The God of the man or the man of the God?
New in the ministry, quietly seating in front of my Bishop, I was absorbing all that the older ‘man of God’ had to impart upon me. Like a tornado, he said something I will never forget for the rest of my life. ‘God can use anybody to fulfill his purpose on earth, irrespective of who they are, what they are involved in or where they came from’.
That sounded strange to me. From the Pentecostal background where I came from, I have always believed that only ‘holy’ people can be used of God. If you are not holy, then God has no use for you. It is this same mentality that a lot of Nigerians have that make them ‘worship’ their ‘men of God’. They have the impression that these so called men of God are holy and super-human. They idolize their pastors, bishops and prophets. The honor they cannot give to God is what they give to their men of God. They have forgotten that these people are first ‘men’ before they were called men of God. And that is why many ‘fake’ people are rushing into ministries as it is with Nigerian politics, because they have observed that theirs is cool cash in it and a lot of honor fame and prestige comes with it also. A lot of this fake men of God will go any length to acquire power to prophesy and wrought miracle, covering up with the name of God .
A story was told me of one them who went all the way to Ghana to consult a witch/traditionalist, who told him that the only means of getting such power was to suck the breast of the traditionalist. He did, and eventually became very powerful to the extent that he can predict all the things that will happen to you the following day and it will happen just like he has said it.
We need to be grounded in the scriptures and not be tossed to and fro with every wind of doctrine. Ephesians 4: 14. God can use any one, including the devil himself to bring to pass the purpose of God, but that does not make them men on God. Quit trusting and believing in man of God, rather believe the God who created the man.
I was reading a blog of a certain lady who felt betrayed by her man of God, having slept with her and he is now portraying her as the bad one, who intends to destroy the image of the man of God. We have heard recently of men of God who are pedophiles, cheats, homosexuals etc. it is actually not new because Jesus himself has told us about them . Matthew 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
Preaching with sugar coated tongues (probably secretly laced with juju) and performing miracles does not make anyone a man of God. But by their fruits we shall know them. Matthew 7:16
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