If you are a Christian because of someone you love or admire so much, you are in your own class, on your own. Why? Because once the person misbehaves, you lose grip of whatever you’ve managed to believe. It is either you get so discouraged to the point of detesting Christianity and other Christians–genuine or not–or you gullibly emulate the person’s misdemeanours.
Get to know the Lord Jesus Christ for yourself. He is closer to you than you think, you don’t have to reach to the highest mountains or the deepest valleys to know Him (Deuteronomy 30:13-14, Romans 10:8). Pick your Bible and read, you will find Him there. Let His principles guide your life and not some mentor’s/idol’s.
It’s okay to have people that you admire or look up to. It’s okay to have mentors and fathers/mothers in the Lord, but you should only follow them as they follow the Lord(I Corinthians 11:1, Hebrews 12:2). Be like the noble Bereans who despite the fact that they must have thought so highly of Paul still went back home everytime to search the Scriptures to confirm if what Paul taught them was right or not (Acts 17:11).
Because someone is so highly placed and anointed does not mean he cannot sometimes preach error. Don’t swallow everything you are told, read your Bible for yourself and let the Holy Spirit, who will definitely be in you if you are saved by Jesus, teach you Himself.
When you know God and His word for yourself, you will not be tossed to and fro by winds of different doctrines and teachings (Ephesians 4:14). And as you seek Him in His word, don’t take His word out of context, there is half truth and there is whole truth. Let your goal be getting acquainted with and imbibing in the whole truth of His word, whether sweet, bitter or sour.
©2015, Ayobami Temitope Kehinde