Most of the lessons learned about Christianity come from how people acted in a certain situation more than what was taught from the pew. Though there are many articles, commentaries and blogs about “pimps in the pulpit” and preacher predators, fleecing the flock, there are always some in the congregation of these fallen leaders that rise above the stench of the controversy. God has and will bless someone in a congregation that is faithful to Him despite the corruptness of the minister.
We are apt to follow man more than God. That is an aircraft carrier size target for the devil’s torpedo attack. The higher the man rises in the eyes of the people, the weaker the threads that hold him there. Don’t know why we are shocked when he falls.
What will it take to intoxicate, pollute and divert a man of God? It is simple. Give him what he does not have. We all want and have to fight with desires, i.e. 1 John 2:16 (lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes and pride of life)
We must learn to discern. You do that by spending more time with God. To hear His voice, you must recognize it. We have to spend more quality time praying, in biblical study and meditation with God.
My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me John 10:27
Folks that work at the bank are trained to spot fake money. We have to be more familiar with God’s Word so when someone says something, no matter how good they look, how educated they are or how big their church is, we know it is not of God. He speaks through His Word and the Holy Spirit to our consciousness, through circumstances and even people. God can and will use anything to reach us. Even a bad preacher, can be used by God. I’ve listened to quite a few people that I wondered who said they were preachers. But it is not my call, job or place to judge.
In the congregation of a fallen preacher are several people that God has given His message to. God can use a crooked stick to make a straight line.