A clergyman was accused of deceiving a group of soldiers at a war veteran's funeral. Friends of the late soldier requested that the minister accompany them to the room where the casket was kept so that they might observe some stillness. They'd then exit through a different door. Unfortunately, the presiding minister got lost and led the soldiers into a broom closet rather than the casket room.
This demonstrates the adage, "As go the leaders, so go the followers." In the instance of Apostle Paul, he could beat his breast and claim that God stamped his authority and approbation on him and Timothy and Silvanus.
"Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God" (2 Corinthians 1:21).
This allowed them to effectively lead the church. Because they knew He was leading them, they couldn't go wrong in passing on His instructions to the Corinthian church. They could use the needed disciplinary levers if the need arose due to earlier allegations of immorality among the brethren, thanks to God's excellent counsel guiding them.
It is impossible for anarchy, rebellion, indiscipline, and worldliness to get a foothold among the brethren when the church is headed by individuals who are themselves led by Christ. And it would be impossible for the brethren to be led astray by weak beliefs that do not reflect God's viewpoint.
Because they are not assimilating the essence of the apostolic truth, unrepentant self-serving church leaders and their followers are a presage of those who will remain in the world during the Great Tribulation. "Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock…feed the church of God (with Bible truths)...Not for filthy lucre ...neither as being lords over them but being examples to the flock."
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