We have been discussing or writing on the various characteristics that distinguishes an individual as being a "religious politician." I am sure that many of you in the church have been in worship services in which the woman or man of God try to make you believe that they are the only ones who can hear from God! They tempt you and I into believing that they are so "Deep" into the Word. They would have us to believe that they are the only ones who receive deep revelations from the Lord; and that they are able to prophesy, impart, and impregnate you with supernatural revelations, healing and deliverance.People need to quit trying to make everyone believe they are in a deep spiritual realm when they are really in a shallow one!
Some people try to act like they are way out in the Spirit. They will say things out loud like: "Yes, I hear- and I'll obey," they say piously. Then they turn around and ask, "Who'll give me $20? Who'll give me $50?" Then they will cry the blues and say that they have been supporting an orphanage out in whatchmacallit land for five years, and they want you to sow a seed into their ministry project. Later, when a legitimate servant of God who doesn't beg comes to town, the people have nothing left to give- and they wonder why htey don't get a reward for their giving. Sons of God are supposed to be led by his Spirit.
I have been in services where offerings were being received for projects, healing, deliverance etc and God will say to me, "I'm not in that. don't give." However, there have been several times that I have said in my heart, "But Lord......" (I want to participate so I won't miss my blessing. Maybe he or she has a Word for me). I remember when my daughter was sick with pancreatic cancer and a well know prophet of God came to one of the churches here in Hartford. At the end of his message, he told the congregation to sow a seed for whatever you were believing God for. I can't state positively if he called out healing or any particular disease, but I brought my seed to the altar, believing that God would honor the word spoken by the man of God.
At that time in my life, I was growing desperate. I prayed so hard and wanted so badly for my daughter to be healed from this dreaded disease. I sincerely believed that God could heal her. I believed in sowing seed. But we always have to remember that God responds to faith, not your seed (money)! Our confidence must not be in receiving a "Yes," from God, it must be predicated on; "If God says "NO," I'm still going to trust Him. If God says no I'm still coming to church, still paying my tithe, still giving him glory! Don't ever feel pressured by leaders, friends, or family to give. If God says, "I'm not in that," leave it alone.
Well, here is the seventh characteristic of a religious politician.
7. religious politicians surround themselves with "yes" men. They instill fear in them that if they do not follow what they say, they will be out of the will of God. I don't like "yes" people. There's no power in them. Those who are looking for true counsel can't find it among "yes" people.
But religious politicians surround themselves with weak people who don't know much, so when they say, "Well, God told me to do thus and so, " their "yes" people say, "that's right. We agree with you." If one person questions a decision they get upset with him even if he is right. Then they wonder why the organization isn't successful.
8. Religious politicians accuse those who live by God's Word and preach by the anointing of the Spirit of being harsh, arrogant, and not walking in love. Why? Because religious politicians don't like confrontation; they like approval. they do not like people who preach the truth boldly, bluntly and accurately. The truth haunts them, It convicts them They don't want to hear God's authoritative orders from a man or woman of God; they prefer bland, humanistic ministers who give "suggestions." They want ministers to walk in human sympathy, not in the love of God, which is truth..
If you read the Bible you know that the church wasn't founded upon a personality, a human being. It was built on the Rock of Jesus Christ. Jesus came to heal the brokenhearted, to set the captives free, and to deliver people. But religious politicians keep you bound and dependent upon them. That is why a church may fall apart when a man of God passes from the scene. The church was dependent on the man; it wasn't founded upon the Rock of Jesus. Think about it; what happens if the pastor is sick, out of town, or on vacation.? If the congregation is aware of his absence, most of the people stay home or go and visit another church that particular Sunday! Saints that should not be. If the church has associate ministers or an assistant pastor, the congregation should feel secure, familiar, and confident in their ability to preach a sound, anointed Word from God. But most of the time the associates get to preach once or twice a year. But if there are a lot of associate ministers, they might be on a rotation every other year or every two years. LOL. Just saying!
Religious politicians also want to make you dependent upon their approval. They like to sit in the great judgment seat of ministries. After service, they take you behind closed doors and say, "All right, we want to critique you. You shouldn't use words like "sin" or "repent." We're old-we've been around a lot longer than you-and we went to help you." Some will say, "I'm cautiously excited about your ministry." Others will try the sly approach: "We just want to help you. If you'd come and sit under our ministry, we'd help you be great." (They don't have a ministry,) others will flatter you and try to get you to agree with them against another minister, (That's touching the anointing, Psalm 105:15).
If young ministers do not recognize the words from a religious politicians as an attract of the devil, it may hold back or totally annihilate their ministry-because there is great power in words.
Now do not get mad at me, I'm just the messenger! These words are a summary of words of the author of the book: Religious Politics by Robert's Liardon with a mix of commentary by yours truly. I do however, agree with much of his discussion. If these words hit home with you, it is because you know and recognize some of this behavior in pulpits across the land.
I know I gave way too much for you to think about today and as a matter of fact; as I was writing and taking it all in, I became a little irritated myself. Lol. tomorrow we will continue with the next two characteristics or a religious politician. Hang on in there, we are almost to the end,
Have a Blessed Day and: "Don't Forget To Say Your Prayers"