On Adultery and Hypocrisy in Christian Artists and Leaders

On Adultery and Hypocrisy in Christian Artists and Leaders

As long as the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ has been in existence, there have been false converts, weak brethren, false apostles, as well as honest believers that make mistakes. We all have been sinners at one time, and we still fight against sin.

There are plenty of pastors with children by different women in “their” congregation, and plenty of Christian artists that don’t live what they sing.

Even King David himself slept with his neighbor’s wife, and then killed her husband. However, God had mercy on Him, because David confessed and forsook his sin. Even then, David reaped exactly what he sowed. His own daughter was raped by his own son, then one of his sons killed the other… Then the son that killed the other son tried to kill him and takeover the kingdom! And his baby died. David had a brutal family life because of what he allowed into his family (2nd Samuel).

God is merciful and he will forgive you personally… (David was still considered  righteous, and a man after God’s own heart, because of his repentant heart and faith in God’s mercy) but you will still reap what you sow! That’s an Immutable Spiritual Law.

7: Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
8: For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

Galatians 6

Spirtual Law #2 – Confession and Exposure

Another scriptural promise that we should all be aware of is this: Whatever is done in secret will be seen in the light…

Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.
2: For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known.
3: Therefore whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops.

Luke 12:1

You CANNOT HIDE ANYTHING! It’s a spiritual principle! All sin is the result of believing a lie. One of the biggest and simplest lies satan tells you is that you are powerful enough to keep sin a secret. Its IMPOSSIBLE. The longer you delay confession the worse it gets for you.

This is why you must confess your sins. The bible says whoso hides their sins will not prosper or be successful at it or anything else… But whoso confess and forsakes shall have MERCY.

13: He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.

Proverbs 28

This is why I personally try to catch my sins in the thought stage, before they turn into words and actions. I know that God isn’t just on the outside of me, He’s inside of me looking at the video screen playing in my mind! If I notice myself lusting, or even cursing or saying non-blessings in my head, I’ll confess it to God while its still in my head. Otherwise, I know that I will reap what I sow, and I will not be able to hide it. It will be shouted from the rooftops and airwaves. Another benefit of doing this is that it builds intimacy, closeness and openness with God.

Ministry and Music

Do we throw away the Psalms because David sinned? No. Even the chapters before Psalms 51 are still scripture.

Do we throw away Proverbs because Solomon didn’t obey them? No.

Its the same thing with Christian music… If its Word-based, then its anointed by God. The Word of God is anointed. It’s our job to obey it and live it.

I always judge music by the lyrics. If I hear about a Christian artist that has sinned, I simply pray that they are restored, and have peace and righteousness in their life. Yes, I do get disappointed… but that doesn’t mean their music was ungodly.

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Non Christians LOVE to see bold saints fall into sin, and they love to call them hypocrites, because they think it gives them an excuse not to love or believe in God at all.

BUT when judgment day comes, everyone will stand before God and be judged by God, and their own conscience will give witness that they are wicked without Christ’s mercy. There will be no excuses except the grace and mercy of Christ.

Instead of scoffing and laughing at Christians, professional sinners should tremble. Judgement only begins in the house of God (1 Peter), it doesn’t end there! When non-Christians see believers being exposed, they should not be haughty… They should actually fear God, and be careful to repent, because that means judgment is coming even harder and quicker for them! God always purifies HIS people first before the ungodly get theirs.

17: For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?
18: And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?

1 Peter 4

Hypocrite – definition

1. one who answers, an interpreter

2. an actor, stage player

3. a dissembler, pretender, hypocrite

A hypocrite is simply a person who is not true. They are actors in real life. Remember that Jesus said in Luke 12:1, the doctrine of the Pharisees was hypocrisy. They were actors and professional pretenders. They were pretending in real life!

Jesus promised that if you are a pretender… the truth will definitely come out. It’s a spiritual law.

Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.
2: For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known.
3: Therefore whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops.

Luke 12:1

So here is the option: you will either confess the sins, or it will be shouted from the housetops. Either way, there is nothing hidden. Exposure is inevitable! There is no need to gossip or spread rumors, because eventually, it will be heard in the light!

Judgmental?

Some people like to say that if you preach the Truth, you are being judgmental… and somehow that causes you to be a hypocrite. Please read this scripture aloud.

9: Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
10: Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
11: And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

1 Cor 7

Well, is reading that scripture aloud judgmental? The issue is not the whether we can speak the Truth or not; the issue is: are we living the Truth, or being actors in real life?

Now on to solutions…

How not to Be an Actor in the Kingdom

Avoid Pride in Real Practical Ways

Sin gets in under pride… We put artists and popular ministers on a pedestal, when they should be equal (not just theologically, but practically). They don’t have good accountability and fellowship. They are put on a pedestal and cannot have shoulder to shoulder fellowship with saints, because they are on a higher plane… and always by themselves on a plane. Keep a true Kingdom lifestyle of humility, fellowship, and brotherhood. Make yourself equal to the “lowest” brother in you know in a practical way.

Don’t Be Contentious

One evidence of pride is contention (Proverbs 13:10). A minister or artist is beefing with someone, or in strife, and that’s how satan gets in. Satan also gets into marriages by pride, then contention. If you feel like you are in a contentious fight with someone, humble yourself and let them win. Speak the truth and your belief and move on.

Travel with Your Wife

We need to do the simple things like travel with our wives. Peter and the other apostles who were married (1 Corinthians 9:5) did this. If you don’t have a wife, bring your teammate. The new Testament is full of lists of Paul’s teammates; most of them were NOT his peons, slaves, or armor-bearers… most were his co-laborers, co-apostles, and brothers. Jesus didn’t even start His ministry until he had a team. Ministry is TEAMwork!

Fast Weekly

People don’t really obey Christ Jesus’s command to fast that much. If you are heavy in ministry you need to be heavy in fasting. Even if you’re not doing a lot of preaching you should be fasting regularly as a part of the kingdom lifestyle as a regular believer. (Matthew 6, Matthew 9:15). Fasting is brutal for your flesh, it helps keep you disciplined, and it just simply multiplies the grace on your life.

Get Off the Stage
Go house-to-house, not just stage to stage. Teach your sphere of influence to live the lifestyle of the Kingdom of God. Teach whatever scriptures you learn on a weekly basis. Do bible studies. Throw house parties. Host prayer meetings. People need brotherhood, house-to-house fellowship, and lifestyle discipleship, not just stage-to-stage-to-stage-to-stage ministry. Those days are officially over. Stage-to-stage ministry alone leaves people empty and immature as professional spectators. And by itself, it keeps you an actor on a stage.

Keep it 50/50
Match your ministry-to-others time with your ministry-to-the-Lord time. If you are hosting a 3 hour event, first minister to the Lord in your closet for 3 hours. You can call it “50/50.” This will keep you balanced.

This world is corrupt, our sin nature is real, and the devil is on the attack. But our Faith is the Victory that overcomes the World! In the Blood of Jesus Victory is guaranteed.

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Jesus Christ Ministry Techniques

Jesus Christ Ministry Techniques

Some of God’s people nowadays have really good intentions, but are mistakenly trying to be smarter than God. We’ve also got a lot of compromise & covetousness in “ministry”. We have people singing and preaching a compromised message. As a result of the compromised message they end up committing spiritual adultery with the world and practicing idolatry (See what Jesus said concerning Jezebel in Revelations 2).  If they don’t repent, Jesus will kill them with death and put her followers into great tribulation.

Let’s go back and take a look at Jesus’ first message.

After he officially started his ministry (at a wedding), the first public thing he did was overturn temple, rebuking false people in religious authority (John 2:14-15).

What was Jesus’ first message?

14: Now after that John was put in prison [the spirit of Ahab and Jezebel HATES the spirit of John the Baptist/Elijah], Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God,
15: And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.

Mark 1

We’ll talk more about John the Baptist later, but let’s look at the specifics of Jesus’ message:

1. Time is fulfilled – urgency, time awareness

2. Kingdom of God is here. – New level of Authority is here

3. Repent – turn, change your mind and ways… implying that what you are doing now is wrong

4. Believe good news – the Truth is good news and will leave you better off than you are now

Look at the record of His first message in the book of Matthew.

Matthew 1:17 From that time Jesus BEGAN to preach and to say Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.

Did Jesus say, let me heal everybody first and build my relationships before I ease in the repentance message maybe sometime later? – NO.

Did Jesus try to attract as many people as possible with a positive and non-confrontational message, and then bring conviction and repentance into the picture afterwards? – NO.

Did Jesus try to get as many fans as possible first, or try to gain influence through relationships with influential sinners… and then bring the hard message of repentance in slowly after his platform was already set? – NO.

Jesus BEGAN His ministry message with repentance. Repentance means turn from what you are doing now, implying that what you are doing now is wrong. That brings a feeling of guilt and conviction.

Did Jesus have love? Yes.

Did Jesus show love to all? Yes.

Did Jesus heal people and cast out demons and do miracles? Yes.

Did Jesus meet peoples natural and physical and emotional needs? Yes.

Did Jesus hide the truth and save the hard message of repentance until later – after he had done everything else first? – NO.

Actually, it was reversed. Jesus did the healing and relationship-building after people knew what He stood for and pointedly preached. He preached repentance from sin and the Kingdom of God. Most of the people who came to Him were already humbled by the message of repentance.

People love to acknowledge that Jesus ate with sinners, but let’s also acknowledge that those sinners were repenting due to the message that Jesus was actually preaching. I’m not saying you have to clean yourself up before you come to Christ. I am saying there is a humility that you take when coming before God. There always has, and there always will. God only hangs with humble people (James 5, 1 Peter 5). That’s why preaching repentance is primary, if you really want people to get to God.

When Jesus preached, the only non-repentant people were the Pharisees… They had their own religious beliefs that prevented them from feeling the need to repent. They came to attack Jesus, and they got attacked back with Truth.

The people that fight the message of repentance (change towards God) and holiness – Gods purpose in everything – are normally the people who are comfortable in their very-own, personally invested, religious tradition.

Let’s look at the forerunner of Jesus – John the Baptist. This was the prophet called to introduce people to Jesus. What did he preach?

Repent!

…the word of God came unto John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness.
3: And he came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins…Then said he to the multitude that came forth to be baptized of him, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?…
8: Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, That God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.
9: And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: every tree therefore which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
10: And the people asked him, saying, What shall we do then?
11: He answereth and saith unto them, He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do likewise.
12: Then came also publicans to be baptized, and said unto him, Master, what shall we do?
13: And he said unto them, Exact no more than that which is appointed you.
14: And the soldiers likewise demanded of him, saying, And what shall we do? And he said unto them, Do violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely; and be content with your wages.

Luke 3

He preached the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins (Cancer that is in remission is not active). He demanded proof and results of repentance. Not only was John direct, he was also specific and bossy!

Let’s go back to Jesus… Whom did Jesus get most of his initial disciples from? They were initially followers of John the Baptist, who had repented with John’s Baptism of Repentance. John the Baptist prepared many people to receive Jesus Christ by preaching repentance.

Most of the people that rejected John’s message also rejected Jesus. Most of the people that received John’s message also ended up receiving Jesus’ message; even way later after Jesus died & rose again (See Acts 19:3-5, Acts 18:25). So how people respond to the message of repentance is a clue to how they will eventually respond to Jesus.

Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t preach holiness or repentance, that all you can do is build relationships and hope that people will maybe sometime repent later. You don’t have to be mean, but you do have to be clear. Relationship evangelism is good, but you don’t have to hide holiness and repentance.

 

21: Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
22: And of some have compassion, making a difference:
23: And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.

Jude 1

On some have compassion… save some with fear and hatred. (Not hatred of the people, but hatred of sin).

Why did Jesus tell parables?

Let’s look at what Jesus Himself said about His parables:

10: And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?
11: He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.
12: For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.
13: Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
14: And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:
15: For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
16: But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.

Matthew 13

34: All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them:
35: That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.
36: Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his disciples came unto him, saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field.

Matthew 13

In other words: Jesus told parables to the hardhearted, spiritually dull, and rebellious who had already rejected His previous message of repentance.

If you only tell parables, you might as well just say “Go to Hell.”

After Jesus told parables to the masses, He then INTERPRETED parables to His DISCIPLES. Then when He died on the cross and rose from the dead, He told His disciples to go MAKE MORE DISCIPLES.

He did not tell them to go minister parables and make lots of money, but to go make more disciples. Those disciples would then pass on the CLEAR INTERPRETATION to make more disciples.

So the key to ministry with parables is not the parable, but it is the CLEAR INTERPRETATION. If you are telling parables without giving the CLEAR and Direct INTERPRETATION of the parable – you are not following Jesus Christ Ministry Techniques for making disciples.

I encourage you – don’t just speak the language of the world – bring them into the concepts of the Kingdom of God.

TO SUM IT UP

There’s nothing wrong with building relationships and having compassion. There’s also nothing wrong with harsh warnings and repentance preaching. Mature, Spirit-led Christians use BOTH, not just one or the other. When it comes to “ministry”, the greatest example is Jesus Christ the King.

Also, realize that there are many different personality types, ministry styles, gifts, and callings. Don’t let anyone squash yours. Be yourself and do what God has built you and instructs you to do. Above all, obey God.

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