Published on September 27, 2018
slide 1: How to Recognize Christian Speaker for an Event Over the years I’ve watched with indignation and concern the proliferation of motivational speakers in pulpits. I’ve watched how many churches and preachers are replacing the gospel of Jesus Christ with motivational speaking. I’ve watched how some of these preachers have even built mega churches and empires with this brand of the “gospel.” But even worse I’ve watched how droves of people have been misled into believing that they are getting fed the Bread of Life i.e. the unadulterated gospel of Jesus Christ not knowing that they are being served motivational speeches on a platter spiced with scriptures. But I’m not as concerned about these motivational speakers in pulpits as I am concerned about the spiritual well being of the thousands of people attending their churches and the several million worldwide television viewers whose lives are being impacted by their teachings. It is this concern for the spiritually helpless that has led me to expose some of these preachers for who they really are to warn you the followers and would-be followers of these preachers. I write to alert the Body of Christ about this proliferation in the Church the danger of motivational speaking packaged as the gospel and to teach you how to recognize a motivational speaker in the pulpit when you come across one which I say sadly that there are many out there. Surprised Maybe Maybe not However if you are surprised to learn that these two are motivational preachers perhaps it’s because they are your favorite preachers. Perhaps it’s because you’ve always thought them to be “O Great Ones.” Or maybe it’s because of their success popularity ministry size followership etc. or even because of the good they’ve done in society. For instance Jakes’ Woman Thou Art Loosed book or prison outreach ministry. Or Osteen’s book Your Best Life Now. As humans we tend to attribute worldly success good works ministry size popularity followership etc. with godly success. Therefore the bigger a church the more popular or successful a preacher the more success we think a person or organization has. We even credit these successes to God’s blessings. But worldly success good works ministry size or even large followership is not necessarily the measure of godly success. A person can have all these yet not be godly. For instance Oprah Winfrey has all these attributes but yet she’s not a preacher neither can her success be considered godly because of what she espouses. So we cannot go by worldly success good works popularity ministry size or even followership. In fact T.D. Jakes in a CNN/TIME article was described as “Oprah-in-a-pulpit. But for Winfreys generic spirituality Jakes substitutes God.” That is to say that if Oprah were to be a preacher she’d probably have one of the largest churches in the world But thankfully she has enough sense to stay in her lane at least for now. So all these attributes have nothing to do with godly success slide 2: What is Motivational Speaking Simply motivational speaking is an encouraging uplifting speech intended to motivate the listeners to do better and be better in specific areas of their lives. In a sense the motivational speaker is an encourager – i.e. the people’s cheer leader. He or she motivates people into action. Motivational speaking is based primarily on mental or human strength and not God’s strength. It is what a person can do in his or her own strength rather than what God can do through the person in His strength. Benefits of Motivational Speaking Without a doubt motivational speaking has its place in society. Don’t get me wrong there are many benefits of motivational speaking. For instance it uplifts people makes them feel good about themselves. It motivates them to see that they can do better and don’t have to settle for less or live beneath their means. It makes people strive for excellence forgetting the past – past hurts bitterness anger malice etc. It can make people reach or strive for their full potentials. It can even help some unforgiving people to forgive those that have hurt them. To know more about Bob Goff Booking Agency Melvin Adams Booking Agency Brock Gill Booking Agency and Christian Speakers Bureau please visit at www.goaspeakers.com.