Church supposed to be a gathering of people who have set themselves apart to worship God through Jesus Christ. They are to demonstrate to the world how to live godly and behave like children of the kingdom of God. Unfortunately, as it was in the days of the Israelites, there are many “Korah” in our churches today with their cohorts, who rebelled against God and His ministers.

Modern churches do not have much to offer their members, since holiness, righteousness and truth are no more their foundation. The church seems to be losing grip or to say they cannot influence the society anymore. Therefore, church members have become prey to minister-politicians in sheep cloth.

The church has become

  • the seat of jealousy
  • the seat of envy
  • place of power struggle
  • place of struggle for position
  • seat of corruption
  • place of resentment and rebellion
  • a place of politics and commerce

There are three sources of rebellion in the church

1.     Church leaders against God

2.     Subordinates against church leaders

3.     The congregation against God and church leaders

Rebellion by church Leaders

Many church leaders (bishops, ministers, elders and overseers) have become demigod in the church they oversees.  They have turned the church to an earthly as against heavenly venture. They have personalized the ownership of the church and work in opposition to the doctrine of the church.

The church cannot influence the government and the society anymore. The government is looking for any ministers to make a scapegoat for corruption, immoralities, malpractices and fraud. Where is the power of the church?

Rebellion by subordinates to their Leaders

Miriam and Aaron were siblings of Moses and next in spirituality to him, but were not contented as subordinate to Moses. They became jealous of their brother and they attacked him under the pretence that Moses married an Ethiopian woman. What bearing have their accusation have to do with being married to a woman. (Num. 12) They say,

“Hath the LORD indeed spoken only by Moses? hath he not spoken also by     us? And the LORD heard it.” (Num. 12:1-2)

This accusation is baseless. Their rebellion was the result of their eagerness to be like Moses. They wanted followers; they wanted respect; they wanted to prove to the people that they too are spiritual. They challenged the authority of Moses – indirectly challenging God’s authority. Their attempt to run down Moses backfires.

I advice subordinates in any works of life, to be faithful in that which is committed to them. God personally deals with people of this nature; they will not go unpunished; even if the minister they despised prays for them.

Rebellion by church congregation against God and church Leaders

There are some in the church seeking prominent position, which they are not qualified for. When they cannot have it their way, they gang up with other members forming a party of “NO” against the right thing. Ultimately, it is either they have it their way or tear the church apart.

They accomplish this by painting the man of God and his supporters with bad label, slandering and cropping up lies against them. These power mongers incite the church members to move against the man of God either to excommunicate him or breaking the church apart.

Korah, Dathan and Abiram formed alliance and co-opt the congregation to fight Moses, the man of God. Rebellion against the man of God is rebellion against God. The man of God cannot avenge for himself; God Himself will deal with them. The reward of rebellion is always mysterious and unusually disastrous.

Church minister should be vigilant; this sect of people can be in the church for as long as they have the opportunity to carry out their rebellion. Watch out, they have failed in the society; the last place of opportunity to carry out their resentment is in the church. They are green snake under green grass.

The Bible says,

“Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core”( Jude 11).

By Lawrence Abitogun

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  3. Facing criticism and opposition in the church
  4. Strange Fire in the Church of God
  5. Learning from Nadab and Abihu’s profane fire

About the Author

Lawrence B. Abitogun, called by the special grace of the Almighty God through our Lord Jesus Christ; by the empowerment of the Holy Ghost, witnessing and preaching the gospel to the world, was born to a Christian parents at Uso, Ondo state, Nigeria. He received his elementary and secondary education in Nigeria from 1959-1971. He obtained a Bachelor degree in Fine Arts and a Master of Science in Industrial Arts at North Texas State University, Denton TX USA in 1979 and 1982 respectively.

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