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“Super Saints”

10 Feb

There are people in the body of Christ who are very serious about developing the character of Christ and who live consecrated lives.  These individuals have conquered much of the sin issues in their lives and have an anointing that they carry because of their obedience to the Father.  Favor follows them and they seem to change the atmosphere everywhere they go.  These kinds of people are rare and unfortunately subject to criticisms from fellow believers in Christ.  They are usually accused of trying to be superior to others, all because they value holiness and have a sincere reverence of the lord.  These individuals live differently than almost everyone around them and people are sometimes naturally convicted of their sin when they interact with them.  These individuals exhibit the love of Christ and go out of their way to respect others but again, people respond to these individuals out of their hurt and brokenness.  These individuals are wrongly accused of elevating themselves above others.  However, these individuals are NOT to whom the following open letter is addressed.  I have been compelled to proclaim a message to the “super saints.”  These are those who only resemble the people I just described, however, they lack humility and are part of the reason why people outside of the faith have distorted views of what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ.  So with that being said…

Dear Super Saint,

It is admirable that you know the scriptures backwards and forwards, and I see that you are well-meaning in your proclaiming of the gospel.  You admonish those around you to be doers and not just hearers of the Word of God.  You are sold out for the cause of Christ and the church desperately needs people like you to be an example to others during these end times, but I notice that people tend to avoid you instead of being drawn to you.  Your ministry isn’t really growing or flourishing and people often feel belittled (not convicted) when they encounter you.  Now I will let you know that it is NOT the “Christ in you” or your “righteousness” that is pushing people away.  It’s simply you…

You have an OBSESSION with being right and have issues with anyone who doesn’t support your theology one hundred percent.  You communicate with people in a way that somewhat devalues them and so their experience with you is rarely ever pleasant.   What I sincerely want you to see is that you can know the Word of God like the back of your hand, yet still fail to love people the way God intended.  Whether you realize it or not, many have actually been DISCOURAGED by you in their walk with the lord instead of encouraged.  Your words have ripped people to shreds but then when people lash out at you or simply cut you off, you believe that you’re being persecuted.  I’m sorry beloved, but this is not true.  You see yourself as a “martyr” of sorts and believe that people avoiding you is somehow evidence of the anointing on your life.  You believe that people not liking you means that you’re on the right path and you often use “being a part of the true remnant” as an excuse.  You carry an aura that says “I’m the only one who is really saved,” and trust me; it stinks like rotten eggs.  I know because I have been to ministries and been around people who operate in that kind of spirit.  They don’t seem to understand that they are a detriment to the body of Christ and not a blessing.  Or other times you have compared yourself to the biblical prophets as a justification to being unpleasant towards others.  I don’t believe the prophets were intentionally nasty to people, they just stood for the truth and people wanted to stay in their wickedness.

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So beloved, please know that I am praying for you, whether or not you heed this message.  Understand that the love of the Father doesn’t manifest in the ways in which you act out.  Yes He does chastise and correct, but He does not belittle and demean.  You have become somewhat of a “spiritual bully,” when you could really be a wonderful encouragement to those around you, and I’m not talking about your friends or faithful followers (if you’re a pastor).  I believe what is really going on with you is a heart issue.  There are some serious wounds that are embedded deep in your heart and they manifest in the behaviors that I have described.  Spiritual pride is just as bad as all the other forms of pride and in some cases probably worse.  Please take a serious inventory of yourself and ask yourself the hard questions.  What is the real reason why I start debates concerning scripture?  Do I have to win every argument or debate?  Why do I always focus on what is wrong with others instead of their strengths?  These are just a few examples.  Please hear these words with an open heart and know that you are needed for such a time as this.  Get healed.  Repent.  Apologize to those whom you have hurt.  Be humble.  Then take your rightful place in the body and be the blessing you were ordained to be.

Sincerely,

The Brethren

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12 responses to ““Super Saints”

  1. Gede Prama

    February 10, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    really liked this blog. It’s hopeful and true. Keep writing, you have a fan. 🙂

     
  2. Brandon King

    February 10, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    very true brother. It reminds me of the conversation we had last month about sharing the truth in love. Sometimes we can share a whole lot of truth but its not done so in love. As maturing Christians we have to remember that we need to adopt the mind of Christ a mind that educates and edifies people in the hopes of reconciliation to Christ not in an effort to be correct. I like how at the end you call for a motives check. Because it’s true, we are absolutely called to correct our brothers but this needs to be in an effort to glorify God and not ourselves.

    informative, thought provoking, and convicting as always my brother!

    keep it up

     
  3. Kyra

    February 12, 2014 at 10:06 am

    Yes, good questions at the end for us all to ask ourselves 🙂

     
  4. Daniel

    February 12, 2014 at 10:18 am

    Thank you for praying for those individuals you know who are guilty of, what the Holy writ refers to as, having a form of godliness- but denying the power thereof. We will see this more and more as we approach the end of this age and as the people of God prepare for the final crisis. Satan works with children of disobedience to cause confusion in the church. Many go into the baptismal pool and exit as unconverted as they were before. Their eyes are not fixed upon Christ, but on man and traditions of man. God is working to wake up sleeping , nominal Christians while time remains. Let’s continue to pray that individuals we serve heed the signs and warnings ( like the current “back to back” ice events here in metro Atlanta, which are minor compared to real catastrophic events). Let us also pray for ourselves that we fall not into the snares of the deceiver ourselves as we walk with the Reedemer of mankind.

     
  5. Dayana

    February 15, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    This was very well said! as always and so TRUE unfortunately! There is a way to live in righteousness and be relevant to others without compromise. I’m glad you addressed this issue because its a timely word.

     
  6. The P.O.E.T. aka The Anointed Pen

    February 15, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    A very timely post that highlights the importance of believers needing more than just knowledge of the scriptures but also including with the knowledge the heart of God & the character of Jesus Christ when sharing the word with both believers & non – believers. The word is powerful all by itself. We are to add nothing to it and take away nothing from it. We are to share it in truth, love and purity without looking to make people feel guilty or “less than”. The word will convict hearts where necessary when we seek to help others and not hurt with it.

     
  7. Scarlett

    February 17, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    Thank you for this post and pointing out the difference between clanging symbols and hearts full of the love of Jesus who bear fruit in due season.
    May Jesus be glorified,
    Scarlett

     
  8. Scarlett

    February 17, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    Reblogged this on spiritualabusesanctuary.

     
  9. brendanblinch

    February 17, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    Reblogged this on Undercover Jesus.

     
  10. brendanblinch

    February 17, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    I like the way you see things 🙂

     
  11. timbob

    February 25, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    Greetings in Jesus name. I’m reminded of what happened to the church at Ephesus which the Lord Jesus addressed in Revelation chapter 2. They were doing everything right and, from the outside, everything seemed to be in place. But they had left their first love and were in danger of having their candlestick removed…

    Spiritual pride can sneak in without warning and in ways that catch us unprepared. Thanks for addressing this issue. Blessings in Jesus name.

     
  12. timbob

    February 25, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    Spiritual pride can be difficult to detect ans, as you have made note of in this post, it leaves a sour taste in the mouths of those around us. With should hanging in the balance, it’s imperative to walk in the Spirit, and do all to the glory of the Lord Jesus.

    Blessings in Jesus name.

     

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