One day Paul and Barnabas entered a city and healed a man that had never walked.
Now when the people saw what Paul had done, they raised their voices, saying in the Lycaonian language, “The gods have come down to us in the likeness of men!”
And Barnabas they called Zeus, and Paul, Hermes, because he was the chief speaker. Then the priest of Zeus, whose temple was in front of their city, brought oxen and garlands to the gates, intending to sacrifice with the multitudes. Acts 14:11-13
Paul quickly put a stop to it! He proclaimed that he and Barnabas were just plain, simple men that served an awesome God.
He proclaimed the Gospel – the Good News of the Father!
It’s quite a change from what is often seen today. Pastor’s are allowing people and their own ministry to shower them with praise, gifts, and riches.
Instead of giving glory to God some are preaching a watered down gospel of popularity.
These milquetoast minister’s are not definitive on any biblical issue. They skirt around talking about sin and repentance and proclaim God loves you just the way you are and you don’t need any change – just be happy and keep a positive attitude.
The need today is standing for Christ and nothing else. A minister is not here to make himself or herself popular.
Jesus put it best when He said,
And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself. John 12:32
I know this is a direct statement about being lifted up on the cross but it is also lifting up Jesus above the sinfulness of the earth.
Lift up Jesus and not yourself.