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“…it’s easy to drink your own Kool-Aid”

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South Carolina Governor Mark Sandford has spent the summer fielding questions about his sanity after disclosing a long-distance affair with an Argentinian journalist– a woman he subsequently called his “soul mate”. Of course this “revelation” came as a surprise to Jenny Sandford – the governor’s wife of 20 years and the mother of his 4 boys.

Jenny Sanford recently sat with an interviewer from Vogue to discuss the affair. One portion of the interview jumped out to me (emphasis added):

Notes on a Scandal

The question is why some men—specifically, male politicians—don’t seem to understand how extramarital affairs poison both careers and families. Having watched the species up close all these years, Sanford has a theory. “Politicians become disconnected from the way everyone else lives in the world. I saw that from the very beginning. They’ll say they need something, and ten people want to give it to them. It’s an ego boost, and it’s easy to drink your own Kool-Aid. As a wife, you do your best to keep them grounded, but it’s a real challenge.”

Sandford’s hypothesis can be aptly applied to the behavior of pastors and ministry leaders who fall into sin (sexual, megalomaniacal, and more). These people are applauded for their work. They gain followers almost immediately because of their charisma and ability to quote and present scripture. The shouts of “AMEN!”, “PREACH DOC”, and “SPEAK LORD” begin to fill their ears…and their heads. They begin to be approached by young men (and women) who want to carry their bibles and open doors for them, all the while continually validating their “anointing”.

Before you know it, BAM! The humble and dutiful servant of God becomes a full-fledged egomaniac that won’t enter the sanctuary until the praise team has completed their “set” and the congregation has been seated…all because they want the church to stand when they (and their entourage) enter the room.

They are now drinking their own Kool-Aid, and (unfortunately), the only antidote to Kool-Aid overdose is a public fall from grace:

Proverbs 26:12 (New American Standard Bible)

    Do you see a man wise in his own eyes?
    There is more hope for a fool than for him.

Pray for all of the humble and honest (and often, unknown) who labor for the Lord and tirelessly serve His people. Pray that they would keep their faces toward Him; that their ears would be stifled to hear the congratulations and adulation; that they never lose sight of the awesome manifestation of God in the tiniest ways. And pray for the spouses of these people as well – God only knows what they have to deal with when their “Moses” comes down from “the mountain” every week.

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Are “Armor Bearers” Biblical?

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In a word, no…at least not the modern day “armor bearers” walking 2 steps ahead of and behind most pastors today, but that doesn’t mean that they’re un-biblical either. 

The word “armor bearer” appears multiple times in the Old Testament, mainly in describing the activity of men charged with protecting a king – literally those who bore armor for protection of others (see the entire book of 1 Samuel for reference). 

Sure, the minstrels will argue up and down that they “need an armor bearer, so that I can concentrate on getting a Word from the Lord!”. Of course, what they really mean is they need someone to carry their bibles, water glasses, briefcases, luggage, children, and more.

Gotquestions.org published a great article a few weeks ago (reprinted below in entirety, emphasis added):

Question: “What is an armor-bearer? Should there be a church position of armor-bearer?”

In Scripture, an armor-bearer (also spelled armorbearer and armor bearer) was a servant who carried additional weapons for commanders. Abimelech (Judges 9:54), Saul (1 Samuel 16:12), Jonathan (1 Samuel 14:6-17), and Joab (2 Samuel 18:15) had armor-bearers/armorbearers. Armor-bearers were also responsible for killing enemies wounded by their masters. After enemy soldiers were wounded with javelins or bows and arrows, armor-bearers finished the job with clubs and/or swords. After the time of David, armor-bearers are no longer mentioned, likely due to the fact that commanders began to fight from chariots (1 Kings 12:18; 20:33).

Some churches today have instituted a figurative position of armor-bearer. The duties range widely, but generally speaking, a church armor-bearer carries the “armor” of a church leader, such as the leader’s Bible “the sword of the Spirit” (Ephesians 6:17; Hebrews 4:12). In some instances, a church armor-bearer essentially serves as a church leader’s bodyguard. Is the idea of a church armor-bearer biblically-based? No, it is not. Does the concept of a church armor-bearer contradict anything in Scripture? Not necessarily. Any church considering such a position should prayerfully study God’s Word and make sure the responsibilities assigned in no way conflict with the New Testament’s teaching on the church. The fact that the New Testament nowhere mentions armor-bearers and nowhere describes any of the apostles/prophets/elders having a person in that role should give pause to any church considering instituting the role of armor-bearer.

Churches and ministries should pray and be sure to adhere to TRUE scripture and not traditions of man. Of course, if more churches did pray and adhere to scripture, then their pews would be empty.

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Does Your Pimp Need Protection?

…he might if he’s fleecing the sheep!

Check out this video by Pastor John Coleman – and view it in it’s entirety before commenting (it’s less than 2 min.)…if you need to comment at all:

Keep in mind – most of these “armor bearers” and “body guards” are tasked with protecting the pastor, his wife, and his kids (if applicable) – not YOU. PERIOD!

I don’t care how many times your pimp pastor says “we need security to protect the congregation”– it’s all rather suspect when ALL of the security guards spend their time following him around (while speaking into their sleeves), or carrying his Louis Vitton briefcase and alligator shoes from the Bentley when he rolls up onto the lot.

Pastor Coleman said it rightly – people are carrying the bible of the “shepherd” while a single mother is struggling to get her three kids off the bus in front of the church – with no help.

May God have mercy on those who claim to speak for Him!

***hat tip to our brother Independent Conservative for the video link***


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