Sadly and shamefully, there are a lot of preachers sleeping with the enemy. When people in the church are looking to their spiritual leaders to exude leadership, honesty, morality, and a sense of ethical values, many find that their leaders have compromised the Gospel message for that which brings them fame and fortune.
Let’s face it – no one is perfect. The Bible declares, “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God…” While this Scripture applies to all people, it’s important that leaders in the church lead by example through their actions. How can the world be a better place when those in the pulpit are committing and/or doing the same things they preach against? Just to be clear – as I speak of church leaders, I’m not just talking about male leadership, but female leadership as well.
While most preachers like to preach on salvation (which they should), many are hesitant to touch on issues such as politics, social justice, domestic violence, and genocide of those who find themselves in religious war just to name a few. What’s even more troubling is the fact that churches that receive grants to facilitate programs are silent when it comes to speaking out against those organizations and institutions who are caught doing injustice who give them money.
As I have eluded to so many times, when preachers are more concerned with ‘hooping and hollering’ than teaching, educating, and transforming, they (the preachers) are sleeping with the enemy. Let me go a bit further. Sleeping with the enemy is one who is more concerned with being liked and popular rather than right and just. Sleeping with the enemy is one who is more concerned with being profitable (financially) rather than prophetic (spiritually). And sleeping with the enemy is one who winks at the problem rather than addressing it.
Today’s preachers (not all) fail to have the backbone to speak the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. The lack of studying Scriptures and failing to do proper exegesis makes preaching dull, boring, and ineffective. In a real sense, dull preaching doesn’t get anyone to move.
Too many preachers have been brainwashed by other preachers who boast that having material possessions and large congregations represent being blessed and highly favored. While it’s nothing wrong with having nice things and a large following, the question remains is the preacher being true to the Word in their proclamation and living or is he/she compromising the Word in order to get and receive.
I want to challenge every preacher to evaluate and re-evaluate their spiritual calling. I also challenge every preacher to make their message life transformative so that it would be contagious to the masses. Preachers must speak about morality, not just in the bedroom but also in the boardroom. It’s not about being popular with ‘man,’ it’s about being approved by God.
Dr. Sinclair Grey III is a speaker, minister, author, and success coach. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @drsinclairgrey