The Folly of Putting Man on a Pedestal

Now and again I have felt led to write someone’s testimony (as they dictate it to me) as I know what a blessing it can be to others to read of the amazing changes in a soul’s life after coming to know the Lord Jesus Christ as Saviour. On reflection, though, I have recently noted with interest that most of the testimonies I have collected belong to people who have now gone Home to be with the Lord and furthermore these people were not so well known, except perhaps in their own communities. All over the world there are amazing testimonies to the Lord’s transforming and saving grace. On the other hand, unfortunately, I have listened to some testimonies in meetings over the years – and today, I really don’t know where those people stand with the Lord, as some have slipped back into deep sin, or possibly they were deceivers and never saved in the first place…

We can have prayerful love and care for people but we should never ever put someone on a “pedestal.” “Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.” (Acts 10v34&35). How true… “God is no respecter of persons.”

This is the age of “celebrity preachers,” when men behind the pulpit are revered as being “great” but then sometimes the masses find out something terrible about them and they are crushed, disappointed and disillusioned. Sadly if you make the mistake of looking up to men, you will invariably be disappointed. I have seen hospitals, cancer units and other establishments called by a famous person’s name but after the decease of this person it has transpired that he was a criminal, so that the authorities concerned had the expense of renaming their institutions. Bridges, roads, streets and buildings are often named after individuals, a situation which can later be very controversial.

The world puts famous speakers, politicians, leaders and historical figures on pedestals, literally and physically – Christians should not. “For we must all appear before the judgement seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.” (2Cor. 5v10)

In the words of Jesus: “But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.” (Matthew 23v11&12)

When we see a “great” person surrounded by an “entourage” of one sort or another, alarm bells should start ringing, spiritually speaking. Discernment is a gift, a gift that the Lord wants His people to possess. We need discernment and wisdom in these days when deception and deceivers are growing rapidly. 

Some of the best sermons and testimonies I have ever heard were from people who are unknown in this world; humble, sincere servants of the Lord who will some day have their reward. They quietly go about the Lord’s will in their lives; they are dead to this world – and the world is dead to them. (Col. 3v2&3)

“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” (1John 4v1)

“But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.” (Galatians 6v14)

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12 Responses to “The Folly of Putting Man on a Pedestal”

  1. Linda Lee/Lady Quixote Says:

    Excellent post.

  2. Cathy Says:

    Interesting post Elizabeth. I’ve been thinking the very same thing the past couple of weeks. Two different street preaching ministries have recently come to our area and we can watch on YouTube, one of them live. Seems both ministries attract a lot of young people who seem to idolize the leaders. But the practices and doctrines of these ministries are questionable. It’s heartbreaking to see young zealous believers led astray in any way. So my recent thoughts have been that in these last days we should beware of following any man, regardless of how charismatic and zealous they appear.

    • readywriterpublications Says:

      That’s awful that they idolize the
      leaders Cathy – and the leaders wouldn’t let that situation happen if they were right with Lord. You can see how things are shaping up in these end times when men revere men…

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  5. Julia Says:

    The praise of man is no praise! We are not to put our confidence in man, but in God. Sad so many flock to the one at the pulpits as though they are they only ones who know the word of God (But are ordained by man), when really it is those who are called by God in the wilderness and there is not a pulpit in sight. Where two or three are gathered together in His name, there is He in the midst of them. Very good post here!!!! Blessings.

    • readywriterpublications Says:

      “Where two or three…” very true Julia.
      Thanks for that reminder. Really it is the “twos and threes” in today’s world who often are closer to the Lord than the thousands in mega churches.

      • Julia Says:

        I had to smile with your comment, as I was writing I thought to myself Gods flock is nothing like those who go to the mega churches and here you are saying it. God is so Good! Be Blessed Always.

      • readywriterpublications Says:

        That’s quite a coincidence Julia as
        I’ve been very much thinking along those lines recently. Every blessing to you and yours too.

  6. The Wheelchair Teen Says:

    This is very true. When we put people on pedestools we often forget that they’re human just like us – they’re not perfect and they make mistakes. God is the only person that we can put on a pedestool. Thanks for sharing ❤

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