A Preacher’s Focus: Power, Adulation and Cash

Corruption.

“Corruption” by unknown artist

People in churches not only buy into biblical belief, but bow down to those pushing it too. I think Christianity is, and always has been, a power game. Priests, pastors, and other preachers, claiming to orate with God’s authority, assume they’re the arbiters of people’s lives. They take on the role of life coaches, and are gratified by the status that gives them. They’re often egotists who revel in being admired and listened to, and are out to feather their own nests. Their real focus isn’t on furnishing happiness for others, but on procuring power, adulation and cash.

Many preachers are poorly qualified for the job of a “life coach.” Bible school, or whatever its equivalent may be, is hardly a solid platform from which to preach morality, ethics and coping skills. In fact, in my opinion, one could hardly start from a more unsound base. There’s often no good knowledge of psychology, medicine, or counseling required to be a preacher.

The typical church service has an “the answers everyone needs are right here” perspective. This is a rigid, flawed approach, because it’s a one – way dialogue which ignores people’s individuality. When people have personal problems, a counselor must first listen and ask questions before suggesting possible solutions. That never happens in church.

There’s no worthwhile advice a “man of God” can offer people that can’t be better given by a good humanitarian. In fact the advice given by preachers is often profoundly wrong. Too often they suggest prayer, or to read the bible, or to suppress worldly aspirations, or to take a long-term view, or to just hope. They may quote Jesus.

“If you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask what you will and you will get it.” (John 15:7, NJB.)

“Happy you who weep now; you shall laugh” (Luke 6:21, NJB.)

“Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven…” (Matt. 5:12, NJB.) This isn’t helpful advice, it’s oppression! They tell people to focus on the promise of eternal salvation, a pot of gold at the end of life’s rainbow, granted only to those special people who have faith. It’s easy to make promises you’re never obliged to make good.

I think many preachers are hypocrites. The vaunted love said to be a Christian characteristic often isn’t found when people are in real trouble. True love is always more that just words, and too often preachers find it easier to tell a punter they’ll be prayed for than do something concrete. Some preachers even advise avoidance of help from the secular world, which derails the pursuit of pragmatic answers. They’re worried about outsiders treading on their turf. This should NEVER happen. Sitting in a church or asking for help from a preacher are usually surefire ways to not find real solutions to personal problems.

Preachers often portray themselves as warm, caring people, and some of them are. Yet I think that beneath the facade most church leaders hope people behave like sheep. Sheep are subservient, easily scared, don’t ask questions, don’t think for themselves and are easily fleeced. Churchmen profit most from wooing crowds. The percent return is much higher than from counseling individuals.

They get people groveling at the mute Jesus’ feet. Yet Jesus is just a priest’s sock puppet, so they’re really bowing down to him, or the institution he represents. The master’s cold eyes stare down from the crucifix. The flock fails to figure out there’s no point pretending he’s their pal. A real friend talks, but Jesus hasn’t uttered a word for nearly two thousand years. He can’t tell them to stop being so servile, because he’s dead.

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10 Responses to A Preacher’s Focus: Power, Adulation and Cash

  1. Lyndon Probus

    January 26, 2014 at 11:52 am

    Brilliant. Peeling the onion that is the shell of religion and exposing the corrupt core. Good work.

    • Mark Fulton

      January 27, 2014 at 1:59 am

      Thanks Lyndon. I’ll keep ’em coming!

  2. Michael John Scott

    January 26, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    The hypocrisy of religion was established when religion was first established, and until the human race realize their beliefs are irrational there will always be those who prey upon them.

  3. Joe Hagstrom

    January 26, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    I had a great comment and this piece of shit Windows 8 operating system did it’s typical bullshit and I lost it. Goddamn Windows8.

    I’m sure The Bible has something relevant to this someplace. We have a Bible Code for everything these days

    • Michael John Scott

      January 27, 2014 at 10:36 am

      You have a Windows Machine because that’s what Jesus wants you to have. You should break away and invest in a Mac. Once you go Mac you’ll never go back. Praise the Lord and pass the anti-virus software!

  4. Joe Hagstrom

    January 27, 2014 at 10:43 am

    Perhaps but Steve Jobs is dead and Bill Gates is alive. My republican code demands I believe Job is dead as a punishment for abortion or gayness in America. So in a roundabout way, yeah, Jesus wants me to suffer as He did with a pos Windows 8 laptop.

    Will save the comparison to Nazis and Jews, ala my rich friend that just did that, for another award deserving post.

  5. Norman Rampart

    January 27, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    I didn’t know they got cash! I’ve missed my calling!

  6. erock68la

    April 14, 2014 at 10:43 am

    Amen, brother!

  7. Steve

    April 14, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    The use of the word “pastor” says it all. It means “shepherd”, implying that preachers see their followers as sheep, to be fleeced (and sometimes slaughtered) to enrich the shepherd.