The brief 3rd part of Tony's address on the troubling trend of Nomad Evangelists. You can find part 1 here, and part 2 here.
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Those with whom I have spoken who have insisted that they only answer to God and who could rightly be categorized as a Christian nomad tend to be the same people who typically never see themselves as doing anything wrong or as ever being wrong about what they believe. The ramifications for such a mindset are frightening.
If you find yourself in the category of the nomadic street evangelist, please bring yourself under the biblical, godly leadership of a local church as soon as you can. No, the Body of Christ, which is segmented into local assemblies, is not perfect; but it is the only model for biblical leadership and accountability the Christian has. Submit to the authority of the local church and her leadership. If you see yourself as one who only answers to God in this life, you are wrong. You are wrong in the sense that God has made provision for the accountability of His people, through the biblical leadership of the local church.
"[Submit] to one another out of reverence for Christ" (Ephesians 5:21).
“Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you” (Hebrews 13:17).
Refusing to submit to godly, biblical leadership is symptomatic of pride, arrogance, and quite possibly evidence that you yourself are unregenerate. You may be suffering from the very same deadly spiritual condition of which you are so very quick to accuse other Christians of suffering—false conversion.
On the other hand, submitting to godly, biblical leadership, even when one does not agree with that leadership on every point is evidence of humility. For the Christian, submitting to other Christians, whether peers or leaders, is one way the Christian shows reverence for Christ. If, as some insist, they "answer to God," then they will keep His Word and submit to the authority of and accountability to the local church, which the Lord has given for the good of His people.
If there any nomads reading this, I adjure you, I beg you (not by the power vested in me, but by the power of God’s Word), repent. If you insist that you love God and you keep His commands, if you insist you love your neighbor as yourself, yet you have separated yourself from His Church, repent. You are deluding yourself and playing the part of the hypocrite. It may be you who one-day hears the Lord say, “I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness” (Matthew 7:23b). I don’t want that for you. I don’t want that for anyone.
Nomadism, as it pertains to evangelists and the local church, is a disease. Don’t catch it.