2 Thessalonians 2:7-12
7. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
8. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
9. Even him, whose coming is after the working of satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
10. And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
11. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
12. That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
Too many people fail to consider that Jezebel mentality is NOT simply the wife of some king / some man. According to the Bible in 1 Kings, Jezebel set out to gain for her husband his heart desire –at the expense of anyone who stood in their way.
Somehow, even in this age, it seems that some women think that granting their man’s every wish is the thing to do. I think that’s ludicrous and impossible! I believe that “set your affections on things above” supercedes ANY human –and it’s impossible to be god to people! By the same token, the same could be same for man (or the person) who attempts to grant the wishes of their wives or families –by any means (illegal or not), necessary.
Yet, in today’s “churchianity,” people are like King Ahab’s wife, Jezebel. They seem to jump over each other to be at the service of the pastor, and the ‘first family’ (nonsense) of their churches. I do think it’s admirable to esteem one’s preacher or leader or pastor (and indeed, I’ve written tributes to both husband and wife). Yet, I abhor idolization of either a human religious leader or his family –especially when / if those families do nothing other than sing in the choir where they can scan the audience, but disregard the congregation most other times; and when they do nothing to serve God and fellow members unless it’s gratifying; and for family impression purposes of which they are well-rewarded, they make ‘a fair show in the flesh’.
FURTHERMORE, contrary to how people blindly place first their families (especially significant for the preachers with snobbish, back-biting, tale-carrying children!), Jesus did NOT agree with such thought processes concerning “family/” The explicit perspective of Jesus regarding family as quoted in Matthew 12:46-50:
46. While he yet talked to the people, behold, his mother and his brethren stood without, desiring to speak with him.
47. Then one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee.
48. But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren?
49. And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren!
50. For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.
While people usually think of leaders’ wives as “Jezebel,” this essay deals primarily with leaders’ or preachers’ members –the ones who are at the ‘beck and call’, seeing to it that the wishes and needs of their religious leaders are fulfilled. But, those same members would not bother telephoning or visiting bereaved, ill, troubled, afflicted fellow church members, or their loved-ones. Those same members are the ones who bolt for the door when worship ends/ Yet the ‘beck & call’ people tarry as long as necessary if their leader desires their time, resources, service, or skills. Additionally, those types of members unhesitatingly give exorbitant amounts of money to the preacher, but deny a dollar to certain members (without third-degree questioning what caused their predicaments); the same scenario is true if certain members need someone to talk to (the people with unlimited time for the religious leaders, are too busy to counsel or even learn what situation a fellow member needs their intercessory prayers).
The foregoing describes people who are interested in safeguarding their SOURCE of entertainment, prosperity lecture, motivational coaching –ensuring continuity of the person or persons who bestows warm or exhilarating feelings –or inspiration, flattery, BS (bullspit) –who ‘hooks them up’ with employment connections, who did financial favors for them or a loved-one (and now they beholden), and so on! It’s similar to a person who remains committed to a marriage with a documented cheater / baby-maker / hustler / philanderer, because doing so bestows some measure of good feelings, or a sense of social respectability –because, after all, he’s / she’s married (and possibly ‘beating the others to him’ / ‘her’ affords some type of well-being enhancement).
It’s similar to people who did not give a flip whether Michael Jackson molested those kids! Probably the last thing they wanted to find out was, if it was true because then they would have needed to consider relinquishing enjoyment he supplied to their lives. That’s exactly how it is with people who don’t care if their religious leaders and “Shepherds” are doing things like molesting boys, or using the church’s finances as his / her personal piggy bank, and using select church members as ‘human commodity‘ for those leaders’ business and personal matters –despite it will eventually land those leaders / preachers in federal prison when caught. [Hence, they DON’T even love their leaders enough to attempt accountability that helps such leaders to not violate federal laws prohibiting those very abuses concerning charity organizations –despite news story samples like the ones below of the many! religious leaders and their wives going to jail (will be going, or should be going) for religious and charity Tax Frauds, like illegalities called "Self-Dealing" and "Private Inurement".]
On the other hand, some people are ‘cozying up’ to their leaders –not because of caring one bit about those leaders, but because they’re only interested in their own “meal tickets,” they’re concerned about their “gravy train.” (Aside from malice that becomes created by preferential treatment to certain church members –rather than the “oneness” and unity that Jesus prayed for in John 17:21– church division, and “scattering” of the flock, are outcomes when religious leaders show favoritism to the one who assist those leaders’ kingdoms, but not God’s!) Consequently, what follows are ”gravy train’, crowd flatterers, folks who mislead, deceive (and more) the leader / preacher who has an “Ahab” narcissism personality –and the outcome has never been good, because entertainer / preachers head to jail, and leeches often keep their loot.
“Jezebel” mentality, like the one in 1 Kings, chapter 19, do not have the best interest of husbands / leaders / their beloved in mind –but apparently more about being indispensable and endearing oneself, about creating co-dependency. Best interests of people we love do not entail misusing or murdering others to gain goals and pursuits, or to gratify and indulge personal appetites. To wrongfully exploit, misuse, deceive, injure, persecute, deride –and any other despicable deeds for purposes of one-upmanship, is antithetical to Christianity. Emphatically, as Jezebel’s example show, she really did not love her husband, but love for her insecure self was behind her actions –and she got what she deserved! No person who loves Christian leaders deliberately induce preachers, leaders, pastors to activities causing them to REPLACE their duty of SHEPHERDING God’s people with business endeavors, material acquisitions, social events, fame seeking, etc.
No TRUE Christian would inspire, encourage, nor steer a TRUE “pastor” (Jeremiah 3:15) person who has been ordained by God as a “shepherd,” to exploit or violate any of God’s people, especially when the people are unsuspecting, defenseless, for the preachers’ personal gain or the preachers’ personal households! It is becoming so out of character with what God designed for HIS churches, that preachers / leaders are rewarding the members who help further the personal agendas of the preachers / leaders –and ignoring members who don’t or can’t help the preachers’ agenda, and persecuting other members who are threats to it. Precisely, (as the mere SAMPLES demonstrate) more and more, it is abundantly clear that the building of God’s Kingdom is no longer the reason the interest of certain church leaders and preachers. In fact, naïve members are welcome and tolerated –and even courted if they’re large financial contributions, until they question ministry improprieties. But sometimes being a good “snitch” (informer) about the community and church members is as appreciated as the financial contributors, and ‘informers’ are often handsomely rewarded in various ways –including from church coffers unbeknownst to the majority of people who donate their tithes and offerings.
MEMO to the (you are not a celebrity) performer preachers who mostly show up on days when offerings are raised –who are too busy to be bothered with ALL members of your congregations, instead of the ones that feed your “love offering,” and who are ‘audience cheer leaders’: Your assignment from God is vastly different from materialism, and business dealings / meetings having little to do with the church you pastor (especially since those activities (or something less proper) are excuses you offer consuming all your time). In case fame – material seeking preachers / pastors need reminding, 1 Peter 5:2, Jeremiah 3:15 and tells what a Christian “Shepherd” ought to do and to be. If the following passage IS NOT what you’d rather do, it would be a very good idea to relinquish your clergy office, and stop causing flocks to think they can expect what Bible texts like these describe about God’s Shepherds / preachers / pastors:
“Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind.” -1 Peter 5:2
“And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.” -Jeremiah 3:15
Clearly, the passages above state that the “Shepherd” whom God places over God’s churches are not supposed to be leaders for the purpose of “lucre” (profitability!); and that the “shepherds” are supposed the provide God’s people with “knowledge and understanding” –not manipulation. However, in too many of today’s churches, the knowledge and understanding that the leaders are obtaining, is being utilized for them to go into business ventures, and to amass wealth and fame. WOE unto them! Ezekiel 34:2, Jeremiah 23:1, 50:6 warns what happens to “Shepherds” who neglect and falsely instruct God’s people, as well as abuse their ordained authority:
“Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD unto the shepherds; Woe be to the shepherds of Israel that do feed themselves! should not the shepherds feed the flocks?” -Ezekiel 34:2
My people hath been lost sheep: their shepherds have caused them to go astray, they have turned them away on the mountains: they have gone from mountain to hill, they have forgotten their restingplace. -Jeremiah 50:6
Woe be unto the shepherds that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! says the LORD. Jeremiah 23:1
Furthermore, the preachers / pastors who want it to appear that –so they won’t be “worse than an infidel”– they are simply being good providers for their families (and extended families), they need the congregations’ LOVE OFFERINGS –in addition to the “compensation SALARY package” those pastor / preachers are paid from the tithes and offerings, are being duplicitous. First all, too many members are misled to believe the “love offering” is all those preachers receive. Sadly, lots of preachers / pastors apparently utilize their churches as their piggy bank for themselves and their families so they can retain good family ties apart from the church (as obvious most of them do NO kingdom building labor!), including patronage, ‘hush money’, ”snitches”, allies, favors, and ‘dirty work’. Often, what’s really happening is that those preachers won’t have to go in their own pockets to keep the family wheel smooth –and ‘assistants’ are continually added as needed for the interests and goals of egotists who use religion pulpits for lavish lifestyles –and they take along for the ride assistants who help facilitate the False Shepherd’s dreams.
Unfortunately lots of Jezebels, DELUDED “shepherds” –and the people who idolize them (inclusive of preachers, pastors, religious leaders and teachers). who are destroying people’s lives, are attached to too many nonprofit charity organizations . And they should be exposed and corrected so that irreparable outcomes won’t continue.
Bishop Joseph Walker III Sexual Assault Accusations by 4 Women http://www.christianpost.com/news/bishop-joseph-walker-iii-accused-of-sexual-assault-by-4-women-70631/ . . .http://nashvillecitypaper.com/content/city-news/two-suits-filed-against-mt-zion-baptist-church-raises-question-clergy-malpractice . . . Church Sex Scandals for Joseph Walker far from over http://thechurchladyblogs.com/2012/12/04/joseph-walker/
Spiritual Mind Control http://www.pimppreacher.com/Spiritual-Mind-Control.html
Rick Warren’s Style Over Substance: How The “Purpose Driven” Philosophy Has Mishandles The “Purposes Of The Scriptures http://www.sacredsandwich.com/warren_scripture.htm Rick Warren: ‘I Do Not Believe in Wealth Redistribution’ http://crooksandliars.com/blue-texan/rick-warren-i-do-not-believe-wealth-red
Church rejects Rev. John J. Hunter http://articles.latimes.com/2012/nov/12/local/la-me-bethel-hunter-20121112 AME Church is at a crossroads (over Hunter) http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-1206-fame-hunter-20121206,0,4677097.story Oldest black Los Angeles church filed lawsuit against Hunter, his wife, others http://documents.latimes.com/first-ame-church-files-lawsuit-against-former-pastor/
Pastor Frank E. Ray’s drama w/ wife who was formerly his mistress http://thechurchladyblogs.com/2012/05/02/rev-frank-e-ray-pastor-wives-drama-real-life-divorce/ and http://thechurchladyblogs.com/2012/06/09/the-churchladys-take-on-frank-e-and-deborah-ray-saga/
Grandmother killed by Pastor-Activist-PREACHER after his vehicle hit the 88 yr old woman; and fled the scene; he had no license http://www.allvoices.com/contributed-news/12653618-grandmother-dies-in-brooklyn-streets
Bishops, Bentleys, & Bling http://www.pimppreacher.com/Bishops-Bentleys-And-Bling.html
Pastors Abusing The 501(C) (3) Status? http://www.pimppreacher.com/Pastor-501C3-abuse-308.html … and http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2011-01/senator-concludes-probe-ministry-finances …
The Preacher’s Wife or Co-Conspirator http://www.pimppreacher.com/Preachers-wife-or-co-pastor.html …
Pastors Impregnate Many Women Among Their Church Congregation and Don’t Care About Their Children http://www.atoast2wealth.com/2011/10/23/pastors-impregnate-many-women-among-their-church-congregation-and-dont-care-about-their-children/
Juanita Bynum Confesses “I Have Been With Women” http://thechurchladyblogs.com/2012/07/17/juanita-bynum- confesses-i-have-been-with-women/
An Open Letter to Joel Osteen http://www.patheos.com/Progressive-Christian/Open-Letter-to-Joel-Osteen-Greg-Garrett-05-10-2012.html …
Megachurch leader in mega-sized sex scandal http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21888916/ns/us_news-faith/t/megachurch-leader-mega-sized-sex-scandal/
Why Is Intellect Not Allowed in God’s House http://valdostatoday.com/item/12197-flock-of-simpletons-why-is-intellect-not-allowed-in-god%E2%80%99s-house.html
Atheism Rises, Religiosity Declines In America http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/14/atheism-rise-religiosity-decline-in-america_n_1777031.html?utm_hp_ref=tw
You can NOT do anything! http://www.patheos.com/blogs/paperbacktheology/2012/01/you-cannot-do-anything.html
6 Tools to Maintain Your Spiritual Condition http://www.patheos.com/blogs/philfoxrose/2012/09/6-tools-to-maintain-your-spiritual-condition/
Televangelist Peter Popoff’s Buffet Of African American Cash http://www.pimppreacher.com/Peter-Popoff-Spiritual-Con-Game.html
Fleecing the Flock: A Snapshot of America’s Richest Pastors http://www.patheos.com/blogs/paperbacktheology/2012/01/fleecing-the-flock-a-snapshot-of-americas-richest-pastors.html …
The Decline of Faith http://spectator.org/archives/2011/06/29/the-decline-of-faith
The 10 Most Dangerous Religious Right Organizations http://www.alternet.org/belief/10-most-dangerous-religious-right-organizations
Preacher Ed Young: “Why are you even coming to church if you’re not bring the tithe?” Are you crazy? http://www.pimppreacher.com/Pastor-Ed-Young-Jr-Teaching-On-Tithes.html
LOUISIANA “MONEY COMETH TO ME” preacher: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/31/magazine/you-are-here-money-cometh-to-me-now.html and http://www.pimppreacher.com/Leroy-Thompson-Cashing-In-On-Jesus.html
Church brawl in Louisiana during service stemming from attempts at questioning the pastor about finances http://www.blackmediascoop.com/2012/08/01/brawl-breaks-out-during-church-services-over-money/
Religious power couple, Bishop David and Bridget Montgomery –convicted http://www.myfoxhouston.com/story/19243229/2012/08/09/religious-power-couple-convicted-on-tax-charges
Louisiana Preacher Leroy: “Neither Should He Eat!” http://www.pimppreacher.com/Leroy-Thompson-Cashing-In-On-Jesus.html
New Orleans Style Pimping http://www.pimppreacher.com/How-Church-leadership-failed-New-Orleans.html
Is Louisiana not part of the U.S. anymore, or something? http://wonkette.com/474335/louisiana-gop-does-not-believe-the-children-are-our-future
Pastor Jerry Baldwin’s New Living Word School –given more vouchers than any other Louisiana school, DVDs instead of teachers, housed in church gym. . . http://cenlamar.com/2012/08/20/a-users-guide-to-governor-bobby-jindals-school-voucher-program/
Nonprofit Charities, a News Story, and Religion, and POVERTY http://www.lawgrace.org/2012/08/11/nonprofit-charities-and-a-news-story-and-religion/
The Gospel of (New Orleans Preacher / Pastor) Lucas http://www.bestofneworleans.com/gambit/the-gospel-of-lucas/Content?oid=2057017
Bobby Jindal’s Vouchers Will Provide Over $700,000 Per Year To School Led by NEW ORLEANS “Prophet, Apostle Lucas. http://cenlamar.com/2012/08/07/shocking-bobby-jindals-vouchers-will-provide-over-600000-per-year-to-school-led-by-prophet-apostle/
Anthony-Harriet Jinwright, Former Co-Pastors of Grtr Salem Church, 2 funeral home, etc., Tax Evasion, “Love Offerings” http://www.qcitymetro.com/news/index.cfm/channel/F711AC3E-D029-7127-5D9F500FA49D138F
NEW ORLEANS –No Aid, No Help, No Nothing From Black Pastors! http://www.pimppreacher.com/Failure-of-Urban-Ministries.html
NEW ORLEANS –Now Wobble Wid It http://www.pimppreacher.com/Bishop-Lester-Love-Night-Club-Church.html
Louisiana Incarcerated: How we built the world’s prison capital http://www.nola.com/prisons/
Religious power couple, Bishop David and Bridget Montgomery, Restoration Temple Church of God in Christ, convicted on tax charges http://www.myfoxhouston.com/story/19243229/2012/08/09/religious-power-couple-convicted-on-tax-charges
Charismatic Pastor, Robert J. “Dr. Shine” Freeman, Sentenced to 27 Months In Prison for Fraud http://urbanchristiannews.com/ucn/2012/08/charismatic-maryland-pastor-robert-j-dr-shine-freeman-sentenced-to-27-months-in-prison-for-fraud.html
Pastor of Arizona Megachurch, ‘Model Purpose Driven’ Church, Sued for Having Sex With a Man’s Wife in the Church, and more http://www.blackchristiannews.com/news/2012/12/dale-lee-mcfarland-pastor-of-the-megachurch-radiant-church-in-arizona-a-model-purpose-driven-church-.html
Ex-Louisiana Pastor, Sentenced to 10 Years In Prison for Stealing Nearly $1 Million http://www.blackchristiannews.com/news/2012/07/ex-pastor-toris-young-sentenced-to-10-years-in-prison-for-stealing-nearly-1-million.html
New Orleans Bishop J.D. Wiley Life Center Cathedral Still In A Tent 7 Years After Katrina http://www.pimppreacher.com/Bishop-J-D-Wiley-Life-Center-Cathedral-Still–In-A-Katrina-Tent.html
When Religious Leaders Attack Louisiana Gov. Jindal’s Plan – You Know it is Nuts!” http://educationclearinghouse.wordpress.com/2012/08/09/wow-when-religious-leaders-attack-jindals-plan-you-know-it-is-nuts/
Louisiana Superintendent John White: Voucher Program Will Fund Failing Private Schools http://cenlamar.com/2012/07/24/la-superintendent-john-white-voucher-program-will-fund-failing-private-schools/
The Black Church Is Dead http://www.huffingtonpost.com/eddie-glaude-jr-phd/the-black-church-is-dead_b_473815.html?
Parables Of The Not-So-Social Gospel http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rev-james-martin-sj/the-not-so-social-gospel_b_1825810.html?utm_hp_ref=tw#s308815&title=Luke_62021
ORGANIZED RELIGION VS. CHRISTIANITY http://www.theexaminer.org/volume8/number1/organize.htm
MAN‘D OF GAWD http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8KxXHibv6A
AIDS and the Black Church http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/10/aids-in-black-america-vid_n_1654646.html
Religion, POVERTY, and Nonprofit organizations http://www.lawgrace.org/2012/08/11/nonprofit-charities-and-a-news-story-and-religion/