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I was a pastor to local churches for about thirty years.
But I’ve also been a member only of some churches as well as some ministries.
I discovered something very eye-opening and shocking…
Many religious leaders have a Messiah complex.
But… their people often support it.
There is a symbiotic relationship, a mutual complicity, between Messianic leaders and people who want a Messiah.
For those of us who started to question our relationship to the church and maybe even left the church already, this is one of the most difficult realizations to reconcile.
We willingly participated, sometimes with great zeal, in something we found out later wasn’t good for us.
We allowed our pastors or spiritual mentors or leaders to think too highly of themselves because, in the end, we discovered we thought too highly of them too.
It can pain us to discover that Messianic leaders can only exist if they have a Messianic following.
In the past, I’ve followed a few men with Messianic complexes. I’ve had to ask myself why I gravitated towards them. What need was I trying to meet? What was I hoping they could do for me? Why did I wait too long to tear myself away or to be cast out from their orbit?
One answer is that I was looking for a father figure… someone to guide me, encourage me, and give me permission… because I was afraid, or didn’t think I was capable, of doing it myself.
Have you found yourself under the influence of a person with a Messianic complex?
Did you break free?