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Hero worship and idolatry

Hero worship is, unfortunately, a common problem among Christians today. AAEAAQAAAAAAAAMyAAAAJDA1ZTRkMmRmLWQ3OTAtNDliYS04MDQ4LTg4ZDZmNzkwNjU1YwWe have our favourite preachers, evangelists, ministers and servants of God, authors and pastors. We may even have certain political leaders as our heroes. And we end up worshipping these heroes, knowingly or unknowingly.

There were few times when I saw some theology posted online and had the temerity to point out certain Biblical verses which directly contradict the said theology. And then the wolves would come out – how dare you question our pastor/preacher/minister of God? Do you have his anointing? No one knows who you are, but our pastor/preacher/minister has so many followers on Facebook, Twitter, etc,.

But no one would say whether what I wrote is correct or not, based on the Bible. That’s never the problem. How dare you question our ….?

Especially in Pentecostal churches, the hero worship is so easily visible to human eyes, except those who are into it. The church attendance would drop if certain pastor is not preaching; the church will be full when a certain person leads the worship.

There are some Christians who believe that God our Father do not listen to our prayers, but if such a minister of God prays, then there will be an immediate answer to those prayers. So when they need prayers, they will write to those ministers of God or call them, so that they can get an instant answer from God through the “direct line”.

Is it wrong to have someone else pray for us? Of course not. Is it wrong that some men of God are asked to intercede on our behalf. No, it is not. But to depend on them, to follow them blindly, is wrong and it will lead to spiritual idolatry and spiritual adultery.

In Exodus chapter 32, we see the idolatry of Israelites. But what we don’t read between the lines is most revealing.

  • That morning, they collected manna – which was provided by our Lord God.
  • That day, they drank water that came from the roc – again the provision was from our God.
  • During the entire day, when they were busy preparing the idols, they were under the shadow of the pillar of cloud – provided by God.
  • During that night, when they were worshipping the idols and celebrating, they were received light by the pillar of fire – provided by God.
  • If all these were not enough to remind them of the presence of God among them, they were at the base of Mount Sinai and the peak was covered with clouds, symbolizing the glory and presence of the LORD God.
  • There were thunders and lightning that would have reminded them the awesome power of our God.

Imagine this. After eating the manna and drinking the water provided by the Lord our God, they proceeded to create and worship an idol under the pillar of cloud and pillar of fire that the Lord had given them in His mercy. HIS awesome power and magnificent glory were visible whenever they looked up. Yet they went ahead and created the idols. Why? Because they were worried about their hero, Moses.

Exodus 21:1 says: Now when the people saw that Moses delayed coming down from the mountain, the people gathered together to Aaron, and said to him, “Come, make us gods that shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.”

Since they could not see their hero and did not know what happened to them, they decided to choose another leader… no, wait, no, they did not do that. That would have been the right thing to do. Instead, when they thought they lost Moses, they replaced him with idols. Hero worship had led them to idolatry. And there were so many things that would have reminded them of the presence of the Lord among them, the LORD God Who actually brought them out of the land of Egypt. But when people have heroes, true and living God cannot be seen – only idols can be seen.

So, who is your focus? Are you looking only Jesus, Him crucified or your preacher? Are you focussing your eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith, or some Christian author whose books have revived your faith? Let us focus our eyes only on Jesus and Jesus Christ alone. Amen.

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Test of Faith

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. – James 1:2-4 (NKJV)

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Our faith in God may look unshakeable for us. Especially after we see the great things that the Lord has done. I have heard many a well-meaning Christians say, “Oh, hereafter, I will never ever doubt my God. How can I? HE has done great things for me and He shall do so in the future. I trust in Him completely.” I don’t doubt the sincerity of their confession. They do really trust in the Lord and their faith is also true, except within a short span of time, they are struggling in their life, because of unbelief. Why? Because when the test of faith comes their way, they are found wanting.

Exodus 14:31 says that the Israelites believed in the Lord and His servant Moses, when they crossed the Red Sea and saw how the LORD of hosts destroyed the armies of Egypt. But three days later, they were murmuring at the bitter waters of Marah.

To be honest, if I was without water in a wilderness for three days, and the guide leads me to some waters and it turns to be bitter, probably I would rile against the guide. But this is no ordinary Guide. This is the Lord Who had done great deeds before their own eyes, such great deeds that after all these years, we are still talking about them in awe. They saw the ten plagues that the Egyptians faced, they were saved by the blood of the lamb four days earlier, they crossed the Red Sea and even sang:

Who is like You, O Lord, among the gods?
Who is like You, glorious in holiness,
Fearful in praises, doing wonders? (Exodus 15:11)

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But when the waters of Marah made their life bitter, they did not have the patience to trust in the Lord. That the Lord our God, Who was able to change the waters of Nile into blood, is able to change the bitterness of Marah. El Shaddai, the God Almighty, Who was able to gather the waters of Red Sea and made them into walls, is able to do one more miracle. Unfortunately, when the test of faith came, their lack of patience was exposed.

Faith must produce patience in us. The LORD never tests us more than we can  endure. By the bitter waters of Marah, there was the tree that would heal the waters. And, dear friend, if the test of faith brings bitterness into your life, don’t lose your faith. Instead, look at Calvary. Look at the Tree in which our Saviour died. Look at Jesus, Him crucified. May Jesus Christ be the Author and the Finisher of our faith. Amen.

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You are my God – through Jesus Christ

In the midst of the wilderness, when we call unto our LORD, saying, “O God, You are my God” (Psalm 63:1), what is the assurance we have that the Lord will honor our faith, accept our adoption and fulfill His promises? There is one Assurance we have, just one Assurance:

Jesus Christ

That is the only Assurance we have and the only Assurance we need.

  • We come to God our Father through Jesus Christ, our Savior and the Son of God. If we come to God through His Son Jesus Christ, be assured that we will never be forsaken. Yes, dear friend, when we come to God through Jesus Christ, we will be heard always.

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  • When we call unto LORD our God with faith, don’t forget even for a second, that our faith begins and ends with Jesus Christ. We cannot call God our Father as our God, unless we have our faith strongly rooted in our Savior Jesus Christ. Yes, Jesus Christ is the Author and prefecter of our faith (Hebrews 12:2). And, dear friend, our Father in Heaven honors such a faith – a faith based on His Son, a faith started by His Son and made perfect by His Son. That is the blessed assurance we have when we call our God with faith.

 

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  • When we call unto our God for adoption, we have one faith, faith through Jesus Christ, that God our Father will accept as His own children. Yes, dear friend, we are all children of God through our faith in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:26). Never ever forget that. Your faith in our Savior Jesus Christ has made us the children of God, and we call unto Him, saying, “O God, You are my God”, imagine how delighted He would be that His children are calling and honoring Him. Yes, dear friend, the LORD is delighted in you and He will show His delight in you soon. That is the assurance we have.
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  • When we call the LORD our God for our promises, we asked through our LORD Jesus Christ. And no matter what promises the LORD has given you, we have this assurance.

For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through Him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God. – 2 Corinthians 1:20 (NIV)

Yes, dear friend, all the promises that the LORD God has given us are “YES” in our LORD Jesus Christ. And for all the promises, our Savior has said “AMEN”. And when we approach God our Father through His Son and our Savior Jesus Christ, all the promises will be “Yes” and “Amen” to us.

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So, dear friend, let us call unto our LORD, saying, “O God, You are my God” (Psalm 63:1) through our Savior Jesus Christ – through the Name above all names. Amen.

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1 Peter 5:8-9“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.”

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