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Christian Pastors Eclipsing Christ in the Pulpits

Updated on August 15, 2020
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Cheryl is a poet, freelance writer, author, and former newspaper columnist, with degrees in Psychology and Biblical Studies.

The pulpit has a purpose
The pulpit has a purpose

The purpose of the pulpit

There was a day and time when pulpits were sacred in most churches. Only the pastor, a guest speaker or whoever was doing the announcements was aloud in that area. When preachers got up they read scripture then went straight to a sermon that led to asking sinners to come to Christ. Over time much has changed in certain denominations. You might sit 10 or 15 minutes in some churches while the pastor goes on and on about how he or she is your contact with the Lord and that you need to sow extra money into them so that God will bless you. They may at times call out names of those in the congregation who are big givers or who do special things for the first family. The purpose of a pulpit in a Christian church is to reach lost souls and minister to the needs of the congregation. It is not to be used to encourage people to think more highly of a pastor than they should. Sometimes guest ministers come in and spend 10 or 15 minutes telling the congregation how blessed they are to be in that specific church and how anointed their pastor and the first lady are. All of this takes away from time that could be better used to glorify Jesus.

Those begging for money are not worthy of honor.
Those begging for money are not worthy of honor.

Honor is to be given

Proverbs 3:27 and Romans 13:7 tell us to give honor where it is due. When church members or guest speakers take up time trying to force you to honor your pastor, that is coercion. II Corinthians 9:7 says we are to give, what has been purposed in our hearts. We are not to give because we are being begged, or threatened. No one else should pressure you to give time and attention or money to a spiritual leader. The church was not set up to become a cash cow for greedy preachers. The church is the body of people who believe that Christ died for the sin of the world. It is not the building that houses a local assembly. You have your own mind, will, and emotions. You have the Holy Spirit and can hear your Father for yourself.Give as the Lord leads you and not as someone else tells you to.

Scripture should not be manipulated.
Scripture should not be manipulated.

Manipulation of scripture

During a sermon, the Holy scriptures should be used as the Spirit gives utterance. Those who are already saved should receive encouragement, answers to questions, and be motivated to serve the Lord better. Sinners should feel convicted of their sins and give their lives to Christ. The pulpit should not be used to manipulate scripture to berate congregants or tell them they are not giving enough money to the pastor. You should never leave a service feeling condemned because you did not give the money to put your spiritual leader in a mansion or purchase him or her an expensive vehicle. You should not be worried about your pastor having a private jet or helicopter to ride in. Jesus always said to look out for the least of these and to help the poor. Be careful of scriptures being twisted in a manner that leads you to be trying to give your spiritual leader a lucrative life.

The church is the body of believers and not the building.
The church is the body of believers and not the building.

Keeping the money flowing

You certainly are not expected by the Lord to give money to make other preachers who are connected to your pastor wealthy. Watch out for appeals from the pulpit to give large sums to other preachers because your pastor says they are your spiritual father or grandfather. This is a pyramid scheme to keep the cash flowing to the top. I was in a church where the pastor said that Bishop IV Hilliard was our spiritual father and Apostle Fred Price was our spiritual grandfather. Our small congregation of less than 100 was asked to give $5,000 to Price who was already a multimillionaire. Think for a moment about a Bishop who has many churches that he oversees and in addition to his salary and the extra money from his own congregation, is getting money from all the congregants in those other pastors churches. Christianity is all about new life in Christ no matter what your income level, what you drive, or where you live. It is never about making anyone rich. I share these stories because I was blessed to come out of several churches that began on Christ and then were all about man. I want to help others be encouraged do the same. Our God is a jealous God and shares His glory with no one. Should churches be reopened after the pandemic, the pulpits should be utilized for the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, the Name above every Name. We bow only to Him and not human flesh.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Cheryl E Preston

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    • OGUNDARE OLUSEGUN profile image

      OLUSEGUN 

      11 months ago from NIGERIA

      This generated a heated debate in my local assembly in Ilorin, Kwara State Nigeria about two weeks ago, as many members were disappointed by the invited minister to preach to them, threatening not to come to service again because the messages of the man was empty full of coercing people to give money...I did not attend the meetings, I hardly attend money making meetings immediately I saw or heard the trend the preacher is taken...It is worrying! They are making some of us spiritually sick everyday by their polluted sermons.

    • Cheryl E Preston profile imageAUTHOR

      Cheryl E Preston 

      11 months ago from Roanoke

      Thank you for reading.

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      Eric Dierker 

      11 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I have to think on this. What do i do with over 200 online community weekly readers? To me scripture is found in my words not quotes.

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      John Gardiner 

      11 months ago

      Glad to see someone who raises a challenge to old doctrines. We need to return to scripture and, more importantly, Jesus. You state your points very well.

      If I may, things I have learned over the years...

      I shared in a previous blog, the "five-fold ministries", which includes pastors of course, is not levels of hierarchies.

      As for "pulpit ministry", this is something purely made up and has nothing to do with anything in scripture.

      The first century church did not raise monies nor tithe for buildings or salaries, but if there was need among one another or their neighbors.

      Just a few things. Some of what I write will reflect these ideas, among others. Glad to see more people out there, raising the challenge.

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