Browsing through Facebook can be an exasperating adventure at times. Ok, honestly, I’m being dramatic. I’m more annoyed and smh (shaking my head) than anything. I have a few times now, come across posts where people have taken on this role of being a Jr Holy Spirit. You know these people. People who make it their business, believing it is their Christian duty to school you on what and who is demonic, a false teacher, or of the occult, etc.
They give us lists of people who they have deemed unfit and warn us to stay away. This is their “ministry” primarily. They don’t want others to be deceived. While it is a nice idea, I can’t help but see pride at the root of it. They have and know all the answers and anyone who doesn’t listen to them is in grave danger of being deceived. I have heard of people who take entire sermons to speak out against another persons ministry. I find it very telling and odd. We have a hurting and dying world out there that needs to be healed and loved and instead of making that our priority, we have people in the Church just being divisive and totally unproductive.
When a person accepts Christ, He moves in. We each have Holy Spirit available to us to teach us and guide us. Where did all these other guides come from and who appointed them? Perhaps, instead of bashing the likes of Joel Osteen, we should all be renewing our minds, learning who we truly are in Christ and changing the world. I see the rest as distractions. Distractions that are, ironically, demon led. The people that I know of who go on these people bashing sprees aren’t casting out any demons, healing any sick, nor are they raising any dead. They aren’t focused on loving people as Romans 13:8 says or changing lives. They seem bent on majoring in minor things and are missing out on the abundant life Jesus intended.
Here’s the thing though, I have people in my life who I have a relationship with and trust, who are able to let me know if I am venturing upon a false teacher/prophet. I appreciate that and welcome it but it is never a big, ongoing production where they stand on their soapbox droning on and on. No, they are too busy doing what they are truly called to do. I think we should all seek to do what we were created to do and leave Holy Spirit to do His job. He is more than capable and doesn’t need our help.