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Liberty Advocate

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June 2016

 

 


Dear friend,

Often the head of a church or Christian organization is glorified instead of Christ.

No man must be set up as an object of religious worship.

This is idolatry.

This is blasphemy.

Certainly, the head of a Christian body is called to glorify God by lifting up his voice giving glory and honour and thanks to the Lord. He must humbly bow before the Lord and cast his crown before His throne, proclaiming,

Thou art worthy, O Lord,
to receive glory and honour and power:
for thou hast created all things,
and for thy pleasure they are and were created.
Revelation 4:11

And when a true minister or true Christian leader is hailed by the multitude, he rebukes them because he fears God; he knows the tragic consequences of Herod, who allowed himself to be worshipped.

And upon a set day Herod,
arrayed in royal apparel,
sat upon his throne,
and made an oration unto them.

And the people gave a shout, saying,
It is the voice of a god,
not of a man.

And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him,
because he gave not God the glory:
and he was eaten of worms,
and gave up the ghost.
Acts 12:21-23

Matthew Henry comments:

(5.) The people applauded him, the people that had a dependence upon him, and had benefit by his favour, they gave a shout; and this was what they shouted, It is the voice of a god, and not of a man, v. 22. God is great and good, and they thought such was Herod’s greatness in his apparel and throne, and such his goodness in forgiving them, that he was worthy to be called no less than a god; and perhaps his speech was delivered with such an air of majesty, and a mixture of clemency with it, as affected the auditors thus. Or, it may be, it was not from any real impression made upon their minds, or any high or good thoughts they had indeed conceived of him; but, how meanly soever they thought of him, they were resolved thus to curry favour with him, and strengthen the new-made peace between him and them. Thus great men are made an easy prey to flatterers if they lend an ear to them, and encourage them. Grotius here observes that, though magistrates are called gods (Ps. 82:1 ), yet kings or monarchs, that is, single persons, are not, lest countenance should thereby be given to the Gentiles, who gave divine honours to their kings alive and dead, as here; but they are a college of senators, or a bench of judges, that are called gods—In collegio toto senatorum non idem erat periculi; itaque eos, non autem reges, invenimus dictos elohim. Those that live by sense vilify God, as if he were altogether such a one as themselves, and deify men, as if they were gods; having their persons in admiration, because of advantage. This is not only a great affront to God, giving that glory to others which is due to him alone, but a great injury to those who are thus flattered, as it makes them forget themselves, and so puffs them up with pride that they are in the utmost danger possible of falling into the condemnation of the devil.

(6.) These undue praises he took to himself, pleased himself with them, and prided himself in them; and this was his sin. We do not find that he had given any private orders to his confidants to begin such a shout, or to put those words into the mouths of the people, nor that he returned them thanks for the compliment and undertook to answer their opinion of him. But his fault was that he said nothing, did not rebuke their flattery, nor disown the title they had given him, nor give God the glory (v. 23); but he took it to himself, was very willing it should terminate in himself, and that he should be thought a god and have divine honours paid him. Si populus vult decipi, decipiatur—if the people will be deceived, let them. And it was worse in him who was a Jew, and professed to believe in one God only, than it was in the heathen emperors, who had gods many and lords many.

2. How his iniquity was punished: Immediately (v. 23) the angel of the Lord smote him (by the order of Christ, for to him all judgment is committed), because he gave not God the glory (for God is jealous for his own honour, and will be glorified upon those whom he is not glorified by); and he was eaten of worms above ground, and gave up the ghost.
http://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/matthew-henry-complete/acts/12.html

Herod was punished because he gave not God the glory.

Herod said nothing, did not rebuke their flattery, nor disown the title they had given him, nor give God the glory.

Anyone who has position and power must give God the glory.  And this includes ministers and other Christian leaders. When there is no mention of God, it is self-glorification.

True dignity and humility dictate modesty. All true laborers glory in their success by attributing it to God.

But he that glorieth,
let him glory in the Lord.

For not he that commendeth himself is approved.
but whom the Lord commendeth.
2 Corinthians 10:17,18

Alas, this is a lesson for all of us: “He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.”

Let us humbly bow before the Lord and cast our crowns before His throne, proclaiming,

Thou art worthy, O Lord,
to receive glory and honour and power:
for thou hast created all things,
and for thy pleasure they are and were created.
 

thou art worthy - YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJy1yd4f_jg
Aug 18, 2007 - Uploaded by timalanmi
thou art worthy .... HE certainly worthy of our praise and adoration, for HE Has created all things.  ... GOD you are ...

 

Grace and peace,

 

Karen Pansler-Lam, J.D.

Liberty Advocate

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