Social issues have always been important to the body of Christ but when pastors use the influence of the world to promote peace and themselves they’re enemies of God. There is only one man who deserves recognition and his name is Jesus. He is the only answer to sin, not a cross dressing musician who performs sexually explicit music. The word of God teaches us to avoid the unfruitful works of darkness (Eph 5:10) and to avoid name-dropping for credibility (Matthew 23:5-7).The believers mission concerning social issues must lead to the cross not a concert. We are to live and boldly proclaim the message of Christ and not the message of “no justice, no peace!” HE transformed a violent protestor of the church “Saul of Tarsus” into the greatest missionary in biblical history. A community advocate is powerless if the end game is not salvation through Jesus Christ. Any pastor who celebrates the world is a thief in the temple. A seeker of worldly success, idolatry, covetousness, selfish ambition and the pride of life.
The Plight of a Church Celebrities:
- seek crowds and crowns.
- rely on earthly appeal or the kingdom of darkness.
- use their influence to benefit themselves; even their charitable work are self-serving. Because they receive the glory.
- entertain people by saying what they want to hear.
- are swayed by public preferences and compromise.
- surround themselves with yes-men and entourages.
- hire public relations firms to hype and protect their reputations.
- seek worldly success.
- use people to serve their authority.
- use their influence to impress society’s somebodies.
- build their own kingdoms.
- Church Celebrities in the Wrong Kingdom
- They are full of compromise and sin (Matthew 23:23-25)
- They teach false doctrines ( 1 Timothy 4:1-2)
- They are lukewarm (Revelation 3:16 and carnal Jude 18)
- They are prideful, lack integrity and love money (2 Timothy 3:2)
- They name-drop to build credibility (Matthew 23:5-7)
- They are crowd pleasers who are content to say what “itching ears” want to hear (2 Timothy 4:3)
- They are selfishly ambitious (James 3:16)
Unbeknownst to most Church Celebrities, like the Pharisees and Sadducees, they do not know they are being empowered from below. They don’t check their own motivations closely enough to realize they are more focused on building their own kingdom than the Kingdom of God.