They Only Want the Food: Wicked People Claim to Follow Christ ONLY for Self-Glory
UPDATE Sept 2021: I have come to believe that Jeff Crippen does not practise what he preaches. He vilely persecuted an abuse victim and spiritually abused many other people in the Tillamook congregation. Go here to read the evidence. Jeff has not gone to the people that he spiritually and emotionally abused. He has not apologised to them, let alone asked for their forgiveness.
Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you are seeking me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. Do not labor for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal.” (John 6:26-27)
You have them in almost every church. They are apparent pillars. Eminent saints, it would seem. The “go to” people who give their stamp of approval or withhold it before any decision. They teach. They disciple. They give. They are at every meeting, every workday, and no one can imagine how the church would survive without them. However, though this description could fit a true, faithful Christian, in this case there is something else that is true about these counterfeits. They are devoid of mercy and love. Oh, they can put on outward shows of these qualities, but it is only skin deep. How do you know? Because if you will be honest with yourself and if you will let the Spirit show you, you will admit that in fact you do not feel safe nor comfortable around them. They can “go off” at any moment with judgment and condemnation. Or maybe they never ‘go off’ overtly in public but something about their manner makes you feel wary of them; you sense the judgement below the surface, you pick it up between the lines.
They are not Christians. Christ will disavow them on that Day. The Holy Spirit, if we will listen to Him, tells us that these are clouds without rain, and completely devoid of genuine mercy.
So why do they do it? Why do they bother? Why all this energy poured into church and Sundays and Wednesday night prayer meetings? Why?
They do it for the same reason the large crowds kept seeking out and following Jesus – for the food. They had filled their bellies with the loaves and fish, and they liked it. They wanted more. If that meant traveling around with Jesus out in the sticks, they would do it. They “served” Christ because they wanted perishable food.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. (John 10:10)
Many people follow. Few really know Jesus. That is, they follow as long as the “bread” keeps coming. As long as a church remains ignorant (or evil) so that the wicked can continue to feed on the bread of self-glory for themselves, these evil ones will continue their charade. And they will continue to oppress the weak and deceive the careless. Bread, you see. They love that glory bread.
Jesus would have us do what He did. Turn to them in front of all and say “You are not seeking Christ. That isn’t why you are here. You know the gospel is real and that salvation is only in Jesus. But that isn’t why you are here. You are here just for the bread. Your god is your belly, and you demand that we fill it for you. No more. The game us up.”