Email Tips: Don’t Follow Personalities

This "tip" was originally delivered on Saturday, December 22nd, 2012 .

Someone unsubscribed this week stating the reason was because they didn’t like the personality of the speaker.

This is the first time I’ve had someone unsubscribe stating this as a reason, and I’m sure it is not because my personality is so great.

I bring it up not because it is some great loss to me, because it isn’t, but as an example of a type of thinking that you should avoid.

It is easier to see if you are involved in ministry, but perhaps you have seen it from the pew as well. Not everyone sitting in church is there to learn the Bible.

Many people come to churches because they like the personality of the speaker. They judge churches by the personalities of the people and the speakers there.

They want preachers to scratch their ears before they speak into them. I’m sure there is a Bible verse that describes them somewhere …(2 Tim 4:3-4)

Sometimes personality seekers give this advice, “you can attract more flies with honey than vinegar”.

The problem is I am not trying to attract flies. Flies can’t discern a piece of pie from a pile of dung. Personality seekers have the same discernment with doctrine: none.

They can spot personality flaws a mile away, but couldn’t see a doctrinal error if it was posted all over town, on every radio station, and in every front yard.

Perhaps you have never met one before. They do exist. They are part of the cult of personality. Beware, wrong doctrine comes from men with great personalities.

Do not follow personalities. Be your own person. Follow right doctrine. Be persuaded in your own mind.

For His Glory,

Justin “charisma” Johnson

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