Pastors & Wolves

Ever since I could remember, pastors have been held in high prestige. Nobody really knows why. Do they? We all assume that since he is dressed in a dignified and religious way, respect is due to him. A pastor is defined by what church he belongs to or what clothes he wears. However, we live in a time where if a pastor drives a Mercedes, wears expensive suits, lives in a mansion and travels all over the world, such a pastor was successful and would be extremely close to God. The problem is, you can’t use materialistic wealth to be an indicator of spiritual intimacy. There are rich people who have no clue of Jesus. Satan himself offered Jesus all the riches of the world so wealth cannot be an indicator of whether someone is right with God. Neither are gifts. Gifts are given and they are irrevocable. God doesn’t take a gift back because a pastor is living in sin. He may lose his purpose but not his gifts. It is very disturbing to belong to a church whose pastor delivers good sermons and heals the sick but is extremely far from God.

A pastor receives double honour on earth but double accountability on Judgment day.

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1 Peter 5:1 As a fellow elder, a witness of Christ’s sufferings, and a partaker of the glory to be revealed, I appeal to the elders among you: 2 Be shepherds of God’s flock that is among you, watching over them not out of compulsion, but because it is God’s will; not out of greed, but out of eagerness; 3not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.…

Therefore, being a pastor should be a pleasure to you and not a burden. Pastorship becomes a burden when the focus is no longer on Jesus but on other things. Most pastors are after money, fame and materialistic wealth. When this happens, services become a show, sermons become a speech, churches become a theatre and congregations become an audience. 


Case Study 1

A pastor had a woman going through a divorce in his church. She asked him to pray for her. He told her that in order for her to be free from her husband, he must pray for her while she was naked in a shower. He told her, she needs to be baptized from her husband.

Is such a thing even mentioned in the Bible?


When the attention is no longer on Jesus and the flock, the church suffers. People will go astray, those who need to be set free continue in their sin and many are hurt. Many leave the church and join another while others never go back to church at all. I had the privilege to invite someone to church who had never attended a service in ten years! The whole point of church is to fellowship among believers so that our faith may be edified. The church was never intended for you to sit in the pews and warm the seats! Most pastors today entertain his guests so that they just sit in the pews and pay their tithes. No one ever grows and the pastor enjoys the money. The whole purpose of the pastor is to equip the saints to do the works of services.

Ephesians 4:11 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers,
12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.

Healing the sick isn’t only supposed to be done by pastors but by EVERY CHRISTIAN. Pastors don’t want you to know this because it’s bad for business.


Case Study 2

A pastor was preaching excellent messages at the pulpit. It was found that his sermons were rather similar. With investigation, it was found that his sermons were the exact imitation of sermons of some pastors on Youtube.

If your pastor is not spending time with God and studying the Word, how can you listen to someone like that?


Most people will back a pastor up no matter what. It’s not about taking sides with the pastor. The pastor never died for you. You need to be on the side of the truth. If the pastor is wrong, he must repent and continue in the work. If he persists in his disobedience, then he must be removed from his position before sin becomes acceptable. It is Jesus we must worship, not a man! An unrepentant pastor will lead a church that remains unrepentant. An ungodly leader of an assembly will eventually have an ungodly assembly. 


Case Study 3

There was a pastor who also had a day job. He was interviewing candidates and if they were female, he would give them the job for sexual favours. One night at a hotel, he had a heart attack while he was doing the deed. The story leaked out into the newspapers and it became a scandal.


Matthew 7:15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits…

There are three types of people: 

  1. Those who bear good fruit
  2. Those who bear bad fruit
  3. And those who bear no fruit

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If your pastor is not involved in the following in your church, it could mean he is a money-hungry false prophet or he ain’t got a clue on what the Bible is talking about:

  • Preaching the truthful Gospel
  • Helping the poor
  • Evangelism
  • Prison ministry
  • Hospital visitations
  • Helping widows and orphans
  • Helping the community

If your pastor is involved in these activities, then he is probably a false prophet:

  • Preaches prosperity and success in worldly things
  • Condones homosexuality and abortions
  • Preaches only about tithes
  • Has a lot of fundraisers
  • Preaches Motivation instead of repentance
  • Refrains from sermons that talk about hell and end times
  • Glamourises worldly ambitions
  • Refuses to accept he is wrong when he is wrong

So may you pray before you join a church and be discerning of what is preached on the pulpit for deception is a sugary snack that everyone indulges in upon.

The True Gospel

Previously, I have written warnings on this blog about false gospels that have infiltrated churches. But what is the true Gospel? People don’t have a clue! So I have taken the liberty to let everyone know. You might not like it but you have to know it.

Christians do not know the depravity of a soul caused by sin. When sin entered the world, death reigned. Romans 6:23 The wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life. Sin is the reason why God and His people were separated, Romans 3:23 For all have fallen short of the glory of God. So from ancient times, this chasm between God and man has have had many attempts to fill it up with good works and religion. Nothing changed until God Himself decided to fill the gap so that He could be in union with the people He loved. And this is how the Gospel story began. Jesus came down as God in the flesh and gave His life for us so that we can have eternal life. The crucifixion of Jesus Christ was the only way that we could be saved. No other way. Matthew 26:39, Jesus prayed to the Father asking if this cup could be taken from Him, yet not as He will but what the Father wanted. In other words, if there was any other way…

But there wasn’t…

He died and was buried for three days and then rose again. Understand that He died for the remission of our sins and then rose again for our justification, Romans 4:25, Because if Christ died, who would be the advocate that would plead our cause and tell the judge that someone died for us? Hence, Christ rose so that He could intercede on our behalf. He has been doing it since A.D. 30?

While we were sinners, Christ died for us, Romans 5:8. Our good works can’t get us into heaven, Romans 3:27, it is only through faith in Christ Jesus that we can receive salvation. Jesus is the only way to heaven, John 14:6. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life, that means He gives us new life. 2 Corinthians 5: 17, Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t the new always different from the old? If there is no change, then you are still old. A convert cannot be living the same way he was living before he knew Christ. The Holy Spirit will bring conviction. Hence, if someone wants to follow Christ, He must repent and believe in Christ, Acts 2:38. Repentance means to turn from your old wicked ways and strive towards holiness and live a life that pleases God, and only God…

Conviction and repentance aren’t a once of thing in the life of a Christian. It’s ongoing, God begins to trim the fat of worldliness so that we become closer and closer to His image. It isn’t easy but I can assure you that it is worth it.

But it doesn’t stop there…

You also need to go tell others about Jesus too! They also need to be saved, I mean, without Jesus, the only destination is hell…

Mark 16:15 Therefore go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. We must go and make disciples, not sit in church every Sunday until your life is over! What does it mean to follow Christ? Do we know what it costs? I don’t think we do. We think we can just say a prayer and smooth sail into heaven. Nope. To be Christian means giving everything to God. Everything belongs to Him. Even your very life. Jesus didn’t suffer and die on the cross so that you can sit on your couch and watch Netflix. There is a calling we need to respond to.

We can’t carry on walking in darkness, we can not continue to live in sin, Romans 6:1. The Bible says in Hebrew 10:26-27, If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice of sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.

John 14:15, If you love me, you will obey what I command. That means if you don’t do what Jesus commanded us to do, you don’t love Him!

John 14:12, I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do greater things than these because I am going to the Father. That means if we don’t do what Jesus was doing, we don’t have faith in Him! Answer this question: Does a person who does not love God and does not have faith in Jesus go to heaven?

And here is something for you to think about. I know I’m crossing the line here. Read Matthew 25:31-46. We have the sheep and the goats. The sheep were welcomed into heaven because they fed the hungry, quenched the thirsty, invited strangers in, clothed the naked, helped the sick and visited those in prison. But the goats were cast into the eternal fire because they never did what the sheep did. We need to be careful that we don’t fall into a legalistic works based doctrine here but if we worship other gods instead of Jesus then we are hellbound. Jonah 2:8, Those who cling to worthless idols forfeit the grace that could be theirs. This scripture says that if we have idols in our hearts, we can actually forfeit the grace that has been given to us. The worst idol of today is ourselves. We worship ourselves so much that we just don’t care about anyone else. Our selfishness will drag us to hell.

There will have to be a part 2 of this blog. Has to be…

Prosperity Gospel #2

In my previous post on this topic Prosperity Gospel, I discussed the dangers of a money orientated gospel. I would like to touch on this topic again with a bit more shocking information. I would also like to show you why I hate the prosperity gospel.

When I used to go to church when I was young, I attended a church that was spiritually competitive. A spiritually competitive church will never be spiritually edifying. It was the type of church that if you were the richest, then you were the closest to God and that’s why you were blessed. So if you drove a Mercedes or a BMW, it’s because you were spending a lot of time with God. Which is strange because non-Christians also drive those cars and so do thugs!

I remember reading prosperity books that members of the congregation recommended and sold. I would pray and read my Bible. Pray and be as good as I can be so that God would bless us. Spending money for school was a rare privilege. We sometimes walked to school. We couldn’t do what the other kids did because I couldn’t afford it. We were just happy with the plate of food we had on our table every day. I would pray for clothes, shoes and money. It was like talking to a brick wall. My uniform would get small and I would need new school shoes hoping that God would provide but nothing seemed to happen. Eventually, I would get what I needed but what about the abundant blessings that God spoke about in His word?

I remember walking 4Km to church while I saw other people with cars never show up. I never had money to godly things but others had cash for alcohol and club nights. God, why are you so unfair?

I remember when I stopped praying about all these things. I just believed and trusted God irrespective whether He ‘blessed’ me or not. I didn’t care whether he provided or not, my allegiance is not conditional. If I die today, I know where I’m going. I’m not living for here and now, I’m living for the mansion that Jesus is preparing for me. We should pray more for our eternal destination rather than temporary things. Don’t get me wrong, God does provide our needs, and wants! However, you have a problem if you only want to get close to God so that you can get what you want. You go to God to get God!

I have no respect for churches who have chosen leaders based on their paycheck. Wearing suits and expensive dresses doesn’t bring you closer to God. Owning that mansion won’t take you to heaven and driving that Ferarri won’t take you closer to God.

One of our leaders said this: “Are you still successful if you excel at your workplace but fail God and your family?”

 

Now to the scary part. The real scary part. Revelations 13:

16And he causes all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free men and the slaves, to be given a mark on their right hand or on their forehead, 17and he provides that no one will be able to buy or to sell, except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name

 

According to Revelation 13, The Bible predicts that unless you accept a mark in exchange for your soul, you will not be able to buy or sell. That means that you cannot work or own a business. No income. No way to pay for your house. No car debit orders. No way of purchasing food or water for your family. It is practically choosing to be a hobo on the street! You can beg all you like but no one can give you money because the mark is what the economy runs on. People will be told not to give you any food, besides in a world like today, people don’t help the poor. Why would they help Christian people that they hate? Farming would be illegal by then. Christians would have to live in jungles or on mountains, anywhere that has water nearby. And you would probably be hunted for breaking the law.

The question is: If the mark were enforced into the economy today, would you leave your job, your bank accounts, your home, your car? Would you leave everything for the sake of eternal life?

The prosperity gospel preachers are preparing people today to receive that mark! People are chasing the dime instead of drawing close to God. And when the mark of the beast comes out, people will take it because they believe in a God who wants them to be wealthy. How many Christians will be taking that Mark? How many will sacrifice their eternity for the sake of status and comfort? Who will tell these prosperity preachers to shut up?

The Trampled Gospel

Hebrews 10:26-29 

26 If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, 27 but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. 28 Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29 How much more severely do you think someone deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified them, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace?

A few weeks ago I came across a video of a man stating that when a Christian accepts Jesus into his life, there is no need to repent of his sins. He can continue drinking or smoking, he can sin as much as he desires because Jesus paid for all the sins from the beginning of time to the very end. Is this Christianity? Is this the truth? Heck no!

Acts 2:38, Repent and be baptized, every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins can be forgiven.

Can sins be forgiven without repentance? Just saying a salvation prayer ain’t saving you. Romans 10:9 tells us how to be saved – That if you confess with your mouth ‘Jesus is Lord’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

You are saved by confession and by belief. And of course, if we believe, that belief should change our actions. You cannot say you love God but dwell in sin. If God hates the sin, we too must hate it and avoid it at all costs. Sin is the separation between man and God. Jesus came to reconcile us back to the Father. Every act of sin just drives a wedge between you and God. If we walk in holiness, we walk closer to God. It is not good works! The work of sanctification is the work of the Holy Spirit within us. We just allow Him to change us. It is a decision, a choice we must make. If America and Russia are at war, an American cannot be involved in Russian business because that would be treachery. Same with Christianity. It is the kingdom of light versus the kingdom of darkness. As children of the light, can we play in the dark? No, we will only fall, stumble and get hurt.

Grace is not freedom to sin, it’s freedom from sin.

Sin causes hurt, pain and death. Why would we want anything to do with it? Don’t we want to avoid it all? The same sin you enjoy is the same sin Christ suffered for! Repent! 

Repent means to turn away from sin and walk in the opposite direction. Many ‘repent’ but just go back to doing it. They say ‘sorry’ with the full intention to go back to their gratification. This is wrong. We can’t have the excuse that we have a problem or weakness. Christ has given us the victory. Sometimes we need to check our hearts. The only reason why we have that urge is that we still want the pleasure that sin still gives. If your heart is not in line with God’s will, sin will show you the way. 

Mark 9:42-48 – If your hand, foot or eye causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better to enter heaven maimed than to be thrown into hell, where the worm never dies nor is fire quenched. (Paraphrased) Why does Jesus give us such a warning? That’s something to think about…

Sin is the problem, that is why He died. He died to rescue us from sin, so how can we back to it? That doesn’t make any sense.

He suffered so that we don’t have to face hell eternally, so can we not live entirely for Him? He gave His life for us, can we not give ours to Him? And how are we going to live a life for Jesus if there’s sin in it? If there’s guilt in it? How are you going to respond to God’s calling if you are busy running from the consequences of your regretful actions? Or recovering from the foolish decisions? That’s how people become stagnant in their walk with God. Redundant in their purpose. They are just people filled with shame, they feel unworthy to carry out God’s work when in fact they have unlimited potential to do things that could impact the world.

Sin stops you in your tracks and keeps you there, just there.

Another problem with abused grace is that we have grey areas. Like, can we get a tattoo? Can I drink as long as I don’t get drunk? Can I smoke? The Bible doesn’t say anything about that right? Can I go to the club? Can I swear? Can I kiss my girlfriend?

All these meaningless questions are so ridiculous and they don’t even see how meaningless they are! We have come to a point where we are actually asking: God, how far from you can I go without crossing the line?

So it’s no longer about how close we can get to God but how far we away we can go and still be safe. And that is the tragedy of Christianity, the Gospel is trampled underfoot by Christians who have no respect for what was done on the Cross…

Young Hearts

After much planning at our youth group, we had collected as many toiletries as possible. On Saturday, the 29th of October, all 15 of us arrived at Malvern Children’s Home with what we had to offer.IMG-20180930-WA0012.jpg

As soon as we entered the hall, we began to unpack the things we had brought while the children were called in. What we didn’t know was that 137 children would enter the hall creating the greatest cacophony ever possible.IMG-20180930-WA0007.jpg Excitement filled the room as the atmosphere of expectation grew. As the chaos began to escalate, our youth leader, Theo Msomi, began to speak and all of them sat down to listen.IMG-20180930-WA0015

Hanging on Theo’s every word, they listened to his life’s testimony. He gave them the Gospel and told them about Jesus, calling anyone if they wanted to give their lives to Him. Many came forward to accept Jesus, others wanted prayer.IMG-20180930-WA0014.jpg

After that, we engaged with them and gave them the most valuable possession: Our time. They laughed and smiled with excitement and joy as we played games and socialised with them. IMG-20180930-WA0016

If you had the eyes to see beyond into the pain, you would have the heart to change things.

There are 137 children but they can only cater for 120. That means sometimes they don’t even have enough food to eat. Sometimes they don’t even have toiletries. 20 children are not going to school because they have already been rejected. The government only helps them to a certain degree and after that, they have to fend for themselves by relying on sponsors who are gradually diminishing. The question is: What is the Church doing?IMG-20180930-WA0008

 

I had a look at the dormitories they lived in. It’s like a flat with many apartments that they share. I could see that their lives are monotonous by repetition so when they came to the hall, they came with great expectations and maybe a question in mind: Will my life be changed after this? Or will it continue to be the same?

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It was strange for me because a random child approaches you and wants to sit on your lap. Or a girl sucking on a lollipop suddenly approaches you and gives you a hug. They want to be loved because they have not experienced it.

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The saddest thing that occurred there was when we were about to leave and all the children headed back to their dorms. I happen to notice a young girl who never lost grip of her Christmas hamper gift bag. She had stuff in it as she headed up the stairs. But the ruffling of the crowd tumbled into her and she was pushed against the wall, grazing her arm. Her gift bag fell to the ground bursting all its contents down the stairs. She crumbled to the floor crying as I looked at what was in her bag. It was toys shaped in form of grocery items that one would buy from Checkers. She had collected these things over time and it became of sentimental value to her. I tried helping her fill the gift bag once again with all the toys but the bag was broken and this girl wasn’t going anywhere until she had all her things with her. I decided to get a packet to put all her belongings in and when i had returned with it, she was attempting to use her t-shirt to carry all her things. We deposited all her things into the packet and only then did she get up and go to her room. I then realized something, when we suffer so much loss in our lives, we tend to hold onto whatever we have left…