“I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ”

"But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world." Galatians 6:14

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Are you tuned in to a true preacher of the LORD or an ear-tickling, story telling beguiler?

TODAY, LEADERS who can talk fast and say things in an exciting fashion can build a large gathering and yet we must ask, is that a healthy gathering?
 
We must begin to understand that these things they say are usually contrived, canned, and passed on from generation of preacher to the next. The things they say are proven to get a response – to draw a crowd. It’s a repertoire or a collection of things that get people to respond positively.
 

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.

DID Jesus choose to draw men by His physical beauty or earthly wealth?

“…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

What does this expose to us concerning modern day preachers and all their expensive clothes and holly wood modeling pictures they stage in order to entice the flesh?
When 5,000 men (not to mention the women and children) gathered around Jesus, what happened next? Their stomachs were fed right?(represents carnal appetites, senses) As usual, essentially Jesus told them they must die to self to follow Him. Then what? All departed except 12, right? (John 6:66-68) Has anything changed? No. Today, we are specifically warned by the Holy Spirit of the same unrepentant masses.
 
“Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure (hold themselves accountable to) sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” 2 Timothy 4:2-4
 

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.

But what’s the difference? The difference is that the false preachers today refuse to preach what Jesus preached – that one must die, must lay down his life, must lose his life in this world to be Christ’s.
 

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:

  1. Is it Christ who is being truly magnified or the mere human speaker? (Galatians 3:1; Colosssians 2:18-19)
  2. Am I getting more on fire for Jesus or am I still lukewarm and ready to be rejected? (Revelation 3:15-16)

Who Are Your Friends?

YOUR FRIENDS? Surrounding yourself with those who are learning to die so Christ can reign in their lives …. is equal yoking. Everything else is fabricated and phony. Church goers who think they are saved is unequal yoking. Speak God’s Word in love to them and those who begin to hearken should be considered by us to be candidates for fellowship and friendship. Otherwise, they have chosen to reject Christ and are tares. “Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.” (1 Corinthians 15:33). What we see today, all over the internet, is nifty little sayings by counterfeits like Joyce Meyer, the Copeland cult, Joel “Your Best LIE Now” Osteen, Joseph Prince, and so many beguilers who want your attention and money, etc. … which encourage you to hang with people who are “positive.” Heck openly New Age teachers teach that – but without CHRIST it’s all just secular humanism which is the luciferic worship of self! This is simply more ear-tickling poison saints. Jesus says that those who authentically know Him and are truly following Him are laying down their lives, the daily cross – something false prophets never mention (Philippians 3:18-21). Bammmmm!!! Those are Satan’s children who preach “another gospel,” a false gospel, and are “accursed.” (Galatians 1:6-10). Beware of the tares among the wheat saints.

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