Monday, September 24, 2018

Dangers of Idolizing Preachers with Bishop Nelson Nzvimbo (Part 3)

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 3 Posted by Bishop Nelson Nzvimbo

Dangers of Idolizing Preachers:

1. You could mislead other people to worship them, especially the young and others who look up to you:

Many people learn from example. If they love someone or they are subordinate to that person, they begin to pick words, attitudes and behavior from that person. Let no one learn slavish adoration of ministers from you.

“… be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.” – 1 Timothy 4:12

In one church service, the lady preaching said that if the senior pastor told her to climb up and hold on to the revolving fan, she would do it with no questions asked. This was supposed to show how much she believed in the man of God. And listening were young people and uneducated old folks who would probably learn from that sermon that the senior pastor is always right and you should retire your mind when dealing with him. That is a terrible lesson to impart to anyone.

When we renew our minds with the word of God, we will be able to distinguish between faith and foolishness and not feel compelled to do whatever anyone says in the name of faith.

2. If you idolize preachers, your faith could be destroyed when they fall:

Jesus is the only perfect example we have. If you worship a man and base your faith on his words and actions, you could be disappointed and betrayed if he goes astray. That is why Paul admonished us thus in 1 Corinthians 11:1 (KJV): “Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.” Newer translations use the word “imitators” in place of “followers”.

I thank God for the ministers of the gospel in the world today and for the grace of God upon their lives. But they are servants like the rest of Christ’s flock. The best way to see them is the way Paul, the apostle, one of the greatest preachers to have ever lived, described himself.

“Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. 13. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 14. I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 3:12-14

3. The Amplified Bible brings out what Paul is saying in this passage in clearer terms:

“12. Not that I have already obtained it [this goal of being Christlike] or have already been made perfect, but I actively press on so that I may take hold of that [perfection] for which Christ Jesus took hold of me and made me His own. 13. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider that I have made it my own yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, 14. I press on toward the goal to win the [heavenly] prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 3:12-14 (AMP)

We are all moving towards perfection. Don’t deify anyone no matter the wonders you have seen God use him or her to do. Don’t leave God no matter what anyone does or is said to do.

Always remember that preachers too are projects in God’s hands like everyone else and encourage them accordingly. Someone may have anointing but lack maturity or deep knowledge of the word of God. If you are close to them, you can assist with godly counsel and interpretation showing them from the Scriptures how to react to certain issues or where they are missing it when the need arises.

4. You could incur the wrath of God against yourself and your family:

Or rather you will if you carry this on long enough. God does not joke with His glory. Idolatry is sin and God has hard words against it.

“For thou shalt worship no other god: for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God”Exodus 34:14.

“Thou shalt have none other gods before me. 8. Thou shalt not make thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the waters beneath the earth: 9. Thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me” – Deuteronomy 5:7-9

Anyone that takes the place of God in your life has become a graven image to you.

Honor God’s servants but reserve glory and worship for God alone. Pray for the ministers of the gospel and support them as God has blessed you and as He leads you, not out of fear or compulsion.

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