TOPIC: HERO WORSHIP
Read: Exodus 20:4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
Memorise: Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. Matthew 4:10
Hero worship is idolizing someone. Unfortunately, this happens in Christendom today where a congregation reverences the ‘man of God’ to the point of doing things against the Bible just because he said so. Don’t get me wrong, it is good to admire a public figure or a man of God and even to honour the person, but there will be a problem when you give them the glory or honour that is meant for God alone.
Worse still is if you disobey God to obey them. God is very jealous and never likes to share His glory with anyone. As a matter of fact, every Christian leader is supposed to point you to Jesus Christ and not himself. If you’re in a Church where the Pastor keeps talking about how you should reverence him or give him gifts without any emphasis on God, if all he preaches about is sowing seeds at the altar to bless the man of God rather than giving to the poor as Jesus commanded, then you need to be careful.
No matter how anointed a preacher is, it is wrong to idolize him. I often tell my congregation that they should crosscheck every teaching with the Bible and whenever they find that I am no longer preaching the truth, they should discontinue from worshipping in the Redeemed Christian Church of God.
Do your testimonies give all the glory to God or your pastor?
Bible in One Year
Acts 25:1-27 , Psalms 44:1-26 , Psalms 45:1-17 , Psalms 46:1-11
Open Heaven for Teens 25 July 2022 Monday Devotional Guide was written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye & Pastor (Mrs.) Folu Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, one of the largest evangelical churches in the world and also the President of Christ the Redeemer’s Ministries. Open Heaven for Teens 25 July 2022