Luke 6:40, Perfectly/fully trained. Those disciples of Yeshua, the Master-Teacher, who are properly trained, fit out, prepared or equipped can become like Yeshua the Master-Teacher. Those who aren’t properly equipped or trained to teach are like the blind leading the blind and will cause others to fall into a spiritual ditch (Luke 6:39).
The person who isn’t properly trained, but who is trying to lead people spiritually, not only will be like a blind man leading the blind, but will also be hypocritical in their judgments and assessments of things. This is because they lack the experience, wisdom and skills to be able to point out the faults of others because they are still inexperienced and have too many blind spots themselves and are still like the blind leading the blind (Luke 6:41–42).
This is why Paul very carefully lays out the qualifications for those in spiritual leadership in the local congregation. A spiritual leader was not to be an inexperienced individual, a new convert or a novice (1 Tim 3:6), but well-discipled in YHVH’s truth before hand (Tit 1:9).
Paul goes on to say that it is good thing for a person to desire to be a spiritual leader (1 Tim 3:1), but it isn’t a good thing if they doesn’t meet the criteria or qualifications, which Paul then lays out (1 Tim 3:2–13).
The problem is that in our day, there are many individuals who desire to be leaders and teachers, but who are self-appointed, and who have not been perfectly or fully trained. Since the advent of the internet, such people now have an easily accessible pulpit-platform from which egotistically to influence others. Sadly, they are like the blind hypocrite in Yeshua’s parable leading many astray and causing many to stumble and to fall into spiritual ditches of false doctrines and errant teachings.
Just because someone has a website, a YouTube channel, has published a book, spoken at a conference, has academic credentials or been on radio and television doesn’t mean they have been perfectly equipped or fully trained for the position of a Bible teacher or a leader in the spiritual body of Yeshua.
We may not always know what a person’s background or qualifications are, but the spiritual fruit they produce, whether good or bad, can be an excellent indicator as to what type of spiritual tree they are, as Yeshua goes on to say in the next verses (Luke 6:43–45).
Those who sense a divine calling on their lives to teach or to lead YHVH’s people need to be first discipled and raised up by older and mature, wise spiritual leaders who have a proven track record of good spiritual fruit. This is the biblical way!
Agreed. Just curious, if you don’t mind me asking, are you training others to lead and teach, or just teaching now. Also, did you ever get the apprentice for which you “advertised”, to disciple and help you in your business?
Answer to first question: Yes. I have been doing this for more than 25 years including the 18 years I pastored the local congregation. It has always been my desire to disciple and raise up people. I do my best to pour myself into anyone who wants help. Currently, I not only am working with people in a small home fellowship, but regularly chat with several people around the country that I’m currently mentoring into leadership roles according to the their gifting and callings. Over the years, I have helped to raise up/mentor a few pastors, elders, teachers, evangelists and other ministries. I just do whatever I can on an ongoing basis to help use whatever gifts, talents, experience or whatever I have to help advance the kingdom of Elohim. We can all be doing this.
Answer to second question: No. The offer still stands. Currently, my youngest son, age 19, wants to come into my business. He has been helping me in it since he was six. I’m now teaching him tree climbing among other things. He’s also taking business classes at the local community college, so he can help me run and eventually own my business.
Thanks. Way to go, Natan. On all fronts. Shabbat shalom.