There has been a lot of controversy surrounding some practices men of God engage their congregation to do in the name of spirituality. Some men of God have capitalized on the naivety and ignorance of their church members to beguile them to do some preposterous things in the name of spirituality. They often find solace in the new modern Christian cliché which says “Spiritual things cannot be comprehended with logic” to get away with their atrocious acts.
In as much as there are numerous weird doctrines creeping into our churches lately, we can’t afford to lose sight of the fact that, even true men of God won’t make sense at a point in time in their lives. Isaiah 55:8-9 says “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts”.
1 Corinthians 2:14 says “The natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God; for they are foolishness unto him; neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned”
1 Corinthians 1:27 also says “But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong”. These verses basically mean, the modus operandi of God goes beyond human comprehension on earth. This is because He operates from a heavenly altitude which is bound by a principle opposite to the one we’re accustomed to on earth.
If that is the case, there is also the possibility that, a man of God, operates on earth from a heavenly altitude akin to God hence, some of his ways won’t make sense just like God.
One day, Jesus who operated in the fivefold ministry from which men of God were gifted went to a marriage ceremony in Galilee. Unfortunately, there was no wine for the feast. When Jesus was approached with this problem, he told them to fill 6 waterpots with wine after which he told them to draw out the water and serve the guests. When the governor of the feast tasted it, it was wine. Doesn’t make sense right?
During one of his routine journeys, Jesus came across a man who was blind from birth. Being touched by his condition, Jesus spat on the ground, made a clay of the spittle, and anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay. He then told the blind man to go wash in a pool after which his sight was restored instantly. Isn’t this disgusting? Interestingly, this is the same Jesus who healed blind Bartimaeus just by word of mouth.
You might probably think maybe it’s because Jesus is the son of God so it is only his preserve to do such strange things but you are wrong.
Once upon a time, Naaman who was the captain of the host of the king of Syria was struck with Leprosy. One of the maids suggested he go see Elisha who was a prophet in Israel to heal him. Naaman came to Elisha to receive his healing. Upon arrival, Elisha told him to go wash in the Jordan which was unhygienic 7 times. Considering his ilk as a mighty man, Naaman went away with rage and refused to dip himself in the unhygienic river. Upon persuasion by his servants, Naaman acceded to Elisha’s prescription and got healed.
After Moses had rescued the Israelites from the tyranny of Pharaoh, they came to a place called Rephidim where there was no water. They began murmuring against Moses and he had to cry out to God for help. “And the Lord said unto Moses, Go on before the people, and take with thee of the elders of Israel; and thy rod, wherewith thou smotest the river, take in thine hand, and go.
Behold, I will stand before thee there upon the rock in Horeb, and thou shalt smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it, that the people may drink. And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel”.
All these scenarios sound foolish but they yielded great results. We have to understand as Christians that, the God we serve doesn’t make “sense” neither would our Men of God make sense sometimes because they are under the auspices of God. The world we live in, itself doesn’t make sense. How can you explain the earth and everything in it being created in 7 days? How can you explain the sun which can accommodate over one million earths was created just by word of mouth? How can you explain the Jesus that we Christians follow, was born of a virgin?
In as much as there are fake men of God in vogue, it would be mendacious and suicidal to discern true men of God and their modus operandi based on just logical thinking. Imagine what would have happened if these instances were judged based on logic. There wouldn’t have been wine at the feast Jesus attended, the blind man wouldn’t have been healed, Naaman would have died from leprosy and the Israelites would have died from thirst. Mary would have been stoned to death for committing adultery. All these instances were possible out of faith.
One would ask; How can one discern what is from God and what is from the devil? Jesus gave a pointer in John 7:16-18
During Jesus’s Ministry on earth, some Jews were befuddled by the doctrines he preached and he told them “My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me. If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself. He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory; but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him”.
One can interpret this as, if anyone wants to know whether a doctrine from a man of God is really of God, he should, first of all, do the will of God which is only possible if one knows the will of God. This will of God lies in the Bible and illumination by the holy spirit. In another vein, a man who is of God doesn’t seek his own Glory but that of God. This kind of person has no unrighteousness in him.