These ‘Men Of God’
Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. – Matthew 7:1-2 (KJV)
With the above quote in mind, I have come not to judge ‘men of God’ in the strictest sense of the word, but rather, cautiously critique their contribution to social cohesion and spiritual advancement as some have ‘decided’ to thwart the good works of the genuine men of God.
The decision to do this is borne out of the advice given in 1John 4:1 (KJV) in which the author, in a friendly manner, addresses and writes “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world”.
This admonition, I believe, stimulates concern about false ‘men of God’ and further grounds the argument that one may not be far from right if he alleges that some fake ‘men of God’ are out to destroy the good work of the genuine ones.
In recent times, series of bad reports have flooded our media landscape about supposed ‘men of God’ of diverse titles washing the private part of women with salty water and the likes in the quest to prepare them for good and lasting marriage. As for other worrying examples of caning supposed witches in the name of exorcising them, the less commented about them, the better. Interestingly, a careful look at the victims of these alleged ‘men of God’ shows that women suffer most, and the reasons are not far-fetched; women are arguably more concerned when it comes to spiritual matters.
I have also realised this, that our mothers, sisters, aunties, wives (girlfriends inclusive) and grandmothers dominate any church at all that one enters; be it Orthodox, Charismatic or Pentecostal and it might interest you to know that they always have a message from God .
In Mark 13:22 (KJV), the good book reads, “For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.” With this in mind, people generally, and even believers, need to be careful about what and who they believe in and not merely run after so-called Evangelists, Prophets, Bishops, Reverend Doctors, Archbishops and the likes, for miracles.
Indeed, it is no crime for men of God to assist in prayer, yet that must not lead to the situation where quack men of God take advantage of their unsuspecting flock and humiliate them with all sorts of antics.
It is about time all well-meaning Christian groups and associations woke up to defend the slamming course to which they have been called in diverse ways.
To believers, I remind you, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.” — Matthew 7:7, 8 (KJV)
Till we meet again, stay blessed!
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