1.Religious politicians are men-pleasers. They are more concerned about what men say about them than what God says about them. Galatians 1:10 says, "For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? For if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ." I have to chuckle a little, because that was the Scripture I used when I preached my first sermon in the church I founded, "Don't Forget To Say Your Prayers, IWC.
Ministries are apt to die before they are born because you cannot succeed in the world's way in God's kingdom. God doesn't put His glory on people who don't please Him. In other words, they have no power. Religious politicians are manipulative; they bind you to themselves. In this season,many are binding God's young and older servants, God's great men and women alike so they cannot flow under the greatest anointing the world has ever seen. They are keeping revival from breaking out, particularly in this northeast corridor of our country.
Ministers must get free and stay free from this manipulation! (However, there is noting wrong with being committed to a church and its leaders if they are not trying to manipulate you.) We must learn to recognize the wiles of the devil, as Paul said, "Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices (2 Cor. 2:11).
2. Religious politicians try to gain influence by whom they know and what they've done. They're always worried about their reputation and their image. They think they have got it together because they look sharp. They think that if you don't look like you have got it together outwardly, you don't have it together spiritually. They look wonderful in the soulish realm; everything they wear is first class. But first class is not necessarily Holy Spirit class! Yes, it is important to dress well man and woman of God, but believe me, if you are in right relationship with the Lord, you will get it together. You might take a detour or stray from the path, but God has a rod and a staff, to get you back into his pasture.
Religious politicians like to rub shoulders with important people. They think, ":If I can just get close to this well-known minister, he will see my gift and connect me with the right person." The only connection you need is with God. When God sees fit to connect His servants, he'll connect you. Don't you try to do it. and if you are doing it, you're into religious politics. Sometimes I make the effort to connect with people because I believe it is important to fellowship with other ministers and congregations. However, one has to be careful that the Lord is instructing you to connect with certain leaders and ministries. If the spirit of discernment hastens you to reach out and connect to others, all well and good; but if the Holy Spirit is telling you, "Not Now," then leave it and them alone.
I want Holy Ghost, glorious, anointed connections that are brought about by and in the Holy Spirit. As leaders we should never connect with someone solely based upon what you can gain from an individual or ministry! When you are a small ministry, most larger assemblies do not want to be bothered with you. If you do not have the large numbers that you can bring along with you after you have been invited to minister at a particular church, chances are you won't be invited! That is "Selah" right there!
The Bible says that it is God who causes one to rise and another to fall. The only reason you would fall is if you did something wrong, like become a religious politician. God hates politics! when you get to heaven, there is not voting. When the role is called, we will not enter the Kingdom by denominations, races, or creed. Those of us who make it to heaven, will flow in the Spirit and OBEY!
According to the author, Roberts Liardon, "you know that you have entered religious politics the first time you voice and opinion about something that is none of you business! Even if it is your business, and you don't express it correctly, you have entered into the religious political scene." (In other words, if you don't want to be political, keep your mouth shut!)."
Liardon says that, "When he studied Church history for six years, he learned that those who were the quietest were the most powerful. People who always have an opinion about something usually are of the wrong spirit. (It is called a busybody spirit!). LOL.
I will give you the third characteristic and then call it a day.
3. Religious politicians cause those involved in politics to compromise their calling, their anointing. To keep the people's approval and support, religious politicians will water down what they know to be the truth. While this it true that ministers must walk in love, they must never compromise their calling or anointing. Operate under your anointing to its fullest strength,so that people will receive its maximum benefit.
People have to realize that as long as you are preaching God's Word and telling the truth of it, no amount of head nodding, tithes and offerings that people choose to withhold, scandalizing of your name, will cause me or you to go under and become a failure in God's eyes. God is our source. He called you and me. He equipped us, and He will keep that which has been committed to Him, until Jesus comes. I will repeat what the Apostle Paul said: "If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a minister of the Gospel. That is my testimony, and I am sticking to it. ! People of God, Man of God, Woman of God, "Get and Stay Delivered from People!" Owe no man nothing, but LOVE!
Until next time, remember these words:
"Don't Forget To Say Your Prayers"