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Live Like Lightning: Clayton Jennings Self Aggrandizingly Warns Kids That They Could Be “Just Like Him”

“Preach the Gospel, Die Forgotten.” – Nicolaus Zinzendorf

Clayton Jennings, the disgraced hipster “evangelist” whose preaching license was revoked after multiple accusations of sexual predation on vulnerable young girls through his seductive talk and big blue eyes doesn’t seem to understand that being a minister is about exalting Christ and not ourselves. Of course, this is to be expected from a heretic of the behavioral kind. Clayton Jennings has built his entire “ministry” around himself. He is obsessed and infatuated with himself. His Instagram account looks like it belongs to a teenage girl rather than a preacher of God’s word and he certainly has more in common with Selena Gomez than Charles Spurgeon.

“I wanted to be more than a trend. They wanted to break me be I refused to bend. I want want to be more than a footnote on the pages of history,” referring to himself as “a lion,” he says “some day a kid will pick up a book and read about my story, and when you do, I want you to know you can be just like me.”

(FYI, you can find those two books here and here, and yes, kids, if you’re not careful, you certainly could end up just like him.)

“I look back some day at the mistakes [greivous sins] I made, and I’ll thank God that the mistakes never defined me. And I’ll tell the devil to shove it whenever that punk tries to remind me…”

Well, just see for yourself in his latest creation of self-aggrandizing personal exaltation.

Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. –Philippians 2:3

One thing is for certain; Clayton has no concept of what the gospel truly is–that the gospel is not about his personal legacy. The gospel has only one hero. His name is Jesus. He is the King of kings and Lord of lords. He is the lamb who was slain for sinners.  His glory will have no rival. Make no mistake, Jesus will slay every Catholic priest, false prophet, or hipster heretic who tries to steal His glory (Isaiah 42:8). Clayton Jennings thinks he’s a lion, a title given to God (Revelation 5:5). If Clayton does not repent, he will come face to face with the real Lion. He will be crushed under the paw the of the Almighty Lion of the Tribe of Judah.

One of the five pillars Protestantism is Sola Deo Gloria, that means God’s glory alone. The one who has placed their faith in Christ has the Holy Spirit living in him. The Holy Spirit, the third member of the Trinity, sanctifies all believers to worship Christ in spirit and truth. All Christian’s are being brought by the Spirit into an attitude of reverence for God. All true believers grow in the desire for God to be glorified above every other name even at their own expense (Luke 14:26).

As John the Baptist said the Christian also will say, “We must decrease that Christ may increase.”

This is not the attitude of Clayton Jennings. Sure, he says he desires God’s glory, yet Jennings’ track record of seducing young women, providing abortion pills, and refusing church discipline scream of a self-centered heart. To put it simply, he is an idolater, and his idol is himself. If Clayton does not repent of his own selfishness he will die in his sins.

Pray for this man. Pray that God would have mercy on him and that he would turn to Christ. Pray that if God should withhold repentance from Jennings that the judgment of the Lord would be swift. Until then, keep discerning and share the warning of this heretic.

But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.  –2 Timothy 3:1-5