Stages of Disloyalty Part 1

Disloyalty doesn’t just happen overnight. Becoming disloyal is a process! Most people are unaware of the fact that they are becoming disloyal. Let’s look at the process through which we gradually change into a rebel

Stage 1: The independent spirit This stage is rarely recognized because it is very subtle. When a person belonging to a group, ministry or fellowship develops independent attitude, he sort of becomes autonomous within the set up. The rules of the set up no longer control him. Such a person is still part of the church but does what he wants to do, in spite of contrary instructions. For instance when the pastor says we are fasting starting Monday, the person with an independent spirit would think ‘” I have already decided to fast on Wednesday, so that’s what I’ll do. The independent person decides only what meetings to attend, those he considers important. If you belong to a group or fellowship, you are not independent of that group. Therefore you cannot just do what you think is right. You must comply with the directives from the head. If you feel you want to be independent then the honorable thing is to resign from the group and go to a place where you can obey Example: We see an example of an independent spirit in Joab; firstly he murdered Abner against the kings orders 2 Samuel 3:20, 21, 26, and 27. He also killed Absalom against the kings wishes 2 Samuel 18:5, 12, 14

Stage 2: offense The second stage is offense. Jesus said And many will turn away from me and betray and hate each other Mathew 24:10. From this passage people begin to betray and hate each other when they are offended. The spirit of offense opens a great door for betrayal. It is very easy for offended people to turn against the leader. People who have not genuinely overcome their hurts are potential separatists, and can easily become the enemy of the group. Absalom was grievously hurt by two important events. First of all, his halfbrother’s rape of his sister. Secondly his father David did not take the appropriate action against Amnon for raping Tamar according to the law Leviticus 20:17. After these events it was a matter of time before Absalom carried out his revenge

Adapted from Loyalty & Disloyalty book ( Get it in church for 500 only