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Amy is co-host and blogger for both Stand Up for the Truth and Naomi's Table, two ministries that give her the opportunity to write and talk about Jesus all day long. She has written, produced and broadcast in the realm of television and radio news, magazine business journals and marketing materials. She continues her freelance work as a writer and social media consultant.

Mainline Narcissism in the Church

Today we’re going to talk about Me.  It’ll come as no surprise to some of you that one of the biggest infections seeping through the visible Church today is narcissism. Here’s a warning sign: In a narcissistic church culture, the Truth is not welcome.

Where do we see it? On the more blatantly obvious sign is a cult of personality that comes from famous pastors, authors and even some watchmen ministries. But dig deep enough and we all fight it. The problem is that it is the ultimate battle we’ve fought since the Garden of Eden: Is it all about me, or all about Him?

Dave Wager is with us in studio today. He is the author of several books and the  president of Silver Birch Ranch and Nicolet Bible Institute in northern Wisconsin.

hopenetDave is also the co-host of a brand new radio program on our station designed to help young people understand the Truth of God’s Word. Check out HopeNet360 Radio with Dave Wager and Jeff Strommen Sunday evenings from 7 – 9 and have your teens tune in!

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2 Responses to “Mainline Narcissism in the Church”

  1. PJ #

    Excellent show!

    I might add that if you actually look at what serious Satanists believe, they are not into the overt occultic ghoulish stuff. While researching a friend who I found out was ordained in the "church of satan" I learned that the true serious Satanists consider that for satanic amateurs, posers, and wannabes. What they really believe when they are serious is that the heart of Satanism is self. In effect it is a sort of objectivist philosophy. I am the captain of my soul, that sort of thing.

    And unfortunately this satanic religion is so prevalent as you say, in the church today. We make the Bible all about us. If someone offers us a valid criticism, we go around looking for Bible stories when the enemies of God came after God's prophets, and we see ourself as the beleaguered hero instead of really examining whether someone may actually have (perhaps imperfectly) brought us a Biblical correction.

    This whole thing makes me think about Transitioning by Dan Southerland where he teaches us to think of any critics of the 'vision' the pastor has been 'given' for the church as "Sanballats" (the enemy who tried to stop Nehemiah from rebuilding the wall of Jerusalem.). I think Chris Rosebrough's coining of the term Narcigesis is exactly right. We make ourselves the hero of the story.

    There is only one hero and he is Jesus.

    September 13, 2013 at 11:55 AM Reply
  2. Marie #

    Excellent program Stand up for the Truth!

    This program led to areas of conviction of sin in my life through the power of God, the Holy Sprit, and I have repented and asked for God's wisom and guidance in helping me to turn from these sins which are weighing me down. God's Word is my strength in times of weakenss and trouble…..Praise His Holy Name.

    There are many excellent internet ministries our LORD has used for His Kingdom which is in heaven, not on this earth, for His Glory to which we can say "Amen!"

    September 25, 2013 at 12:25 AM Reply

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