- Place their ministry or career before their family.
- See others as a way to support their ego and pleasure.
- Love to be seen as “spiritual”, and hate anyone who makes them look otherwise.
- Are unreasonably controlling of their family and others under them.
- Do not allow others to compare them to the Word of GOD.
- Emphasize their exclusive understanding of the Word of GOD.
- Have a violent temper in private if their control or ego are threatened.
In this life, there will always be the blind, foolish throngs who follow blindly after narcissistic proud men. Slowly, these leaders become hollow, cruel individuals who will crush anything that threatens their pride, control, and status. Their followers are content with being told what to think and mock those who research and seek truth on their own. These proud leaders cannot exist without the blind people who exalt them.
“Let them alone; they are blind guides. And if the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit.” – [Matthew 15:14]
- Never demands us follow Him blindly.
- Gives us a choice.
- Loves us unconditionally.
- Places us as a priority, instead of His “work” on this planet.
- Takes His pleasure not in what people can do for Him, but in what He can do for them.
- Never asked us to do anything that He hadn’t already lived out Himself as an example.
- Was humble, fair, and kind.
“Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.” – [Philippians 2:12]
“Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. “Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. “And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. “And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.” – [Matthew 6:1-8]
“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.” – [Philippians 2:3-7]