How many churches have a leading pastor like this:
“And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.” (I Corinthians 2:1-5)
I’d say not many. Nowadays, church pastors are all hip, knowing what the world thinks is cool, and thus dressing and acting accordingly. They’ve got the fancy lights and technology, and they rely on either their good looks, charisma, or their singers’ performance to draw in congregants.
How many of these men actually display the Spirit’s power? How many of them embrace their physical weaknesses and determine not to know anything but Jesus and the gospel?
They rely on technology and fame, not on Christ alone and the power of the gospel. In fact, many of them don’t even truly believe the gospel, because they twist it or water it down in order to please man so their “church” will grow.
“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their fruits you will know them. “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’” (Matthew 7:15-23)
I pray you are not attending a service led by a wolf, and if you are, I pray Christ’s Spirit reveals it to you. Too many are neglecting their bibles and clinging to every word taught by their pastor because his personality is so great, and what he preaches sounds good, but they’re being deceived and don’t even know it!
Enough of the ignorance. Discern what is true, know your pastor by his fruit. If he’s worldly, he’s worldly. If he’s holy, he’s holy. If he’s twisting or adding to the Scripture, how will you know unless you take time to thoroughly read your bible?
So please, pick up the sword—God’s Word—and ensure the man you’re listening to isn’t a wolf who is leading you astray.