Focusing on Jesus instead of Dead or Dying Men

I believe that those free from heresy prove it by having the ability to focus on Jesus Christ. That’s the proof of the Holy Ghost. Once you identify yourself with a dead man instead of the Resurrected One, you begin to give him glory instead of Christ. That in itself is heresy. In 1 Cor 11:19 basically says sects come so the ones that DONT join them can prove themselves to be followers of Christ.

Theres nothing wrong with what we see in 1 Cor 11:1, following a person as they follow Christ, that’s just discipleship. Reading and understanding a portion of Christ that has been given to someone in the past is good diligence in studying the Word of God.

There is something wrong with what we see in 1 Cor 11:19, heresy, which is like a divisive political party spirit in the church. When you desire to identify with a dead man that is not your Daddy and you dont know personally, that goes a little farther than discipleship.

Jesus is still alive. That’s just one of the main differences between him and other historical teachers of the Gospel. No matter how great a person’s ministry or teaching was, they still died. Jesus is still with us in the person of the Holy Spirit. Exalt Him!

How do you know the difference between if you are following a leader as they follow Christ, or idolizing a leader unknowingly a spirit of heresy, division, or error?

– When they are dead spiritually or naturally you still follow them as if they were alive spiritually or naturally.

– Whenever they are mentioned in a non-worshipful way, you get angry and/or defend them.

– You have a strong desire to be associated with their name brand, even equal to the name brand of Jesus Christ himself.

Are there any other clues to idolatry vs leadership?

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