I recently read an article on longevity in preaching. Now while I thought I was going to read an article about Bishop Charles Blake; the article instead was full of “I and me”. The writer claimed to want to honor this long serving pastor, but the pastor was only an introduction. The writer spent the entire article to write about himself and closed with an announcement of a conference to train preachers. There were many troubling issues with this article, but none more so than this next quote.
This next statement certaintly sounds a bit cultic. “The members of Saddleback church voted unanimously by anonymous ballot to purchase a $13 million dollar piece of property – without knowing the purchase price, because I had said two words: “Trust me.” The “I and Me” also sounds a bit cultic. Where is the stewardship of the leaders and members in this church?
I cannot imagine a worse state of affairs for the Kingdom than having 447, 000 pastors looking to one man—especially one that speaks of his accomplishments as he does in this article. What is the attraction? What is the evil craving that is described in the Bible—these pastors have the Bible. The Bible has all you need. But, the Bible does not tell you how to get rich writing books, or how to have a big church. You must remember that two million people crossed the Red Sea, but how many entered the Promised Land? Not even the leaders—Moses and Aaron—they pronounced the “I and me” at the rock. And, every man dies poor.
The Old Testament is full of examples of this type of leadership and membership, and God always uses it to demonstrate failure—regardless of what it looked like to man at the time.
Published on Saturday, August 15, 2015 @ 4:58 AM CDT