Theses 7 of 95

elmergantryThe Church Must Stop Being So Easily Taken In

“Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.” We’ve created our own celebrities and we long to be fooled. It’s not about living a suspicious life or never trusting people. It’s about a willingness to slow down, not jump in the conga line, it’s about not being taken in by appearances and claims. And it’s not a charismatic problem, it’s a Church wide problem as we look at people through the world’s grid and define success by appearances, bluster and bullying. It’s not a new problem but it is a problem.

Jesus said something like, “Be wary of false preachers who smile a lot, dripping with practiced sincerity. Chances are they are out to rip you off some way or other. Don’t be impressed with charisma; look for character. Who preachers are is the main thing, not what they say. A genuine leader will never exploit your emotions or your pocketbook. These diseased trees with their bad apples are going to be chopped down and burned.” – (Peterson, The Message)

We all want to get patted on the back so we keep patting each other on the back, promoting each other without asking simple questions, honest questions. This may be because those who do ask questions are called judgmental, pharisees and “hard to receive”. I have a friend who does hypnosis and I’ve been given a hard time because 1) he’s my friend and 2) I don’t tell him it’s a sin. I then watch folks who’ve given me a hard time engage in “revival” and “outpouring” services where the hypnotic method is employed to get people into a suggestible state. Saying or singing “Jesus” over and over for 20 minutes will set you up the same way a swinging watch or candle’s flame will prep you for hypnotic suggestion.

Never been hypnotized at church? If you’ve ever been told, “Say to your neighbour, “and that’s the truth!” (or some variation thereof) and you DID IT, you’ve been swayed and at the very least proved your susceptibility to suggestion. You didn’t spontaneously choose that action, you went along with the suggestion. Should we burn people at the stake who do this? No, that’s sort of crazy. We just need to be aware of it, own it, and evaluate things based on what is true, not what we’re told is true.

Here’s some real and imagined examples:

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Stumbling towards what comes next.
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8 Responses to Theses 7 of 95

  1. Yves says:

    Second last video embedding has been disabled.

    Seems to me that people chase charisma instead of character+humility… because the charismatic person will be more apt to tell them what they want.

    I can’t count how many preachers I’ve seen talk about money, finances, miracles, healing…etc… in ways that just don’t mesh with what scripture seems to be telling me…. but in ways that seem to lure people in, in the belief that some great thing will happen in the mentioned subject by following… some hope somehow based on lobbying God.

    The “Highway to hell” is pretty wide… and all kinds of charismatic people will invite you to join them on their treck there…..

    It seems to me that looking at a person’s character will truely show you who they really are… looking at there talents ,gifts and words will more or less show you what you want to see.

    Thats my 2 cents.

    Love your blog Brian…. next time I’m in Charlottetown…… I call U.
    😉

  2. sherry says:

    Brian you are brilliant thanks for sharing this
    truth boldness excellent!

  3. brianmpei says:

    Thanks Yves, I’ll take you for egg roll!

    I think you’re right about the things we chase. Somewhere along the line we decided that if somebody can do magic tricks their character must be good. Not sure why or how but there it is.

    Thought about reposting with a new youtube vid for #3 but the picture itself is worth a 1000 words – it’s John Crowder.

  4. brianmpei says:

    Thanks Sherry. I may be too dim to call me brilliant but thanks for that!

  5. Brad says:

    Hey if you go to Youtube and search John Crowder Tokin’ you can view it. That guy is funny! Its satire, right?

  6. brianmpei says:

    Hey brother. No, no satire with Johny, wish it was. Tokin’ is just the tip of his iceberg!

  7. Brad says:

    That’s a shame, I thought this might be a preview clip for the next movie from the Christopher Guest (Mighty Wind/Best in Show).

    I really thought this guy was like the one from your first clip.

  8. brianmpei says:

    Brad, you’ve just reminded me I’ve never posted about one of the greatest pastors of our time. It’ll be up tomorrow. You’re in for a treat!

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