Monday, September 24, 2018

Dangers of Idolizing Preachers with Bishop Nelson Nzvimbo (Part 2)

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.
DANGERS OF IDOLIZING PREACHERS Part 2 Posted by Bishop Nelson Nzvimbo

Dangers of Idolizing Preachers:

1. You could lose your freedom: 

You will be unable to take decisions for yourself. You joined a church willingly but you are afraid to leave because you are directly threatened by the one you idolize or you feel you will not be safe anymore without them. Your time, money and other resources could be commandeered by this person, no longer to be used for your benefit and that of your family. You feel threatened with one curse or the other unless you do exactly as they say. These are real possibilities you could be faced with in these abnormal relationships.

“Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” – Galatians 5:1

2. Man does not make a good master. He is prone to abuse the position.

That is why God told Samuel the prophet in 1 Samuel 8:9-18 to warn the Israelites of how they will be subsequently treated when they were clamoring for a king. Below are some verses from that passage.

“9. Now therefore hearken unto their voice: howbeit yet protest solemnly unto them, and shew them the manner of the king that shall reign over them. 11. And he said, This will be the manner of the king that shall reign over you: 14. … he will take your fields, and your vineyards, and your oliveyards, even the best of them, and give them to his servants. 15. And he will take the tenth of your seed, and of your vineyards, and give to his officers, and to his servants. 16. And he will take your menservants, and your maidservants, and your goodliest young men, and your asses, and put them to his work. 17. He will take the tenth of your sheep: and ye shall be his servants.18. And ye shall cry out in that day because of your king which ye shall have chosen you; and the Lord will not hear you in that day.”

And when King Rehoboam and Judah sinned against God and King Shishak of Egypt conquered their kingdom, this was the Lord’s reply when they prayed and he heard them:

“But they will become his subjects, so they will know the difference between serving me and serving earthly rulers.” – 2 Chronicles 12:8 (NLT)

3. Christ has set you free. Don't make yourself a slave to anyone.

Specify your relationship with people. A lot is often taken for granted and it soon metamorphoses into the elephant in the room. You cannot speak freely, lest it be seen as insubordination and you can’t move away when you’re uncomfortable with what’s happening or it will be termed rebellion. We are freer and more assertive with the Almighty God than with a fellow human being! That is not the heritage we have in God:

“For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.” – Romans 8:15

You could be derailed, lose focus – preaching and fighting for the preachers instead of for the truth:

Today, we see disunity in the body of Christ, breakup of churches, etc. Some of these arise because people are fiercely protecting the interests of different preachers whom they cherish. Sometimes, the content of Christian pages online read like political propaganda during electioneering campaigns where parties are castigating their opponents.

Our focus should be the truth as seen in the word of God, preaching the gospel and ministering to people, not defending our favored preacher’s interpretation of the gospel or lifestyle. Even our churches don’t amount to the Church (the Body of Christ), so we should not be dismissive of those who are outside the umbrella of our church and GO (General Overseer), presiding pastor, etc.

4. Jesus prayed that his followers be one.

“20. Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; 21. That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. 22. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: 23. I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.” – John 17:20-23

What the Lord prayed for should be our concern. We should not work against it by making idols of His servants and trying to win proselytes to their brand of the gospel.

Exclusive and fanatical followership of ministers inhibits unity in the Body of Christ.

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