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Christian Show Offs
Have you ever tried to have a conversation with a Christian brother or sister who just loves to show off? Come on, you know you have. Yeah, I thought youd remember. Theyre the ones that brag about everything and you will never get a word in edgewise because they never shut up bragging about themselves long enough.
A show off will carry the entire conversation and you must admit they do a great job. These types of folks are what I jokingly refer to as, Professional Showoffs. They are far from being humble and I would say this type of bragging would be considered self-exaltation at its highest level. They brag about their fancy cars, big fine houses, smart children, what theyve done for the Lord, where theyre going and where theyve been. The saddest part is they never seem to notice that no one asked them.
And, never mind whether or not their car really is all that fancy, or their house really is all that big and fine. Or that their kids, although smart, may not be as smart as they let on, theyre going to convince you of this one thing, everything thats theirs is without a doubt, no contest, straight across the board, the best of the best.
These types of showoffs try to intimate people but Ive never felt intimated by them only frustrated with them. Lets face it, they are annoying. Theyre not testifying for God theyre bragging on themselves. The prosperity preachers put on a show and brag everyday on TV. I guess they learned it from them. Its one thing to have a bragging brother or sister in the church to contend with, but a bragging preacher? Mercy!
Lets talk about that
Are They Really Just Putting on a Show?
Oh dear, I didnt mean to get on this but nothing frustrates me more than preachers who brag and show off. I quit watching Christian TV for a long time because of it. The self-glorifying on some of these shows is sickening. I call them shows because I think some of them are doing just that, putting on a show. Although a few of them are sincere most are not in it for the sake of the gospel. Theyre in it for the flashy life style their viewers provide. They never really teach the Bible and most of their teachings are laced with glamour and showmanship. They love to show off, plain and simple. I heard one preacher say, in referring to his great wealth, if you dont have what I have, then youre not serving the same God Im serving. Oh really?
And, another one said, you wouldnt believe it if I told you how much money I have. If this kind of talk isnt considered bragging I dont know what is. But never mind what my opinion is, what does the Bible have to say? It says in Luke 14:11 that
For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
Im telling you folks, quite a few of our preachers have gone from winning souls to exalting themselves and putting on a show. I know one thing for sure, all the glamour they promote and their showmanship does not impress me. I am interested in the things of the Lord and all their boasting extravaganzas arent getting me anywhere. Are they you?
Cosmetic Surgeries and The Beauty Pageant Phenomenon
Allow me to quickly point out, that NO, Im not against cosmetic surgeries. Sometimes its necessary. I understand that and I am all for it when it is. With that said, let me now say this, what I am against is all the showy aspects that I see going on, not only on TV, but in the Christian community in general. There seems to be no end to what some will do to impress others. Gods people are supposed to be modest yet I see them getting more and more engulfed in their looks. They are being drawn into what my daughter often refers to as the glamorous gospel. In fact, so many are getting facelifts and makeovers that it makes me wonder if there isnt some kind of beauty pageant phenomenon going on. They seem to be saying, look at me, Im Miss America! Are they competing with one another to see who is the prettiest? Who will win the crown? Stay tuned to find out.
Of course, I am only kidding folks! But I guess, when it really comes down to it, I dont understand what all the fuss is about. These women are already beautiful so why are they trying to fix something that isnt broken.
But on the other hand
If something is broken and we can fix it, I think we should. Makeovers are fine and surgery too, when necessary. But, as Christians, how far do we go? It is just my opinion of course, but maybe we should leave out the extreme unless it is deemed necessary. The Bible does not teach self-glorification. And, I believe those that are getting involved in the extreme, when it is not necessary, are hurting their Christian witness. What kind of signal are we sending to the lost? If we tell the sinner, Jesus loves you just as you are, shouldnt we be held to that same principle? After all, were trying to win a spiritual war, not a beauty pageant!
The Charlatans and Their Paid Programming
Brothers and sisters, beware of those who are not preaching the genuine, true gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. Many have turned away from the gospel and are now preaching for filthy lucre. These rich ministers are teaching that gain is godliness and if you sow your money into their ministry God will bless you too! But to the contrary, the Bible tells us to withdraw from them.
Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself. But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.
1st Timothy 6:5-8
How long has it been since your pastor or favorite TV evangelist preached on contentment?
The Bible also warns pastors not to pursue filthy lucre.
Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind. 1st Peter 5:2
And of course, this infamous scripture sums it all up.
For the love of money is the root of all evil; which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
1st Timothy 6:10
How do we know if they are only in it for the money? The Bible says from the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.
O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh
Listen closely to your favorite preachers. What do they talk about? What do they promote? Do they promote Jesus or their lifestyle? Do they testify of God or do they brag about themselves? If you really listen to what they are saying youll know more about the condition of their heart.
The Bible also tells us we will know them by their fruit.
Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
What kind of fruit are those youre listening to producing? Are they getting souls saved? Are they praying for the sick? Are they casting out devils? Or, do they spend their entire time talking about their money and how you too can be rich if you give to them. Have they ever tried to sell you the blessings of God by getting you to sow seeds (money) into their ministries? Maybe they have tried to sell you a healing or perhaps salvation for a lost loved one.
Honestly folks, these types of ministry shows are nothing more than paid programming at its best. Jesus has already died on the cross for your loved ones salvation. He has already bore the stripes on His back for your healing. We dont have to send anything to these money grabbers to get what is freely ours. Everything is already paid for through the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
I just had a thought, if we could actually receive healing by sending them money, that would make them God, wouldnt it? Now thats ridiculous!
According to the Bible Jesus never took up an offering when he was out and about healing the sick. He never said, give me some money and Ill heal you. This is preposterous and God may even consider it blasphemy. Remember what Peter told Simon when he thought he could perish a gift from God.
- But Peter said unto him (Simon), Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.
God does not want us to be taken in by those who are only it for worldly gain. That is why the Bible tells us to know those that labor among us.
And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you;
1st Thessalonians 5:12
How do we know them? As I pointed out earlier, the Bible tells us we shall know them by their fruit. So, I caution you, take heed to the Word of God and do not be taken in by charlatans. Whether they are in your church house, on TV, or down the street, beware of the charlatans.
Copyright 2007 by Darlene Osborne, Publisher