PART II ‘POSITIVE ONLY’ PREACHERS
(see previous blog post for part I)
I am not drawing a comparison with the ‘positive only’ preachers and the Pharisees, but Jesus instructed his disciples regarding the Pharisees –
saying: “The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. 3 Therefore whatever they tell you to observe, that observe and do, but do not do according to their works; for they say, and do not do.
So we learn from this, that anything that is backed by the Word of God we must ‘amen’ asking God to help us embrace it and see it manifest in our lives.
But bear in mind the preachers of all things positive, also need to grow in grace.
Their presentation of the 100% pure word of God, they are publicly reading and referring to, – is in fact, being referred to and read – by those who are subject to like passions (sin) as everyone else.
The transmission of the divine thoughts given to prophets like Isaiah, Jeremiah etc. were pure, and they received the Word of God, in a state of Grace whereby the Holy Spirit suspended their sinful nature leaving the Word they received uncontaminated by flesh.
6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a live coal which he had taken with the tongs from the altar. 7 And he touched my mouth with it, and said:
“Behold, this has touched your lips;
Your iniquity is taken away,
And your sin purged.”
No earth-born though born-again preacher or prophet will be used in that way again, after the close of the cannon of Scripture. We can only expound the Word imperfectly. Not because the Word is errant but we are, and need to maintain a place of humility as we handle this Word of Truth.
Every word of God is pure;
He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him.
Unintentional though it may be when we listen to ‘positive only’ preachers there can be a frustration one can experience because we are left feeling we ‘do not have enough faith’.
Due to the hyper-positive presentation it can seem affirmed that ‘It is your fault that you don’t get healed.’ And so on.
This frustration can challenge or diminish the faith that people already have.
It can discourage and condemn, even unbeknown to the preachers, and rather than sowing The Word to create faith, frustration at not living up to the mark, can instead be the result.
Giving them the benefit of the doubt, this is the opposite result the faith preachers are trying to achieve.
When Jesus corrected unbelief there was always a positive outcome. Why? Because He was/is The Son of The Living God!
The gentleman who cried out: “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”– had unbelief, but still obtained a positive outcome because The Sovereign Lord saw his humility and healed his son, despite his limited faith. (Mark 9/24)
God is so for us – He marvels at the unbelief of humans, who fail to grasp the fact that He is.
Often what ‘Positive Only’ (again – my description) preachers do not refer to from the pulpit – is the struggles that all Christians and non-Christians can experience.
It might be an idea and would possibly help, if they were vulnerable enough to admit their own struggles. And to add how they overcame by faith, (if that is the case).
But they choose to emphasise God’s perspective, and I can understand this.
But knowledge ‘puffs up’, and if ‘successful’ preachers, are not careful, spiritual pride can creep in, and the enemy can get an undetected hold.
The danger of this sin of pride, God was aware of, when He faithfully dealt with Paul the apostle.
7 And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure.
This (Paul), is the same man – who was perhaps the prime example of someone who celebrated the promises of God, more than anyone, and saw the miracle working power of God in action, time and time again. The same man who said:
For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells…
With our limitations, common to man, we must come to The Lord and exercise the faith we have, in the hope of further increase.
But I would suggest – that increase will only come with the revelation of The Holy Spirit, and not by paying lip-service to the preacher.
Nor will it come by mental gymnastics that hope to manifest the miracle working power of God without enduement from On High.
Mental agility that tries to manifest spiritual realities without the enabling power of The Holy Spirit, will not do.
We must look for the manifestation of The Holy Spirit – yes even in such a day as this! Why? Because…
7 …the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all:
Notice it is profitable to all.
Let’s finish with the words of Paul:
6 I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. 7 So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase.