Numbers 16 tells one of the most fantastic stories in human history. There we read about how a man named Korah, along with a few others, led a rebellion against Moses. As punishment for rising up against God’s chosen leader, the Lord caused the earth to open up and swallow Korah, his followers and their families. They met a gruesome death because they disobeyed God’s plan of leadership.
God’s plan is still to guide his people with the leadership of a chosen few. In the church, the elders are God’s chosen leaders. Modern-day Korahs who rebel against this timeless truth still pay the price for their insolence.
I once served a church where one of the elders tried to cause division between me (the preacher) and the other elders. The earth didn’t swallow up this man and his family, but his daughter, who had appeared to be happily married, went through a terribly painful divorce shortly after her father’s rebellion.
In another case, a deacon stood up in a board meeting and publicly opposed the teaching of the ministers and elders. He vehemently voiced his disapproval of the direction that the church leaders had chosen for the congregation. He insisted that he had Scripture on his side, but he failed to read or even refer to a single verse. Not long after this man’s outburst, he too saw a daughter’s marriage surprisingly—and painfully–break up.
When will people learn that God hates division in the church, and that those who are divisive will be punished severely? 1 Cor.3:17 says, “If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him; for God’s temple is sacred, and you are that temple.”
You and your family will be much better off if you submit to God’s plan for leadership in the church. Heb.13:17 says, “Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you.”
No advantage at all!