Jesus criticized the Pharisees for their hypocrisy and challenged
their quest for influence and recognition. Today the spirit of the
Pharisees is alive in some Christian celebrities. Regrettably some
wear arrogance like a priestly robe.
Their sermons are more
characterized by self-promotion than lifting the name of Jesus,
and their missions projects are more about offerings than outreach.
Their ministry has become a business with a veneer of religion.
Undoubtedly they once had a sincere passion to reach people for
Christ, but now its more about money and power. They sell
themselves and exploit Gods name for personal gain.
Who is responsible for
the ascension of these "prophets of profit?" We are. We attend their
meetings, support their projects and tune in to their infomercials.
Where is our spiritual
discernment? Are we so awed by talent and charisma that weve
become deaf to the voice of the Spirit? Many of us have become spectators
who follow flamboyant personalities with lofty ambitions when we
should support our pastor and other servants who live in moderation
and exemplify humility.
Pentecost in the last
century was birthed in the hearts of men and women who were more
interested in the power of the Spirit than they were prestige among
peers. But increasingly believers mimic pharisaical leaders and
pursue recognition and position. Walking in the Spirit has given
way to name dropping and marketing techniques.
Its easy to stand
in judgment of some Christian celebrities, but they are merely the
byproduct of our consumerism. God needs to change our hearts and
shift our priorities. We need Him to help us reject sensationalism
and stardom and embrace the character of Jesus Christ. The churchs
future depends on it.
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