The promise of perpetual revival. That’s what enticed some close missionary friends of mine. They took it hook, line, and sinker, this sophisticated scheme by some “super-saints.” By the time they learned that families were separated, churches were split, and personal incomes were surrendered to the group, they were caught in the trap of blind loyalty to a “different spirit.” Secrets were kept in their loyalists lair, plans that elevated themselves and excluded everyone else. A simple voice from a sincere friend might help. But they were too deep in their commitment to the “super-saint” spell. They closed their ears and locked arms refusing even the appeals of father’s and mothers in the mission. My heart broke and I learned a lesson; those who claim to know a secret way are not all they say. They are of a different spirit. Regardless of how popular they are, or how loyal their followers are, those who are in ministry to set themselves and their community above others, as if they have an exclusive handle on the truth, should be avoided. Listen to those who follow Jesus’ example. Jesus says everyone is “in,” and our task is to announce that truth to everyone. Believe you’re in with Him and tell everyone.
“It seems that if someone shows up preaching quite another Jesus than we preached—different spirit, different message—you put up with him quite nicely. But if you put up with these big-shot “apostles,” why can’t you put up with simple me? I’m as good as they are. It’s true that I don’t have their voice, haven’t mastered that smooth eloquence that impresses you so much. But when I do open my mouth, I at least know what I’m talking about. We haven’t kept anything back. We let you in on everything.”
2 Corinthians 11:4-6 MSG