"These pastors are not only money hungry, but often power hungry too. They want to be both pastor and master. They commit the sin of the Pharisees and appoint themselves as middle men between God and you. They seek to replace the Holy Spirit in your life. They 'lord it over' their flocks."
Have you noticed? Some pastors are literally MONEY MAGNETS. Over the years, we have focused on a number of them. The prosperity preachers certainly come to mind as do some Christian leaders who are more subtle in their marketing approach.
Recently, we came across an insightful article entitled How Pastors Get Rich. If you ever wondered about the tricks of the trade, you will find them over at cultwatch.com. Thankfully, many Christian pastors are not mesmerized by the Almighty Dollar as the author of the article is quick to point out (see below).
Important Note: As you read please remember that very few pastors use the techniques you are about to discover. The great majority of Christian pastors do not earn much money even though they work hard at their jobs. Most Christian pastors would find these techniques repugnant. Please do not make the mistake of tarring the many good pastors with the brush reserved for the spiritually corrupt few.
As we launch into this discussion, I want to share a video I discovered several years ago when we devoted an entire month to critiquing the 'prosperity pimps'. At the time, I had not heard of Brian Houston, pastor of Australia's Hillsong Church and author of You Need More Money: Discovering God's Amazing Financial Plan for Your Life.
The words that got cut off at the end of the video are "As you become a money magnet…" The video may be satire, but Houston's book and strategy are for real!
Most of you were not here when we launched into a tirade about the health and wealth / prosperity gospel, so here are a few of our favorite posts:
As we have seen with Steven Furtick, Ed Young Jr., James MacDonald, Mark Driscoll, and others, the prosperity gospel is creeping into other corners of Christendom. We are grateful that some are speaking out about their concerns.
A Christian broadcaster named Janet Mefferd interviewed the author of How Pastors Get Rich, and their discussion was extremely insightful! It was about 30 minutes long and well worth your time! Mark discussed the following topics with Janet, which are also included in his article.
- Multi-level marketing pattern
- Hyped conferences
- The Christian speaking circuit
- Pastor owned businesses that feed off the flock
- The honor the pastor scam
- High pressure offerings
- Cathedral building wars
- Siphoning cash into real property
- Excessive wages
- Their fabricated tithing doctrine
- The carrot and the stick
We am purposely making this post short because we believe it is important that you devote your time listening to the interview and reading the article. Our prayer is that those who have been deceived by these modern day 'money changers' will be discerning about their spiritual leaders.
We look forward to your commentary on this important matter.
Lydia's Corner: Job 1:1-3:26 1 Corinthians 14:1-17 Psalm 37:12-29 Proverbs 21:25-26