Pastor-dependency makes Christians drift into dormancy as they decide to “let the pastor do it.” It’s dangerous to delegate your spirituality to a pastor, because Jesus wants a direct relationship with you.
Let Christ take the lead in your relationship with Him–not vice versa. If you are dependent on a pastor on Sunday morning, how will you stand for Christ without that person, the rest of the week? However, if a group of people meets and engages in Holy-Spirit-prompted dialogue, God’s light begins to dissipate our spiritual smog.
The highest place a Christian can be on earth isn’t high in a pulpit above other Christians, but low at Jesus’ feet! Knowing about Jesus is fine; but letting your life be about surrender to Jesus is spectacular! A mind informed about Christ can answer Bible questions; but a heart in love with Him blazes with His glory! It’s much easier to learn facts than it is to live truth!
A Christian (like all people) has the right to listen to Jesus and read the Bible for herself and not just accept a leader’s ideas. God can and does use sermons. However, He also wants to use the testimonies the insights of ordinary people, if church will just let them speak. Pastors would be truly amazed at the anointed things Christ has shown the people they preach to, if only they would let them speak up.
Unfortunately, church members are encouraged to be seen in church services, but they usually aren’t allowed to be heard there. You can’t interact with Jesus if you’re unaware of His presence. (But you can listen to a sermon about Him.)
The most dangerous fake news is to be told that you are right with God, when you aren’t. Only the Holy Spirit can confirm that you are right with God. What does the Spirit say about you? Don’t let anyone else give you assurance that you are right with God. Only God, Himself, can do that! “Flesh & blood” can’t reveal it. God’s holy nation (1 Peter 2:9) is not built on a human oration, but on supernatural revelation (Matthew 16:17).
People love to get caught up in things; events, politics, sports, work, etc. I love to be caught up in Jesus! If unbelievers hear Christ calling them to repent and follow Him (and they do), surely believers can hear Christ talking to them.
People who claim to preach Christianity should be held accountable to the Bible. We must have both biblical and spiritual discernment. It’s easy to replace common sense with nonsense.
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