I Sam. 2:12-15 Now the sons of Eli were scoundrels who had no respect for the Lord or for their duties as priests. Whenever anyone offered a sacrifice, Eli’s sons would send over a servant with a three-pronged fork. While the meat of the sacrificed animal was still boiling, the servant would stick the fork into the pot and demand that whatever it brought up be given to Eli’s sons. All the Israelites who came to worship at Shiloh were treated this way. Sometimes the servants would come even before the animal’s fat had been burned on the altar. He would demand raw meat before it had been boiled so that it could be used for roasting.
Pretenders are everywhere. Often they are disguised very cleverly. They may stand out in the crowd as leaders. They may have all the appearances of people who have it all together, but in reality they don’t. They may have winsome personalities and are smooth talkers. They may have great influence and are successes at what they do.
Jesus called people like that wolves in sheep clothing. Just because someone may have a title, position, or has authority does not meant they are speaking the truth. There are many church leaders who are scoundrels. They may have a lot of good things to say and may even do a lot of good things, but they are self-serving and not Christ-serving. Be aware of those who have no respect for their role of leadership and take advantage of others. Do not cater to their whims. Do not follow them.
Be wise and discerning. Have some guts and reject those who have no respect for the Lord or their position of leadership in the church. Speak out against them. Silence is not acceptable; it just gives them a license to continue to do what they are doing. There will always be those who will take advantage of others, even in the church. We have no one to blame but ourselves if we don’t hold our leaders accountable for the lives they live.