Everybody got secrets, including me, you and apparently Bishop Eddie Long (Alleged Sexual Abuse).  But God knows the heart and he knows our “Secret Sin”. Some may say that what is between you and God is between you and Him. Well that is true. However,  Secret Sin is Not Safe and whatever is in the dark WILL come to light IF not dealt with! Repentance is key! So before we start bashing Eddie let’s first take a retrospective look at our own “Secret Sin” that don’t nobody but God know. The mess is out there now. Lets see how this thing is spun. But you can only deal with mess so long before it starts to stink up the entire house.

I read something from John Mac Arthur that I think gets to the core of what we are seeing going on today.

Nothing “Safe” About Secret Sin

by

John MacArthur

Copyright 2007, Grace to You.

Christ’s exposition of the law is a devastating blow against the lie that image is everything.

Christ taught repeatedly that sin bottled up on the inside, concealed from everyone else’s view, carries the very same guilt as sin that manifests itself in the worst forms of ungodly behavior. Those who hate others are as guilty as those who act out their hatred; and those who indulge in private lusts are as culpable as wanton adulterers (Matt. 5:21-30).

So Christians are not to think of secret sins as somehow less serious and more respectable than the sins everyone sees. Here are three reasons secret sin is especially abhorrent:

1. Because God sees the heart.

Scripture tells us “God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” (1 Sam. 16:7). No sin—not even a whispered curse or a fleeting evil thought—is hidden from the view of God. In fact, if we realized that God himself is the only audience for such secret sins, we might be less inclined to write them off so lightly.

The Bible declares that God will one day judge the secrets of every heart (Rom. 2:16). He “will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil” (Eccl. 12:14).

Not only that, secret sins will not remain secret. “The Lord [will] bring to light the things hidden in the darkness” (1 Cor. 4:5). Jesus said, “There is nothing covered up that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known. Accordingly, whatever you have said in the dark shall be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in the inner rooms shall be proclaimed upon the housetops” (Luke 12:2-3). Those who think they can evade shame by sinning in secret will discover one day that open disclosure of their secrets before the very throne of God is the worst shame of all.

It is folly to think we can mitigate our sin by keeping it secret. It is double folly to tell ourselves that we are better than others because we sin in private rather than in public. And it is the very height of folly to convince ourselves that we can get away with sin by covering it up. “He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper” (Prov. 28:13).

All sin is an assault against our holy God, whether it is done in public or in secret. And God, who beholds even the innermost secrets of the heart, sees our sin clearly, no matter how well we think we have covered it.

2. Because sin in the mind is a fruit of the same moral defect that produces deeds of sin.

When Jesus said hatred carries the same kind of guilt as murder, and lust is the very essence of adultery, He was not suggesting that there is no difference in degree between sin that takes place in the mind and sin that is acted out. Scripture does not teach that all sins are of equal enormity.

That some sins are worse than others is both patently obvious and thoroughly biblical. Scripture plainly teaches this, for example, when it tells us the sin of Judas was greater than the sin of Pilate (John 19:11).

But in His Sermon on the Mount Jesus was pointing out that anger arises from the same moral defect as murder; and the one who lusts suffers from the same character flaw as the adulterer. Furthermore, those who engage in thought-sins are guilty of violating the same moral precepts as those who commit acts of murder and adultery.

In other words, secret sins of the heart are morally tantamount to the worst kind of evil deeds—even if they are sins of a lesser degree. The lustful person has no right to feel morally superior to a wanton fornicator. The fact that she indulges in lust is proof she is capable of immoral acts as well. The fact that he hates his brother shows that he has murder lurking in his heart.

Christ was teaching us to view our own secret sins with the same moral revulsion we feel for wanton acts of public sin.

3. Because hidden sin involves the compounding sin of hypocrisy.

Those who sin secretly actually intensify their guilt, because they add the sin of hypocrisy to their offense. Hypocrisy is a grave sin in its own right. It also produces an especially debilitating kind of guilt, because by definition hypocrisy entails the concealing of sin. And the only remedy for any kind of sin involves uncovering our guilt through sincere confession.

Hypocrisy therefore permeates the soul with a predisposition against genuine repentance. That is why Jesus referred to hypocrisy as “the leaven of the Pharisees” (Luke 12:1).

Hypocrisy also works directly against the conscience. There’s no way to be hypocritical without searing the conscience. So hypocrisy inevitably makes way for the most vile, soul-coloring, character-damaging secret sins. Thus hypocrisy compounds itself, just like leaven.

Beware that sort of leaven.

No matter who suggests to you that appearances are everything, don’t buy that lie.

As a matter of fact, your secret life is the real litmus test of your character: “As he thinks within himself, so he is” (Prov. 23:7). Do you want to know who you really are? Take a hard look at your private life—especially your innermost thoughts. Gaze into the mirror of God’s Word, and allow it to disclose and correct the real thoughts and motives of your heart.

I honestly pray the sexual harassment allegations against Long are not true. However, I also realize that God’s will prevails ALL THE TIME and if it is time for this mess to be revealed , So Be It!

IF the allegations are true- WOW is all I can say!

As you get ready to go into 2010 think about your Shepherd (Pastor or Pimp) and what you VOWED to do for him in 2009. Did you promise or vow to pay 100% of your tithes? Did you vow to defend him/her against accusation? Interesting questions that require serious thought.

While knee-deep in the Word of Faith movement I often heard my Pastor Pimp refer to himself as a “Shepherd”. There is nothing wrong with a Pastor taking on the role of a Shepherd to the flock. However, how far should a person follow his/her Pastor or Pimp? Is your Shepherd your covering? All of this mess derives from the Shepherding movement of the early 1970’s

“Shepherding” is a name given to a movement which arose within the Christian Church in the early 1970’s. Largely found within the Charismatic movement, it became a system instituted within many churches whereby elders/bishops or “shepherds” would be appointed to act as spiritual leaders responsible for the church. Individual church members were assigned to specific elders, and were to be “submitted” to them. This was supposed to cause the submitted individuals to be “disciples,” and to be protected by a spiritual “covering.”

Shepherding has gone through an evolution over the years. While not nearly as popular or widespread as in the early 70’s, it is nevertheless still found within the Christian Church. It is also not limited to the Charismatic church, but has become popular within some other movements. Many of the original personalities and teachings of the movement are not widely known today, but it is useful to examine shepherding’s foundations and the teachings that have been emphasized throughout the various manifestations of the movement. This is not an attempt to criticize the particular men quoted, but give an accurate presentation of their teachings, as well as a biblical response to anyone teaching the same concepts in the present-day church.

There is a new twist in the old Shepherding Movement and it is coming soon to your church, if it hasn’t already. This new twist is presented to pastors wrapped in silver gilding, and looks quite reasonable and rational. Should a discerning pastor, or one who steeps himself in the Word, take a second look, theguild disappears and in its place will appear rust and corrosion.

Across the country, parishioners are now being challenged to take oaths, perform vows and sign covenants. These things would have been unheard of in generations past for one simple reason. These things used to be forbidden, or only permitted under the gravest of circumstances. A few decades ago churches founded their beliefs sturdily upon the rocks of historical creeds, documents that have withstood the test of time and human whim, and which have imparted to each new generation an understanding of the major tenets of the Gospel faith. Now, in our latter days of “dumbed-down” Christianity, a minimal number of people in the pews know the creeds, have studied them, or even know about them!

You know the sad thing is that the average parishioner submits to a pimps authority before the ONE who can save, the Lord Almighty!

Thinks twice or rather READ twice before your Daddy tells you to do something. ALWAYS consult the Word of God and not just take your Daddy’s word! Think EVEN harder the next time you PLEDGE YOUR ALLEGIANCE TO YOUR PASTOR. God’s word is clear in OT and NT scripture regarding vows and Oaths:

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There are about 30 biblical references to vows, most of which are from the Old Testament. The books of Leviticus and Numbers have several references to vows in relation to offerings and sacrifices. There were dire consequences for the Israelites who made and broke vows, especially vows to God.

The story of Jephthah illustrates the foolishness of making vows without understanding the consequences. Before leading the Israelites into battle against the Ammonites, Jephthah—described as a mighty man of valor (Hmm Sound Familiar)—made a rash vow that he would give to the Lord whoever first came out of doors to meet him if he returned home as the victor. When the Lord granted him victory, the one who came out to meet him was his daughter. Jephthah remembered his vow and offered her to the Lord (Judges 11:29-40). Read the scripture to check out the consequences

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Jesus gave a new commandment concerning vows. “Again, you have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not break your oath, but keep the oaths you have made to the Lord.’ But I tell you, Do not swear at all: either by heaven, for it is God’s throne; or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King. And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black. Simply let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No ,’ ‘No'; anything beyond this comes from the evil one” (Matthew 5:33-37).

The principle here is clear for Christians: do not make vows, either to the Lord or to one another. First, we are unable to know for sure whether we will be able to keep vows. The fact that we are prone to the errors in judgment which are part of our fallen nature means that we may make vows foolishly and/or because of immaturity. Further, we don’t know what the future will bring—only God does. We don’t know what will happen tomorrow (James 4:14), so to make a vow that we will do or not do something is foolish. God is the one in control, not us, and He “works all things together for good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28). Knowing this, we can see that it is unnecessary to make vows and indicates a lack of trust in Him. Finally, Jesus commands that our word be sufficient without making vows. When we say ‘yes’ or ‘no,’ that’s exactly what we should mean. Adding vows or oaths to our words opens us up to the influence of Satan whose desire is to trap us and compromise our Christian testimony.

. If we have made a vow foolishly and realized we cannot or should not keep it, we should confess it to God, knowing that He is “faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” A broken vow, while serious, is not an unforgivable matter if taken to the Lord in true confession. God will not hold us to vows made imprudently, but He expects us to obey Jesus and refrain from making vows in the future.

Again think twice before you pledge your allegiance to anyone. Think hard the next time you recite a “givers confession or creed”. You will have to live up to it one day

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The word of God is clear. Sin is sin. Any offense that goes against the Word of God is considered sin. Gal 5:19-21 (NASB) is clear as it relates to the”deeds of the flesh” and the ultimate outcome of habitual un-repentant sin:

19Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, 21envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

So where am I going with this? Notice that Paul reminds the progressive and former pagan members of the church at Galtatia of their former ways. He starts out by referring to a sin that is crippling the Christian Church today, sexual immorality. Here are some sobering facts about sexual immorality.

  • According to an August, 2004 survey of its readership by Christianity Today magazine, 36% of laymen responding have visited a sexually explicit Internet site. Of which 44% have visited such sites “a few times” in the past year.
  • In a 2000 study by Focus on the Family, 18% of people identifying themselves as Christians admitted visiting a sexually-oriented web site.
  • At one Promise Keepers event, 50% of those in attendance said they had checked out pornographic material within the past week.
  • 59% of married Christian men regularly fantasize about sexual relations with someone other than their spouse.
  • 91% of men raised in Christian homes were exposed to pornography while growing up (compared to 98% of those not raised in a Christian home).

The most amazing statistic I found was this.

A survey conducted by Christianity Today of its readership in August 2000 revealed that…

33% of clergy have visited a sexually explicit Internet site at least once within the past year, of which 53% have done so “a few times.”

I cannot tell you how many times I heard Pastor/Pimps say “Pray for your Pastor”, and you should. But just like Paul, Pastors have a responsibility to talk about (From the pulpit) the ills of sexual immorality and how it is gripping our society and how it has impacted the church. Pastors can’t ignore the facts. The message of sexual purity is vital to the survial of what God intends for us. I am so tired of hearing Pimps preach about “Getting Back Your Stuff From The Devil” I can vomit. The real issues facing the Christian today are issues of immorality.

All of us are impacted either directly or indirectly by issues of sexual immorality. As a father and husband I personally have had to deal with issues of sexual purity. Trust me it is a difficult demon to deal with but can only be dealt with the Spirit of Truth. It does not help that a Pimp likes to preach about getting more money through him to God. Those types of money messages profit (Prophet) little . I mean think about it…What good is getting money to “the mand of gawd” when you are delaing with the deeds of the flesh. What Good does it do a Christian to give a tenth when his or her life is challenged with sexual immorality? Obedience is better than sacrifice!

If your Pimp/Pastor is still caught up on “giving sermons” so that his empire..I mean the kingdom can continue, I would implore you to take a look at a few messages that could be just the message you need to escape issues of sexaul immorality. Remember, the statistics are sobering! Chances are you or someone you know is dealing wit an issue regarding exual immorality and your Pimp/Pastor is still stuck on getting revenue and maximizing giving units because he/she is more caught up in the love of money than feeding the sheep!

http://www.biblebb.com/files/MAC/52-15.htm

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Over the past 30 days I have been bombarded with calls and emails from current and prior Club Hustle & Flow patrons. The influx of calls and emails stem from an event that involved the exaltation of Andre Landers

Let me first start off by articulating what exaltation is. To exalt means to:

1. To raise in rank, character, or status; elevate (From Man to Prophet/Apostle)
2. To glorify, praise, or honor.
3. To increase the effect or intensity of; heighten
4. Obsolete To fill with sublime emotion; elate

So how was Dre Exalted? From numerous accounts the incident occurred at the end of Sunday worship. One of Dre’s newly elevated bosses was giving the offertory appeal (AKA guilt trip/begging for money instead of allowing for free will giving because THEY don’t trust you or God for giving) when he made an appeal for the congregation to assemble by section and come “touch the Prophet’s Profit’s feet (In a show of support). Instead of making an offertory appeal to further God’s work, the service turned into a “Come Exalt & Touch The Feet” of the “Mand of Gawd.” The event turned into an opportunity for Dre to collect thousands (Probably used to pay his tax debt).

Why was this an act of man exaltation? Simple, God does not share the spotlight with anyone. To Put Dre in the midst (Giving to God Is an act of worship) of a time when God should be exalted is flat out wrong. This event has Satan all over it. The exaltation of man is where the Word of Faith movement sharply deviates from the Bible and historic Christianity. The great lie of Satan has always been, ‘You will be like God’ (Genesis 3:5). In the beginning, Satan’s sin was pride. In Isaiah 14:14 the Bible says that he declared the he would be like the Most High God and then he uses the same false claim on any man who will head him. After his fall, this same echo of pride has been used to tempt man throughout the ages.

Dre’s exaltation at THAT moment and time shut God out. Instead of praising God, the congregation (some, not all) took the opportunity to “make much of” Dre for what he does. “Making Much” i.e. touching feet and throwing money at someones feet, is a false show of love. The only person that deserves our exaltation is God. Even God exalts Himself. John Piper says this in his book “Don’t Waste Your Life.

God is the one being in the universe for whom self-exaltation is the most loving act. Anyone else who exalts himself distracts us from what we need, namely, God. But if God exalts himself, he calls attention to the very thing we need most for our joy. If great paintings could talk, and they saw you walking through the gallery staring at the floor, they would cry out, “Look! Look at me. I am the reason you are here.” And when you look and exult in the beauty of the paintings with those around you, your joy would be full. You would not complain that the paintings should have kept quiet. They rescued you from wasting your visit. In the same way no child complains, “I am being used” when his father delights to make the child happy with his own presence.

The Day They touched Dre’s feet was a dangerous day! It suggested that Dre should be honored like God is. It assumes that Dre is an equal with our heavenly father and the Prophets of the Old Testament. The incident (I really don’t think the newly appointed Boss meant to do this) resembled one of the oldest Satanic tricks, Man Exaltation! However, in the midst of this mess I still thank God. Sometimes God has to allow for negativity to enter our lives before we make a change. You don’t wipe dog mess off of your shoe until you smell it. Leaving the dog mess on your feet would be absurd!

Dre has no place sharing the same type of Glory or honor The Lord should. All of us at some point in life make much of something other than God. Just like honoring and or exalting a job, money, booze or lust is a sin (Because it worships SELF)so is “Touching The Mand of Gawd” in a way that exalts!

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One of the most misunderstood virtues plaguing our society today is love. Websters defines love as:

strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties…

….warm attachment, enthusiasm, or devotion

However The giver of love, God, does not view love the way the world does. Real Godly love focuses on what is BEST for mankind versus what makes us FEEL better. We often think we are loved or being loved when our emotional state is touched or we are moved emotionally. Love is all about telling someone the truth when they are wrong. Love is telling your child they can’t go to the party because you know violence will break out. Love is telling a loved one that the doctrine they are subscribing to is killing them spiritually, physically and emotionally.

The Club Owner at Club Hustle & Flow Andre Landers, repeatedly murdered a portion of scripture that is probably one of the greatest versus in scripture that emphasis God’s love.

16“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,[a] that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

Landers exegesis of the text contends that God so loved His Order (World  or Universe) that  He Sent His only son to die for it. WRONG (Game Show Buzzer going off). The word Kovsmo (Cosmos) has several different contextual meanings.

It is true that God sacrificed Himself to save the World or Kovsmo. However the word “Kovsmo” must be taken into proper context. Kovsmo must, in context, refer to the entire world. Compare to 1 John 2:15

15Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

It is clear based on the contextual use of the word World, that John is talking about a lost, evil rebellious world. In specific, John is talking about the evil sinful man or women that is, you and I prior to salvation. In other words God loved a perverse, sinful, evil, unholy group of humans on this planet called Earth that He (God) was willing to do the right thing (Which is God’s nature and TRUE LOVE) and sacrifice all. This sovereignty of God is incomprehensible to man. The World deserved death but God chose before the formations of the World to save it! This is a great reminder to us just what is important as we live out our lives, God’s love and the opportunity we have to live through His Glory!

Sadly the Pimp of Hampton used this scripture to remind folks of God’s “order” and the need to sow, tithe, give money  blah blah blah blah !

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Everywhere you turn today you hear of ways to survive the current economic downturn better known as “The Recession.” However I cannot recall one instance where I heard anyone in the media or on Christian Television (Radio or Internet) decipher God’s purpose behind the recision. Yes, God’s purpose! After all, God allows and permits any and everything on the earth.

John Piper of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota delivered an outstanding sermon on “The Rescission.” Pastor Piper gave 5 God centered purposes for this recession:

  1. God Desires To Expose Hidden Sin – God is using our anxiety, fear and hopelessness to show us just how sinful we are. Recessions have a way of bring the WORSE out of us. God wants to expose that hidden sin through recession. Yes my friend FEAR is a sin because it tells God we don’t trust Him. In addition the exposing of our sin shows us just how much we need to rely on the Lord. God is exposing hidden sin such as lust (of Cars), money, pride and man worship.
  2. God Wants Us To Wake Up – God wants to wake us (As Americans) up to show us just how bad our fellow brother and sister is. The united states, despite of the rescission, is still doing better than OVER 2/3 of the global population. God is using the recession to show us just how bad someone else is doing. From this revelation, God wants us to learn to address the most dire causes of this world. A pastors 18K light bill and 15K tax bill is nothing compared to someone in Africa living without clean water .
  3. God Wants Us To Relocate Our Roots – God wants to yank us up by the back of our shirt and snatch us from what we have been rooted in for years, our prosperity, our money, our businesses, our buildings our STUFF. God wants to replant us in good ground. God wants us to be planted and rooted in HIM and not in our cars, homes, jobs and money. This recession by far is about just that, money, automobiles, jobs and property. God is taking all of that away so we can focus on Him.
  4. God Wants To Use The Recession To Advance His Salvation Mission – God throughout time has used the most dire circumstances to advance His agenda (Not ours). Throughout the bible you can see God at Work in a recession; Abraham and Sara conceiving a Son in their old age, God parting the Red Sea to lead the Israelite nation out of Egypt, Bread of Heaven, The Walls of Jericho, God’s list goes on and on.
  5. God Wants Us To Care For Those Hurting In The Church Acts 4:34- God intends for us to care for the hurting because he wants us to grow in love. Nobody should ever lack anything in the church. Far too many people I know are leaving “The Club” are doing so because they are in need and are hurting! Yet in the Club Owner and his Bouncers (Deacons and Ministers) contend that the “Mand/Prophet of da House” Club be protected and shielded against the lies spoken against him. Landers is not the only person hurting, the entire body outside of The Club is hurting. I pray that the money laid at Landers’ feet a few weeks ago was spent to help a member in financial need! Landers needs to stop worrying about folk talking about him and start worrying about the people he is hurting with his greed and lies!

Look at Pastor Piper’s Message in its entirety. I pray that his message will bless you like it blessed me.

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Do we really know what “Worship” is as Christians. Honestly,  if asked this question at gun point could you answer the question “What is worship” before getting your head blown off! The following is an excellent comparison contrast of what God worship is and what “man centered worship is.

The Goal of Worship

First of all let me expound on the goal of worship. Glorifying God is our ONLY aim when worshiping God. It is our highest priority.

31So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.

I Cor. 10:31

It sounds elementary, but the purpose of our corporate worship service is for our congregation to worship God. Evangelism, though important, is secondary.

What is worship?

The Bible doesn’t give a formal definition of worship. But lets start by seeing what various words for worship mean. The English word “worship” comes from two Old English words: weorth, which means “worth,” and scipe or ship, which means something like shape or “quality.” We can see the Old English word -ship in modern words like friendship and sportsmanship – that’s the quality of being a friend, or the quality of being a good sport.

So worth-ship is the quality of having worth or of being worthy. When we worship, we are saying that God has worth, that he is worthy. Worship means to declare worth, to attribute worth. Or to put it in biblical terms, we praise God. We speak, or sing, about how good and powerful God is.

This is a purpose for which we are called:

You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light

1 Peter 2:9.

We were called for the purpose of praising God, worshiping God. That is one of the job descriptions of a Christian. We should declare that God is worthy, worth more than everything else put together.

Now let’s look at the biblical words. In both Hebrew and Greek, there are two major kinds of words for worship. The first kind means to bow down at ones feet, to kneel, to put one’s face down as an act of respect and submission. Our body language is saying, I will do whatever you want me to. I am ready to listen to your instructions and I am willing to obey. The other kind of biblical word means to serve. Roughly half of the time these words are translated as worship, and the other half as serve. It carries the idea of doing something for God — making a sacrifice or carrying out his instructions.

Of course, word meanings don’t prove what worship is, but they do illustrate three kinds of worship. There is

1. worship that involves speaking, and
2. worship that involves listening, and
3. a worship that involves doing.

There is a worship that expresses the heart, and worship that involves the mind, and a worship that involves the body. There is a worship that is giving praise upward, a worship that is receiving instructions from above, and a worship that carries out instruction in the world around us.

God Centered vs Man Centered Worship Comparison

The following is a comparison of God Centered and Man Centered Worship:

Sinner Friendly vs Seeker-Driven Worship

According to Romans 3:10-18, there are none who seek God from their hearts. Though we must show love and concern for the sinners who attend worship (In a congregation), we must be careful not to design the worship service around their desires, but around God’s desires. We must remember that the greatest obstacle for the unbeliever is his sinful heart.

In contrast the the seeker-driven model, the worship service is adjusted to “meet the needs” [better called 'wants'] of the unbeliever, making it ‘relevant’ for unbelievers i.e. making the word “plain” for people to understand, or putting the word on the “bottom shelf”.

The theology behind this seeker-driven movement teaches that everyone seeks for God, and all we need to do is take obstacles out of an unbeliever’s way in order for them to come to Christ. This is dangerous because it allows for the things NOT of God to blend into a worship service.

Entertainment vs. Worship

True Godly worship is done before an audience of One. We are all the participants, and the desire is that God is pleased with our worship (Rev. 5:13, Phil 2:10-11) We stand in awe of God, and then our affections are stirred, not vice versa (Acts 2:43)

With Man Centered worship having the goal of ‘bringing ‘em in’ and ‘cleaning them later’ as the top priority results in turning the worship hour into an entertainment session i.e. celebrity guests, lights, dancing etc. The focus is taken off standing in awe of God and placed, instead, on what the participant will enjoy or how he/she will feel.

Needs vs Wants

Godly worship is achieved when  we focus on what man truly needs, we must understand that our greatest need is for God. When we look to God first and do things His way, the outcome will meet the deepest needs of men. (Matt. 6:33)

Man centered worship is dangerous as it relates to needs vs wants. In the name of being ‘needs-based’, the focus actually becomes on what people want i.e. money, favor, and material well being. While people’s shallow desires are constantly fed, the deepest needs are left unmet. This camp tends to produce rapid quantitative growth and a lack of qualitative growth i.e PRAISE reports. All the while the things we REALLY need are left undone often i.e. mended marriages, deliverance form addictions and deliverance from cults.

Human Worth

Human worth is not diminished by being God-centered. Instead, it is established. That is, when we focus on God who alone has worth in Himself, and we understand that we are created in His image, this brings us great worth. (II Samuel 22). However, man has no worth in and of himself, and being man-centered in one’s approach to anything is ultimately futile. Honoring MAN in ritualistic ceremonies and signs of allegance is futile as compared to honoring God, PERIOD

Worshiping God in Spirit and Truth

God desires worshipers who will worship Him in spirit and truth. (John 4:24) We must know the majestic, holy God and our sinfulness in order to worship Him rightly. When we exalt a MAN in our worship service we fail to worship GOD. Man should be completely removed as the focal point of worship.

Conclusion

I honestly hope this post helps the sheeple who often times are subjected to shown allegiance to a MAN who calls himself a Prophet or Apostle or is declared one by his Club Goers.

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