Lusting To Be Well Known

April 3, 2014

Friends,
Though I certainly encourage everyone to read the whole excellent article, here are some of the statements from Israeliteindeed’s post yesterday which especially struck me:

Just so, many false teachers claiming to have elevated wisdom market their own spin on God’s Word for profit, making themselves out to be necessary mediators between God and men (antichrists.) The truth is that people would be entirely better off without them, going directly to Christ, whose life will nourish them for free!
True longsuffering and kindness will be accompanied by humility when a leader is rejected, critiqued, or scorned. He will desire only that the children of God grow up in Christ, with or without himself and his particular ministry. True love for the saints always obeys God’s commands (I Jn. 5:2). A leader who is not obeying God, yet claims to love God and His people, is lying.
by the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armor of righteousness on the right hand and on the left, — How many of today’s spiritual superstars have been caught lying or twisting the Word of God for financial gain, or to cover their unrighteous tracks? These do not bring the word of truth, nor do they demonstrate the power of God (over sin). They may claim to be bringing others into freedom, but they themselves are still slaves and cannot do so (2 Pet. 2:18-19). Rather than the armor of righteousness on the right and left, they leave a trail of wounded people behind them as they go. Their hypocrisy causes God to be blasphemed among unbelievers (Rom. 2:24).
as unknown, and yet well known; How many professing Christians go the wrong way because they want to be known? The pride of life is not of the Father but is of the world (I Jn. 2:16). False teachers on every stage today clap one another on the back and sing one another’s praises… [edited out]… But the lust of being known the world over is a powerful drug for some. Paul did not concern himself with being known, so long as CHRIST WAS KNOWN. He knew that the Father knew him, and that was enough.
How can a man lead others after Christ unless he himself walks after Christ? And how can any walk after Christ unless they deny themselves, take up their crosses and follow Him with resolute determination to lose their lives for His sake and the gospel’s? (Lk. 9:23-24)
Who is richer than the man who possesses Christ?! What man of God sets his heart on this world’s fading trinkets, when there is a manifold God to be known and made manifest to others?

Oh, that leaders in the church would teach people what God’s Word actually teaches! And oh that they would be examples of Christlikeness –truly righteous, truly selfless, and truly humble.

To read the entire article, click here:

http://israeliteindeed.wordpress.com/2014/04/02/the-commendation-of-gods-minister/

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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