A very important question is, should pastors (or bishops, evangelists…) and be called celebrities and first ladies be addressed as celebrity wives? According to God’s Kingdom, absolutely not, it is a sin to be honored, glorified and desired to be recognized as celebrity or even as a celebrity wife. Among the body of Christ of today, we have severe rebellion on this issue, even in the pulpits where pastors feel they are entitled to the same worldly prestige as those who are famous sinners. It is very disturbing that we have not heard well-known ministers like Bishop Eddie Long, Bishop T. D. Jakes, Benny Hinn, Joyce Meyer, Creflo Dollar, Paula White and many others who have such fame and fortune publicly deny that they are celebrities. God has been waiting for them to deny it, because it is a sin to be an idol and an idol is a celebrity who expects to glorified over anything or above anyone.
Here Bishop T. D. and Serita Jakes are seen at their movie premiere as alleged producers and God is not pleased because He told us to not associate with the wicked; for the Bible says this: Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness (2Cor. 6:14) ?” Therefore, they are called celebrities, although they are recognized as a bishop and first lady, simply because they are associating with other celebrities. The Bible also says: ‘Love not the world neither the things that are in the world, he that loveth the world the love of the Father is not in Him ( I John 2:15).’ Then the Word instructs us to “Be Ye Holy for I am Holy (1Peter 1:15), ” that means show a difference between the clean and the unclean.
There is a false belief that claims, we must go among the world to win them, but Bishop Jakes nor his wife do not deny being celebrities and God does not want us to be celebrities, He only desires for us to be His messengers and His servants. As messengers of Jesus Christ, we are so suppose to reveal that God is the only celebrity, not us. We must now make a choice, do we desire to be messengers of Christ or do we want so much fame and fortune, we would rather be recognized as celebrities while claiming we belong to God? Hypocrisy? God forbid.
It may look very glamorous to be able to have the status as a celebrity pastor or be a celebrity wife, but God is not pleased. God will give us fame and fortune his way, not the Devil’s way. We should not have to mingle with Hollywood celebrities or hip-hop artists to get what they have and by doing so, it is clear message that God is limited and you have to get on Satan’s territory to enjoy life. The Devil is a lie, we do not have to submit to the Devil’s territory to enjoy earning good money, fame we can do without, because God is the only one who should be worshiped. In the real body of Christ, there is no such a thing as being a celebrity, because if it was, the scriptures would not oppose idols. Idols are nothing more than celebrities who want and expect to have fans. We are suppose to be fans of Jesus Christ, not desire for fans to idolize us as celebrities. It is time to stop the hypocrisy in the church and among the gospel music industry. God is not having it (and these following scriptures at the end of this article tells us so).
If these so-call celebrity pastors and evangelists would let go of the state of being a celebrity, then the gospel artists would represent themselves in a holy fashion, but-they see no real examples or even hear the gospel preached against idolatry. Also, if these so-call celebrity pastors, evangelists and their wives would let go of such prestige of blending in with worldly celebrities, then we would see more miracles happening in the church, the sick would be healed, the dead would be raised back to life, people would be more real with God and more souls would be truly saved, rather than perpetrating as though they are.
This is why we have seen the fall of Bishop Eddie Long and his so-call empire, which is supposed to be only called the House of God. However, it is called his empire, because he has operated like a million dollar corporation. Bishop Eddie Long carried on a lot of foolishness with a lot of his young followers as hip-hop artists and celebrities and God was angry. None of us who are messengers of Christ can expect for God to continue to bless us while we indulge in the popularity as a celebrity minister while involving ourselves in worldly affairs. Long got caught up so much on being a celebrity, he allegedly enjoyed his discreet sinful lust for young teenagers and thought they would keep silent about their private moments together, but not so. God will reveal any sin that is hidden and it will come to light, in due time. Bishop Long was also known for encouraging and promoting hip hop gospel artists and also being friends with the hip hop music artists outside of the church, there was no boundaries and the sad part, he still has not let go of his hip-hop friends and promoting such artists at his conferences. God wants us to lift Him up as a celebrity and not promote others, including ourselves as celebrities while claiming to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Now, you may ask, doesn’t God want us to be prosperous like the world? Yes, we can be rich, that’s not a sin, but we do not need to be like the world in order to do so and these following scriptures will make it plain:
- Isa 42:8 (NIV) “I am the Lord; that is my name! I will not give my glory to another or my praise to idols.”
- 1 Cor 6:9-10 (NIV) Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy…
Eph 5:5 (NIV) For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person–such a man is an idolater–has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
Isa 42:8 (NIV) “I am the Lord; that is my name! I will not give my glory to another or my praise to idols.”
Eze 6:4-6 (NIV) “… I will slay your people in front of your idols. I will lay the dead bodies of the Israelites in front of their idols, and I will scatter your bones around your altars… your idols smashed and ruined, your incense altars broken down, and what you have made wiped out.”
Enough said, scriptures do not lie. Furthermore, if these celebrity pastors had their minds only focused on winning souls, then we would see and feel more of a holy anointing instead of their pride of possessing fame and fortune. How many homeless shelters do they have and how come those who are poor are not as important to them as celebrities?
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