Worship God, Not The Man Of God

In this day and age of celebrity pastors, we have never been more in danger of falling into this trap. We must remember that our pastors are undershepherds appointed by the Chief Shepherd of our souls. Jesus always comes first.

When it is Sunday again and some of us are heading out to our various churches for fellowship and worship. Some of us are really excited about meeting our fellow brethren again after a long working week. Some of us are eagerly anticipating the praise and worship as an opportunity to express our love to God. Some are keen to hear what God has to say to them through the sermon that will be preached. Some just want to encounter Christ and have their hearts tuned to His frequency.

Others can’t wait to see their Pastor stand on the pulpit and tingle their ears with a well-thought out sermon. I don’t know which category you belong too but there is a clear warning for all of us. DO NOT FALL INTO THE TRAP OF IDOLISING YOUR PASTOR INSTEAD OF WORSHIPPING CHRIST.

Personally speaking, I find my Pastor very inspiring and I look up to him in many ways. I sometimes have to check myself to make sure I don’t elevate him to a place that belongs to Christ in my heart. Whilst we are to appreciate and love our pastors, we must not under any circumstances give them the worship that is due God.

In this day and age of celebrity pastors, we have never been more in danger of falling into this trap. We must remember that our pastors are undershepherds appointed by the Chief Shepherd of our souls. Jesus always comes first. Period.

In this very time where our own in-house celebrity pastor, yes I mean Duncan-Williams has fumbled and comes under attack from various factions, I see it as quite imperative that we be reminded of why we are called Christians. Obviously the Scripture goes on to say that “touch not my anointed”, but does this mean we do not get to call out our spiritual leaders when they cross certain lines. Are we supposed to sit hand-folded and be repeatedly fed “confusing doctrines” in the name of not “touching God’s anointed”.

Worshipping your pastor is one thing but having a pastor who insists you worship him and his family is another. I know of a pastor who is extremely narcissistic, he refers to his wife as “the first lady” and his only son as “the first son” indicating that he and his family should be treated and be considered above the rest of the church members. In fact, anyone who dares challenge him or he sees as a threat will surely be de-valued before the entire congregation.

I once posted on my FB wall that if we are really honest with ourselves, we all have are in danger of idolizing our pastors. People of influence have a tendency to assume a higher status in our lives than Christ if we are not careful. We must be sober and vigilante in this regard. No matter how gifted or anointed your man of God is, always remember that he isn’t the “Author And Finisher Of Your Faith”! Jesus is! And your pastor didn’t die for your sins, Jesus did. Your pastor can’t save you, only Jesus can. So honour your pastor, but do not be tempted to be so focused on him that you forget about the God who holds all things by the power of His Word

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