Are you tuned in to a true preacher of the LORD or an ear-tickling, story telling beguiler?
But is THIS why Jesus came and died and rose again from the dead? Did the Son of God do all He did so that enterprising, entrepreneurial men could come after Him, gather people, and build businesses using His Word?
When you read the Gospels, do you see that the Son of God drew men by fancy speech or the way He dressed? No.
“…he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. 3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.” Isaiah 53:2-3
JUST because a man stands in a pulpit on Sunday mornings and gives a message, does not mean he is speaking as of the oracles of God and is set forth by the LORD to preach His Word (Galatians 1:1; 1 Peter 4:11). In fact, the great majority of men who lead today are great deceivers – whether wittingly or unwittingly. Those who are not in God’s Word diligently and daily, will never know this to be the truth until it’s too late (Hosea 4:6; Matthew 22:29; 2 Timothy 2:15, etc.). Predators in Our Pulpits
Today the masses (crowds) leave and/or stay clear of any preacher who is preaching the cross and migrate in hoards to those who will tickle their fleshly fancy – by telling them what they want to hear instead of teaching the essentials Christ taught.
Remember how Jesus warned us that “many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many”? (Matthew 24:11) Why are “many” being deceived? Is it not due to the refusal to lose one’s life in this world of most who claim to be saved?
“Strive (agonize) to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.” Luke 13:24
The men who pose as pastors in the visible modern churches are those who can tell stories and those who refuse to preach the cross – that one must die to know Christ (Philippians 3:6-10, etc.). These are the ones who are popular and rich in this fleeting world. They’ve sold their souls to gain the riches of this sinful world, are misleading many, and are hell bound.
“For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.” Romans 16:18
Somewhere in a man’s ministry, he is faced with the decision to avoid or to stop entertaining and to simply “preach the word” (not stories) so that people can fall in love with Jesus – not him!
Biblical hint: God’s men preach Christ and He is manifested in the lives of those who hear and obey. They go out of their way to prevent people from unduly loving them. They deliberately shut down any thing that would bring glory to them instead of the Son of God.
“O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently (clearly) set forth, crucified among you?” Galatians 3:1
Jesus was the central theme of all of Paul’s preaching. Any other focus or theme is “another gospel” being preached by a false teacher who is “accursed.” (Galatians 1:6-9).
God’s men are not story tellers. They preach His Word strictly and do not wander from it in order to appease mere sinful men, tickle ears, or build and keep a crowd. The great apostle Paul says these thing to such.
DID Christ’s apostle Paul choose to draw men by His physical beauty or fancy speech?
“That no flesh should glory in his presence. 30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: 31 That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord. 1 And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. 2 For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. 3 And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. 4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: 5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:29-2:5
When tuning in to any ministry, we must ask:
- Is it Christ who is being truly magnified or the mere human speaker? (Galatians 3:1; Colosssians 2:18-19)
- Am I getting more on fire for Jesus or am I still lukewarm and ready to be rejected? (Revelation 3:15-16)
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