Unstable waves in ministry – Part 1
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed – James 1:5-6
Apostle James used the analogy of sea-waves to depict the doubts, unbelief and unstableness of people in their faith towards God. The waves of the sea are typical description of unstableness, fickleness, extremism and damage that can be done to the faith and work of the Lord.
There had always been waves, fads and trends in life and ministry. Waves can come from the Lord, Satan or natural phenomenon. Waves come and go. God do make waves in form of revivals. The devils also make waves of false doctrines, extreme emphasis and extrabiblical revelations. There can be trends and events, that are natural trends but have spiritual repercussion.
Waves in ministry are the handiwork of certain ministers, young or old, who exert mighty influences, thereby teaching, emphasising, practising and modeling some certain Bible truths over a period of time. The teachings and practices became popular. And it became what others copy, imbibe, practise and dwell on for a long time. Waves are teachings and practices by leaders who we respect and deify. We believe they cannot be wrong and take it hook, line and sinker.
Through these waves, many are being deceived, twisted, unstable and destructive here and there. Many upcoming pastors and ministers who buy into these waves have missed their destinies, displeasing to the Lord and doing the work of the Lord in destructive ways. Majority of those who submitted themselves to be mentored by the wave-makers have had one great regret or the other.
“For before these days rose up Theudas, boasting himself to be somebody; to whom a number of men, about four hundred, joined themselves: who was slain; and all, as many as obeyed him, were scattered, and brought to nought. After this man rose up Judas of Galilee in the days of the taxing, and drew away much people after him: he also perished; and all, even as many as obeyed him, were dispersed. And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought:
But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God.” – Acts 5:36-39
From my research, prayers and study of ministry trends in the last several years in our nation and continent, these are the few trends and waves I have discovered:
• Apostolic Waves – The good Lord raised men who truly demonstrated the baptism of the Holy Spirit, signs of the Apostles – which are divine revelations, church planting, raising the dead, leaders, mighty miracles, signs and wonders. Pronto, it became a wave and everyone wants to be an Apostle. People name themselves apostles, get ordained into the apostolic power/ministry and called their churches apostolic ones.
• Prophetic Waves – There are true prophets and prophecies from God, which lead to godly living. This is another wave that is currently going on. Prophetic works – using human, carnal, and physical objects to hoodwink, deceive and milk people of their monies. Prophecies that missed the mark and which only bring fear to people and money to the pocket of the prophet are on the increase today.
• Prosperity Waves – This is a popular wave from the teaching that God wants the best of money, fame, cars, houses, aircraft and wealth for His children. It has become a wave that many Christians and preachers have accepted, so we do ministry for money and material things. We use money and material possessions to weigh our impact, progress, result and purpose in ministry. It’s catching on and on till today.
Dr. Bola Akin-John
International Church Growth Ministry
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