The pride of the Adult Christian is something that has been noticed to be evident insome Christians. There are many people who have reportedly left christianity becaue of the activities of other Christians who are said to have been Christians long before these ‘others’ fall out. The fallout-christian either becomes a nominal christian or a degenerated christian – and by degenerate, I’m using a theological lingo and not merely an insulting one.
What is it with Adult Christians that gives them so much pride and how is it that this prode is used to oppress many othe Christians.
Characteristics of the Adult Christian
- This Christian may know the bible inside and outside
- This Christian may know all the lingo used in the church
- This Christians knows how to get their way with the bible/ scripture either physically or spiritually
- The know all the expert-nuances of being a christian in such a way that they can divide essence from superficial parts.
However, there is nothing more terrifying than an Adult Christian, who had developed great familiarity with Jesus, to become prideful. For a Christian, an Adult Christian to become prideful, such christian would seem to have been “spoilt” … like a spoilt child growing up. What happened? Did Jesus not discipline him enough? Or did this Christian enter into social power too quickly? For example, imagine becoming a Christian and you havent spent more than 1 year being a new Christian and you have already been given a place of authority in the Church. This is not nice. There are many Christians like this and it is suffocating many other Christians, especially shaking christians and baby christians.
How do you recognise a Prideful Christian? He/ She may not even know that they are proud in the first place. It may be that they have a wagging finger always laying burdens on other Christians. This is what Jesus said concerning the Pharisees
They pile heavy burdens on people’s shoulders and won’t lift a finger to help.Matthew 23:4
If you find that your fellow Christian is always giving you so much law – do this, do that, if not, you’re not a real christian. If you find out that they are not skillfully abound grace towards you, it may just be that they are a prideful adult christian.
Everything they do is just to show off in front of others. They even make a big show of wearing Scripture verses on their foreheads and arms, and they wear big tassels for everyone to see.Matthew 23:5
If you find out that their Christian values seem to be very different in their private lives and yet, they expect/ demand a higher double standard from you, then they are a prideful adult Christian.
They love the best seats at banquets and the front seats in the meeting places.Matthew 23:6
If they like to be highly esteemed by you so that you reverence and fear them- for any reason. Maybe they were your mentor. Maybe they prayed for you for deliverance regarding certain things and you go well. Maybe. But that does not mean that they should lord it over you. I know that there is space for respect. But respect is earned in humility. You need the kind of humble adult Christian who says, “I know I spent sleepless nights praying and fasting for you, but I am not going to make you, nor me, nor anyone for that matter, make me prideful.” This is the hallmark of an balanaced adult Christian.
This is one of the reason why Daddy G.O. always says that “Pastor” is the highest position in the Redeemed Christian Church of God. If you want anyother boastful title, then go somewhere else.
You Pharisees and teachers of the Law of Moses are in for trouble! You’re nothing but show-offs. You travel over land and sea to win one follower. And when you have done so, you make that person twice as fit for hell as you are.Matthew 23:15
Lastly, the hallmark of prideful Christian is that they do not understand the Grace of God. They only understand the Law of Moses – and after finally oppressing new converts, they make them twice as fit for hell than they are.
Please, be ware of prideful Adult Christians who want to make you admit that they know all, they could never be wrong and who oppress you without Grace. And if you are one yourself, search your heart. Ask the Holy Spirit where you may be failing. And get yourself connect back to your Heavenly Father who loves you very much in all humility and Grace.
God bless you