But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people. (2 Tim 3:1-5)
And this is in the Church! No, not every church and not everybody, but at some time in our lives, we have experienced that person who thought they were God’s gift to the ministry and that they spoke ex-cathedra. Or the one that loves money, yes, I’ve had visiting ministers, the first words out of their mouths were about money, one preacher even locking the doors during a meeting until he got the amount he wanted.
The truth is that in ministry, it should be God who is revealed, not the person. The recent rise in people going ‘live’ on Facebook can be arrogant and self-gratifying, especially when the person has nothing to say.
If the ministry edifies God, stick around. If it edifies the individual, as Paul says, “avoid such people.”