Bill Hybels

“I thought, ‘These are only the poor, they are foolish, for they do not know the way of the Lord, the requirements of their God.  So I will go to the leaders and speak to them; surely they know the way of the Lord, the requirements of their God.’  But with one accord they too had broken off the yoke and torn off the bonds.”  Jeremiah 5:4-5.

The search for the righteous.

When I read these verses, I imagined someone thinking, “Now what are we going to do?  Who will give us guidance?”

The Bill Hybels’ situation was a shocker to many.  I remember seeing his books in the church I attend.  There had even been Bible studies centered on some book of his.  But what now?

The man has resigned over allegations of misconduct.

Those trusting in him have been shaken.

I think that there is a wakeup question for me in all this: Where am I putting my trust?

Some barely surviving, non-educated newbie in Christ can be closer to God than I ever will be!  They could have words I need to hear. I must NEVER minimize other believers.

There is merit in Godly preparation.  Great spiritual examples can come from folks who have long-term relationships with God. I cannot write off folks who are “better” than I am.

The key here is that I must seek God first.  I must not forget this point when some speaker is so captivating that I want to read everything he has ever written and listen to everything he has ever said.  My “captivation” must be to God first.

If I am drawn away from God by someone, then I have elevated that person to a counterfeit god.  That may have been part of the problem in the Bill Hybels’ situation.

Conclusion: Elevating people to gods will lead to consequences. He alone is God.


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