Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus, (Philippians 3:13-14)
Imagine how so many renowned evangelists speaking before a crowd of 10 thousands to a 100 hundred thousands of hungry sheep must feel when they deliver a great, power-packed sermon (regardless whether it is completely truthful), and they are applauded and praised by this throng of adoring followers. Heady stuff is today's American version of Christian ministry. Many popular evangelists nowadays are actually treated like rock stars. Therefore, who wouldn’t aspire to become an evangelist or a singer or a great orator immediately after turning their lives over to Christ. Believe it or not many individuals, who had previous fame in the secular world, after turning their lives to Christ, immediately went into the ministry and can now be seen on television or radio or involved in a forum that actually provides them with the same adulation they experienced before. Only now, they claim they are using their talent for Jesus!