Today I will give you the next three characteristic of "Religious Politicians,"as detailed in Roberts Liardon's book: "Religious Politics."
4. Religious politicians are notorious liars and cheaters. They are two-faced, lawless, and phony. Religious politicians will flatter you to your face and stab you in the back (or try to take over your church or ministry). You can say something in a natural framework but project the wrong attitude in the spiritual real. Religious politicians are wicked because they operate in both spheres: They are both intellectual and spiritual.
5. Religious politicians are power-hungry. They will not pay the price to get the true power from god. They like to be influential. They like to control and dominate. They believe that because they seem to be successful and have it all together, their natural achievements are the equivalent of God's approval. )But what God really approves of is having your spirit soul and body so in tune that they are able to flow accurately with the Holy Spirit.)
This and another reason why power-hungry people will accuse you of operating with false spirits when you begin to operate in the miraculous realm. They will argue, "Well, I've got it together, and if God is going to use anyone He'll use me because I'm the head, I'm the pastor, the angel of the church."
The Bible says in Philippians 2:3, "Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; better but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves." Religious politicians like vainglory! Vainglory is carnal, fleshly admiration of people.
6. Religious politicians persuade their followers to work in the Name of God, but their work is done by human effort and strength, not by the will or strength of God. and the Bible says that, "if the Lord doesn't build the house, it won't stand. (Matt. 15:13.)
Many ministries, mega ministries, large, medium, and small ones are falling apart internally. Don't be amazed when some of these religious structures collapse, because if they were not founded and built by the Spirit of the Living God, they will not stand in the storms that are coming.
God did not tell Noah to build a luxury liner. Neither did He tell Noah to build a rubber raft. God did tell him to build an ark that would survive the waves and the storm that He promised would come. Many ministers today are building luxury liners. Others are too lazy to build, so all they have is a rubber raft, and they wonder why God cannot use them. It is because they are not building by the will and the power of God; they are building by human desire and human effort! In this hour it behooves the men and women of God to keep the main thing the main thing! We need to be seeking the heart of God. I believe His heart has not changed since the beginning of time. God seeks a people that will exemplify his character in the earth, Because of the depravity of man's heart, He knew that they could not accomplish living a sanctified life on their own. That is why He sent His Son, Jesus, to seek and to save those that were lost. Jesus wants to save all those who will repent and call upon His name.
Jesus' love saves from the gutter-most to the up-most. It is God's will that the church get back to the preaching of the gospel. It is God's will that His house of prayer be filled with the redemptive love of Jesus Christ. We must make souls a priority again. Our places of worship need to become the essence of God's love through the embodiment of humankind. When that begins to happen, more people will flock to the church. The wounded and marginal of our society will come in by the thousands. Leaders won't have to beg for money, make backroom deals, pander and try to buy influence from ungodly people or from ungodly sources.
When we get our act together, God's Spirit will begin to move in a way it has never moved before. But His power cannot work when a person tries to live in the realm of the Spirit by human effort. It's not a pretty picture when someone tries to "manufacture" false signs and wonders." Have you ever seen crippled people come to church and the minister tries to get them to walk, but there is no anointing there for their healing because the minister didn't pray to get any. He watched Benny Hinn perhaps instead of seeking heaven, or he sought a promoter to promote him. When nothing happens, he accuses the crippled person of not having any faith!
It has been said and documented about the powerful healing ministry of Kathryn Kuhlman, who got in front of 10,000 people-many of whom were skeptics, negative, curiosity-seekers, or devil-possessed- and while they were sitting there without a bit of faith, they got healed! their healing didn't depend on their faith. It was because Miss Kuhlman obeyed God and walked in the glory!
anyone can stand up and sound spiritual-but only those who pray and seek the face of God will come out with the Word of the Lord. As ministers of the gospel, we need to get the power so that when we speak, It is God who is speaking, not you or me giving our little seven-point prosperity sermon. If we do not get the true glory, we don't have a ministry. If we don't get the true power, nothing will happen, If we don't get the true Word of God, we have nothing to say. We have to quit trying to make people feel that we are so DEEP, when we ain't got nothing!
I don't know about anyone else, can't speak for anyone else; but I want the glory of God on my life. I don't want to be phony. Paul said, "After I have preached to others, I don 't want to be a cast-off!" In other words, be disqualified.
Well, I will stop right here. Hope you are being blessed and informed by this information. Have a glorious day, the sun is even shining; the sun and the Son, Jesus Christ.
Don't Forget To Say Your Prayers and say one for me!