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5 Signs That You Are Idolizing Your Pastor.

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biggest mistake when it comes to spotting idolatry is thinking that we cannot idolize good things. In fact, everything that man idolizes is something that is perceived to be good.

Take for instance the Biblical example of the Asherah poles, a symbol of a serpent that was believed to bring healing and wellness. The figure was at one point used by God as a means of healing Israelites who had been poisoned, but later misused as a source of healing rather than God’s channel.

Idolatry is loosely defined as anything that takes the place of God in providing security, significance, satisfaction or identity that can only be provided by Jesus Christ. With that definition, we can start idolizing good things, too — work, relationships, and even our pastors. Here are five unhealthy ways that we can idolize our pastors.



1. Valuing their word more than God’s word

This is what I’d like to call the “pastor said…” syndrome. When we share too much of “pastor so and so said this…” and not too many “God said this…” or “the Bible said this…” we could be falling into the trap of idolizing our spiritual leaders.

To avoid this, it’s always good to weigh quotes and teachings of pastors against scripture.

2. Ignoring Their clear diversion from the Bible

Whether it’s out of fear or excessive reverence of our pastors, a lack of people significantly and pointing out their errors when in excess can be a dangerous symptom that we’re overvaluing our pastor’s office. This does not mean members should judge their pastor’s every action, but they must be conscious enough to know when he completely goes off the ways of the Bible.

In the same way, excessive rebuke and overcorrection can also be a means of neglecting its importance. When we overdo it, we seem to value it less.



3. Focusing too much on how They conducts his relationships

Some people don’t find themselves blindly parroting a pastor’s words but could probably be mirroring their actions. When we start disciplining our children, discipling followers and treating spouses the way a pastor would just because he or she is the pastor, that’s not always a good sign.

4. Desiring uniformity over unity

This can also be an overzealous mistake, especially if, for instance, you’re church has multiple pastors, and you want all the pastors of your community to be exactly like your favourite one — preach the way he or she does or dress the way he or she does.

All leaders have their own personalities and they comprise corresponding strengths and weaknesses. That’s how God made them and it’s probably how they should more or less be.

5. Shunning other ideas that are not aligned with theirs

Shutting down doctrine, leadership styles and behavior just because it’s not like the pastor’s is also a bad sign of a bad case of idolatry. The body of Christ thrives on a strong diversity of leadership.

1 Corinthians 12:12-30 is a good picture of what our leadership should look like — different and diverse leadership skills, styles and functions just like body parts to a whole.




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4 Comments to “5 Signs That You Are Idolizing Your Pastor.”
Well, Jesus said: "call no one your father on earth. for you have one father who is in heaven" are we nt misusing that word in the church tday?
Bro. David Adeoti, I am glad you brought this up. I wish Pst. Sunday Adelaja would speak to this and other commentators. God bless.
Wow. The Spirit of God is indeed one. I've also written on a similar subject matter on my blog. http://gavinaleoghoworld.blogspot.com.ng/2016/04/18-signs-that-shows-you-are-worshiping.html?m=1#.VynfJ-ko80M I guess it's time Christians get themselves out of this mess. God bless you Pastor Sunday.
This is a very interesting topic. Church members call the head of the church Daddy or Mummy out of reverence for the leaders but it should not be something that should be by force. Those who don't buy the idea should not be seen as disrespectful. I had a terrible experience last year in my church.

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