Idolising gospel artists can be one of the easiest things to do as a Christian. We’re taught not to delight ourselves in the things of the world but in the things of God, so we listen to gospel music. Besides, for this person can have so much confidence in themselves and the God they’re singing about they must be good, they must be perfect, there’s no way they could fall (at least not publicly). We all have our weaknesses and the enemy knows too well that if he strikes the shepherd the sheep will scatter. The moment a gospel artist or pastor falls there are many people who lose their faith; which makes me question, was their faith in the artist or God?
For this simple reason, we should not idolise any gospel artist or pastor, to honour the anointing on them is one thing but we must not idolise them, because they are humans just like us. Seeing them go through their trials publicly encourages me (not that I am glad for their failure), but it helps me to see and hear the heart of God though them, not focusing on who they are but on the words they release, we’re all vessels to be used of Him if we are willing. If we have a direct relationship with God there is nothing and no one that could cause us to turn our back on God.
It’s like one of the chapters I read in the book Mission of Mercy, in this chapter the pastor had been having extra marital affairs with the young girls in the youth group of the church that he was leading. What the man did was awful but the way the church responded to his failure gave me hope in the church, they helped restore him back to Christ (not to his position). This story revealed to me that there are many leaders failing but it is the work of the Church to restore them back to Christ. But because we’ve all got caught up in expecting perfection from people, nobody is free to share their weakness. Nobody is restored because there is no freedom to be free, open and accountable.
“Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” James 5:16 (NKJV)
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