I was looking through Facebook this morning and saw something that truly broke/frustrated my heart. I saw a pastor, which I met at an excellent conference by Pastor Jim Cymbala, in a recent church video that one of his congregants posted. In this video he was with several of his co/youth-pastors dancing to “I Want It That Way” by the Backstreet Boys. The actual music video played on the sanctuary wall while the pastors danced (dressed accordingly), and eventually the “Lead Pastor” came out to the loudest applause, dancing, with his shirt collar up in jeans, throwing rose petals on the audience. Rather than leading by a sober, godly, reverent example, he was leading his church to sing secular music, void of God, void of the worship of God, in the professed house of God. If anything, this man was acting like a 13 year old boy, MIS-leading his congregation by example, of what it means to “have church”, respect Almighty God, or have a relationship with God.
You may say, “What’s wrong with that,” or “Who are you to judge?” Well, I’m not judging anyone’s heart, but I can tell you for sure that God isn’t pleased with this…because I go not to man for my doctrine, but the Bible (John 7:17). The scriptures are loaded with warnings about false teachers who are out to entertain the flock, sooth people, flatter people to gain advantage over them (Jer 6:14; Is 30:10; Jude 16). Why? Because false prophets seek the praise of men, not God (John 12:43). False prophets are out for quantity, not quality. False teachers are out for money, not God’s glory.
Regardless of all of the cries declaring that this is judgmental, I am going to give you a brief summary of what you better do in these last days in looking for a church. This is for every true saint that truly loves God:
Here are some words of wisdom that will keep you from the great deception of these last days: PRAY, LISTEN TO GOD, OBEY HIS WORD, AND WALK IN LOVE.
John 7 (NKJV)
16 Jesus answered them and said, “My doctrine is not Mine, but His who sent Me. 17 If anyone wills to do His will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God or whether I speak on My own authority. 18 He who speaks from himself seeks his own glory; but He who seeks the glory of the One who sent Him is true, and no unrighteousness is in Him.”