The church has one—and only one—true Hero.
Some things never change. Paul dealt with a problem we still have today—”idolizing the messenger!” The message of salvation is so great we tend to elevate the person bringing the message. Many churches and ministries have stumbled or fallen because they became too dependent on a man, a leader, instead of Christ. And Paul fought desperately against this kind of thinking.
What then is Apollos? And what is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, even as the Lord gave (opportunity) to each one. I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth. —1 Corinthians 3:5-7
when the multitudes saw what Paul had done, they raised their voice, saying . . . “The gods have become like men and have come down to us.” But when the apostles, Barnabas and Paul, heard of it, they tore their robes and rushed out into the crowd, crying out and saying, “Men, why are you doing these things? We are also men of the same nature as you, and preach the gospel to you in order that you should turn from these vain things to a living God . . . —Acts 14:11-15
The only “great” leaders are the ones who are careful never to steal the glory away from God’s Son.
And when I came to you, brethren, I did not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God. For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. —1 Corinthians 2:1-2
More reader comments regarding Santa, lying, and being a fruitcake for not telling kids Santa is real.
- “As a child my Catholic upbringing resulted in me thinking of Santa Claus as an improved version of God. When I discovered that Santa Claus, as he is presented today, was a huge lie, it rocked my 8-year-old faith to the core. It got me thinking “if Santa Claus is a lie, what else is a lie?” By 13 years old I was done with my parents’ faith. Thanks be to God that, at 18 years old, genuine Christians shared the truth of the gospel with me and I was born again! Needless to say, we have managed to raise our children without Santa Claus as part of Christmas. Thanks for telling people the truth.”
“You are not fruitcakes! Santa is a lie, the Easter Bunny is a lie, and it is wrong to lie!”
“If that’s fruitcakey, then I’m glad I’m a fruitcake! Keep putting out the truth.”
“Amen to your answer to the Santa question and lying.”
“The truth sometimes offends, but that is no justification for not preaching it. Your fruitcake brother in Christ.”
“If you guys are fruitcakes, then stick me in a tin can with a lid on it and mail me to some unsuspecting relative for Christmas!”
“It’s sad how offended people get about lies like Santa Claus but don’t get offended when God is mocked and ridiculed.”
“I appreciate your courage to speak the truth. Not only is the whole thing a lie, but Santa stands tall in many churches as well!”
“I don’t think you’re fruitcakes . . . I was raised Catholic, and I only thank God I’m His child now!”
“You folks sure take a beating for standing up for the TRUTH—that’s because humans want their ears “tickled”!
“I don’t understand how people can justify lying to their children.”
“I enjoy your Bible-based answers to questions. They may not be what we want to hear, but Scripture is the only place we find the unadulterated truth. Thank you for being more concerned with our holiness than our happiness!”
“I’m with you 100% on Santa. GML gives me much food for thought. There are several things I have initially disagreed with or questioned along the way, but these things have caused me to dig deeper in the Word to verify His truth. In subsequent discussions, we’ve never ended up with a reason to disagree with the truths that you faithfully promote according to Scripture. Keep up the good work!”
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