The challenge of apostasy Pt. 2:”They call me apostle”
Sharon wanted the ground to open so she could jump in to avoid the crushing and overwhelming shame and confusion. Alas, it was too late!As she passed the microphone to Bishop Callender, his face had already contorted into an ugly picture of rage.
Grabbing the microphone from her, he began to hurl insults.”I am Apostle Callender. Apostle!How dare you forget to address me as such.”There was a hush in the building of almost 2,000 people. Embarrassed, Sharon did all that she could to hold back the tears. Her heart was bruised and torn, and her little honest misrepresentation had paved the way for her to be rejected not only by her pastor, but by the rest of the congregation at the Westside Apostolic Ministries.
In the weeks following the incident, her church friends and the congregation seemed to distance themselves from her. She became depressed and began to blame herself for making such a stupid mistake. She lost a lot of weight and even considered suicide. It wasn’t until a co-worker invited her to a small church that her life became stable again. It was the first time she felt love from church people.
The pastor at the new church was a humble man who simply wanted to love and serve people. Pastor Jeb was not about titles, and seeing how hurt Sharon was, he and his wife poured love into her spiritual wounds of poor self-esteem and humiliation. After three months, Sharon felt restored. Then, on a bright Sunday morning, after leading the praise and worship segment of service, she introduced her pastor.”I want to introduce you to the man that saved my life…my brother and friend: Pastor Jeb Wilson. Pastor Jeb, with tears in his eyes, smiled and gave her a”big”hug.
I want to scream this at the top of my voice.”Be not deceived…be not deceived!Apostasy is here!Ministry gifts and titles do not give an individual God-like status in your life. Listen!The purpose of ministry gifts is for growth and development in Christ and in love!”And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the
ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:”Ephesians 4:11-15
When ministry gifts evolve to a point where we are no longer pointing people to Christ and instead we are pointing to ourselves, then it has become a demonic tool of pride and arrogance to delude and entrap people. To be an Apostle simply means that you have been sent by God. Like the Lord Jesus who established people in truth, power and love, anyone who says that they are an apostle should be doing the same.
However, today a lot of those who say that they are apostles or prophets are simply using titles to gain influence and to entrap people. They have not been sent by God. You see, as a minister, my job is simply to be a conduit of God’s presence and power. Where there is hatred, I respond with love. Where there is sickness, I respond with healing. Where there is darkness, I bring light and understanding.
However, when I am the minster of satan, I become a conduit of lies, hypocrisy and death. I bring darkness by getting the people to worship me instead of worshipping the Lord. I put the wife against the husband by getting her to serve me instead of serving her husband and family. I get the husband to worship and serve me instead of tending to the needs of his wife and family. All their time and efforts are to build the church, instead of building personal virtue and loving other people and the Lord. What a mess!
Instead of building lives, these false apostles and prophets are destroying lives and confusing poor ignorant and lost souls. God help us!I warn every believer and every one: Worship the Lord!”Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve,”Matthew 4:9-10. Honor your pastor, respect your employer, honor those in authority. Be obedient and humble but never allow me, your pastor or anyone to have God-like status in your life…no one!
During our time, there has been a dramatic shift in ministry where it’s no longer about building lives. Ministry has degenerated into a means to an end.”Bring’em in…and milk’em for what you can get.”Church has become nothing more than a cash cow for those in ministry to live opulent lifestyles oblivious to the gathering clouds of judgment. The Lord is angry and we’re playing church!
“I am raising the trumpet to my lips and I’m blasting as hard as I can. Repent!Repent!Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting. Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth: they are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear them. And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood. Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil; learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow. Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land: But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken.(Isaiah 1: 13-20).