It is very likely that you are under the influence what Paul called those "who peddle the word of God for profit." In this series, we work to help you identify if you are being exploited and robbed of the great purpose of God in your life--being conformed to Christ.
There is an exhortation to avoid celebrity preachers. Be careful. Be discerning. Ministries based upon style and personality and not content will block your spiritual growth and unity in fellowship. There is only one legitimate ministry within the church and that is the ministry of Christ by the Spirit through the Scripture. Christ has given pastor-teachers, evangelists, and so on, not to promote themselves but to bring you to maturity and unity in Him.
In this message of our Strength for Weak Christians Series, title, "The Aroma of Christ" we consider our subject on these headings, 1) The Fragrance flowing through the Open Door, 2) The Spreading Aroma of Christ, and 3) The Foul Stench of the Peddlers. As always I claim no originality, but will cite, quote, refer to various sources including, Naylor, Ortlund, Denny, Philip E. Hughes, R. Kent Hughes, Kistemaker, and others.
Why is there so many scandals within evangelicalism? It is painful to hear the stories of lives crushed by counterfeit Christianity. In this episode, we examine important markers in discerning those who peddle the word of God for profit, fame, and influence, and how to avoid them.