Grace and Peace
There are many people in the body of Christ that have become content with ignoring the call of God and intentionally, not walking in their God given gifts.
Serving God by greeting members at the door, providing janitorial services or monitoring the sound board, are all needed in the body of Christ. However, many Christian’s are hiding behind these volunteer positions in church.
The LORD is calling His anointed ones OUT of the background and into positions of leadership. No excuse is substantial enough to disobey a command of God.
Secondly, The LORD revealed to me four sub-types of Christians who must be properly dealt with, in this season. I will be making harsh generalizations, but they serve a purpose.
The “pain stricken” Christian. This Christian has endured many hardships with the LORD, that has caused them to choose how they will serve God.
This Christian has little or no interest in the manifestations of the Kingdom of God. Oddly, many of these Christians can go on for hours and hours about what they used to do in ministry, or how good church used to be, as if their past experience with God makes up for their lack of obedience to God now.
Usually, this Christian blames “church people” for their lack of maturity and spiritual growth. This is unwise and stifling.
These Christians are prone to seeking wisdom from psychics and soothsayers, because they feel that they cannot “hear” God or that God does not care about them or their feelings.
Truthfully, God is aware and willing to work on their behalf, but God has requirements. In the real word, you can’t even get a cell phone without some type of commitment, but we buy cell phones.
How many people do you know who are more committed to their 2-year contract with Sprint that with a ministry?
These “pain stricken” Christians will suffer with pain, hurt, and rejection, until they allow God to bring them to a place of wholeness and stop making excuses as to why they cannot operate in ministry to the extent to which God has called them.
Only Pastors who operate in integrity will be able to reach these type of Christian, because they can smell potential church hurt and abuse, before it approaches them.
“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin,” Hebrews 4:15.
The “sin sick” Christian. This Christian is so comfortable with sin that they have made and formed a theology around it.
These are the Christians who regularly commit acts of fornication without thinking twice about it, because they have “needs.”
These are the Christians who regularly lie, steal, and cheat and think that God’s grace should clean up their mess.
This “sin sick” Christian has a habit of claiming that the church is too “judgmental,” because they reject correction. Often times, they have a problem with submitting to leadership, which limits their influence in the congregation.
On the contrary, this type of Christian usually has a strong gift, such as singing, preaching, dancing, that could elevate a worship service, but their sin filled lifestyle drains the anointing.
As aforementioned, this Christian is gifted, but lacks spiritual maturity and motivation to press towards the mark of the high calling in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:14).
This “sin sick” Christian is usually what the old saints would call a “church hopper,” because they bounce from church to church, seeking a leader who will let them operate in ministry without submitting to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
Pastors must preach holiness and not compromise the gospel.
“As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.””1 Peter 1:14-16.
“Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God.”2 Corinthians 7:1.
“For God has not called us for impurity, but in holiness.” 1 Thessalonians 4:7.
The “wannabe celebrity” Christian. This Christian can’t do anything without a microphone in their hand or public acknowledgement.
These are the Christians that are trying to build a fan base for their “ministry” but are less than loyal to the church they claim to be submitted to. Unfortunately, these “wannabe celebrity” Christian’s are talented, and most of them “look the part”.
When Pastors feed this type of pride, they inadvertently condone the behavior. Ultimately, this will cause the true worshipers and anointed preachers of the gospel to detach from the ministry.
Specifically, prophetic people do not do well with false humility and wannabe celebrity Christians. The church NEEDS prophets, but prophets will not stay around Jezebel-like spirits for long periods of time.
Many pastors prefer to sacrifice excellence and humility for a good sermonic selection and a dance, but it has some side effects. Strong spirits of competition, envy, and pride accompany them.
Most of the time, you can find these wannabe celebrities in prophetic circles (they may even be parking lot prophets), music ministries, and preaching circles – maybe even all three.
Unfortunately, God is not eager to share his glory with man (Isaiah 42:8) so the glory will not be manifesting in worship services until that pride is removed. This most unfortunate thing is that people have grown accustomed to worshipping with “strange fire” to the point that if the glory actually invaded the service, they may never understand it or worse – reject it.
“Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall,”Proverbs 16:18.
“For all that is in the world — the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life — is not from the Father but is from the world,”1 John 2:16.
The “musical seduction” Christian. This applies to musicians only. They’re many gifted minstrels who can play evil spirits off of a tormented person.
Then we have the musicians that use their good looks (sometimes the spirit of seduction just makes them appear to look attractive to spiritually vulnerable people).
Many Pastors will have to learn to worship A Capella, to truly walk in the will of God. This is not the time to tolerate sexual sin, especially because the musician plays from his or her heart.
Also, many musicians seduce pastors monetarily. They force pastors to pay them obscene amounts of money, because they choose not to work a stable job. Pastors, support their vision, but do not support a pimp.
Pastors/leaders who are aware of their sin (lack of financial integrity, sexual sin, nasty attitude, jealousy, envy, etc.) and do nothing to correct it, will be held accountable.
“Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins. Yet they seek me daily, and delight to know my ways, as a nation that did righteousness, and forsook not the ordinance of their God: they ask of me the ordinances of justice; they take delight in approaching to God,” Isaiah 58:1-2.
~ Dee Evans
Dr. Dee Evans is the founder of Dee Evans Ministries International and Koinonia Training and Consulting. She currently mentors ministers and leaders throughout the USA, Africa, and Pakistan. With a passion for training prophets and leaders for the 21st century church. Her ministry emphasizes the importance of worship, prayer, intercession, and deliverance. Chesapeake, VA.