This is not a post for ‘amens’ but truth.
Let us pray for the many pastors who have become backslidden, yet still standing on the pulpits to preach.
Pray for God to deliver them and save them, because many are now just taking this preaching as a business. and they are misleading the people under them.
Backsliding means to start doing something bad again after you had stopped doing it.
The Word says we shall know them by their fruit.
The fruit of the Holy Spirit is all outlined in Galatians 5:22-23 (love, peace, joy, peace, patience, kindness, faithfulness, goodness and self-control).
A good number of the pastors serving are living according to Galatians 5:19-21, but yet many are still just following blindly, because they want a solution and have no idea where there solution will come from, as long as it comes, (Galatians 5:19-21).
The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this, will not inherit the Kingdom of God.
We must understand that physical or material wealth is not a fruit of the Holy Spirit. Yes, one may have all the material wealth money can buy and still be a very charismatic preacher, but that does not mean they are still walking with God.
God may have blessed them, because He blesses with wealth and gives power to make wealth, but they departed from God to serve the blessing and not the blesser.
Many of us believers are now pursuing idols; the things that appease the flesh, the materiality we see around our pastors who we have left the path of salvation.
It is good to look up to another man as a source of inspiration, especially if they are greater, but if they are walking contrary to God’s word, we are only deceiving ourselves if we emulate them.
A role model who is not pointing you back to holiness and the master of holiness, is dangerous. We cannot just do what they tell us to do, even if it does not line up with the word.
We need to return to the father. We think we are saved, but only our mouth speaks it – while the actions that follow, are pointing towards a back slider who needs to go back to God.
“These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me,” Matthew 15:8.
Many pastors will even preach, pointing believers only to their material fruit and not the fruit of the Holy Spirit. Their material gain becomes the sermon and not Jesus Christ. Yet many believers are so carried away by such sermons that they are only reason they attend church is to become like their pastor. (Sad but true).
We all need to check our motives. The wrong motive gets nothing from God. The reason many are asking but not receiving, is because of the motive.
“When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures,” James 4:3.
You may be sitting in the house of God saying you are saved, but if your heart is only focused on what you can get from God and obtaining the same lifestyle as the pastor, or as another believer, then you have now become an idolater and need to repent.
If what is keeping you there is a material gain including “Gaining a spouse”, repent!
“If it is hard for the righteous to be saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinnner?” 1 Peter 4:18.
Many of those who reject the gentle warnings of God in this year will come into speedy judgement. Many of the corrupt and sexually immoral types will have to face god in harsh judgement.
God reveals to redeem. Those who want redemption will listen and change, but those who have chosen the worldly path, will follow to where it leads to.
Sharing here the heart of the Father….
~ Esther Hadassah
Revivalist & Apostolic servant of Jesus Christ
Esther Hadassah is an apostolic minister and an end-time revival preacher. She has been serving in full time prophetic ministry for the past three years. The LORD has called her to preach the message of the holiness and repentance and to set the captives free.