Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. ~ Galatians 6:7-8
There have been some disturbing things going on in our country in the past few years. I’ve tried to ignore it, but nearly every day for the past couple of weeks, I’ve come across another report in the news of people rejecting God’s decree and indulging their pride and arrogance to the detriment of the Church and her believers, and I cannot remain silent about it anymore. Cannot and will not.
Oh, there were many times I went along to get along. For a while, I accepted the argument that this is the way things are now and God approves of them. I bought into the hype. I went to the big conferences and gatherings, waved the colorful flags, bawled my eyes out. But I was deceived. God does not approve of this arrangement. Scripture says so. And the reports I’ve been hearing are proof that this heretical doctrine is endangering Christ’s Church.
I’m speaking, of course, about the controlling system of church authority.
Mega churches. Church covenants. Celebrity pastors. They are all part of the sickness. And the proof is in the pudding. Bill Gothard, Doug Phillips, Mark Driscoll and others have been forced to step down from ministry after serious accusations of immorality and abuse of power. Matt Chandler, Steven Furtick, and C. J. Mahaney have come under fire for sheltering pedophiles in their churches. Other prominent ministers are being investigated for cult-like teachings and behavior. And it is a false teaching of church authority that is responsible. Enough is enough.
The system of authority set up by many of these leaders is in direct opposition to scripture. The Bible does not support celebrity pastors. The term shouldn’t even exist. Over the next few weeks, I’ll take you through the scriptures to show the proper role and office of the pastor, the danger of mega churches, and the responsibility of the believer.
I’m so excited to be writing on this subject. Stay tuned.