Lastly, I believe the usage of both these prophets was so
that we can learn to discern better the Gospel from false teaching. The same
style would eventually sound like a droning. If we tend towards one style I
think it is harder to spot heresy within that style. If we are pre-disposed to
liking the preacher with the kumbya feeling then I think it becomes easier to
accept compromise when it is presented in that manner to us. Same for the
opposite. God was completely aware that we would always have a tendency to
follow man instead of God. There is still way too much pastor worship going on
in the modern church today. It becomes then about personality instead of God.
How does someone with over 10,000 people following him like Rob Bell fall off
the theological cliff like he did? Pride would be my bet but I am more
concerned about the 10,000 people he left behind and whether they would just
follow him off the same cliff.
After Zechariah and Haggai, God would send Nehemiah. He
would have a vision from God to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. That vision did not come to pass
however until the temple had been rebuilt. People fall of theological cliffs or
follow heretical pastors because they are too busy rebuilding the walls while
the temple still lies in ruins. They are putting on outreaches, constructing
new ministries, and packing the pews while the temple lies in ruins. Same goes
for our individual walks. We can be the best dressed, lead five ministries, and serve on the council but
if our temple is lying in ruins -- we are not doing it for God. The walls can
wait. The worries of this world can wait. Fix the temple first and watch Him
God take care of the rest. After taking 16 years to rebuild the temple, God had
Nehemiah complete the rebuilding of all the walls surrounding Jerusalem in just 52 days! When everything is
right in the temple -- watch God move! Focus on the message and not the
messenger. Amen, glory to God.
Reverend Anthony Wade -- September 4, 2012
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