By James Baker
I remember observing a magazine with an article entitled “America top
I have been reading the Bible for years and have never come across any
system which would produce a list of these critters; so I must
consider this listing as simply another wade into the doctrine of men.
1 Cor 1.11-12
First thing is; how would they be selected? Now, I could understand
if God did the
selection and rankings. But man is in no position to pass judgment
upon fellow brethren as to where they rate in service to God. Who
would make the decision that “Steve” is number seven and Troy is
number nine? Then Kenneth is told he didn’t make the cut to be
included in the top ten. etc. And by the way, God doesn’t view things
the way man does. The Judges think that Dylan is the top preacher in
America and God thinks Dylan is
a lazy phony. 1Samuel 16.7. Luke 16.15
For man to make a list and place other men on the list is to make the
list creators judges. The bible teaches, there is only one Law giver
and Judge, and who are we to judge one another? James 4.12 . Romans
As to God selecting and rating man; He can. He is the Creator and
knows man worth and things man doesn’t know himself. Matthew 10.30.
John 2.25. John 6.61-64.
1 Corinthians 10.5. Numbers 14.24. God rated Noah as the best man on
earth as He made plans to send a flood to wipe men off the face of the
earth. Genesis 6.8-18
Genesis 7.1. Later on God did the same rating on Job, by saying that
he was the
number one man on earth. Job 1.8. God also did so with the nation of
Israel, many He didn’t think very highly of. 1 Cor 10.5. But that is
God, it isn’t man; God can do that.
When God rated men, He did so based on their character, not on the size of the
membership at the church where they preached or how many other
brethren knew them. etc. 1 Sam 16.7. Yet, there are many who appear
to want to be the top brother in the area. They make sure that every
church with 100 miles knows who they are and even stick their noses in
other locations business. Why? Why do all that; when the local
preacher could be spending time working around the neighborhood of the
meeting house getting to know the neighbors of the church and maybe
interesting them in the gospel?
Preachers need to be quietly working at their local congregation,
trying to edify and build the group up. That is something God would be
very pleased with, and not trying to be the top guy in the area.