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Man-pleasing? Or GOD-pleasing?

Man-pleasing? Or GOD-pleasing?
“For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men?
If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ.”
Gal.1:10
The following quote was accurately written by a “pastor” of a local “church” in this city, on his website:

“We live in a day and culture where the word ‘church’ rarely lives up to the New Testament expression. When people hear ‘church’ they often think of a place or an event. The church of the Scriptures is a committed group of people seeking to glorify Jesus and live out His instructions in Matthew 28:18-20, to be and make disciples.

Sounds Right, eh?!
But then, recently in a conversation, this same man, the “pastor” said something like this when “behind the curtain,” in his real world:
“I’d love to have daily relationships in the church. And I know that’s what the Bible says. But, we’re not going to do that because then people would call us a cult.”
Can you see it? His comment reveals the normal viewpoint of men without courage and conviction… “It doesn’t matter what GOD thinks, only what mere humans think. Pleasing Jesus is optional, if it would hurt my reputation or income or attendance figures, or someone might call us names.”
Good thing Jesus wasn’t like that! Whew! This is nothing less than hypocrisy, of course, if he were actually to hold to such a “plan” out of human fear and lukewarmness that dishonors the Living Word, Jesus Christ. Perhaps something will happen in his life to help him to See JESUS, High and lifted up — and change such a dangerous and worldly viewpoint as he articulated above. People Change, you know. πŸ™‚
Y’shua paid ALL for us, and deserves nothing less fromΒ ALL who wear His Name. Let’s not shrink back out of “what some mere human might say” okay? Who cares?!
“For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men?
If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ.”
“Judge for yourselves whether it’s better to obey God, or man.”

Is it close enough? πŸ™‚ Or does it HAVE to be the very substance of Jesus to be “enough” for you?

Is it close enough? πŸ™‚ Or does Life HAVE to be the very substance of Jesus to be “enough” for you?
Accept No Substitutes” !!! πŸ™‚

2 replies on “Man-pleasing? Or GOD-pleasing?”

AMEN to that Glenn, me too.

Just yesterday I visited a “Christian” marketing site where the site owner has given up on preaching community because he can not see it exhibited in the organized church, only a fake orchestrated get-together, where nobody even cares about, or really even knows, the other people. He is right, but he had no answers, yet he still markets his church growth methodology. Even when today’s Christians get the scent of truth they resist the Spirits leading to have faith in God, it is a concept they are not willing to trust when seen up against their own abilities to build something for God. They think God uses MBA’s to get things done. Trusting God looks rather cultish to these guys when the assured results of marketing is what all the “Churches” rave about.

Thanks Glenn

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