We can read all the self help books, listen to the feel good sermons where the focus is ourselves and they’re trying comfort us, but you cannot help yourself.
Those preachers, podcasts, and books aren’t helping you, they’re hurting you. They’re stunting your growth because God doesn’t want us to be comfortable in our sin and ungodly ways. He wants us to hear things that make us uncomfortable.
I’ve read the books and listened to the sermons too. I became emotionally attached to their messages and they made me feel good. We lose sight on truth and begin to love how we felt after their motivational messages that encourages our power that we could “claim” in Christ. We grow entitled to privilege and we feel we are “worthy”, even though we are all sinners. Idolatry steps in and we begin to worship the idea of self and we stop seeing our sin.
We find excuses for our sin.
“For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.” 2 Timothy 4:3-4
All of these “me center” messages don’t teach fullness of the gospel. They teach half truths, just like Satan does. We allow the question “did God really say that?” to creep into our minds, and believing these books and sermons over the Bible.
If the books and sermons you’re listening to make you feel like you’re at the center of God’s world, you need to reevaluate what you’re allowing yourself to take in. Don’t fall into this trap. We’re not at the center of God’s world, God is the center of God’s world.
There’s a nice list of popular people standing in the pulpit or writing these books that are sharing half truths with us. Hurting us. You know who doesn’t sugarcoat things? God. In fact, He wrote an entire book for us full of His words and His truths and that is solely what we should be reliant on each day. It’s great to read books to learn more, but we need to be cautious to what we’re allowing our minds and hearts to be filled with.
The Bible is full of scripture that is convicting to us and I believe that’s why a lot of people don’t want to read it at all or only pick and choose what scripture they want to apply to their lives or circumstances. We can’t do that. There’s a reason why God gave us all of the Bible, not bits and pieces of it. We need to read scripture that tugs at our hearts and even want to see those parts we don’t want to read, but we have to. It is necessary. If we rely on these feel good books and sermons that skip the rest of scripture, we are stunting our maturity in Christ.
We need to be convicted of our sin. We need to be renewed each day. We need sanctification. We are far from worthy of our own doing and merit. If we were, then why Jesus? Think about it, if these “me-ology” and “me-centric” sermons were true and they really were so worthy and God’s greatest gifts then why would we need Jesus? If we were created by God as worthy, then Jesus would’ve never have came! That is the point of the gospel message though, we aren’t worthy! It’s important to know that the gospel was intended so you know that God established grace and mercy over human beings that do not deserve it.
If the messages that you are listening to don’t convict you of your sin, I truly ask you to reevaluate. Those people are after your money. God is after your heart. The Gospel is really about us being convicted and changed by God. Not to stay stagnant and continue to repeat cycles over and over again. We cannot help or save ourselves, not a book or a sermon or pastor can “save us”. We’re all in desperate need of a Savior, and that Savior is Jesus Christ.