Sunday, April 6, 2014

Mega-Pastor Let-Down

Reading about the moral failings of another mega-pastor this week leaves me grieving over the church of Jesus Christ. When a man is exalted above his brothers, he becomes the target of the enemy who throws at him diverse temptations. When the pastor becomes the attraction, instead of the Word of God, the trap for his feet is set.

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

1 comment:

  1. The primary thing I've heard about Bob Coy from many people that talked to me about him:

    "He's so funny!"

    Sad but true.