Numbers 10:1–36; John 17:1–26; Psalm 10:1–18
This post is not intended to hate on anyone but there is a fine line that must not be crossed. It’s alright to get the “gospel out” to the world but to draw others toward us is not what it’s all about. It is always all about Jesus. He is the “super star”.
It is the exalted Lord Jesus Christ who was “lifted up” on a Roman cross, died, buried and raised from the dead 3 days later that all humankind could be saved from the penalty and the power of sin. the article below will help us focus on the Lord Jesus Christ who is incomparably incomparable to any human concept, principle, person,place or thing. The humanity has no adjectives or descriptive terms to identify Him. Sometimes messengers have a tendency to ex-halt themselves above the message. The following article warns about the latest trend of “super star” preachers…..
“Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical, Jesus Christ Superstar, is certainly incorrect (and rather heretical) in its portrayal of history, but it got one thing right: Jesus is meant to be the celebrity. He—no one else—is the Savior, the Christ, the Lord.
And that’s why the celebrity pastor movement is quite frightening. I don’t say this as a cynic, and it’s not that I’m primarily concerned with how these teachers are marketed (although that, too, can be scary at times); I’m worried about the way they’re received.
Certainly there are people who can be trusted more than others, and popularity is by no means a measurement of trustworthiness. But automatically agreeing with everything a teacher says puts the disciple in a bad position with the God they worship. It also puts the teacher in a position similar to an idol. Teachers who truly follow Christ would never desire such glory for themselves.
In the Gospel of John, we see Jesus glorified by the Father. Jesus was obedient to the Father, even to death, which is why He alone is worthy of our worship. “I have glorified you on earth by completing the work that you have given me to do. And now, Father, you glorify me at your side with the glory that I had at your side before the world existed” (John 17:4–5).
True teachers of the gospel want commitment—not to themselves, but to Christ and His cause. Jesus prayed: “Righteous Father, although the world does not know you, yet I have known you, and these men have come to know that you sent me. And I made known to them your name, and will make it known, in order that the love with which you loved me may be in them, and I may be in them” (John 17:26).”
In what parts of your life is God asking you to make a statement similar to Paul’s? What teachers are you adoring too much?
JOHN D. BARRY
Barry, J. D., & Kruyswijk, R. (2012). Connect the Testaments: A One-Year Daily Devotional with Bible Reading Plan. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.