PART 2 of Leandria Johnson Periscope Rant — Thoughts & Reflections

(continued from https://jocsnotebook.wordpress.com/2015/09/09/leandria-johnson-periscope-rant-thoughts-reflections/ )

Ms. Johnson is also bold in forgetting that she is or used to be a “pastor”. She says in the video (see prior post) that she’s not “scared of nobody”!!

Okayyyy???Waka-Flocka-Ok..

She needs to be scared of God! A godly WITNESS is VITAL to the Christian faith — especially these days. In Matthew 5:16 ESV the bible reads,“In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” And we can’t forget Isaiah 43:10 ESV in which Christ says,“You are my witnesses,” declares the Lord, “and my servant whom I have chosen, that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he. Before me no god was formed, nor shall there be any after me.”

I, like many others, can’t believe she even did this Periscope cast. She is essentially INVITING the public into her home, then lashing out at them when they don’t agree. There’s a difference between struggling and actively sinning. As we learned in my first post, drunkenness is not something God desires for us — because it not only spiritually corrupts us, but physically causes us to do STUPID stuff. Leandria is cursing and criticizing people for crucifying her saying that she is just “keeping it real in her own house” — she said she was a FRIGGIN “pastor”!!

Watching the video, I said to myself, did she “conveniently” skip James 3:1 which says, “Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness”. Teachers and preachers of the gospel are POINT BLANK held to a higher standard than the “ordinary” Christian. By accepting the call to leadership, you are basically telling God and the world that you will take on the task of being responsible for the spiritual upbringing and nurturing of Christians , old and new. By accepting pastoralship, you acknowledge that you understand some people will look to how you live your life as a ‘benchmark’ as they work on getting strong in Christ for themselves. You’re also saying that you will not do or say anything contrary the word of God and be careful not to lead them astray.

If you can’t do this…you don’t need to be a pastor or in leadership. No ifs, ands, or buts. You can still be effective in the world; but you’re just not ready to lead if you can’t get down with the basics.

I think it’s safe to say that we’ve all struggled with something in the past and it’s not always easy to live right; NOR does seem fair to “give certain things up” but DANG Jesus took on the ENTIRE cross! The least we could do as Pastor Jerome Gay Jr of Vision Church RDU says, is to “take a shot” of the cup Christ  (Matthew 20:22 ESV) drank for us. Being a Christian means you have to be set apart….we all have to come to terms with this and find the joy in it.

I pray Leandria gets some good spiritual counsel soon. She has a POWERFUL gift that was clearly given by God. We know it and satan knows it. I hope a word is said to wake her up before God has to. And speaking from personal experience…there is NOTHING fun about having to have God wake you up for you to do right!

Be blessed ya’ll,

— Joc

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2 responses to “PART 2 of Leandria Johnson Periscope Rant — Thoughts & Reflections

  1. Nae' Thompson

    Joc – I’d like to address the need people seem to have to correct leadership. Before I continue, I do not agree with the display, nor the representation… however, I understand. I’m a Pastor, and some are leading while bleeding. The Bible shares, a great deal on how one should behave and you’ve made a lot of great Scriptural references as well.

    The space I’m having difficulty with is people’s opinion, whether she’s called or not, who ordained her, etc. First off, she’s Pastor Johnson whether you agree or not. Just like David was king when committing adultery. Your mishaps do not negate the calling. Who are we to challenged that which she proclaims, and society has acknowledged? The point here is we aren’t to put our mouths of God’s elect, we know, those who are Bible scholars, that God will chasten those He loves. It’s obvious that she’s dealing with some things, needs a safe place to heal, etc. but for people to condemn as she too has shared, is the thing that saddens me. Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick (Matt. 9:12 KJV). Meaning if you’ve got it all together, He’s not talking to you… The Bible shares, “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it (Luke 15:4, NIV)? And let’s not forget the prodigal son as well, these are examples of God’s unfailing love. So let’s not get it twisted, God’s Word shares, the world will know us because of our LOVE. Not our ability to condemn.

    You and I both know this is a mean world, with so many perspectives on “how” believers should do, be, and or act… I know your heart’s in the right place, but LOVE COVERS a multitude of sins, no sin is greater than any other. God has no respect of person, so let’s pray for, honor, and undergird. We know the call is great, that’s why there’s such an attack on her life.

    So that we’re clear, I don’t condone Pastor’s behavior, but I know the Bible shares we ALL fall short of the glory…DAILY. The difference is Pastor Le’Andria has made hers in public display. Be careful what you speak, as you have the power of life and death in the words you say. Speak Life!

    • Thanks for sharing your thoughts and comments on the post! I don’t doubt that mishaps overshadow calling — I’m a witness to that — nor do I argue against the fact that love and grace gives us the gift of another chance to get it right ; I even join you in prayer as maintaining a godly, Christian walk is INDEED challenging ESPECIALLY in this present day; but I stand on my position. It wasn’t my intention to come off as though I was condemning her as a person, I just wanted to make clear to my readers who are new to the Christian faith that this type of repeated behavior is not what God desires of us and that it’s not okay to be “just fine” with it happening. We know that sometimes the only witness some folks see are pastors, so I was expressing (based on scripture) what was not right with the picture and highlighting the fact that we need to earnestly pray for those who have issues with certain types of bondage. Maybe I could’ve illuminated that point a little more. But I do appreciate your response and continue to pray for Leandria and others daily! I know what i’s like to struggle with intentional sinful living, and I know the freedom that comes when you are finally able to break free — given her platform and potential to change lives, I want the same for her!

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