Spiritual Elitism – A Lesson Learned


I will never forget the moment for as long as I live.

I was sitting with my spiritual father and expounding to him all the things that the Holy Spirit had been teaching me about the Church, “ministry”, God’s order and how the People of God had to release their current paradigm and migrate to a Kingdom function.

As I was sharing, I realized, “He’s not hearing me!” I literally shut down in mid-sentence. What was the use in speaking if it was not being received? The conversation moved on to another topic without so much as a glitch. It was as if I had not even been talking.

I was a bit confused and, quite frankly, a bit offended. Here was a man whom I deeply loved and respected. I was used to pouring out my heart and him hearing (and responding) to every word. I couldn’t understand what was going on in this particular case.

Long story short, it was perhaps 3 months later, when he approached me and shared how that Father had spoken to remove himself from “pastoral ministry” and the religious organization, church paradigm. He began to reiterate back to me the things that I had spoken to him during our initial conversation.

Okay…..now I was really discombobulated!

So, when I finally got beyond myself and petitioned Father, “What’s up with all that?” The Holy Spirit began to speak to me and reveal some things. I have to admit, it wasn’t exactly the answer I had anticipated.

It was revealed to me that I was a spiritual elitist. In approaching my spiritual father, I had moved beyond truly sharing revelation that the Spirit had revealed to me and moved into the soulical realm of wanting to convince and persuade him to jump on board with all I had heard/seen. His immediate response to what I was saying would serve as the approval in my own heart that what I had heard was, indeed, accurate.

I did not recognize it at the time of speaking to him, but, I had the wrong attitude and spirit in presenting it to him. Oh, man, I wanted so desperately for him to see it; hear it; enter into it; abide by it.

In hindsight, it was a ludicrous assumption on my part. This man had listened to Father since before I had been born. He had sown so incredibly much into my life, in every way, and, I doubt that I would have been in any position to see/hear anything from Father had it not been for my spiritual father’s love, teaching and patience.

It was one thing for me to leave all I had known in order to follow Father in the way He was directing. It was quite another for a man such as my spiritual father to do so. He had always pursued Father as He directed and always, as needed, abandoned reputation, comfortable circumstances and what he thought he knew for what the Spirit was revealing. This time would be no different as the myriad of other times he had migrated.  It would according to what Father revealed to him and in the proper timing.

I should have followed the example of both my spiritual father and the Father of my spirit when it came to sharing the latest, greatest revelation that I had received.  Neither ever delivered a word, principle or revelation and then attempted to force me into receiving it or entering into it.  They were always gracious, kind, patient and merciful in their expectations on my response.

I realized it was my pride and need to be affirmed in what I was hearing/seeing that drove me to the attempted usurping of my spiritual father’s ability and responsibility in hearing/seeing for himself.  Such spiritual elitism and thinking you have achieved a certain spiritual height that no one can relate to carries with it some nasty implications and consequences.  It is NOT the way of our Lord nor of His Kingdom.  We prophesy in part.  He had the complete picture.  Yet, He knew his disciples wouldn’t “get it” until the proper timing.

Proverbs 20:12 declares:

The hearing ear and the seeing eye—the Lord has made both of them.

This is the case, both in the natural creation and the new creation!

Unless Father gives the spiritual eyes to see, the spiritual ears to hear and the born again spirit the capacity to receive it, people are not going to be able to get it.  That’s okay!

The worst thing that anyone can do when delivering a word or revelation they think they have received from God is elevate themselves for having received it and put down or condemn those who are not yet able to do so. Father only requires the humble delivery of the message from the messenger.  He does not need the herald to further explain or generate a response to the communication.  Father sends His Word and He fully trusts it to fulfill its purpose! Any true messenger sent from Father should do the same.

If the component of  spiritual persuasion is not resident within the spoken word of initial delivery, (that’s a fancy way of saying, authority) no good will come from pressing the matter through the soulish powers of reason, emotion and attempting to beat the will of the intended seers/hearers into submission.  Any word from Father is a container, a seed.  It contains the Life of God within it but it must find the proper soil in order to produce.  Paul said, one sows, one waters……God gives the increase.

There have been many times that others have shared things with me that I just didn’t get.  Sometimes, the word takes root in my spirit and heart and springs forth.  Other times, it is revealed to be inaccurate.  Most of the time it takes time to germinate.

I keep this in mind when I am the one delivering the message.  Since the incident with my spiritual father, my prayer is that only the words I speak that are ordained by Father carry any weight in the eyes/ears of the hearer and that anything spoken out from me as their source would fall powerless.  I know that one day, I will have to give account to Father for being positioned to influence the lives of others.  I want to be sure that I do not have to answer for attempting to manipulate and coerce people to what I think they may need to see/hear.

One final addendum:  I cannot express how potent the safety and security is in being related to a spiritual family who help judge, receive, assimilate and appropriate words of prophecy and the like.  Over the years, the intimacy of spiritual family relationships has both safeguarded us from inaccurate words and amplified the impact of accurate words.  The peace that this



10 thoughts on “Spiritual Elitism – A Lesson Learned

  1. I wish I could say I didn’t know what you were talking about, but alas, we spent too many years in a culture steeped in spiritual elitism, even a staggering level of elitism . . . it has different names in different generations, it comes and goes, it is repackaged slickly in every generation to try to dupe another generation into believing that they are better, more special, more revelated, more anointed, better taught, more “special,” uniquely chosen, than the totality of 2,000 years of Christian existence that has preceded their existence. I wish I had never experienced it. Well, I have repented and gave it up well over 20 years ago, and don’t regret it, and just am saddened by seeing more young generation believers getting sucked into that abyss. It is a message with an intoxicating allurement. It plays to deep relational alienation and a desire for significance apart from one’s self, our God, and the brotherhood.

    • You know, bro., it really is a nasty spirit that carries over from one religious paradigm to the next, isn’t it? It was present in my denominational experience, translated into the independent, christian hollywood-mega-church system, rolled over into the apostolic networking model and resident in the “house church” movement. It brings harmful division and strife and it is grievous to say the least. May Father have mercy on us all and may we walk humbly before Him and each other! Peace!

  2. Bryon your right and in someways I’ve been guilty ouch!! Daddy loves it when we come to Him in humility but also when we share with others in humility. if Jesus can humble Himself so should we. Thanks for the reminder. Much of the church world knows this in theory they much of time do not practice it.

  3. We have walked through these things so that we may speak into others lives, so that generation by generation the ecclesia may be in a position to walk in the sonship that He has desired all along. See II Cor. 1:4 “who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in [a]any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.

  4. So true. I have repented for such (as Steve) at times. But I have still felt the frustration of not seeing some of those I love not receive certain graces that I sensed Father would allow me to “assist” (without “hands-on” involvement). Father has delivered me from these troubling thoughts also. The more I find freedom from the grip of the old paradigms, the more disdain I have for the spirit that held me captive for so long. I am challenged to eliminate an occasional cynical thought on such matters as well as a multitude of unconscious faults, which will keep me overcoming for thw rest of my life. Thanks for sharing.

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