Christian “Celebrity” Has No Place In The Church…

I’ve been hearing a subtle shift (and sometimes not-so-subtle) in some emerging leaders away from sacrifice and servant-hood to savvy staging and success, from empathy to empire, from celebration to celebrity. “I want to be famous for Jesus so I can influence many.”

Celebrity—not to be confused with having a broad influence as a leader—has no place in the church. Period. It is dangerous and subversive to the gospel itself. Celebrity puts leaders on pedestals (usually not of their own making) and then crucifies them when they fall off or fail to meet the image others have created for them. Celebrity creates unreachable “guru-status” with special inside knowledge or gifting and by default makes that gifting seem unattainable to the masses.

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How to Spot and Handle “Christian” Vampires!

Many relationships bring great joy and peace into our lives. Others can suck the joy and peace right out of us. I call people who deplete our joy and peace “Christian vampires.” Believers are taught to “love our neighbor” and “turn the other cheek.” Consequently, some Christians may have a difficult time dealing with these sorts of people because of our giving nature.

How do you spot a Christian vampire? Here are a few examples:

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