First of all, I’d like to apologize to just going silent all of a sudden with no prior notice. I have been taking on A LOT in this past year (now isn’t the time to explain). However, I’m now in a place where I feel like I can share my thoughts with you more consistently and for me, it is VERY refreshing!
In the last week, my heart has been grieved. In the wake of Hurricane Harvey and the huge backlash that Pastor Joel Osteen has received from various forms of media, I have seen and heard some very disrespectful and ignorant comments.
Now, from those who are not Christians, this doesn’t surprise me too much. Before this time, they already hated Osteen and the church. This recent disaster was just the opportunity some of them were waiting for to have a field day. What did surprise me was how many of God’s people went out of their way to say something negative about the man (often times with incorrect or incomplete information).
If you happen to be one of those believers who is blasting Osteen, let me bring to remembrance something very important that Jesus said in Matthew 16:18 “And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” It doesn’t matter what you think about the man, he is standing in a place of spiritual authority. Ephesians 4:8-11 clearly states that Pastors are a gift from Jesus Christ so opening your mouth to speak against anyone who is functioning in that calling is not only unwise but very dangerous. But truth be told, this really isn’t about Osteen or the flood. These were only a catalyst to discuss something much bigger.
Jesus has made a decree that the gates of hell SHALL NOT prevail against the church, so what do you think the outcome will be for you if you try to come against it? Notice that Jesus said that it was HIS church. This is the church He suffered and died for. Do you not think that He will protect it with all vigilance? There has ALWAYS been controversy surrounding ministers of God even from the Old Testament and each one of them had their work tried by fire to validate their calling. The truth of the matter is this: no matter what you think about any minister, no matter what the media has to say, that man or woman will have their work tried by fire to prove that they were who they said they were.
People thought John the Baptist was crazy, but Jesus paid Him one of the greatest compliments.
David was the runt of the family and wasn’t even considered to be counted among the potential greats, but he was the one God saw fit to be king.
Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers and wrongly imprisoned, yet he became second in command to the Pharoah.
Paul was harassed by the Jews for preaching salvation to the Gentiles, but God blessed Him with so much revelation that He ended up writing most of the New Testament.
The lesson is this: anyone who truly has a calling of God upon their life will be shown to be true. Does that mean that they won’t make mistakes? Absolutely not! 3 of the 4 men that I mentioned earlier made mistakes, but that didn’t make them any less than what God called them to be.
In closing, I encourage you to recall the words of the Pharisee, Gamaliel: “And so my advice is, leave these men alone. If what they teach and do is merely on their own, it will soon be overthrown. But if it is of God, you will not be able to stop them, lest you find yourselves fighting even against God.”- Acts 5:38-39
Don’t turn your mouth into a gate of hell. It will not prevail.