Who are you pleasing? Who are you following? Man or God. A decade ago, even though there were false prophets around, it was not as obvious and blatant like it is today. To edify and lead His children to perfection, God gave us Apostles, Prophets, Evangelist, Preachers, pastors, and teachers (the five-fold ministry) of His word, but nowadays they are not interested in seeking souls for the Kingdom of God, or guiding and leading people on the right path, away from hell and destruction. Ephesians 4:7-16 tells us, what the functions and roles of the apostle, prophet, evangelist, preacher and teacher is to the church. This is an indication that we are in the last days, and confirms what is written in 2 Timothy 3:2-4, “For men will be lovers of themselves and money more than God…” The covetous attitude of the world has crept into the church, where people seek fame, fortune, and title more than God and His will.
Let’s face the facts, the lust of the flesh, eyes, and pride is priority, instead of fulfilling the purpose and objective of their five-fold ministry call to perfect the saints, for the work of the ministry, and edifying the body in truth and love. Some have become egotistical bigots, who would prefer to perfect their lives, fill their pockets, and only edify themselves, which is dividing the church, confusing both the believer and the sinner. Thus leading them further away from God instead of unifying everyone. They have divided the church, by trying to move away from Godly traditional values; When God specifically told us in Deuteronomy 6:5-17,
“And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might, and these words, which I commanded thee this day, shall be in thine heart; and thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shall talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou riseth up, and thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes… v.12 Then beware lest thou forget the Lord who brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage… v.14 Ye shall not go after other gods, of the gods of the people who are round about you; For the Lord thy God is a jealous God among you, lest the anger of the Lord thy God be kindled against thee, and destroy thee from off the face of the earth; ye shall not put the Lord your God to the test, as ye tested Him in Massah. Ye shall diligently keep the commandments of the Lord your God, and His testimonies, and His statutes, which He hath commanded thee,”
Does this sound like God wanted us to leave from His traditional teachings, and commands, to do what we like, or what we think is best for His children. This is the main reason why todays society embraces the wrongs and evils that are against God’s wishes, by passing ungodly laws, and removing the Word of God from public places, and accepting the current condition of todays society as normal behavior and free will. Redemption must always be followed by sanctification and growth in grace; God did not send Jesus to redeem us and set us free from the curse of the law, to have us endorse sin. Jesus did not bring us out from satan’s grasp, and defeat him in order for us to be wandering around like lost sheep, without a future or a Shepherd.
It is sad when people with the Five-Fold ministry call on their lives crave the spotlight, the covetousness of titles and the willingness to accept false entitlement from people just to gain prestige, fame, and fortune without regards or compassion for the lost, thus becoming men or people pleasers instead of one who seeks to please God. They and the people they minister to, should go and search the scriptures like the Bereans in Acts 17:11, which says, “These were noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” Don’t take my word or anyone elses’ word for it, you better do your own research to validate if what they are saying is true. Every five-fold person, from apostles to teachers, and believers should adopt John the Baptist principle and say that Jesus must increase, and they decrease (John 3:30).
The apostle Paul went a little further by saying in Philippians 1:21, “For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” Then in Philippians 3:7-8 he said, “But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ; Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him not having my own righteousness…” So who are you following? Who are you pleasing? Is it man or God? Jesus Christ was and still is the perfect Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor, Teacher, and a whole lot more. God sent Jesus not only as the suitable sacrifice, but our perfect example of Godly living in Holiness and righteousness, and God would rather we follow His Son’s example on how and what to preach and teach instead of mans ideology and theology.
However, Jesus said it best in John 5:41-42, “I do not receive honor from men, but I know you, that you do not have the love of God in your hearts.” Listen folks, there is no story or testimony if God does not or will not get the glory. So having ten titles, and a list of books you write, cannot save you nor others if the love of God is not in you, it is just paper that will burn with you in hell. However, when we deny ourselves and take up the cross and follow Jesus, it is then we will see that we have a treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us (2 Corinthians 4:7). Jesus is the only great High priest, that is passed into the heavens, the only begotten Son of God, so let us hold fast our profession; “For we have not a high priest who cannot be touched with the feelings of our infirmities, but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.” – Hebrews 4:14-15
Has the church lost its focus or purpose? Has the church forgotten that we are laborers together with God, we are God’s cultivated field, we are God’s building according to the grace of God which is given unto us… For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 3:9-11). No one can ever replace Jesus and what He did for us. So lets follow the only one who knows the way, who is the truth, and who guarantees everlasting life and that’s Jesus Christ. Have you met Him? Do you know Him? Do you want to know Him? Then rush to the altar as if there is a gold rush, because you have struck something better than gold, it’s called eternal life.
If you don’t know God nor His Son, Jesus Christ, whom God sent to take away the sins of the world and redeem mankind to Him, then go to the top of this blog, click on to the salvation page, and follow the instructions. It will be the best decision you ever make, for further studies and information on God’s word follow the leading and direction of the Holy Spirit,and study the word.To God be the glory, praise, honor, and thanks for using me to minister to His people, and may He give them spiritual wisdom, knowledge, and understanding to receive what the Spirit of the Lord has to say to them, in Jesus’ name. Amen.