Motivational Speakers

Contemporary motivational speakers are those who give comments that will motivate a person to do something.  They don’t motivate a person to do something they don’t want to do, but something they already felt like doing.  In other words, motivational speech doesn’t have any effect on a person unless they agreed in the first place.  Adolph Hitler was a great motivational speaker, as was Mao Tse Dong, Joseph Stalin and Barack Obama.  They were (and are) masters at finding things that people want and presenting it in a way to motivate and inspire people.  On the whole, contemporary motivational speakers are “martial arts encouragers.”  They use a persons strengths and weaknesses against them, in order to get them to do what they want them to do–usually to buy a product or financially support a cause.  In order to accomplish their unseen agenda, they must be sure to stay away from anything negative, else, like the rabbit who is almost caught in the snare, they come to the sudden realization that they are to be trapped, and hop away breathing a sigh of relief.

The truth is, there are two kinds of motivational speakers: Those who tell you what you want to hear (like cheer leaders) and those who tell you what you don’t want to hear (like preaching about sin and death); Jesus was the latter.  In fact, all of the prophets and preachers of God in the Bible were of the latter sort.  They had a message of hope that was coupled with a message of doom and destruction.  It is the message of doom and destruction, coupled with the anger of God displayed in His wrath that was the motivational injection lethargic people needed.  When Jesus said, “Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up” (John 2:19), the Pharisees were shocked into doing something.  Noah said, “God’s gonna make it rain and flood the earth killing every living thing.  That’s why I’m building this here boat.”  He was scoffed at until God’s wrath was coupled with the message this preacher of righteousness had (2 Peter 2:5).  They were motivated when they were suddenly caught in the snare of the Devil.  With their negative message of destruction came a message of hope; they were coupled together.

The negative message first identifies a need in a persons life.  It is a message of judgment and sentence.  It is meant to be a warning of some bad or sinful action.  It is designed to “wake people up” (1 Cor. 15:34; Rom. 13:11) from a dangerous activity, thought or influence.  Then there is hope.  Until then, a message of hope cannot be given because the people will not take it seriously.  There is nothing to motivate them; nothing to move them or provoke them to do something about their evil ways.  A fitting example of this is seen in the preaching of the prophet Zephaniah.  He brought the message that the Lord was determined to pour His indignation upon the nations.  The message further said that God was going to devour all the earth with the fire of His jealousy (Zeph. 3:8).  A negative message to be sure.  Why?  Why such a message from the Lord?  Because God wanted to motivate people to call upon Him (Zeph. 3:9).  First the negative, then the positive.  This is Biblical and true motivational speaking, and it comes with a price.

John the Baptist had a very motivational message that he preached in the wilderness.  It so motivated people that King Herod wanted to hear it for himself.  But when John came into his presence, Herod did not like what he heard.  He did not hear a sickening sweet motivational speech doting on all of Herod’s achievements.  He heard John talk to him about his brother Philip’s wife, to whom he was not wed.  John said, “…It is not lawful for thee to have her.” (Matt. 14:4).  How did this motivate Herod?  It certainly didn’t make him leave the encounter feeling good about himself.  In fact, Herod wanted to “…put him to death…” Matt. 14:5).  After some time of imprisonment, this is exactly what happened (Matt. 14:9-10).

So it is no secret that people don’t like to hear negative preaching, and sometimes it cost the preacher, but we need it.  We need it to motivate us to do right.  Without the negative message, coupled with the wrath of God, we are left to our own.  And what parent would leave their children to their own with no discipline?  Only those who don’t love them.  Positive reinforcement never did anything for anybody other than to give the parent a way of escape from disciplining their children.  It provides a good way to pass the responsibility on to others.

Now, back to preaching.  Preachers who are not regularly preaching against sin, are doing their congregations a huge disservice.  They are taking the easy way out; trying to be their friends and be hugely popular.  It is always easier to let someone else discipline the members of your church, but God will not hold such preachers unaccountable.  Weak-kneed preaching on sin equals popularity, but is comes with a price–skin deep Christians who are looking to have a good time on this earth and enjoy it until Jesus gets back.  That is a foolish surmise.

We have a job to do.  We are to tell people about Jesus and the gospel.  Jesus never told us to have a good time of fellowship until he came back.  That is the equivalent of taking His talent and burying it in the sand.  That will make Him mad.  Has any preacher ever told you that if you are not doing something to win souls to Jesus, you are inviting trouble into your life; that God will be mad about that?  Why not?  That wouldn’t be very motivational by today’s standards, but it sure goes a long way with God.  Would you hate your preacher for telling you that truth?  Leave the church?  Or, would you try to do something about it.  After all, you do know the Lord is coming back, don’t you?

Many Christians know this.  But they just want to have a good time and get by until He comes.  After all, is it a sin to enjoy life?  Of course not, but it will only be enjoyable up until you see the scowl on the face of the Saviour when He turns His eyes upon you and asks, “What did you do about what I asked you to do?”

There are two kinds of motivational speakers:  One that tells you what you want to hear, and one that tells you what you need to hear.  Both are motivational.  The main difference between the two is your attitude in taking their message.

Social Religion

Proverbs 21:2……Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts.

Liberation theology is a movement that interprets Scripture through the plight of the poor. It contests that true followers of Jesus work toward a just society, by bringing about social and political change by aligning themselves with the working class. It sees defending the poor as the central part of the gospel, WHICH IT IS NOT!

Sounds communistic, doesn’t it? One of the 45 goals of communism to take over the USA is to “Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with “social” religion. Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity which does not need a “religious crutch.”

This is what has been happening for a very long time now.  The Bible has been perverted (Pro. 17:23; Ecc. 5:8; Acts 13:10; Gal. 1:7) and replaced by “better versions” for convenience or social acceptance.  This change has been so slow and subtle, that people don’t even realize that they have moved away from the teachings of the Bible that God promised to preserve (Psa. 12:6-7).  Not realizing that they have moved away from the teachings of the Bible, they have embraced a form of “social religion”, which as it ends up, is one of the plans that the communists have for the takeover of America.

This is the destructive Christianity that we have today.  It is one that holds paramount the church’s requirement to work at social reform. So much so, that a person’s involvement in social activities is often used as a measurement for personal salvation.  It is often interchanged with the statement, “Have you accepted Jesus as your personal Saviour?”  What they mean by that is, “Are you doing good works to help society as your means to salvation?”

The Bible certainly tells Christians to care for the poor (Gal. 2:10Jas. 2:15–161 John 3:17) and cautions about the deceitfulness of riches (Mark 4:19). But, “social religion” is wrong. It is not right to place social action on equal footing with the gospel message.  It must never take the place of the gospel of Christ (Acts 3:6).

Although man has many needs, his primary need is spiritual, not social. Social must never supersede the spiritual.  A person with a money problem may think that getting more money from someone is all that he needs from the church to solve his problems, is ignoring his often-greater need of spiritual instruction from the situation that God has him going through.  Because of this ignorance, churches are called daily by someone needing a bill paid, or gas for their car, etc.  However, when engaging them on their spiritual need for salvation, they become cold, and even indignant; sometimes even argumentative: “You are a church, you’re supposed to help me!”

There is much more to the church mandate than to give money.  The mandate of the church is to give people the gospel; to address man’s spiritual need (Mark 16:15-16).  We must win people to the Lord.

As the communist set about to destroy America from within, by seeking a slow, but steady change of American culture, so must the world be changed for Christ.  It is by the slow, steady winning of souls that upsets the Devil’s plan.  It is the raising of our children to respect spiritual needs and not confuse the boundaries of social activities with spiritual ones that makes the difference in winning the world.  The Lord’s plan is a perfect plan that will pull the rug out from under the feet of the Devil before he even knows what is going on.  Where are the “activists” for Christ? ~

Taking up the mantel!

2 Kings 2:11-14… And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. 12And Elisha saw it, and he cried, My father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof. And he saw him no more: and he took hold of his own clothes, and rent them in two pieces. 13He took up also the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and went back, and stood by the bank of Jordan; 14And he took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and smote the waters, and said, Where is the LORD God of Elijah? and when he also had smitten the waters, they parted hither and thither: and Elisha went over.

Is sharing the gospel going out of style? Is there some other way we can effectively reach others for Christ?  It seems as if millennial Christians have a fear of sharing the gospel with others.  Even though they are active in their church, they have not come to terms with sharing their faith with others.  Even though they agree that sharing their faith with others is a huge part of living for Christ, they are still reluctant to tell others about Jesus.  Perhaps it is because they reason it is wrong to share their beliefs with someone for fear of offending them.  Perhaps the social media age, while removing all fear from behind the computer screen, provides no intrepidity when it is removed from the equation.

Many of the younger Christians today solidly believe that sharing their faith with others is just plain wrong.  They believe the practice is generational and thus shy away from it.  It was a practice for Christians of old, but not for today.  If there is a continuation of this policy, then Christianity is likely to decrease because, by their actions, they are teaching the generation following them, that it is completely unimportant.  That generation will have no one to be their example for how to share their faith.  A sad situation to say the least.

Why do they believe evangelism is wrong?  The Millennial environment teaches them if someone disagrees with you, it means they’re judging you.  Therefore, they are reluctant to share the gospel because they reason people will think they are judging them.  Their attempt to navigate societies multitude of new “differences” makes them gun-shy because they do not want anyone to say to them, “Why are you judging me?”  They have to not only navigate around racism, but they must now deal with homosexuality, same sex marriages, a militant atheist movement, satanism, politics, secularism, sanctuary cities, communism, socialism and their very own government.  These, and more, are all areas where one may offend another and be accused of judging or being judged.  So, the millennial reasons, “I better keep to myself,” and this transfers to sharing their faith as well.

While they see their churches failing, they are unlikely to do anything about sharing their faith.  It is much safer to take up residence in the closet behind a Facebook account and convince yourself that the distraction of it is sufficient to keep the church thriving.  While we see college students marching for their agenda, we see none of them as zealous about their relationship with Christ, their love for Him and their appreciation for everlasting life.  You cannot live a good enough life to go without sharing your faith.  People will not magically come to know Jesus through your good actions and selfless character.  Yet this style of evangelism seems to be accepted in a culture constantly looking for the easy road to a quick fix.

Like the homosexuals of old, millennials need to come out of their closets and actively organize evangelism activities.  There is no shortage of ideas that can be easily and harmlessly implemented.  What we lack in the churches of today is the commitment of young Christians to take up the mantle and carry the gospel from those of old.  If we do not have committed replacements, then the church will not exist for the generation of young people being born right now. In 50 years, there will be little remembrance of the church. ~