• Nige Burr

Leaders - Focus on Christ for the People's Sake. #8

Updated: Aug 6, 2020

1 Timothy 4v1 tells us, “The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits…” You can read the rest for yourself. Here’s the thing. There are many messages bombarding us each day, which is the correct one? Who should we listen to? It seems that celebrity is way more important in church than content. Glitz and glamour have priority over motive. Money talks and we can all get caught up in the perfect hair, music and PR/Media departments of church leaders. And the less discerning go crazy for all this.

Jesus told his disciples to ‘Love your neighbour’ not promote a Glee-club! And we wonder why the message of Jesus to re-think our lives has been often diluted into a tree-hugging hotchpotch of opinions that has jettisoned scripture. Plus, if they can sell a truckload of books off the back of this, all the better! They can then Instagram how blessed they are and how good God is to them!

How truly discerning are we? Do we realise anything is wrong at all?But I like the pastor’s new Hugo Boss suit every week” one woman was heard to declare in church. And what would be the effect of removing all this glitz and fakery from a church? I imagine the same as if we removed all the millions of flashing lights and sounds which invite punters into an amusement arcade. Both would reveal that underneath they’re barren. The faithful followers would abandon ‘the faith’, recognising they had been privy to a con-artist; not Christ.

Christians will call out, “But a Christian can’t lose their faith!” This is true as long as they had real faith in the first place. Leaders, please don’t get lost in the marketeering, it will quickly morph into racketeering. Teach to bring hope, preach to give confidence, and speak to share love. Looking to Jesus as Life Lasts from there.

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