Hype or no hype

Posted by Mark Labuschagne on Thursday, July 31, 2014
Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that comes to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

Where is our faith, or should I ask, in whom have we placed our trust? It perplexes me to see the number of Christians sitting in what I call the "Hype" churches, Sunday after Sunday, listening to someone tell them that they can, that they are able that they are this that and the other. Surely, one reaches a point of maturity which will cause these things we hear week after week to become reality in our lives or is it so that we need these messages to keep us propped up preventing us from falling back into our old ways believing without our Sunday fix, we just will not be able to make it through another week?

Are we saying we really have a bunch of immature and weak Christians attending our services every Sunday and this is the reason why we need to be preaching in this way? Have we become so desperate that without it, we cannot make it through another week? I never saw Jesus preach like this, although His message is encouraging, it was always for the purpose of reconciling us with His Father. When He motivated those around Him, it was to understand that they should die to self, to take up their cross and follow Him. We on the other hand, tell people how good they are and that they are able to make it through, if they believe. The question is, what are they to believe in? 

I am of the opinion the problem lies in the message. We have caused people to become dependent on us so much so that they have become addicted to this way of life. I mean, surely, when one has been a believer for a number of years that one would know that we are more than conquerors, that we are able to over come all things and would not need to hear this every single week? You see, the way I see it, we use the scriptures to comfort the people, but this does not deal with the root problem at all. 

The only way we can succeed in our spiritual development is by learning to be totally yielded to the Christ in us. Jesus said, in Luke 4:18-19 18 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” If we cannot believe this, then there is a major problem.

My heart is that people learn by experience that Jesus Christ, who by His Spirit enables us and that we do not need to lean on man, but are able to place our unconditional trust in Him. Of course it is nice to be motivated, especially in the times we live in, but how much motivation does the Body of Christ need before we believe and are able to stand without being propped up all the time?

I know that sometimes my writing can be a little controversial and I am not attacking anyone, but really wonder if all this hype is producing any lasting effect and cannot help but wonder what the fruit will look like. I suppose the taste is in the pudding and time will tell. We have seen these mega church rising up and I am in awe to see what the Lord is doing, but I cannot help but wonder if this is the Church Jesus was talking about.

So, we are left with the question, hype or no hype and in the end, each one of us will have to decide. I for one believe our level of maturity will be determined by and only through our relationship with our Savior. A secure and dependable God deserves to be reflected in us, His Church...

 



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Mark Labuschagne We are a vessel set apart, cleansed, emptied, consecrated; just standing, waiting every moment for God, in Christ, by the Holy Spirit, to work out in us as much of the holiness and the life of His Son as pleases Him We worship Him only!

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Mark Labuschagne At the age of 12, God called Mark to ministry and for the last 44-years his desire to stay true to this calling remains his passion. It was in the desert place, the road less traveled that God gave Mark a prophetic voice and sent him to the nations. In his 30 years of ministry, Mark has traveled to 60 countries and has seen the hand of God move in amazing ways in the hearts and lives of those he was sent to. He has a special love for the USA, a nation that he has visited and traveled extensively for over some 20 years. He currently lives between South Africa and Botswana and is an accomplished pianist, a sort after speaker, a respected preacher and seasoned prophet who desires to see the Kingdom of God established in the hearts of people across the earth. Married to Andi, they have two children, Carey 30, now married to Matthew and Ryan 28, engaged to Chantal, with Arabella their first grand baby and a cat named Tiga...