Watching even a small amount of the national political conventions on television recently has served to remind me that some people’s minds will never be changed. The reason their mind will never be changed is because they will not allow their heart to be changed.
These same people may express belief in great moral truths and even be living relatively moral lives. They may testify to heartfelt concern and empathy for others. But neither morality nor empathy are the same as holiness. A moral person may hate sin while also hating grace just as much as sin, because grace reveals that they will never be justified before God based on their own works or merit.
Therefore, they cannot receive the redemptive grace of God which transforms the heart and mind. Instead, they will always believe whatever lines up best with their self-sanctifying delusions. Such are the politics of humanism.
Why do so many Christians who become popular change their way of speaking to mimic other popular Christians? Why can’t they just be themselves?
They begin to use drawn-out accentuation – God becomes Gawd. And all the ends of their sentences have an extended, over-accentuated flourish. Is this supposed to represent that they have a special anointing from God? Personally, I am immediately wary of any representative of the Lord who is using heavy verbal showmanship in the presentation of his message. I feel as though they are trying to both impress me and manipulate me to believe that they are Holy Spirit-anointed and appointed men and women of God.
I believe that this is frequently an indication of a religious spirit infiltrating christian ministry. What may have begun with all humility and sincerity is slowly replaced by religious performance and theatrical display. The Holy Spirit may very well be moving powerfully through them; even doing miracles. But, I also believe, that in many cases they have chosen to believe that they must place a garment of performance over the cloak of their Holy Spirit anointing in order to be perceived as “anointed” by the people. This is a prideful religious delusion that is more about man’s acceptance than God’s approval.
Matthew 23:5 “Everything they do is done for people to see: They make their phylacteries wide and the tassels on their garments long…