The Curse of Motivational Speaking.. a borrowed borrowed post…

I borrowed a borrowed post!  I don’t think either of these pastors will mind me passing on a good word.

Is this the kinda message you are looking to hear?

“the message being heard is, “God has put the potential in you and all you need to do is believe in yourself to unlock that potential. Have a grand vision and live out that vision. You must be a man or woman of destiny and the sky will be the limit for you. Don’t let your past failures get in your way of success. Look beyond them, as Jesus looked beyond the cross and thus overcame it. You are the head and not the tail. ”

Then keep reading.. or scroll straight to the bottom and read the original from the beginning on the “click here”. I pass on this blog not to rant a little (though I do often) but from a love for you and a desire to see people grounded in truth and reality that is freeing. The above quote is not freeing and I know a lot of us are looking to things like that to try and find life. 

Pure Church by Thabiti Anyabwile

Posted: 17 Jun 2012 06:27 AM PDT
A great post from Conrad Mbewe on the problem of motivational speaking as a “gospel” message and a way of life.  Here’s his opening:
Last Sunday, a young man came to see me after our church service. He is the kind of guy who shows up at church once in a while and then disappears for a season. My guess is that he goes around churches sampling sermons and looking for answers. On this visit, he asked that I help him to overcome a failure in his life, and it was a failure to progress. He said that his greatest problem is that he does not believe in himself. Could I help him believe in himself so that he could become successful?
I asked him whether he was a Christian. His answer was, “Do I really need to be a Christian in order to be successful? Are you telling me that all those successful people out there are Christians? Aren’t there general principles that I can apply to my life—whether I am a Christian or not—that can catapult me to success?” I challenged him to answer that question himself. After all, I was sure he had done enough rounds among motivational speakers to have the answer.
“That is the problem,” he said, “I have been told that such principles exist and I have tried them. They seem to work for a while and then I am back to my old self again. I want you to help me find that formula that will help me go forward and never slide back to the place where I do not believe in myself.” To cut the long story short, I finally persuaded him of the need for reconciliation with God before anyone can break free from the frustrating rut that God locks unreconciled sinners in.
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