Please beware, this is not addressed to all pastors, and this is not an exercise in finger pointing, but a mere observation of current events.
I did not grow up watching much Christian television. I attended church services and Bible study and was aware of the ‘celebrity pastors’. However, as I grew older and became acquainted with YouTube, and Christian T.V. I discovered a whole new world! I know you are Pastor’s, so do not be offended if I quote scripture.
“Touch not My anointed” 1 Chronicles 16:22
This is a common scripture that is often quoted when people attempt to criticise ‘men of God’ but I am not here to do so, I’m simply here to ask questions. I do not know if I’ll have an answer, but I am convinced that as I write this open letter, I may gain some clarity. I have found that a lot of ‘Christian Preachers’ are not preaching the word of God, instead they have become life coaches. Do not get me wrong, I believe that practical life advice is necessary and if given by a spiritual leader, it may inspire people to make the changes that are necessary. Yet, I have come across so many; ‘celebrity pastors’ who give sermon after sermon after sermon without mentioning Jesus or the Holy-Spirit. They deliver long winded speeches without referring to the scripture, and when they do, they often pick one line of scripture to introduce their discussion and go from there.
“your faith should not be in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God” 1 Corinthians 2:5
When I noticed this, I had to begin to filter what messages I was listening to, and what I was feeding my spirit. I realised that I was not listening to spiritual messages from some of these ‘pastors’ but I was simply hearing their ‘how to achieve prosperity’ sermons.
“test the spirits to see if they are from God” 1 John 4:1
Dear ‘pastors’ I began to realise that I was being fed incorrectly, I was not learning about drawing near to God and developing a better relationship with the HolySpirit. Instead I was learning ‘how to make it’, and that was when conviction came.
“by their fruits you will know them” Matthew 7:16
I realised that this was a true gospel message, and I asked ‘what is their fruit?’ And when I encountered some of the bad fruits, I knew I was in the wrong place. Where was the love? Were they reaching out to their impoverished communities? Many were not. So dear pastors as a a humble member of the flock, a sheep keen to be in pasture, I think we need to bring the message back to the cross, and focus on the person of Jesus. I’ll close with this;
“For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.” 1 Corinthians 1:17