Where do we see pride? The translator, microphone, volume level, technology, clothing, mannerisms, and words all say, “Look at me. Notice me. Enjoy the demonstration.” Peter says that all elders should be clothed with humility (1 Peter 5:5), meaning the public demeanor of a pastor should remind us constantly that they are not that important (1 Cor. 3:7).
Considering that no one can enter the Kingdom of Heaven without humility (Matt. 18:3-4), why doesn’t every pastor preach about this? Considering that this was a vital and repeated mark of our Savior while on earth (John 13:5; Matt. 11:29; Luke 23:34; Phil. 2:5-8), why doesn’t this come up in some way or another in every sermon? Considering that gospel humility is a near synonym from saving faith, why isn’t this prominent in their preaching?
One easy trap into which nearly all false teachers fall is their intense pride. Just ask yourself from what you see and hear, “Would this man be satisfied if we forgot him, but remembered Jesus Christ?”
Identifying Prosperity Preachers
Mark #1: They Do Not Stay Long in a Single Verse
Mark #2: They Are Intentionally Vague
Mark #3: They Consistently Disobey Explicit Scriptural Teaching About Tongues
Mark #4: They Prostitute the Old Testament
Mark #5: They Assume Their Listeners Are All Born Again
Mark #6: They Ignore the Great Themes of Scripture
Mark #7: They Have an Aversion to Humility
Mark #8: They Draw the Affections to Earth