He had pulled over by the roadside trying to check his car for some noise coming from the hood.
Few minutes later, a moving truck seemed to have lost control and heading in his direction.
He spontaneously let out a cry. What came out of his mouth was the name of the pastor, not the name of Jesus.
Miraculously, he was saved as the truck swerved from him.
He was in church to give this testimony of deliverance. I kid you not, this is no fiction. I was there.
While I didn’t doubt the testimony, but sincerely I was expecting a strong rebuttal or some kind of correction so as to set the record straight on who the deliverer was. But there was none.
Friends, when I said earlier that the average church goer hasn’t been introduced to Christ, though he prays in His name, I mean every word of it.
The average Christian has been introduced to his pastor, his pastor’s daddy and his denomination in the name of Christ, but not to Christ.
This is why he would defend his denomination even if it means trampling on what the true church of Christ stands for.
He would gleefully defend his pastor’s doctrine even when it is diametrically opposed to the doctrine of Christ.
There’s a way ministry has carried on, in the last few decades that suggest you don’t truly have direct access to God as a person.
From the ministry billboards, program fliers, the emphasis of “this commission”, “God is in this place” coming from the pulpits, to the screened testimonies given during meetings, the focus is not Christ.
Rather, the “set man” over the church is being projected in the hearts of men.This is the reason every testimony given has the name of the pastor etched on it. The narrative must allude to something the pastor said or did.
Today we have seen ministries and denominations grow into vibrant “personality cults”. They dot the landscape of what we call the Christian faith today. They are the inglorious idea of “success in ministry”.
Unfortunately, many people can’t see this. They misconstrue the growth of personality cults for the growth of the church of Christ. So when we talk, they think you are attacking the true Church of Christ.
They rise in the defense of personality cults, not in the defense of the true church of Christ. I guess you can only defend what you know, not the Christ you don’t.
The average church zealot has all the indices of a new generation idol worshipper. Tell him this and he would contest it.
When a man prays in the name of, for instance “God of Oyedepo ” or God of Adeboye”, it is a clear sign he has got no personal relationship with that God.
When a man shouts the name of his pastor as against Christ’s name when faced with a danger, it is a clear sign that his pastor is already standing in Christ stead in his heart.
But there’s only one mediator between man and God, Christ Jesus. Any other mediator is an idol.
John the Baptist had his own disciples before Jesus started ministering, but he deliberately ensured he didn’t stand in the way. He pointed his own disciples to Christ and they left him for Jesus.
“The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world! and looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God! And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus.
John 1:29, 36-37
He said ” I must decrease while He (Jesus) must increase” John 3:30. This is the hallmark of a true servant of Christ. It is not the number or the crowd. It is not the miraculous signs and wonders. It is your ability to get men to see and follow Christ indeed.
Friends, let’s beware of men that want to increase at the expense of Christ. They are hirelings! Hustlers behind the pulpits. If you could see beyond their pius demeanor, all they desire is to hijack and own the flock.
For freedom Christ has made you free, save yourself!
You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.
~ NINYO OMIDIJI