Should Church Leaders Die?


When Jesus told the disciples that He was going to go to Jerusalem to be crucified and subsequently raised from the dead, Peter took Him aside and said, “Far be it from you, Lord! This shall never happen to you.” Matthew tells us that it was done as a rebuke.

We probably all know Jesus’ response: “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.” However, we may not be as familiar with what Jesus said next: “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?”

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