaders will give them permission to be rebellious, even continue to speak the false accusation after it is obvious to those actually involved that it is a false accusation.

Do not allow the closure to be reopened once you’ve done all you can do. Let it go! Do not enter into accusation yourself against your accuser, but speak the truth in love. Do not operate in the same spirit, but don’t mince words about truth and reality. Allow the confrontation to speak for itself: the accusations are false, and the perpetrator of false accusations stands accused by his or her own actions. Don’t build a case and enter into a courtroom for punishment. Your goal is always reconciliation and restoration, but the people actually involved are the only one who can accomplish that process. So, if the process gets short-circuited, all you can do is all you can do.

Do not fear that this process will be repeated. Know that it will definitely be repeated, but do not fear it! Be ready to lead when it happens. That’s what leaders do.

The Burning Whirlwind

We don’t know from whence it comes or to where it blows, but we see it manifest at the point of confrontation. There is fire in God’s breath, but we only see it when it meets with the breath of hell.

We assume that God will do this while we watch, but we are wrong. I only see the whirlwind where God’s people breathe out what God has breathed into them. Only the burning Remnant can release this wind, and it only burns when they release it with authority and power to alter atmospheres, to push back the breath of a systematic delusion.

Whatever release the breath of God from us counters the prevailing spiritual conditions around us. Simply burning is not enough to represent heaven on earth. Simply being a burning one isn’t enough to fulfill the purpose of the flame. Simply breathing in, even being consumed by the fire, isn’t enough because we cannot represent heaven on earth by consuming or being consumed. Simply being without doing isn’t enough.

So I declare,  Breath of God, confront the contrary winds of systematic delusion. Let the flames burn hot at the points of confrontation. Let the whirlwind arise from the effects of spiritual causes so that they are identified by their spiritual nature more than their natural consequences. Let the revelation of “where comes this atmosphere” be revealed by this confrontation, burning off the masks of deception, consuming the systems of delusion. Let the fire in God’s breath, released through a burning Remnant, do more than identity His people – let the fire identify His purposes!”


Paul’s positive promise for those who produce good without losing passion often gains attention only from the negative aspect, not the positive. We are more likely to hear, “God isn’t mocked,” because people are going to reap what they’ve sown to flesh than the emphasis on reaping what will remain alive forever. The apostle’s discussion really focuses upon, “You will reap if you do not lose heart.”

In the first phrase, “Do not become overwhelmed with the downside.” The term, ekkakeo, means to be overwhelmed with the downside, to lose heart or passion by emptying out or having nothing left to give, or in this case, if we stop sowing. The process of sowing to the Spirit, rather than flesh, maintained as a lifestyle, promises an accumulation of what cannot be diminished. Sowing in the Spirit is a lifestyle of SpiritFirst priorities that produces multiplication of spiritual things, but it also makes natural things acquire a “forever breath of life.”

In the second phrase, “harvest arrives in the due time if we do not let go,” the term is ekluó. We know the base word, luo, most commonly translated, “loose,” and the prefix adds the sense of succumbing, or letting loose what we should be holding on to.

We can allow harvest to slip through our fingers if we quit too soon, or become overwhelmed with the downside of sowing. When it comes to receiving full harvest, we must continue in full sowing, for both sowing and harvesting are lifestyle behaviors. We cannot simply throw seed on the ground once and wait around for future harvest: we must engage in a constant and consistent lifestyle of sowing in order to receive a constant and consistent return of harvest.

The Principle of Consequences

God will not allow Himself to be dismissed with disdain about this fundamental principle of His creation. “Sowing and reaping” cannot be stopped even if it is ignored or scorned. Making fun of the idea that there are consequences does nothing to alter the inevitability of what God designed into the universe.

What you do, say, think, believe, or “sow,” has consequences here and now. What you believe has consequences because produces attitudes – habits of thinking – and habits – behaviors that reflect 90% of human activity. Then, you will intentionally think and do by conscious decision the other 10% based upon beliefs, attitudes, and habits.

If you deny the consequence of what you believe, you must ultimately go back and change your beliefs. If you act upon your faith, you will harvest the consequences of your thoughts, words, and actions.

The consequences of which Paul speaks are not something left to the after life, heaven, the beautiful Isle of Somewhere, or the millennium. Paul is talking about a lifestyle of sowing and reaping that has consistent and constant cycles of payback.

Beware the tendency of many moderns to assume that God isn’t involved in accountability until the final judgment. Beware the unbiblical viewpoint of grace as a great cover up. Beware the equally unscriptural concept that the blood of Jesus covers instead of cleansing. Beware that mercy deals with God excusing away something when mercy is opportunity for cleansing and transforming grace!

On the other hand, beware the idea that you can produce nothing eternal, that all is futile and diminishing returns are the nature of this present time. While diminishing returns is the nature of the flesh, it is not the nature of the spirit! While the flesh is here and now, the spirit is also here and now. That is, beware the idea that, “laying up treasures in heaven,” speaks of something accumulated for only a future return when this Scripture and others promise that you operate in eternal life with an eternal kingdom to produce consequences that last forever.

Consequences are just for the future world or state of your life after death. Consequences, both good and bad, accumulate here and now. The payoff comes here and now.

The consequences return from seed sown according to his flesh or the spirit. The seed sown in this scenario is behavior of any sort but especially intentional action. While 90% of human activity might be attributed to attitude and habit, the intentional 10% that comes from that framework mindset and viewpoint best describes the most powerful sowing part of the process.

By that I mean, that we receive instruction designed to reset attitude and habit to purpose so that the whole of life sows to Spirit, not our flesh, so even our unintentional activity sows to the Spirit. We can reap things we never intended when we sow what we never intended to sow, because we sow without clear, deliberate intention, living passively, or without clear purpose.

Consider the immediate context, in which Paul says, “The one being instructed in the word take a share now with the one instructing in all the good that this produces.” From this Paul mentions “producing good” and the “shareholder relationship” between the verbal instructor and the verbally instructed.

Consider that Paul is saying, “Someone is sowing into you, so you should sow into them because the greater harvest that’s produced in this should be a shared harvest.”

First, this is natural: “Having sown spiritual things into your lives, is there overreach to receive natural things from you? So also the Lord directed those who proclaim the gospel to get their living from the gospel.”

But it is more than this: The shareholder process encompasses the entire life because it is a lifestyle of sowing and reaping. The consequences of putting into practice what is coming into your life as spiritual seed will include natural giving, but the greater context is that your submission and obedience – that is, sowing the instruction as behavior and lifestyle – reaps an accumulation of spiritual things that do not decay.

The Principle of Sowing

You receive seeds every day as input into your life from natural and spiritual sources. The seed in your hand can be sown into your own flesh or into the Spirit. If I sow to my own flesh, I reap something that continually diminishes and demands more and more seed, and I consume the seed instead of receiving back seed from my sowing. If I sow to the Spirit, I reap something that does not diminish but rather remains forever alive and I increase my supply because the seed remains alive in me, producing over and over, increasing seed available for sowing.

I become an instructor myself without losing anything of my harvest! I take my share of the process, and I share with my leaders, eternal accumulation.

If a person sows to his or her flesh, they gain all they will ever receive at that moment of sowing because the seed itself is all they can expect in return. They suffer from the law of diminishing supply and require a continual consumption of what should be producing increase. They can receive and receive and receive and remain needy because their sowing and reaping lifestyle is completely contained within themselves.

For example, we have had people here in this international ministry that serves tens of thousands of people every month, receive the very same seed that tens of thousands of other people receive, yet they sowed that seed into their own selfish consumption. They ate and ate but they did not share in submission and obedience what they were receiving. Instead, they failed to produce the consequences of what was sown into them in a harvest of spirit. And, after years of receiving, their harvest of better living, thinking, and behavior did not arrive.

Today, they are worse than they were; yet tens of thousands of other people submit and obey the same word and immediately produce bushels and bushels of transformation. They failed to apply the word to their lives, and complained that they were not receiving enough from us, that we were failing them as leaders, while the words they were receiving were the same life-giving seed that tens of thousands of other people embraced with joy as received immediate life-change.

These people now continue to seek seed for consumption, clouds without rain, they consume the same diet that produces harvest in others, but they lose heart immediately about the application of seed to the consequences it produces. In other words, they refuse to submit and obey the consequences of the seed, and demand more and more seed instead of producing accumulations of harvest from new thinking and behaviors.

Today, you have lunch with them after service, and you ask them about their lives, and they will immediately report that this international ministry failed them.

Yet, you could have lunch with two hundred people every day for the rest of your life – do you hear what I’m saying? – two hundred people every day for the rest of your life who receive the very same word and they would weep with joy to testify of life change with honor and a heart to maintain a share with us in this kingdom assignment.

The principles of sowing in his or her own flesh versus sowing in the Spirit means that spiritual things can produce natural consequences when sown in the Spirit but spiritual things consumed by flesh return conditions that continually diminish until the seed becomes nothing more than roughage.

Like the Israelites eating the food of angels but crying for quail. Eating manna kept them from disease and produced strong health, but eating quail brought death to tens of thousands because the diseases from which they were protected came upon them when they sowed the seed to the flesh instead of the spirit, so to speak.

The issue may not be the seed, if you are experiencing a diminishing harvest. The issue of sowing comes by whether you consume the seed or sow the seed into the Spirit by taking your share of submission and obedience to what the word instructs you to think and do.

The Principle of Reaping

In either case, the key to harvest for what is sown in the Spirit is sustained sowing: keep on sowing the seed into the Spirit and the accumulation of spirit increases within your life. You can, however, get overwhelmed with sowing, lose your passion in pursuing the application of what you are receiving, and take a break from the Spirit to consume. Your harvest can slip through your fingers no matter how great the instruction or how wonderful the spiritual sowing if you cannot sustain that process. If you stop sowing, you forfeit your accumulated harvest.

I recently heard fourteen leaders of churches, the entire group of leaders who spoke to me, and there are many more who’ve yet to share their testimony, lead more than thirty thousand. Each of them shared how their lives and leadership grew exponentially from the leadership this international ministry sowed into them through prophetic and apostolic words, teaching and instruction, impartation and anointing. Given what we know about other leaders, we could estimate, very conservatively, that accumulated harvest from this sowing and reaping influenced and impacted hundreds of thousands of people!

Yet, right here in this house today, I tell you with all seriousness, a greater harvest awaits those who continue to sow the seeds into their lives without being overwhelmed by the downside – “Do not grow weary in producing good with the seed sown into you that you are sowing into the Spirit” – for you will reap full harvest in the right time if you do not drop your grip or let loose of that harvest.

The principle of reaping comes back to the phrase, “God will not allow Himself to be mocked.”

Those who have left this house in dishonor toward me and the leaders, sowing the seed to flesh – and I speak from our experience to illustrate the principle that applies universally – forfeit their harvests and receives decay and diminishing supply on the principles that would have built maturity, expansion, and leadership into their lives. Only those who have submitted and obeyed another source of seed, and to the level that seed has for harvest, are one bit better off for their dishonor.

When you share with me in this international assignment, you receive seed with the potential for harvest at that level, and you face the next level of what drains you and what presses you to let go, and the opposition is high, but you also stand in field of harvest that touches hundreds of thousands of lives and leaders. You harvest is great if you continue to sow to the Spirit!

The Principle of Spiritual and Natural Harvest

Beware any tendency to separate your body from your soul and spirit as if your body has any “stand alone” possibilities. Separating the body from soul and spirit is called “death.” So, always embrace your body as God’s Temple and the integration of spirit and natural as redemptive: what is real in the spirit influences what is real in the natural.

Paul says, “Having sown spiritual into you, are we not entitled to reap naturally from you? The Lord designed and directed that those that preach the Gospel should receive their living from the Gospel.” Of course, we know Paul was supporting himself in the very situation he was writing about, but the principle is what we should see here: a designed and direct correlation between spiritual and natural sowing and reaping.

If we sow first to flesh, we never get the harvest of life. If we sow first to the Spirit, we guarantee a harvest in both spirit and natural life.

Notice Jesus says, “If you pray to be seen and heard, you have receive the reward of that prayer.” You can only get attention from men. “If you give to be seen and celebrated of men, you have emptied the reward from your sharing.” You can only get praise for your giving. “If you fast in a way that demands respect for your religious performance, the fast is already earned you all it can give.” You can only get respect for your fast.

Sowing to his flesh, the praying, giving, fasting man harvests a decayed and diminished consequence. Sowing to the Spirit with prayer, giving, and fasting, however, sowing SpiritFirst, produces the greatest harvest from the seed and that harvest lives forever, accumulating as treasure in the heavenlies, fully available for never-ending supply in the natural!

Those who heard this said, “Then who in the world can be saved?”

He replied, “What is impossible for people is possible with God.”

Peter said, “We’ve left what is ours to follow you.”

“Yes,” Jesus replied, “and I assure you that everyone who has given up house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of the Kingdom of God, will be repaid many times over in this life, and will have eternal life in the world to come.”

“In this life you will be repaid many times more [continual harvest],” Jesus says, “and life eternal will continue in the next age.”

You have to sow natural to the spirit in order to receive what is forever alive, but the harvest is both natural and spiritual. If you sow to the flesh – and I am not equating flesh-man with natural man – your consumption producing the need for more consumable seed with no accumulating harvest. If you sow to the spirit, you harvest will accumulate in the spirit and produce a natural increase in this life but the spiritual aspect that produces the natural increase will live even after that natural world is gone!



When the Mature Transform, the Kingdom Forms

The mature alone can transform at the highest levels necessary to produce kingdom leadership at an international and national level, by submitting to a team higher than their own leadership, composed of very diverse dispositions and prepared perspectives.

The mature kingdom leader can never measure his or her maturity in leadership by their personal maturity, but rather by the maturity of the people they lead. As well, a mature kingdom leader can never measure the maturity of their leadership by how well their own mini-movement matures when God’s purpose in that assignment always assumes that it will eventually become a living sacrifice to a higher kingdom movement.

The mature kingdom leader must transform most when he or she is most mature, when they have the maturity to sustain the highest levels of transformation. The final stages of their transformation will always be the greatest and most disruptive because their maturing leadership must dump into a kingdom purpose greater than their own.

Blending Leadership at the International and National Level

Jesus had a “zealot” among His original kingdom leadership team. Jesus did not attempt to recruit a team of “finished products” but to blend a team of diverse dispositions.

Kingdom leadership teams with the international and national scope of blueprints will certainly contain blended dispositional types, men and women with some characteristics, as important as, and as fundamental to function as, their callings as apostle and prophet.

We continue to have people “on a crusade,” with a zealot mentality, mixed in at the foundational levels of kingdom leadership. We have “zealots” because God chooses them, because their Providential pathway of preparation places them into position to give that perspective to the entire team. We have “zealots” and all the other authentic dispositional types because God knows that is healthy and important to the implementation of His strategy for nations and regions.

The chemistry of the teams allows for blending of these strategic dispositions, and the entire team must submit to the total team chemistry. Jesus seeks to establish this total team chemistry when He sends, prepares, and positions these chosen ones.

When kingdom teams form, a constant and consistent method of the adversary called ‘anything but that’ will operate to limit the full function of the team. Most often, that fundamental method gains some measure of success through unresolved disagreements within the team about strategy, emphasis, and style more than substance, philosophy, and purpose. In short, the dynamics that bring strong leaders to this level of kingdom authority also contribute to their individual reluctance to trust other leaders due to the diversity of personality or dispositional types they encounter at this level.

We may look on in disgust when these clashes play out and think, “God needs to do a better job of selecting His leaders and their assignments.”

God looks on and thinks, “Time now for the big boys and girls to learn to play well with others.” That is, God knows only mature leaders can receive transformation at the levels needed to function internationally and nationally.

Simon the Zealot advocated a revolutionary response to Roman rule carried over from the days of the Maccabees. Yet, Jesus recognizes that His Father has given Him this man to disciple into a kingdom leader. While Simon Peter embraces this kind of passionate aggression, his brother Andrew and Philip, for example, might be much less inclined toward a “let’s get out there and kill some Romans” point of view.

Immediately we consider God’s ways in selecting the leadership team of Jesus, we discover that He intentionally throws diverse dispositions together, and the chemistry of kingdom leadership at the international and national levels should anticipate and allow for this blending, an ice-crushing, pulverizing, noisy, and sometimes shocking process.

Mature Leaders Sacrifice Their Mini-Movements

At present, we have them all: Andrew’s “just win as many souls as you can before the end,” Simon’s “let’s pray until Jesus kills a bunch of people,” the Thomas “an aliens/illuminati/nephilim conspiracy runs the universe,” Matthew’s “turn in next hour as we raise more funds to pay for the show that raises more funds” and the immature John’s “all we need is love cause we aren’t that certain Jesus will hurt a flea” as well as the other dispositional tendencies of Jesus’ kingdom team operating in our generation.

The chemistry of these various mini-movements fails to blend that well, standing afar off from one another, demanding that Jesus change His team selection process: “Surely You don’t expect us to sacrifice our distinctives as a mini-movement and work with those bozos, right?”

Jesus waits submission of all these factions He calls together, a submission of their matured strengths. He desires all these exaggerations to give way to a more Biblically sound approach. Without any exaggeration. Without the fine-tuning of exaggeration that maturing these mini-movements produces, that inevitably sets false expectations about God’s expectations.

While it is very hard to abandon the exaggerations since you’ve been writing and preaching about them for years in order to build the mini-movement you lead, the mature kingdom leader must make a sacrifice of the matured mini-movement because Jesus is producing a kingdom movement. Picture the kingdom movement that will incorporate a transformed Simon the Zealot with a transformed Andrew with a transformed John the Beloved with a transformed Simon Peter, etc.

Contrary to popular assumptions, the personality types cannot blend when they are immature at the level needed to produce the final product; only after the dispositional types have matured can the highest levels of transformation be applied to their leadership.

In the kingdom the adage, “It is hard to teach old dogs new tricks,” never even enters the picture because the kingdom reality is the exact opposite: “Only the experienced are prepared to learn new strategic responses at the international and national levels.”

The most mature must experienced the greatest personal and leadership transformations in the height of their maturity in order for their leadership to bring the kingdom movement into its fullness and fulfillment.

Only after the Providential pathway produces the properly positioned kingdom leader alongside those Jesus has sent to represent His kingdom movement in their generation – only then can the mature leaders submit to the blending of chemistry that will blast back the limitations of mini-movement exaggerations and prepare the way for the Lord’s kingdom movement!

A solid six months of “we were wrong in these assumptions” among all those affected would more closely reveal the condition of the disciples at the point of Pentecost. Jesus spends 40 days after Resurrection explaining the kingdom, yet they still couldn’t figure it out strategically. After Pentecost, they would still minister only to Jews for a decade and a half before the first non-Jew would be born anew, and they would still hammer out the proper approach to kingdom by strong confrontations over exaggerations of their preconceived conclusions.

Only by allowing a blending of leadership chemistry would they reach the proper weights of balance, and the more they fought the insertion of leaders at odds with their points of view, the more they frustrated themselves personally and the kingdom universally. Only by making their matured leadership a sacrifice to the greater kingdom leadership strategies of Jesus did they achieve the highest of their personal purposes.

Greater maturity of Divine Purpose requires that the most mature experience the highest levels of transformation in the seasons of kingdom’s greatest days of expansion.

Brasilian Opportunity

dr-Don-hands-raisedNow is the time to expand our facilities in Brasil! Our currency advantage gives us historic opportunities and a buyer’s market exists here that provides us an open door to expand!

We need to raise $250,000 now to capitalize this expansion. The facility would be available to train Brasilian revival leaders. Without hype, I can tell you: “One of the best opportunities – if not the best opportunity – to impact nations in this generation exists in training Brasilian revival leaders.” (By that I don’t mean that this is better, more valuable, or more anointed than other opportunities, only that it may be more strategic.)

After more than a decade of faithful ministry in this nation, Dr Don’s leadership initiative needs a fresh investment. His ministry enters a decade of expansion with a great demand upon resources, and it is a fundamental of Dr Don’s ministry to function from a position of financial strength so that his ministry does not burden those to whom he ministers.

Dr Don: “You can help me! My heart burns for our ministry in Brasil. And, now we have a confluence of economic factors that make it very good time for making the investment. With this capitalization we can “buy low” and expect an extremely high return on investment: buy facility at a low price and our investment will return hundreds, even thousands, of prepared and positioned kingdom leaders. The ‘best of times and the worst of times’ meet together for kingdom purpose.”

The ministries of Dr Don Lynch have touched millions, transformed hundreds of thousands, influenced thousands, and continue to father this nation in the fulfillment of its purpose, but so much more needs to be done!