And he is the head of the body, the church… Col. 1:18
During the 1990s, I was an ardent follower of the faith teachings, and I recall reading the interesting account of a famous American faith preacher who had gone to preach in a certain church; and it was Christmas. He claimed that he had asked God that he should receive a certain amount of money as an offering from that church. He needed that amount because he wanted to do Christmas shopping for his family.
In other words, long before he went to preach, this man had already prepared his family budget!
On the final day, as he and the church deacons were counting out the money the church offered, the offering failed to add up. It fell short a few dimes.
The preacher told the church deacons that he had believed God for a certain amount of money, and there was no way he was leaving that room without the money he had believed God for.
The money was recounted a couple more times and – abracadabra! – the missing amount was found hidden among the loose change.
In those days, I believed that the preacher’s attitude constituted Godly faith. Today, I realize he was sowing the seeds of what would become the biggest scamming scheme in church. The present despoiling of the church began innocently enough as a “faith” teaching.
Today, preachers are not just paid to preach, but they go beyond there and demand extravagant sums from churches in order to preach and do ministry. One famous African preacher would always demand a plane ticket from the hosts to travel wherever he was asked to go and minister. Without a plane ticket he wouldn’t budge!
Preachers today have mounted up so high they have become God. They are full of carnal, self-serving authority. They rob God’s people, they oppress them, they rape them. And they do these things in broad daylight. They are so hungry they eat without even first washing their hands! The level of carnage that preachers today are unleashing on God’s people is truly unspeakable.
The Apostle Paul castigates the Corinthians for accepting such preachers in their midst.
“19 For ye suffer fools gladly, seeing ye yourselves are wise. 20 For ye suffer, if a man bring you into bondage, if a man devour you, if a man take of you, if a man exalt himself, if a man smite you on the face.” (2 Cor. 11:19-20)
How clearer could it be stated? And yet believers in their hordes are throwing themselves at these very preachers’ feet. And they are being destrrrrroyed!!
It is preachers today who are leading the pack in defiling the church. In Philippians 3:18-19, the Apostle Paul writes:
“18 (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: 19 Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)”
Paul is talking of ministers of the gospel here for, in the preceding chapter, he had been talking of the faithfulness of Timothy and Epaphroditus.
If a preacher is an enemy of the cross of Jesus Christ, he will destroy the church of God. His God is his belly (he is not a true servant of God); and he minds earthly things (he minds, not the things that cater to the church, but the things that cater to his flesh). This means that this preacher is a self-serving person. Such a preacher is a wolf amongst the sheep!
Now, if you haven’t seen such preachers yet, you must have just dropped from Mars. They are packed to the brim on our planet. So much so that finding a preacher that truly minds God’s people is akin to finding a needle in the proverbial haystack!
The reason for all this is because the church has gone blind. By blind I mean there is no revelation of the cross in their hearts. A lack of the revelation of “Jesus Christ and him crucified” (1 Cor. 2:2) is what brings about spiritual blindness. The church does not know that it has been called to crucify the lusts of the flesh. It is not aware of the danger that these lusts pose. These lusts are therefore allowed to reign supreme in the church and neither the shepherds nor the sheep are safe. And these blind preachers, who are men and women of the flesh, once given the power of the pulpit, work out, or fulfill, their lusts instead of serving God’s people in the Spirit.
They say power corrupts, and that absolute power corrupts absolutely. That is true with the church also. Give a carnal preacher authority, and he defiles the church. Give him unbounded authority and he completely destroys the bodies, souls and lives of God people.
These things are happening, not in the closet, but right out there in the front yard.
[“Feed my lambs”]