Summary: Part#2 in Basketcase holders looks at Cannibalistic Christianity.
#2 BASKETCASES HOLDERS, CANNIBALISTIC CHRISTIANITY
By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr.
Dear friends: Part#2 Basketcases holders 4 part series.
2 Corinthians 11:33 And through a window in a basket was I let down by the wall, and escaped his hands.
Matthew 10:42And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of COLD wateronly in the name of a disciple, very I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.
Gal. 5:15 ...But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another...
1Chron.16:22 ... Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.
My mind again ponders, basket case supporters,
the text is found in:
2 Corinthians 11:33... AND THROUGH A WINDOW IN A BASKET WAS LET DOWN BY THE WALL, AND ESCAPED HIS HANDS.
Again there was a negative crowd that misunderstood and was jealous of the message and the messenger, and was determined to stop the message by stopping the messenger.
Paul was not a perfect man, yet he was the man of God.
I was hugging a young man, Mike, at church Wednesday, while I was hugging him, I felt the thought, ... this is a man of God.
We often think of men of God like Elijah, Moses, Smithswigglesworth. We would hold the basket for these great men of God, but how about the little man of God?
But we miss there are men of God among us, because we see their human side.
Sure, God could have called angels to be pastors and workers and replace fallible man, but that was not God’s plan.
I shall never understand, why God chose man, but I am over joyed that you and I were chosen.
For the message and the messenger to be really effective, we must build a support structure, that will first recognize God’s man as God’s man, and see beyond the man to see the God of the man.
Second, we must convince a nucleus of warriors to rise up in support.... Prayer, encouragement, love, and extra love finance (occasionally), to both keep the messenger going and the message going forth to the lost and the dying.
If the little people that hid Paul, and helped him escape, had failed to do what they could, the negative crowd would have limited GOD’S MESSAGE by limiting the messenger.
Small works matter!
I think Paul always remember the faces of those that held the ropes and sustained his basket.
But if Paul forgot, I KNOW GOD REMEMBERS.
If Paul needed basket holders, how much more do our pastors , superintendents, Sunday School teachers need love and support?
I need you to hold my rope.
Where there is sweat there is life.
We need spectic tanks where there is life?
Can you remember ESOP’s fables?
"There was a goose that laid golden eggs (one a day every day.)
The owner desired to get everything at once, ALL THE GOLD, the master had the goose killed and opening its dead body, all the owner found was goose guts."
You can pick the man of God, but don’t pick him to pieces.
There is a problem in church today that I call CANNIBALISTIC CHRISTIANITY, where God’s kids acquire a taste of blood, ... teamed with the love of professionalism and polish, and we learn to EAT THE FLESH OF PREACHERS?