I saw a tweet this week from Matt Drudge, the creator and content author for the Drudge Report. It said, “Dirty secret hanging in the air today, is damaged Americans love to be disrespected and lied to over and over. And those in power, KNOW IT!”
This reminds me of the quote by Dr. Thomas Sowell: “When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear.”
I think in the ministry we must assume this. Damaged people generally want to be lied to. It is the unusual damaged person who wants the truth to help them get out of the jackpot they’re in.
“Damaged” how? No father. Poor parenting. Sexual abuse. Public school background. Abortion. The list goes on and on.
If we are committed to doing what Jesus said, FEEDING HIS SHEEP, telling them the truth, we need to have this in our minds every service.
Over and over and over in the Gospels Jesus said “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” The Spirit of God used this exact phrase in Revelation 2:7, 2:11, 2:17, 2:29, 3:6, 3:13, 3:22 & 13:9.
We are merely sowers of the Word of God. We are not lords of the harvest.
If people want to be lied to and go to hell, there’s nothing we can do about it. And if we must lie to Millennials and the lost to get them to come to church and stay, then I guess we’ll have to do without those numbers, because as Lester Sumrall taught me, (1) we have to sleep at night and (2) we will be judged.
Dr. Gene Lingerfelt
Founder and Senior Pastor
Faith Christian Center