SPOTS 4:The Gainsaying of Korah

"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 Korah" - Jude 1:11

In Spots 1, we learnt about the way of Cain (selective worship and envy). In Spots 2, we learnt about Balaam’s error (spiritual gifts for material gains and the madness of the prophet). Now, let’s talk about the last one – the gainsaying of Korah. 

Korah was a Levite who served in God’s Tabernacle during the Exodus of the Israelites. If it was our time, he was a Pastor or a church leader. However, that did not deter him from leading a rebellion against Moses and Aaron, their leaders. He claimed the brothers had imposed their authority on them, but they were no more than him who was also a Levite who was capable of leading the Israelites. Thus, he downplayed Moses’ authority and sought equality with him. 

Korah in his rebellion suddenly died with his family and the 250 others he incited against the God-ordained leadership. The ground literally opened to swallow them together with their possessions. That is the grave effects of challenging God-ordained leadership the way Korah did. People with Korah spots;

⦁ become discontented with their role/position in the church or whichever space they find themselves and begin to think they could do better than others in their positions

⦁ They begin to speak against their leaders with in their quest to seek or prove equality with them 

⦁ They use the word of God to support their rebellious claims against their leaders. They say some things like” We are all God’s children”, ”We’re all a chosen generation”. Meanwhile leadership everywhere is stratified based on each one’s responsibilities.

⦁ They try to seek or wield more power or responsibilities they have not been asked of. They do that to feel the power they don’t have.

If you do, or know anyone who exhibits these traits or attitudes, he/she is a spot. The solution to these Korah spots is a leader who can insist on his or her authority over such people and put them in their rightful place. If you are a leader, do not entertain or fear people with Korah traits. Just as God proved and confirmed Moses and Aaron’s position over all the Israelites, exercise the authority that you have over them.

Concluding Thoughts

All the truths I have shared from in these series, right from introduction (Spots 1) to now seeks to draw attention to the self-sabotaging behaviours we (christians) exhibit that destroys the image and beauty of the Church. It makes the Church unattractive to unbelievers, resulting in these negative behaviours. 

I have tried to address some of those in this blog because the Church may not be relevant to the world any longer if these attitudes continue unabated. 

If we are willing and obedient, we shall eat the fruit of the land. 

"These are spots in your love feasts, while they feast with you without fear, serving only themselves. They are clouds without water, carried about by the winds; late autumn trees without fruit, twice dead, pulled up by the roots" - Jude 1:12

Get rid of any of these traits of spots so that you won’t be gotten rid of on the day of reckoning. 

May the Lord mend our nets!

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