Chathair Geal is an Irish (Gaelic) word that means the “White Throne.”
The White Throne of the Bible often mentioned is connected with Grace and Judgment. Simply because those two realities are often connected to each other.
Hebrew 4:16 “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
Rev 20:11 “Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. From his presence, earth and sky fled away, and no place was found for them.”
There have been many things I have been pondering, wondering, considering that I have not really given thought to in the past. That would be the Grace the Lord extends to people in Leadership.
Now before I get going on this subject, let me first say I have heard several stories over the years of Leaders that the Lord has personally rebuked and warned that He would take them home if they did not change. But remember, Hebrews 12:6 “The Lord corrects the people he loves and disciplines those he calls his own.” Another-words He is not going to correct you if he does not love you. It’s only our western/modern mindset that always sees this as a negative.
My thinking recently became a bit accelerated on this subject with the passing of Paul Cain, a man I never met. For those of you who do not know. Paul has had a long history in the American Prophetic movement with very accurate words sometimes associated with major signs like earthquakes and changes in weather that should not have happened.
I remember in the late 80’s hearing profound stories of signs and wonder events associated with Paul that drew my attention to him.
But like so many leaders he had some issues (not going to bring them up) But with his passing, a former employer of mine took to the internet, and in my opinion, used all of it as a way to promote himself while bashing Paul after he died. Defiantly not a class act.
This leader has been catching some heat for this, as he rightly should. And the caretakers of Paul’s ministry have now publicly requested that he not attend, for it was his intention to push his way in to speak at this “event.”
Now I have written much about my former employer and this pastor’s behavior so I will not continue it here. But these are the events and things now surrounding my thinking process.
Question; what makes “anointed leaders,” think they have the right to do that? Especially when the word says. Psalms 105:15 “Do not touch My anointed ones, And do My prophets no harm.”
And why is it we think Leaders are perfect? When did we allow that crazy thought to invade our thinking? Mostly we all understand that the average Christian is not perfect. But we as a culture still act like leaders are perfect.
In a quick overview of Scripture, you will find there are extremely few heroes without flaws. But if you have an eye to see, you will see God likes to use broken people to do His will. That means leaders are often broken, and from my experience, they are sometimes very broken.
This current wave of attacks to shred Paul Cain after his death is Demonic in nature. Don’t get me wrong, I am not defending him. That is the job of other people who really knew him. I am defending the broken, the weak who have a burning desire to hope that the Lord would still use them in spite of the arrows in their backs. And are now afraid of moving forward because they see that they must be “perfect” to minister. Paul is just another in a long line of modern leaders, attacked after the fact for moments of personal weakness.
You see, I no longer look at things the same way. I think about David, The Apostle Paul with his thorn in the flesh, Samson, and others. All heroes of the Bible, all of them carried a thorn or two I’m sure that left them a bit humbler and a limp in this life.
You see, it’s those errors in life that cause you to walk a little slower, not rush into every battle. It’s the sadness of the blunders past that often deepens your heart towards the lost and hurt. Compassion becomes wider, deeper and more raw as you are willing to love more and judge less.
Leaders who take this to heart, often walk in silent fear that they may slip up one day. All the while like the Apostle Paul crying out in the shadows for this to be taken away from their lives. Meanwhile, the Lord quietly whispers, “My grace is suﬃcient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Cor 12:7
You see it’s no longer a matter of being perfect, or making everyone around you think that you are. It’s just a matter of, what you do with your “aﬄiction” now that it’s in your life. Do you use it as a springboard to, “…continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling.” Philippians 2:12, as the word says. Or do you take some other, more dangerous road?
You see there is no sin so great, that the Love of God does not cover it. It’s the self-centered American Christianity, often devoid of the Grace of the Throne of God that wants to destroy.