BEWARE OF RELIGIOUS PRIDE

Posted: December 11, 2013 in Uncategorized
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“Now, brothers and sisters, I have applied these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit, so that you may learn from us the meaning of the saying, “Do not go beyond what is written.” Then you will not be puffed up in being a follower of one of us over against the other.” 1 Corinthians 4:6

 

I was listening to a particular Christian call in show on a particular Christian network, when the subject of another well known preacher (Perry Stone) came up for discussion. What didn’t bother me was the suggestion that he was wrong on something he stated on Sid Roth’s program, but what DID bother me, and pretty much grieved my spirit was the comment by one of the commentators who stated that the preacher in question was false, should never be listened to and ignored, but what really grieved me was that once again the notion was proclaimed that “THIS” particular ministry had the right message – ignore everyone else.

Sorry to burst this ministries bubble of hope, but God didn’t call one particular man or woman to preach the gospel, NOR did God give one particular ministry or minister “the” message! This is once again my problem with certain popular ministries these days – pride. Elijah ran to a cave in a mountain, when God asked “Why are you here?” Elijah, a great prophet, said he was running for his life because all the other prophets were dead, he was the ONLY one alive. God had to remind his servant that he had 7,000 prophets who have not bowed to Baal. My how we forget that sometimes. We allow religious pride to puff up ourselves to the point where we think we’re the only legit voice of reason on the planet.

This is the same problem Jesus had with Peter, much less with James and John (Mark 3:17) in that Peter thought of himself more highly over the others, to which Jesus had to rebuke Peter, not once, but twice over this matter of being puffed up. When the disciples (namely John) came to Jesus (mentioned in Mark 9:38), he (John) told Jesus that they saw one trying to cast out a demon in Jesus name, John (and maybe more of the disciples) tried to hinder him from ministering in the masters name because this particular individual was not following the others. Jesus calmly told them not to hinder such, instead, stated to his disciples in verse 40, “For he who is not against us is for us..” The point Jesus was making, regardless of this individuals motive, was clear, God knows whose are his and who isn’t. Let them alone to do whatever work they are called (or chosen) to do. Peter had to understand this problem when he once again confronted Jesus over John the beloved. Peter, hearing Christ’s words of encouragement of what God would do with Peter’s life (make him one of the most profound leaders of the church), Peter smugly wondered what purpose of John’s role in Christ – to which Christ yet once again rebuked Peter and said, “It’s none of your business.” How often we forget that when it comes to our own walk and ministry.

There are times where we must call out false teaching or error, but that in no way means we label everyone as false simply because we might disagree with someone’s theological standing or view, even if it doesn’t line up with our understanding or theological position, even IF we are right, the point is, only God calls a man or woman, and when one particular preacher, pastor or ministry considers themselves the only one correct on certain matters, or that people should listen to them and them only, then we start to fall into the trap Paul said to refrain from – religious pride.

No one particular preacher has it all together, nor did God select one particular preacher with the truth and reject everyone else. This is the trap Satan loves to lure many in, religious pride, and how sad that many a good man (or woman) have fallen in one. But this is because of a lack of humility because they have allowed their position to puff their ego and self worth. It must be understood that we are all just servants, not higher than others, not gifted more than others, we are all the same in the working of God’s ministry, with one objective, winning souls and encouraging others in their walk.

So while it might seem one particular man has it all, the reality is far from the truth, for the truth is, God will always raise up others to reach and minister to those whom God wants to reach. It’s not about one particular ministry, it’s about THE ministry, the ministry of reaching people with the gospel. Yes, we will have disagreements amongst the brethren. Yes, we will have division on certain beliefs, but the truth must be understood that we work as a unit, no one greater than the other, all equal to the other, that is the method of God, he does not favor one over another. So when a ministry or preacher declares with such ignorance that they and they only have the right “truth”, understand that that individual has bought into a trap the enemy has set and unless he yields himself to God’s grace and truth, he will further slip into the sin of pride and failure will once again be the end result. Let us never forget that.

Christopher

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