I have always been interested in reading and writing. When I was young I was interested in reading a popular local magazine (The Parade) there was a section in there by agony aunt (Dear Aunty Rhoda). I was fascinated by the questions and some of the issues that readers wrote and sought counsel about. Most if not all the issues were love related and readers would seek Aunty Rhoda’s counsel on how to improve their personal love relationships.
As I grew older I took interest in reading bigger books. However, I still enjoyed reading magazines. I found joy and comfort in reading the bible and books and commentaries on faith, grace and Christianity in general. I came to know much about God, Jesus Christ and salvation. By the time I was in my early teens I could recite a lot of bible verses. I could talk confidently about faith in Jesus Christ, his atonement and his gospel. I had personally developed a relationship with Christ.
I learnt from a very young age that love relationships are personal, indeed complicated. I have come to realise that many who profess to be Christians are faced with multiple challenges (in their love relationship with Jesus Christ) and seek a spiritual Aunty Rhoda character to help them personally improve their relationship with Jesus Christ.
In love relationships it is said that most challenges or misunderstandings come because those in the relationship neglect to take time to know each other, I remember most of the responses from Aunty Rhoda to numerous readers who anonymously wrote to her, would always be counsel to take time to know your lover or partner. Get to know and understand each other better and you will build a better relationship.￼
Today, we have people who claim to have accepted Christ as their saviour. However, most of them have neglected reading the scriptures and seeking the guidance of the Holy Spirit. They have instead turned to pastors and others to motivational preachers for help. But, I often wonder if they get helpful counsel?
“Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ” (1Cor 11:1, KJV).
I can not count the number of times I have heard preachers quoting that verse and giving interpretation to suit their personal agendas. After all, Paul wrote that, didn’t he?
Charlatan Pastors often emphasize the need to follow Christ and to follow the “pastor” only as he follows Christ. Then, in the same message, they say something that completely destroys their message and, in some cases, exposes their true motive. Leaders (charlatans)who are seeking a following will tend to give a strong sermon about following Christ and then provide a false test for the gullible followers to apply to the leader as proof that he is God’s servant to be followed.
Indeed, we live in an age of self-absorbed pastors, who prefer to be the focus of attention and elect to be some-sort-of-go between. They want to play the role of middle man between you and Jesus Christ.
These are Pastors who think they are your access or link to Jesus Christ. Egotistical pastors who behave as if they are the issuing authority that will give you a passport and visa to heaven.
Sadly, they are pastors out there who think and act as if it is impossible for you to understand the scriptures without them. You can not do it on your own. Without them there can not be a connection or relationship between you and Jesus Christ. They know him better than you do. One would think they live in the same house with Jesus and went to the same nursery with Moses and attended high school with the Apostle Paul himself!
Preachers and pastors who have forgotten that it was Jesus Christ who said ‘I am the way and the truth and the life’ (John 14:6)
Be careful of those that don’t point you to reading scriptures for yourself and seeking guidance from the Holy Spirit. I hope you’ll be wiser and refrain from taking counsel from such pastors and guides.
Don’t be fooled by these charlatans who claim to know everything. The same who claim they can be the link between you and Jesus Christ. Indeed, there are many today who claim the ability to connect you to heaven. Some have boldly claimed, if you get to heaven and you don’t find them there you are not in heaven.
We are in a troubled world corrupted by greed with charlatans cashing in on the word of God. They are manipulating scriptures and turning the gospel into a money making venture demanding seed in return for prophecy and promising untold wealth. The message—the gospel they—preach, centres on wealth and prosperity. It has become money driven. Unfortunately, their congregations have become known as mega-churches, they have huge followings.
Those who follow them are blinded by their exuberant life style. The followers are much focused on following their sweet talking leaders and removed from focusing on Jesus Christ. They ironically seem to have taken comfort in the obstreperous ways that they have elected to preach their ‘wealth now gospel’.
Remember that Jesus Christ promised not to leave us comfortless. Indeed, those who believe in Jesus Christ should take some consolation in the assurances of this particular promise made by Jesus Christ that He will assist us in times of need—that He will bring us comfort.
Indeed, we maybe be somewhat apprehensive, a little like His initial Apostles who, while believing in Him, were confused or unsure about what some of His teachings really meant in their everyday lives.
As Jesus began to teach His followers about the necessity of His leaving them for a time, their discomfort increased. Sensing this, He made specific promises to them that He would eventually return and also that He would provide them with a “Comforter” in His absence.
The scripture in John 14 vs 16-18 reads:
16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
That smart-Aleck attitude of ‘I know everything’ from some of the pastors and preachers who want to pretend to be your connection to God is really not worthy of your time nor is it worthy of your attention. I’m not insulting them. I am simply saying what I think needs to be said, and I think it would be a dereliction of my christian duty as a writer not to warn you about such pastors and preachers, wolves in sheep’s clothing charlatans who have infiltrated the church.
I write to encourage and point you to the scriptures and to seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
There are many good Christians out there. There also many that have gone ahead of us in life who have probed about false teachers and these charlatans and have raised a voice of warning about the dangers they pose to the body of Christ. Not just the false teaching and doctrine, but the spiritual damage they inflict on many souls. Which in truth is infinitely more dangerous, and more deceptive and still less visible to many in the church because of their well-camouflaged appearance. They are wolves in sheep’s skin ready to mutilate your souls. Ready to destroy your peace of mind and the peace of mind of those who love you. Those are the ones to be warned against, and there is hardly a place of worship now that is not infested with them.
It is time to do it yourself. Read the bible, seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit, connect to Jesus Christ and improve your personal relationship with Him.