If I had the privilege to give a piece of advice to young ministers in my generation on public criticisms and other related matters, I would say, “Don’t be in a hurry to criticize people or what they do because in the years to come, you might find yourself doing the exact things that you once stood against”.
Honestly that would be my piece of advice. You see, ministry is dynamic. Ministry is evolving. And knowledge is increasing everyday.
Hence it is treading the path of wisdom not jumping into some issues too early in ministry.
My honest observation is that IT TAKES TIME TO BUILD CONVICTIONS IN MINISTRY, and please let’s not forget that Sirs and Mas.
It takes time to build a very strong, Scriptural and spiritual convictions that will form your main thrust in ministry or the basis of your ministerial philosophy.
It is childish and puerile to be changing one’s convictions in ministry over and over again as though one is changing his clothes.
The best way to go therefore is to take sufficient time to meditate on the Word of God and allow the Holy Spirit to brood on one’s heart to form spiritual convictions.
Although as one grows in ministry, one will come in contact with “new lights”, but ideally, the “new lights” are meant to expand one’s horizon; not replacing the core of one’s deep convictions “over and over again”.
Truth is that in life and ministry, there will be LEARNING, UNLEARNING and RELEARNING.
But if a minister has to be UNLEARNING on a day-to-day basis the very things he has always known and preached, then he’s surely going to be distracted because time waits for no man.
This is of course with exception to the need to be open-minded and to acquire “new knowledge” in ministry, which definitely can also replace what one used to know, but we’re talking about “frequency” here friends.
In other words, how often does that happen? How often do you have to change what you once believed?
How often do you have to preach in support of something today just to knock the same thing tomorrow?
If that happens “everyday”, people will not take such person serious again. They will say he doesn’t know what he’s doing, and as such he’s not fit to be a minister.
That’s why I strongly believe that YOU SHOULD TAKE SUFFICIENT TIME TO BUILD YOUR CONVICTIONS AND OF COURSE BE OPEN TO LEARNING.
A minister whose convictions are constantly eroded by a bag wagon effect should not be standing there ministering to God’s people; he should rather be under ministerial tutelage.
There are people who follow a bad wagon effect, especially on social media platforms.
If what’s trending now is that TITHING IS WRONG, they will buy into it. If they wake up tomorrow and hear that TITHING IS RIGHT, they will also buy into it.
As of today, if somebody says that HONOURING THE FATHERS AMOUNTS TO HERO WORSHIP, they will be the first to like it, and tomorrow if another person says HONOURING THE FATHERS IS NOT HERO WORSHIP; IT’S BIBLICAL, they will key into that as well.
A minister does not follow “trends” (of course we can take one or two lessons from “positive trends”); he follows THE WORD OF GOD and THE SPIRIT OF GOD.
For the record, I never said that we should be rigid and not open to new ideas. No No No!!!
As a matter of fact, I doubt if any minister can escape that – we all have to LEARN, UNLEARN and RELEARN at some point in time.
What I’m saying here is that you don’t have the luxury of time to be UNLEARNING things at every passing moment on this plain of time.
That’s why it’s better to build strong, Scriptural and Bible-based convictions early in ministry.
I can say this for free; it is BETTER to know certain things early in ministry than at the later stage of one’s ministry – it can be VERY COSTLY if the case is in the reverse!
For instance, all through the years, a man of God might preach aggressively against GIVING and thus rob himself of the blessings that God has ordained for him.
But now in his early 80s, he has realized that indeed, GIVING IS SCRIPTURAL and that it’s the Bible way to partner with the Grace for prosperity.
The question will now be what length of time does he have left on earth to put into practice his new found knowledge?
That’s why it is better to know certain things early in ministry. It is far far better to build your convictions on the credibility, veracity, infallibility and finality of God’s Word very early in ministry.
For example, early in ministry, Bishop David Oyedepo had a Scriptural conviction on PROSPERITY FOR GOD’S CHILDREN, and over the years people have criticized him and tried to talk him out of it, but his conviction remains intact till date with infallible proofs.
In our day, we have seen people say something today but another thing tomorrow, especially in the aftermath of the outbreak of Corona Virus Disease.
Some have said it’s not about prayer. They make light of prayer because events in the world have eroded their initial conviction about prayer.
The same goes for the subjects of giving, healings and miracles, signs and wonders, male and female sexuality, tithes and offerings, honour for the fathers, ministerial networking, etc.
Many of these abound dear minister, especially on the social media. Find out what the Word says about all of these and many others and let the Holy Spirit build strong and solid conviction in your heart.
As you do, it will help you to know that when we talk about DOCTRINE, it borders on PRINCIPLES not SENTIMENTS – Heb.6:1.
Being governed by the UNDERLYING PRINCIPLES of God’s Word will lay many arguments to rest.
But talking about METHODS will fan the embers of schism in the Body of Christ.
I want to say this again; PRINCIPLES, PRINCIPLES and PRINCIPLES!!! That’s what you should look out for majorly; not METHODS.
Therefore leaving THE PRINCIPLES OF THE DOCTRINE of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,
Doctrine is fundamentally predicated on PRINCIPLES, not SENTIMENTS and definitely not ARGUMENTS.
I give my tithes to God not because anybody is forcing me to give but because there’s nothing that I have that I have not received – 1 Cor.4:7, Heb.7:8.
My giving doesn’t change God, for He changeth not – Mal.3:6. It’s rather my honour and privilege to give back to the Lord out of the abundance that He has blessed me with – that’s PRINCIPLE rather than fruitless arguments on social media.
I believe in the supernatural. I believe in miracles. I believe in signs and wonders. I believe in the flow of the anointing.
I believe in the gifts of the Spirit, not because medical science is bad but because our God is All-powerful and He’s the omnipotent God Who lovingly manifests His power for the benefit of His “creatures”.
That’s PRINCIPLE! It’s better to be governed by PRINCIPLES than SENTIMENTS.
People have asked for my opinion in the past on those who go by the titles of Bishops, Apostles, Reverends, etc. and my simple answer was, “Doesn’t the Bible talk about those offices?” Why the sentiments?
I mean I have heard people say stuffs like the word “Reverend” is not in the Bible, and that only God should be called “Reverend”.
The word “Reverend” simply means “one who deserves to be revered, respected, and honoured” And Hebrews 5:4 and 1 Timothy 5:17 already cover that for ministers.
Now that’s PRINCIPLE. We’re not heroworshipping ministers of God but honouring those that God Himself has placed HONOUR on. Simple as ABC!
We need to be divested of sentiments, prejudices and idiosyncrasies and just come to grips with the simplicity of God’s Word.
Those who preached against television yesterday are on the internet today.
Those who preached against the Church starting Universities in the past have embarked on the same project today.
Those who preached against “Seed Faith” in the past are raising seeds today. I mean they took great men like Oral Roberts to the cleaners for coming up with such.
And some who criticized Pastors using private jets in the past have theirs today because they now realize that the demands of global mission at their current level require it.
Dear minister, don’t be in a hurry to CRITICIZE. I would rather advise us to VERIFY RATHER THAN CRITICIZE.
You can’t be on the same level forever. Surely you will ascend new levels in ministry which of course come with new demands and expectations.
At that level, would you still be able to dogmatically maintain your current stand on issues that border on the Faith and on the public life of the Church?
Therefore let’s tread cautiously. Let’s be open to learning in ministry. You may actually be saying stuffs today because you’re seeing them currently AT YOUR LEVEL.
It takes time to build convictions in ministry. And when we see great men and women who have stood by their solid and Scriptural convictions for many years, we should thank God for them, for they’re indeed an impetus.
I trust the Lord that the words here will do us good Sirs and Mas and help lay a formidable foundation for great exploits in our callings and ministries to the praise of the glory of His Name alone.
Source: Bimbo Animashaun Teaching Ministries |Published with permission.