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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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