This past week had some real "doozies" that hit the Body of Christ: First, the exposure of an affair with the evangelist who spear-headed the Lakeland Revival, Todd Bentley. Then, soon after, news hit that the guy who wrote the song "Healer" that Hillsong has on its latest CD and who has been featured around the world as standing in the face of "an agressive form of cancer", was quite simply a fraud.
He totally faked the whole thing, even lying to his parents who pastor a huge church in Australia, as well as his wife and children.
Needless to say, everyone feels duped. People who bought his product are even asking for their money back.
Stuff like this WILL happen. Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 4 that "we have this treasure in earthen, flawed vessels".
In other words, the message we carry is perfect. We, on the other hand, are NOT.
It does not excuse the above. But it it the fact. We will be disappointed with 'man' many times over. God, on the other hand, will never disappoint.
Back in the late 80's the Body of Christ went through just such a season. Jim Baker, Jimmy Swaggart, .....on and on it seemed,..... fell like dominos one after another. To this day, there are many Christians who never recovered from the disappointment.
They were poisoned with the most lethal thing a Christian can swallow, CYNICISM.
When we get cynical, we quickly fall into unbelief. We doubt the reality of just about anything we hear. We become critical and negative, rather than expectant and in positive faith.
I myself fell into this in those years stated above and found that not only did others not like being around me......I DID NOT LIKE MYSELF!
I had fallen into cynicism and unbelief.
Without question, we need to tread carefully and not just get on whatever the latest 'boat' is, or the latest supposed wave of revival. There is a way to judge all things while not becoming critical and cynical. That will be for another post though! :)
"Let us throw off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up...." (Hebrews 12:1)
If you read the preceding chapter, that sin is UNBELIEF.
God's mercy on you today!