The Imposters

In a dream, I was riding a small motorcycle (250cc) which was light, agile and able to turn on a dime; It could go slow are really fast. It seemed odd to me being on it such a small bike, almost uncomfortable, since I am accustomed to riding larger Harley-Davidson motorcycles.

I was cruising downtown one of the main streets, made a right turn and on the left corner of the street was a large, stone church with a massive columned porch with many stone steps leading up to the door. There was a large church choir wearing scarlet robes and were assembled on the steps. They were singing proudly as they stood in a stoic posture.

 The pastor of the church was wearing a plan gray suit as he walked up and down in the middle of the street in front of the church and preaching his sermon. He was manipulating his voice, breathing and snorting out the words, it seemed so phony and was a big turn-off to many. I thought of all the preachers that preach in this manner. I drove by really slow trying to sense any anointing coming from this great display of religion and there was absolutely none, I sped on down the road.

 I looked behind me and saw a one-ton truck pulling a flatbed trailer loaded with lumber, I sped up to keep it from running over me. I made a sharp a left turn onto a side street so fast that the keys in the ignition of the motorcycle flew out into the air landing inside of another church located on the right side of the street.

I got off the bike and walked in the church to find my keys. I looked down the left side aisle which was overflowing with people sitting in chairs, most of them were teenagers. I didn’t see my keys there so I went around the center aisle, looked into the back pews into an unoccupied area.

Here, a preacher was speaking to the congregation and his annunciation of words was like that of the other preacher I had just left. He would speak a short sentence, and then suck air back in gathering his breath as he held the microphone close to his mouth so you could hear the fervor in his voice. Each sentence ended with him adding “hah” and “ehh”. He’d practiced his technique for years and now had truly mastered it. The people seemed to be impressed by him, mistaking his technique as inspired by God. As I listened, I continued my focus on finding the key to my motorcycle.

 I spotted my keys in the unoccupied seats in the next to last row of pews. I reached down and picked them up, turned to leave only to see the preacher standing right in front of me. He was much shorter than me, an unhandsome man with a round face and bad complexion.

Matthew 7:22-23 I knew he wanted to say something to me but he just stood there staring up at me. Feeling awkward, I stuck out my hand and introduced myself to him. We shook hands and he introduced himself with the name of a very famous preacher, yet I knew he wasn’t that preacher. Then he told me what his father’s name was and said, “Maybe you’ve heard of Him? He’s going to give me a congregation someday.” I turned and walked away and said in disgust, “That is just what we need…another congregation.”

Meaning:

 These men were imposters; the word “Imposter” means: One who assumes false identity or title for the purpose of deception.

 Imposters are no more than performers and they lead their church with great emotional sermons that have no long lasting impact on the lives of the hearers.  Men like these are occupying a place reserved for only the God seeking, God fearing minister.  Many (thousands) of pulpits are occupied by people who aren’t appointed.

The dream represents what the church (organized religion) has become today. They are self-serving and without a true anointing from God. Sadly, they are no more than hirelings.

“He who is a hired hand, and not a shepherd, who is not the owner of the sheep, sees the wolf coming, and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters {them.} “{He flees} because he is a hired hand and is not concerned about the sheep. JN 10:12-13

There are many preachers who operate in a false anointing. They get in the pulpit and preach away, all the while their walk with God is superficial if not non-existent. They have evolved the church system into a business in every sense of the word. Many in leadership make decisions based on how it will affect the business side of their church more that what God wants, if God’s direction is sought at all. The imposters are more interested in making a name for themselves in building a bigger business and expanding their business so they look successful rather than focusing on God’s Kingdom purposes. Read The Adulterous Church

The people are the Lord’s sheep, they’re not the property of a pastor and they must be treated that way; Jesus Christ is their pastor. Their lives are not to be controlled by any man or should anyone in leadership usurp (commandeer) authority over them in a controlling manner.

Scripture References:

Jude 4, 10-19 “For certain persons have crept in unnoticed, those who were long beforehand marked out for this condemnation, ungodly persons who turn the grace of our God into licentiousness and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.”  v10-19 But these men revile the things which they do not understand; and the things which they know by instinct, like unreasoning animals, by these things they are destroyed. Woe to them! For they have gone the way of Cain, and for pay they have rushed headlong into the error of Balaam, and perished in the rebellion of Korah. These are the men who are hidden reefs in your love feasts when they feast with you without fear, caring for themselves; clouds without water, carried along by winds; autumn trees without fruit, doubly dead, uprooted; wild waves of the sea, casting up their own ]shame like foam; wandering stars, for whom the black darkness has been reserved forever. It was also about these men that Enoch, in the seventh generation from Adam, prophesied, saying, “Behold, the Lord came with many thousands of His holy ones, to execute judgment upon all, and to convict all the ungodly of all their ungodly deeds which they have done in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.” These are grumblers, finding fault, following after their own lusts; they speak arrogantly, flattering people for the sake of gaining an advantage. But you, beloved, ought to remember the words that were spoken beforehand by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ, that they were saying to you, “In the last time there will be mockers, following after their own ungodly lusts.”  These are the ones who cause divisions, worldly-minded, devoid of the Spirit. Jude v.4, 10-19

“Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel. Prophesy and say to those shepherds, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD, “Woe, shepherds of Israel who have been feeding themselves! Should not the shepherds feed the flock? “You eat the fat and clothe yourselves with the wool, you slaughter the fat {sheep} without feeding the flock. “Those who are sickly you have not strengthened, the diseased you have not healed, the broken you have not bound up, the scattered you have not brought back, nor have you sought for the lost; but with force and with severity you have dominated them.” Ezk. 32-2-4

In Christ Name

Bill Nelson