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Elections, Information, Leadership and the Fight for Truth

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Eph. 4:14 Then we will no longer be little children, tossed by the waves and blown around by every wind of teaching, by human cunning with cleverness in the techniques of deceit.

I have been pondering on this for a while this morning if I really wanted to put it up but…. let’s go for it!

I have a huge concern about the way we want to influence the people and specifically the Christians of our nation through our articles in the newspapers and the way we use the platform of our congregations.

When we give (respected) people like Stefan Swärd a platform in our newspaper so he creates authority in his writing while in the meantime in an ugly way he openly attacks his brothers like Ulf Christiansson, Lars Enarson from The Watchman and even tell highly respected and informed pastors like Bill Johnson to stay out of politics (in the election of 2016), what we in fact are doing is influencing the people in a bad way. We go with the dividing spirit and tell them that the experts and the platform are the only place that know the truth instead of telling them that it’s about an opinion!

Integrity is a far greater gift than expertise and knowledge. 

What we in fact need to do is acknowledging the capacity of people to choose for themselves and encouraging them to examen the sources we get our information from. Opinion is opinion and nothing more. As a father, I have learned over time that there is no such thing as truth when its only about taste or opinion.

Allowing people to find out, encouraging them to seek the truth for themselves instead of going with the headlines is the only wise and mature thing we need to do.

When I entered this nation in 2007 we were for 3 months in a lovely place called Kingdom Center in the south of Sweden meeting wonderful young people with a desire to learn leadership. When I later tried to tell people about our great experience, silence in the room, not just silence but worried, deadly silence as if we entered a demonic place. I found out that the only reason people reacted like that was because the newspapers has been all over the place with the most stupid rumours calling it a sect. Well, yes, I have noticed some things that were not really my opinion but I was there, I spoke, I connected and I loved the people, not the opinions of the newspaper!

With the upcoming elections, the experts are in and out and all over the place, concerned about what is probably going to happen. The “experts” are concerned that the people are going to use their god-given right what they want to pick and mainly reflects the lack of trust in the way they brought up their congregation and their readers. When we did not use our function of leadership, fatherhood, teacher or pastor to equip the people in maturity, we are right to be concerned but not about them but about the way we still move from positions instead of functions!

Eph. 4:11 And He personally gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, 12 for the training of the saints in the work of ministry, to build up the body of Christ, 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of God’s Son, growing into a mature man with a stature measured by Christ’s fullness. 14 Then we will no longer be little children, tossed by the waves and blown around by every wind of teaching, by human cunning with cleverness in the techniques of deceit. 15 But speaking the truth in love, let us grow in every way into Him who is the head—Christ. 16 From Him the whole body, fitted and knit together by every supporting ligament, promotes the growth of the body for building up itself in love by the proper working of each individual part.

When Stefan start attacking Ulf, several years ago, I used my efforts to make them sit and have some coffee instead of openly create division (not sure if it worked). When I had this great talk with Lars Enarson and heard about the way the leaders of this nation jumped on him and silenced him and  when I was reading the nasty way Stefan was writing about him…. my heart was troubled, deeply trouble that “truth” was far more important than COVENANT!

Platforms (in whatever form) are dangerous things and I am so glad my house doesn’t have one!

When we do not understand that good and evil are on the same tree, we attack each other from the same position namely the Tree of KNOWLEDGE…

Again, with the upcoming election and the ongoing effort in our prayers for CHANGE, I believe the change will come from an unexpected and neglected direction, namely UNITY, LOVE, BROTHERHOOD, AGREEMENT!

Now, I agree, I mentioned names, but I do not want to attack but to stop! I want to stop the dangerous road we are journeying on. To change the “platform” and help us to step down and sit and connect and have fellowship! There is an ugly spirit ruling this nation that is released through an ugly and demonic force called Leviathan! The only way this spirit found a climate was because of the status of the Church, the lack of understanding the cry of the watchmen, the neglecting functions of Gatekeepers and Elders in the City. It’s not new, since many prophets (the very one now we suddenly are asking for) has been telling what was needed and what has to be released.

When we silence the watchman like Ulf Christiansson by calling them names, when we neglect the sound of people like Lars Enarson and kick them out, when we filter out the things the church are suppose the hear, we paralyse the church and make it a disable handicapped Body!

One last thing. Elections is about dividing! It’s an atmosphere of pride, manipulation, and in a society that is totally confused and divided it will never create a solution. It’s a place of power of abuse and politicians are NOT leaders, so do not attack those who want to LEAD this nation in another direction!

Author: Rob van't Wout

Dutch by birth, Sweden by choice, Kingdom by grace

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