Many religious practitioners, down through the centuries and throughout the world today, have suffered from (what I like to call) the “God-syndrome”. It refers to religious leaders or church pastors who see themselves as the Lord’s Anointed or the anointed Man of God.
It’s the priest in Roman Catholicism who can absolve you of your sins and turn wine into Christ’s very own blood. Without his intervention, you would be eternally damned.
It’s the anointed prophet or healer in the Charismatic church who can call down God’s blessing and bring healing. Without his intervention, you would not have all that God intended for you.
A church in greater Cape Town has a “Prophetic Dance” ministry.
I like dancing as much as the next person, but this dance ministry over-reaches in its claims.
“The dance ministry is prophetic of nature. This simply means that the dancer proclaims God’s truth through the use of their body…A variety of dance forms are used and combined for ultimate worship…Dance is also a powerful way to evangelize and at two opportunities a ‘Flash mob’ dance was done in a Shopping Centre and the dancers used this opportunity to minister to the people.”
I’m sure I understand the Apostle Paul correctly when he wrote that “faith comes from hearing” (the gospel). cf. Romans 10:14
The New Testament is consistent in its claim that the good news about Jesus needs to be communicated in words. Gospel workers are called heralds, witnesses, teachers, preachers and evangelist. The common trait in all these people is that they use words.
There is a certain activity I do from time to time that is to the detriment to my mental and spiritual health. I know this, but yet I’m inextricably drawn to switching on the “Christian” TV channel, FAITH TV (channel 341 on Dstv). If it’s not the prophet speaking, it’s the apostle or bishop.
Of course, they ignore Ephesians 2:20 where it says that the church is built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, and therefore now that the foundation is laid these offices have fallen away.
Of course, they ignore the fact a bishop is an appointed overseer, not a self-appointed leader of their own church.
Nevertheless, the far greater cause of my mental health issues is the blatant false teaching and distortion of the gospel, all in the name of Christ.
May I warn you that if you base your spiritual life and growth on FAITH TV, you are in great spiritual danger. You need to be committed to a local church to fall under the rule of Christ as God’s word is systematically and consistently preached week by week.
Writing this post is very therapeutic for me. I have to vent my frustration. In the past week I received yet another email full of drivel claiming to be Christian.
It was a call to prayer given by another so-called prophet who, of course, had a vision that 2016 is the year of God’s Restoration and Deliverance.
(I thought Hebrews 3:7 & 13 say “Today” is the day for God’s restoration and deliverance whatever the year?)
Anyway, one of my New Year’s resolutions is to stand more firmly for the truth of the gospel by attempting to obey the Apostle Paul’s command in Titus 1:9, “He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also torebuke those who contradict it.” Paul also commanded Timothy: “Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke(when you see false doctrine or ungodly living), and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.” (2 Timothy 4:2)