Religious Politics is killing our Ministries!"
If you have been in the local assemblies of any church for sometime like I have, you have to know that there are three major killers of ministries that have befallen the Christian Church; money, pride, and sex. Ministries have fallen victim to these "killers" throughout the centuries. Ministries that were supposed to rock the nations and make the history books were never able to rock even a local community, because they fell before they could stand.
People have heard so much teaching on the dangers of ministers falling because of money, pride, and sex that they don't listen anymore. They think they are exempt. But no one is exempt. As long as you are living, you are not exempt. Of course it is normal to want financial security, respect, and a happy marriage, but there is a right way- God's way- to achieve these goals so they won't destroy you.
Religious politics is the fourth killer of ministries. Most preachers fail to preach on it, because the first three killers destroy so many ministries. However, it is incumbent upon all preachers especially those in the five fold gift ministries, to take the extra precautions necessary to save their ministries from this fourth killer.
The church is full of religious politics today that it is not just taking place behind closed doors among the pastoral staff; it is everywhere. Religious politics is the real reason there is fighting within religious organizations and among ministers, whether they are well known or not. Everybody wants a title, position, favor, favoritism, etc. The first thing to understand is that ministers will find themselves with many opportunities to participate in religious politics; especially after they achieve a certain degree of success in the natural. At this point, they may enter the door of religious politics if they don't know any better, or if they are not secure enough in their relationship with God. In order to follow me, please read First Kings 22, the whole chapter, It is too long for me to post it in this blog.
This is going to be a slow process, so I have to take my time and walk you through this series of blogs. This is a story about religious politics. The king of Israel, Ahab was a totally soulish king. he assembled all his jacked-up "pillow talking prophets." (Pillow prophets" and "Pillow preachers") always tell you what you want to hear so you won't leave their church or quit giving and serving. Then he said, "All right, you four hundred prophets who are suppose to hear from heaven-will we win or will we lose the battle. And all of them replied, "Yes, you will win/!"
But the king of Judah, Jehoshaphat, who knew God, didn't trust the pillow prophets. Something didn't seem right to him, so he said, "Well, that sounds like a good idea, but let's see what God has to say. Let's inquire of the Lord." This points out the difference between the two kings. the king of Israel was into politics. People in politics don't like to inquire from heaven. They try to intimidate you by saying, " I heard from God. Why won't you listen to me?"
But the king of Judah refused to be intimidated. he insisted, "I don't think this is quite right. Isn't there another prophet around here whom we can inquire of? These prophets don't look to sharp to me." That is why saints, the spirit of discernment is so important. You must try the spirit by the spirit. You and I had better know who is genuine and who is false. A phoney prophecy comes across as a wet blanket. You want to leave the room. A genuine prophecy, on the other hand, comes across with a force. It contains structure, power, and meaning.
There was a genuine prophet -Micaiah- in Israel in those days.. Notice they didn't even notify him that they were holding a conference meeting! Lol. They had to send an officer after him, when the officer arrived he said, "all right, Micaiah, the four hundred prophets have said with one voice that we are going to win the battle. So why don't you say the same thing, and don't cause a problem like you always do."
Micaiah had the right answer: " I will tell only what God tells me to say." But between this reply and his utterance before the kings and the prophets, he changed. He told the kings, "Go up and prosper."
The king of Israel answered, "How many times have I told you to always tell mu the truth in the name of the Lord?" Notice the word "times" (more than once). the problem is that some people can't handle the truth! Some people don't want the truth. Remember what Pilate said at one of Jesus' jacked up trials? He said, "What is truth?" And he turned Jesus over to the crowd.
So Micaiah replied, "All right, I'll tell you. Your plan is not of God. If you go out to war, you won't win, and the people will be scattered. The king of Israel turned to the king of Judah and said, "See, I told you! He always says bad things about me!" then another prophet, who thought he was Mr. Hotshot, stepped up and slapped Micaiah! he sneered, "When did the Spirit of God leave me and tell you this?" He, too, tried to intimidate Micaiah, but Micaiah didn't back down. he said, "What I said will come to pass."
Then the king of Israel really got mad! He ordered, Micaiah to be locked up in prison. You see, religious politicians bind you from flowing in the Spirit. They won't allow you to tell the truth the way God gave it to you. They want you to merely "suggest" things. and they want you to go along with their half-hearted prophecies. Micaiah's prophecy came to pass and the king of Israel was killed in the battle that day.
The same thing is happening today in many religious circles around the world. Leaders who are playing religious politics won't allow ministers to preach the Gospel freely. There is too much witchcraft in the pew and in the pulpit. They won't allow prophets to prophesy the word of the Lord unless it is always to bless this or bless that. But God is saying to his prophets today: "Cry loud and s pare not." Most traditional churches don't even know what the office of the prophet entails. They are ignorant of prophecy and the blessing that this ministry gift can be to the church when it is use properly in the church.
Many in leadership positions won't allow anyone to bring a word of correction from God. They won't allow anyone to convey the power of conviction that turns people's hearts toward God. They only want things that will cause people's emotions to be stirred, to rejoice, so they will think that they have really had church, they got it together, when they haven't!!
By this time, I know I have lost a lot of you, but the truth is still the truth. God is saying to His church, "We done got to high! it is time to get low and repent, get on our faces and turn from our wicked ways. Turn from shutting up the mouth of the preacher. Turn from our carnality, and embrace the fullness of the Spirit.
I could go on, but I am going to let this little bit sink in awhile. Please read the above text, so that you know where I am headed in the next few days. If I am away from my post a day or two, it is because I have a busy week ahead. But I promise I will return to expound up on the politics of religion. We need to eat or drink this medicine! It will be good for our souls.
God Bless and: Don't Forget To Say Your Prayers!