Some folks believe because they were raised in the faith of Jesus Christ they automatically inherit it, like those that inherit property, wealth, stock, power, duties... “I inherited the position as a pastor because my father, who is a pastor, gave it to me,” says a pastor.
How many folks in the house of God are in leadership roles because they inherited the position? This is how the gospel of Jesus Christ is inherited?
While listening to a talk show the guest indicated that he inherited and was placed in the position as a pastor. He stated, “What I teach is not what I believe, what I teach is what I understand.” Hmm! This can be a tricky statement. But during a sermon he stated, “Hell is a fairy-tale, it’s an imaginary place... Hell is what you create…” Not sure what he was saying, but based on his statements he teaches the bible according to his understanding and beliefs.
How can you teach the gospel of Jesus Christ and not believe His word, but you understand Him? That is Impossible. “…for whoever comes to God must believe that God exist and He rewards those who seek him,” (Hebrews 11:6). To understand Him is to seek Him and when seeking Him you learn to understand His ways.
He continued saying, “We as a people have inherited our faith, way of thinking, and not studied this faith.” Here is another tricky statement. Many believer mimic what they hear and not what they have studied. Could the problem be that he inherited the faith that seems right in his eyes and not inherited faith by “studying and accurately handling the word of truth?”
A certain young rich ruler asked Jesus, “...what shall I do to inherit eternal life [that is, eternal salvation in the Messiah’s kingdom]?” Jesus said, “You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery, Do not murder, Do not steal, Do not testify falsely, Honor your father and your mother,” (Luke 18:20). This rich ruler knew not to testify falsely about God’s word, the ways he understood and believed.
The rich ruler said, “I have kept all these things from a youth.” He understood and practiced these teaching, yet had difficulties believing and trusting what Jesus said next.
“When Jesus heard this, He said to him, “You still lack one thing; sell everything that you have and distribute the money to the poor, and you will have [abundant] treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me [becoming My disciple, believing and trusting in Me and walking the same path of life that I walk],” (Luke 18:22).
Jesus tested the young rich ruler’s belief and learned that he treasured his possessions more than a relationship with God. He became despondent, and he left the presence of Jesus “grieved and distressed.”
I observed the past few years that many folks that inherit or place themselves as leaders in the kingdom of God seek self gain, prosperity, money, prestige, notoriety and fame, and not for the purpose of ministering the gospel of Jesus Christ to the world. I also have observed a twist in the teachings of Jesus Christ that suffice the empathy, sympathy, and tolerance of this generation’s beliefs.
“A little leaven [a slight inclination to error or few false teachers] leavens the whole batch [it perverts the concept of faith and misleads the church],” (Galatians 5:9).