Parma: Tuesday, September 30, 2014
A Red Letter Day
“The main thing is to keep the main thing, the main thing.”
I had announced on Sunday that this was an important Bible Study that would take two nights, an hour and a half each night to work our way through and they should be prepared since I was going to bring some rather serious insight. I cautioned that only serious students should come. Only those who were able to hear the truth should show up. Now, what do you think happened? The place was packed with over seventy people ready to examine the scriptures.
I have been deeply disturbed by what I see all over Europe so taking up Ist Corinthians 3 and 4, I wanted to examine our relationship to leaders and what their relationships should be to us. Unfortunately, many European believers have little concept regarding how we view the very visible American evangelists, teachers and preachers available at conferences or by satellite television and internet. These people may range from Andrew Womack, Joyce Meyers, Ken Copeland, Benny Hinn to Paul Washer, John Piper or John McArthur.
Regrettably, there seems to be an insatiable need for mediators of one kind or another. They will attend one conference, view one person on a computer, read one flimsy book and suddenly they become devotees of a person or some doctrinal aberrance.
They assume that because these “Stars” are on camera and seemingly almost everywhere at once, they must be incredibly important. They have no idea, that some of these people are regarded as extreme or even cultish. I made it clear that not all Americans admire many of these people and that at the very bottom of much of American Christianity is the profit margin. While the teacher may teach truth, the lifestyle may be inconsistent with what they preach.
I gave them plenty of chapter and verse as we did a verse by verse exposition and then backed this up with many of the warnings coming from a variety of New Testament letters. There is no shortage of warning against spiritual “grandstanding” and idolatry.