By no doubt , now you have heard, read, or read report of the most recent Christian celebrity falling from his pedestal lieu that the rest of the Christian( and secular world alike) stopped an eye on. John Crist canceled his 2019 tour dates after Charisma News broke a shocking fib seeing sexual mismanagement accusations against him.
But Crist wasn’t the first, and he certainly won’t be the last. Just a couple of months ago we read two other personality Christians vilifying their sect and coming forth with doubts about their religion. Why is it the ones we are all watching are the ones who make the loudest thump when they fall? What do Christian celebrities coming from prayer so easily and in such large numbers tell us?
Well, putting aside the obvious, that “were all” sinners, without perfection, and none of us are immune to falling down or miscarrying miserably, there’s more to it. Yes, it would be easy to chalk it up to the human condition. Even Paul encountered himself as the worst of the worst, even while serving in chains for His Savior, but I think we need to understand there’s more at play here. This isn’t just about the fact that we all will fall at one time or another. There’s so much more.
You discover, I think we are witnessing a well-played hand. I think we are privy to the tactical move of an age-old enemy. I want, do you think it’s a co-occurrence that a huge celebrity like Kanye West comes out boldly on fire for Christ as of recently, and somehow in the midst of that wildfire a popular voice in the Christian entertainment world comes flat on his face in public shame ?! I don’t believe in coincidence.
Check it out, guys. We are in a battle. You may forget it’s there because you can’t ever watch the foe, but I’m telling you, it’s happening. We’re on the battlefield. If you’re a Christian, understand that you are under attack. If you’re an outspoken Christian, be aware that you have a bullseye on your back. Satan wishes nothing more than to see you fail. That’s truth. He seeks to steal, kill, and destroy.
He’s stealing husbands from the head of their families through pornography. He’s killing babies before they leave their mother’s womb. He’s destroying the witness of Christians and Christianity each and every day. He’s tempting us with sex outside of God’s plan for marriage, and he’s deceiving us with predicts of asset. When God does something amazing for the Kingdom through one of His youths, be prepared for the barbarian to try and upset the victory. This is why when you appreciate a fame come forward in their sect for Christ, you are also likely to see a Christian brother or sister descent even harder.
Y’all, I belief God is doing something amazing in countries around the world! I speculate a revival is coming, and I am witnessing an awakening of more and more to not simply “religion, ” but to the importance of a relationship with Jesus. Have you noticed the increased popularity of Christian movies? There are more Christian movies now than ever before. And y’all? There are some severely good performers and actresses in these cinemas now. What about the music manufacture? Leaving Kanye absolutely out of it, have you seen how our Christian creators are ending through to the secular world? Last-place week I examine Lauren Daigle frisked three separate experiences on a secular depot at work. God is moving!
Country idols are crying on national television, teen heartthrobs are becoming outspoken young men in love with Jesus, and sullen rappers are suddenly grinning from ear to ear, unable to stop talking about God’s goodness. God is moving!
I would imagine this would oblige the devil’s black blood boil with envy. How could a excellent God forgive such gruesome humen with a track record of sickly sin? How could He pour out His favor on the number of those their backs turned for so long ?! Y’all, Satan doesn’t understand God’s grace. He doesn’t understand that we may fall, but that the good Lord can hoist us back up. All he knows is how to beat us down, and when He visualizes God pouring out favor, he’s going to pull out the welcome mat of temptation to transgression. When God moves, the devil is going to try and counterattack.
People of this world will see Christians like John Crist “fall from grace, ” and they will build false presumptions about our faith. This is really which is something we make the hardest hit. Our best programme for the faith is to stand firm , not adjudicating our brothers and sisters who come( nor cleaning under the rug the seriousness and sham of their sin and an influence on others ), but crying for them and those they hurt, while simultaneously putting on our own armor. You participate, it’s not just the notoriety Christians under assault. We are all prone to his planneds. We are all a target for evil, and as we have the advantage of encounter onslaughts on those in the spotlight, we must be especially in tune to how we ourselves can fall.
God is moving. I cannot stress this enough. And as such, Satan will also be on the prowl, set to steal genealogies, kill witnesses, and destroy affinities. We, as children of God, must stand together, hold firm, and were getting ready. What does John Crist’s fall tell you? It should shake you to be ever ready, ready for the deceit of the antagonist, ready to stand firmly in what God informs for your life and the life of your family.
Here’s the thing. You can never precipitate even further that Jesus can’t scoop you up and cover you in His grace, redeem you, and mend you. But coming is actually pain. And it bruises your honour as the distinguished ambassador of Christ. Our goal should be to frankly and purposefully shine the flame of Jesus. Our reputation and family name is important, and we must be on guard for onrushes on that patrimony and sovereign priesthood. It’s easy to let our protect down, but I pray that we can all see the twilight of others as a warning that there is nothing good within us , nothing at all, except Him. Jesus.
We are at war, and our General is on the move! He is raising up warriors for His cause. The wonderful thing is we know how this is going to end. Spoiler alert. We triumph! Jesus is victorious. But until that final daytime, let’s decide we won’t be prisoners of struggle. If anything, let our eyes be open to the spiritual combat all the countries of us, and may we hold firm until He mutters, “well done my good and loyal servant.”