The Celebrity Christian

This has been rolling around in the back of my mind but something which happened recently brought it to the front and I decided to write about it. I do not have anything against most celebrity Christians. Those are Christians who are out in the public eye like Max Lucado, Bonnie Gray, Beth Moore, Billy and Franklin Graham and many others. I have a lot of respect for the Grahams and I really like Max Lucado because he is so uplifting. I like Roy Lessin, the founder of Dayspring and Bonnie Gray. I have some of Beth Moore’s books, too. So many are doing wonderful things to help their fellow Christian and non-Christian.

However, some I do wonder about. I came across something recently in which during a particular Bible study the celebrity Christian interjected something into the study that I found questionable and it was based on someone else’s conjecture. (like Heaven being some “intermediate or interim place and we’re really looking forward to the life after life or the new heaven and new earth as stated in Revelations. I guess the author of that thought never pondered where God the Father and Jesus are. Neither of them thinks of Heaven as some intermediate place. What hogwash!!)The problem I see with celebrity Christians is that oftentimes they have a stronger following than Jesus Christ. Just try bringing up an opposing point of view and see how many of the followers will descend on you. I am not saying it happened in this case but it has in others. The followers will defend the celebrity without even a thought as to what you were trying to say. And it may not have been a really bad objection but more of a disagreement of concepts or points of view. After all no where does it state in the Bible that we have to follow the celebrity Christian blindly without checking the Bible to see if what they are saying is true. BUT…they have no problem compromising the truth of Jesus and what He said as our Lord and Savior in the Bible. They will cherry pick which scriptures they want to obey and ignore the ones that out rightly go against their pet beliefs because what the Bible says is not politically correct!

Another problem is that the celebrity Christian can have such a huge following that they can lead hundreds, if not thousands, astray with some “new enlightenment” or “new truth” which ends up being false. No one thinks for themselves anymore but relies on others to do the thinking for them. This is true in the Christian world as in the non-Christian world. People in the world are so blind they divide things by political party instead of right and wrong.

My son, David, only reads the Bible and his Oswald Chambers devotional right now. He says everything else is a distraction and he’s right. Because if you don’t know that book back to front and front to back then it leaves you wide open for anyone to come along with whatever pet theory or “new truth” and you will fall into the trap and believe them and down the rabbit hole you go. Remember the Bible does admonish us to test the spirits to see if they are from God or not, especially in this end time. I John 4:1

So what is a Christian to do? First and foremost, stay close to God and study your Bible. Go to God with any doubts you have and He will steer you in the right direction. YOU are responsible for what you believe. Believe God because He is truly the only authority that is necessary. Yes, the Bible studies others put out are nice and so are some of the books they write. But not all of them. Be wary and be careful and rely on the Holy Spirit to lead you in the right direction. If something makes you feel ill at ease, stop and talk to God. It may be a prompt from the Holy Spirit not to go in that direction. Be warned. Be safe.

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About warrriorforchrist

I am a Christian, a mother and a grandmother. I have two grown sons, who I love dearly, three grandchildren: two boys and one girl by each of my sons. I love design and went to college for it.
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One Response to The Celebrity Christian

  1. W says:

    I have found inspiration from a variety of sources, including some of the material put out by these celebrity Christians, but you are right when you say to exercise caution. What we have to keep in mind is that there are plenty of wolves out there in sheep’s clothing. In other words, they look really good on the outside but are full of evil on the inside (paraphrasing Matthew 7:15) And Ezekiel 22:27 is especially relevant in regard to dishonest gain. No one has a perfect understanding of scripture and we have all innocently believed and said things that we later realized were not correct. That is part of the humbling and sanctification process. But there are some preachers that, instead of feeding the flock, they are feeding off of the flock. And we seem all too willing sometimes to let ourselves be cannibalized. Maybe it is the fast food mentality. Why go through the effort of buying and preparing real food when we can get junk quicker and easier. Of course we end up paying in the end, in more ways than one. Like fast food, celebrity bible teaching costs more than real food (bibles are plentiful and often free), but it can also poison our minds and spirits, just as junk food poisons our bodies. But we like the idea of quickly getting filled up with teaching that “speaks to us” (Isaiah 30:10 comes to mind). Maybe some of the teachings do help people. God can use anyone to reach us. But I have become wary of those who make merchandise of the gospel. Paul says in 1 Timothy 5:18 that the laborer is worthy of his wages. I take that to mean that a preacher has the right to ask for an offering if he is laboring for the gospel. But I think many celebrity preachers have gone beyond that teaching. There is a difference between earning a living and living in excess and extravagance. The gospel has become a business for them. And like any business they have to constantly turn out more product and market it to more people (or the same people in many cases as they understand the value of repeat business). Many of these celebrity preachers know exactly what they are doing and have no desire to repent, but I dare say that some of them may not even realize that they are wolves because they are deceived themselves. Again, we all make mistakes but Satan is clever as we see from his interaction with Eve, then again with Christ. Satan will not just blurt out some boldface lie that is easily refuted. A really good sounding, but totally false teaching, will often be about 90% (or more) truth. That is how he will attempt to deceive the elect. Only God knows the heart of these celebrities (as He knows all our hearts). But when it comes to God’s word, just be cautious when there is profit involved.

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