sermonette: The Elijah Syndrome
David C. Grabbe
Given 28-Sep-15; Sermon #FT15-03s; 22 minutes
The prophet Elijah set the standard for all the prophets, calling forth God's power to bring about a drought and calling down fire, embarrassing and exterminating the priests of Baal. After warning the people not to halt between two opinions, he fell into a dilemma of either fearing God or fearing man, and ended up fearing Jezebel rather than God, thinking he was alone in his zeal for God. Sadly, some of our fellow splinter groups have succumbed to the Elijah complex, thinking they are the only ones carrying on the work of God, looking down on their brethren as Laodicean or unconverted. We dare not elevate our self-importance over our brethren in different groups. God foretells seven churches, but one body, all contemporaneous when Christ comes again.
Either fear God or fear man Elijah- the standard of all prophets I Kings 18:22 Focusing on self Isaiah's fear Matthew 13:58 National drought James and John Jezebel Jonah One-upmanship Personal importance Psalm 50:1 Wind, earthquake, and still small voice