Those who exalt the man and make him an idol share in his elevation of himself -- they get what they created. No more is the Bible teacher seen as an equal but has been transformed into some fictional super-hero. The image belies the truth behind the mask and his private life never keeps up with his exalted public image. He is set up for a fall. Even when such a pastor teaches from God's Word, it does not take root in people who are there for the entertainment value. I'm reminded of this verse:
“They come to you as people come, and sit before you as My people and hear your words, but they do not do them, for they do the lustful desires expressed by their mouth, and their heart goes after their gain. Indeed you are to them as a very lovely song of one who has a pleasant voice and can play well on an instrument; for they hear your words, but they do not do them." Ez 33:31-32
These mega-churches with their professional "worship" teams and concert lighting add to the facade. Such trappings attract the sort of congregation that wants Christianity at arm's length. Go to the show on Sunday, and get the feel-good message to sustain a worldly life for the rest of the week.
This is the Church of Laodicea in action. So when their leaders fall - it is no surprise. In fact, it is inevitable.
"For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables." - 2 Tim 4:3-4
"He has shown you, O man, what is good;
And what does the LORD require of you
But to do justly,
To love mercy,
And to walk humbly with your God."
- Micah 6:8