Monday, September 24, 2018

Dangers of Idolizing Preachers with Bishop Nelson Nzvimbo (Part 1)

My desire is to see genuine authentic servants of God fulfilling their purposes in the great calling that God has bestowed upon their lives, to the glory of the Lord God who has called, anointed and sent them into the world, to fulfill the work of the Kingdom of heaven by His Holy Spirit. 

Whilst they are about the business of the Kingdom, their followers also get to have the spirit of discernment to follow that which is scriptural right to follow and support, without compulsion!

Intro: In the contemporary church, God has heavily anointed some of His servants to take the gospel far and wide, to bring salvation, healing and deliverance to many. Unbelievable testimonies of the move of God’s Spirit in the ministries of such servants of God sometimes elicit the wrong reaction from believers. This outpouring of power and the oft-repeated charge, “Touch not my anointed”, have combined to produce an elevation of some of today’s preachers that borders on fanaticism and deification. This post, by God’s grace, discusses seven dangers of such exaltation.

I realize that seeing this title, many will argue they are not idolizing their ministers, but as we examine these dangers, each of us will see if the problem is creeping in or it has overtaken us.
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DANGERS OF IDOLIZING PREACHERS. Part 1 Posted Bishop Nelson Nzvimbo

Dangers of Idolizing Preachers:

1. You could make them conceited or answerable to God for stealing His glory:

No matter what God has used anyone to do in your life, be careful to thank them but give the glory to God. Don’t tell them that you would have been finished without them, your life is in their hands, stuff like that. The human mind is a malleable thing. Someone hears that long enough, they may start to believe it.

Besides, it’s a burden to them to constantly redirect you to return all the glory to God. Sometimes, they may be weary after ministering and cannot do this. If you truly love this person, protect him or her by saying things like: “I thank God for your life”, “God has really used you to bless me”. Always, we must acknowledge that it is God working through His servants.

2. The people who arrogate God's glory to themselves usually end up badly.

That was the case with King Herod in the Bible:

“20. And Herod was highly displeased with them of Tyre and Sidon: but they came with one accord to him, and, having made Blastus the king’s chamberlain their friend, desired peace; because their country was nourished by the king’s country. 21. And upon a set day Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat upon his throne, and made an oration unto them. 22. And the people gave a shout, saying, It is the voice of a god, and not of a man. 23. And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost.” – Acts 12:20-23.

Notice in the passage above, Herod wasn’t shouting that he was a god but those who felt dependent on him were, and the hammer fell on him, obviously for not correcting them.

Also, show the preachers you know they are human like others by asking after their health and welfare. Find out how you can pray for them or spiritually uphold their ministries, families, etc. That way, you reinforce in them the understanding that they are not God and that at the end of the day, we all need each other. If you put them in a position where they minister to you without any form of reciprocation, you are fostering arrogance and a false sense of self sufficiency in them.

3. You could lose your critical ability:

People have been known to give up rational thought and independent thinking because they are following certain preachers, swallowing what they say without reflection or verifying through prayer. This is very dangerous. That someone gave you a prophecy that came true one day doesn’t mean that every word he or she says is right. In Matthew 16:13-22, Peter declared that Jesus was the Son of the Living God, a true revelation from God. But shortly after, he tried to discourage Jesus from dying on the cross to which the Lord replied, “Satan, get thee behind me.” Be a Berean Christian (Acts 17:10-11).

4. Don't chuck your mind in the bin. God gave it to you for a purpose.

While we should learn to exercise faith, we should not feel that living a life of faith is antithetical to thinking and weighing situations with the intelligence that God has given us. God does not always ask us to break natural laws except when He wants to accomplish something special.

There is a spiritual condition called hyper-spirituality – disconnection from reality due to excessive dependence on metaphysical, rather than natural means of perception. A hyper-spiritual person is constantly receiving and depending on revelations (visions, direct words “from God”, in this case to self and the preacher they adore). The problem is that often these revelations don’t come to pass (they may give a flimsy excuse for that or ignore the fact altogether) and the person’s life increasingly shows signs of confusion and a falling short of godly standards in speech and conduct.

A hyper-spiritual person, for example, will sow his salary as seed because his preacher said so or “God said” to and then go around begging and harassing people for monetary assistance. Obviously, the expected return from the seed didn’t come, which makes one wonder if the directive was from God in the first place.

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