Sunday morning services we hear worship service and the content of the message and say how amazing they did. We disregard the content and only value the emotion it build within us. This creates an opportunity for teachers in the church to only appeal to your emotion instead of telling you the truth. These leaders in the church want to be loved by people instead of doing the will of God. These leaders could become false teachers.
2 Timothy 4:3-4 (NASB):
“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.”
It all starts when a church defines “growth.” Is growth getting more people to add to the offering plate? Should growth be equipping the members to grow the kingdom of God? Success sometimes is measured by the attendance of Sunday morning. That is a lie. What happens when you only teach to gain an audience? People who want their ears tickled, explained in the verse I gave. The leaders in the church become celebrity church leaders because the congregation only consume what they want to hear.
People frequently get attracted to teaching style instead of the truth. We often praise the messenger instead of finding out where the message is coming from. We are creating a celebrity in the church by stagnation. Do not take a teacher’s word about anything. Look at the verse they give you as well as the surrounding verses. This gives you context to point out scripture hopping within teaching. Scripture hopping allows people to insert their own message by comparing unlike verses in the bible. Don’t allow this to happen.
Look at the most popular churches in our country. Most of them give a version of the prosperity gospel. Buy telling the congregation what they want to hear they become popular. Being accountable for your sin is not popular. Receiving for not sinning sounds more interesting. The best teachers do not want to become a celebrity. You aim to equip and not to affirm their beliefs.
Wanting attention only gives the congregation milk. If we want Christians to grow and have the full armor of God. Life will sink Christians when the world consumes them. Solid food helps us become apart from the world. We become the shining Light that God wants us to be. We will become a victim of cultural decline. Us wanting to be loved by the world makes us become like them. Teachers, do not seek to become a celebrity. Tell your congregation what they don’t want to hear. Give them solid food.