“Any halfway clever devil would decorate the highway to Hell as beautiful as possible.”
― Criss Jami
The earliest memory I have of church is sadly of me falling asleep in the middle of service, but at the young age of 4, I had little concern for what the pastor had to say. Yet all these years later, I realized just how important it is to actually listen to what your pastor is saying. On a continent that is said have the most Christians and not to mention thousands of Churches, there is no greater time to pay attention to the message and ask the right questions
Anyone who knows me, knows I do not like to drive and have more than one cab driver’s number on speed dial. Although I am quiet most of the time, I have gotten to know a few of them quite well. So I was not surprised when I was asked if I believe in God. I said yes, telling him about the church I attend and why I like going there. He then asked me if I heard of a particular pastor (I won’t mention his name), and if I heard any of his teachings. Not only did I say no, I was not even interested. He proceed to tell me why I should follow this person and how his ministry will change my life. I smiled and let he say his peace but made no commitment to actually take his advice.
He is not the first I have met and seen to express such unwavering loyalty to these men/women of God. Don’t misunderstand me, I believe in honoring men/women of God but NEVER at the expense of God. People will tell you word for word what the pastor said but fail to quote one scripture. When did we become a generation of lazy Christians? A pastor is meant guide you on your spiritual journey but he cannot walk it for you. Yet how do you know your pastor and your church are doing what God has called them to do if you never read the Bible?
I’m tired of hearing of all the outrageous things pastors ask their congregations to do in the name of miracles and riches on earth. Yet I will not place all the blame on the pastor because his agenda is clear, money. However I also blame the congregation for accepting without question. Why do I have to pay my pastor thousands just to pray for me?( I like to point out that when I refer to money I’m not talking about giving to the church and tithing because we are called to do so to grow Gods kingdom here on earth. I’m talking about being made to believe that you can buy your salvation. That somehow the more you have guarantees favor from God and that money absolves you from actually doing what God has called the body of Christ to do.)Why would I allow pastor to sleep with me in order for me to receive my miracle? Why does doing harm to my body signify my faith in God? My examples may seem far fetched but what is actually taking place is far worse. Sadly the men and women of God who are actual doing God’s work are mocked and ridiculed because they actually tell the truth and not what people want to hear.
What happened to waiting on the Lord? What happened to seeking His Kingdom? Why have we relegated God to a servant and our pastors as masters? Too many people are Christians but not many are Christ-Like.
So I ask you, are you really listening? Who do you really serve? When you ask yourself these questions and answer them honestly, you will know the place God holds in your life. Please I beg you, don’t leave your spiritual journey in the hands others. Let me put it in simple terms. When you are in a relationship do you only communicate with their friends and not that person? No! They may tell you about that person but you make it your point to get to know them for yourself. It’s the same with God. He wants a relationship with you. He wants to communicate with you but you can only do that when you read His word. And when you know Him, truly know Him, you will know the difference between a Man/Woman of God and a sad imitation of what the world wants God to look like.
I will raise my fist against all the prophets who see false visions and make lying predictions, and they will be banished from the community of Israel. I will blot their names from Israel’s record books, and they will never again set foot in their own land. Then you will know that I am the Sovereign LORD .
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