Seek Christ, Not Men
by Patricia Backora
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My foolish people seek after signs and wonders and follow the latest fad preacher to come along, instead of sticking with Christ their Heavenly Bridegroom. I weep over the way My people broadcast the latest preacher fad to come along and follow after HIM from city to city, as if one man alone could contain all My glory and house all the answers which should be found within My corporate body, the Church.
All expectations of supernatural “ministry” are placed upon the shoulders of just one “charismatic” man (or woman) who has a magnetic personality and can draw gigantic crowds to his/her four-hour “miracle crusade”. Anything which smacks of the miraculous is welcomed with open arms by thrill-seeking Christians who love good entertainment. Others are very desperate for answers but aren’t finding them in the context of their local churches. Surely the most fashionable miracle craze of the hour will meet their need.
In their eagerness for answers My people often fall prey to hysteria and demonic manifestations in these so-called services. The REAL motive of wolves in sheep’s clothing is MONEY. Like the proverbial carrot dangling from a stick in front of the dumb donkey, My people are strung along for the ride but never do quite reach the juicy carrot of prosperity promised them by the preacher who is happily gobbling up their livelihoods, money which could have fed their own struggling families.
Why do you think My glory is missing from so many churches? Has it ever occurred to you that I just might be a little upset about how today’s ministers of the gospel are NOT faithfully declaring ALL My counsel, as Paul did? Instead of being forthright and honest about what ISN’T found in the Word of God, they’ll either actively promote or passively allow false doctrines which prove profitable in this world, such as the lie of monetary tithing, found NOWHERE in Scripture. They’ll beat My sheep over the head with man-made traditions and lies, threatening the People of God with My judgment if they don’t comply with ever-increasing demands for more and more money. How can My grieved Spirit move in the midst of a place where My people are being browbeaten and emotionally battered week after week after hopeless week?
The worst aspect of the emotional abuse is this: The glory of God within the believer is belittled through such techniques as “public shaming before the congregation” for non-tithing or some other non-sin. As My people stare up in awe at the man (or woman) high and lifted up on the stage, they are taught ever so subtly that it is a SIN to read the Word for themselves to verify whether or not the preacher is telling the truth about tithing or any other fad doctrine.
If I have written ICHABOD over the doorposts of rich mega-money-mills where My people are being abused, how much more do I disapprove of wolves in sheep’s clothing raking in the cash in huge coliseums which draw mostly poor, desperate souls seeking answers? I said the Kingdom of God is WITHIN YOU and each one of you is a priest unto your God (Luke 17:21; I Pet.2:5,9). Where in My Word do I ever command My people to ride buses from far places to reach some glittering figure on a stage who, after the service, couldn’t care less about their individual needs and problems because he’s so busy spending your hard-earned cash, given so “sacrificially”?
I didn’t come to establish the Greatest Show on Earth. I came to build My Body the Church, the Bride of Christ, where My Glory dwells in its fullness.
I the Lord am a JEALOUS God. My very Name is Jealous (Ex.34:14). I will tolerate no rivals for your worship and praise. I am jealous for My glory and zealous for your spiritual well-being. I care about you night and day, seven days a week. Which of those highly paid charlatans can say they’d even send you a dime if you got sick or lost your job, much less die for you as I did 2000 years ago?
I grieve over the religious comic books you study instead of My pure, unadulterated Word. I see so many of you taking a slow drip of spiritual rat poison in the form of motivational teachings on how to get rich in a hurry, how to turn the tide through tithing, how to become godlike in manipulating the supernatural realm, all for a tidy little fee, of course, conveniently payable via credit or debit cards! Because My people desire MEN to reign over them instead of God, they attend Temples of Greed and forget that they themselves ARE the true Temple of the Holy Ghost (I Cor.6:19).
Seek My face, My people, next time your friends excitedly announce the “new kid on the block” who has all the answers. Even if you hear that “signs are following” his/her ministry, don’t be deceived. Even the antichrist will be able to work miracles, and many miracle workers will still end up in hell (Matt.7:22; 2 Thes.2:8-10). Go with the flow of My peace. If you submit to the Spirit of revelation and wisdom in the knowledge of Christ Jesus (Eph.1:17) as He gives you understanding of what truly is SOUND DOCTRINE as taught in My Word, you will attain to My peace in making major decisions in your lives. My Spirit within you can lead you into all truth to help you discern the true minister from the false deceiver. Don’t just hop on the bandwagon to support the latest fad ministry with your friends and neighbors. Get all excited about JESUS. He’s the One Who will never let you down, the One Who died on the Cross for you, the One Who is about to return in glory to receive you unto yourself.
All those “big-name ministries” out there care about is receiving MONEY, FAME, and POWER unto themselves!
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