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1Corinthians Chapter One -- The Cult of Personality and the Powerless Cross

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I am powerful

What I believe changes the world

I declare God is in a good mood today

Everywhere I go becomes a perfect-health zone

Compare this to what Paul reminds us we ought to be thankful for:

Because of the grace given to us in Christ Jesus

Being enriched in Him in all speech and knowledge

Not lacking in any spiritual gift that is needed

That Christ will sustain us until the end

That we will be held guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ

That we are in fellowship with Christ

Are you sensing quite the difference? The carnal church today is enamored with and focused on this world and this life when our blessings and promises are eternal. We need to keep our focus on the prize, not the trinkets of this world. Paul references Jesus Christ in every sentence of his thanksgiving! Bethel and the church today make everything about you instead of Him. It is always about what He can do for you instead of what He already has done. It is childish, petulant, and arrogant. Paul now gets into the first matter at Corinth that should ring a bell for us today:

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