“What do I do with all his books? Should I throw them out?”
Those were the 2 questions someone asked me recently over a preacher/leader who was not only a great author and International speaker he was now someone who threw all that away because he lived a double life.
So what is the answer?
“Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples: “The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach.” (Matthew 23 v 1-3)
The religious leaders were hypocrites as we will once again find out in this chapter. But what they taught and preached wasn’t all that bad. In fact, Jesus told the crowds and even his own disciples to practice what they preach. Why? Because the Word of God can withstand erroneous leaders who are bad examples of it. The truth of the Bible is not dependent on the truth of the preacher. That is why some preachers are deceived into thinking just because their books are flying off the shelves and they are being booked for this and that conference that God is blessing them etc. He isn’t. He is just using them and their office to speak the truth of His message to people who are there.
So don’t throw out the books. Practice what they preach … even if they don’t practice it themselves!