In my last article, I talked about the church rat race, how people either blindly or knowingly enter into the rat race…with disastrous results, most of the time.
Well, here I want to talk about the corporate ladder that DOES exist in the church.
I think we can all agree that the church HAS taken on the look, feel and persona of corporate America.
We hear more about business, incorporation and the whole nine more now than ever before in history. I see MANY pastors who have adopted the titles of ‘Chief Executive Officer’ (CEO) of their ministries. Why are they doing that?
Because-as Hezekiah Walker recites in one of his songs-’gospel has become big business’ today!
The church’s favorite mega preachers are self-confessed business moguls, often holding conferences and going on international television-NOT to spread the good news of the gospel-but to promote doctrines and teachings that read more like these seminars that are held by famous multi-level marketing companies who periodically meet to ‘pump each other up’ as they continue to milk innocent people of their hard earned money.
I went to one of these ‘conferences’ for a very successful financial management multi level company a few years back in Destin, FL. They put us up in a really nice hotel on the beach. They fed us, they entertained us. Then we went to the meetings where they literally pumped up the crowd (I say they even was preaching, since the meeting was held on a Sunday!)
I thought to myself “This is like church…” (this was while I was still in the church system).
As a matter of fact, the sponsor, my upline, was a preacher of a local church.
And many of us know that the higher up you go on the ministerial ladder, the more likely you are to get PAID!
How many small ministries do you know of whose whole goal in ministry is to be like their favorite mega preachers’ ministry or church? That is why they ‘sow’ into their ministries…do you know that MANY smaller ministries actually tithe off their own tithes they collect in their church services and send their 10% to their favorite mega preacher, or should I say ‘coverings?’
They do this false practice because it is taught and believed that if they sow into the ministry of their favorite preacher-a practice commonly known as ‘sow up-then their own ministries will start to prosper. And when I say ‘prosper,’ I mean they will start to get million dollar book deals, recording contracts, have tens of thousands on their rolls and will be ‘living large.’
The church system is NOT the church Jesus Christ talks about in the Word, and it is not the Bride He so loves and is coming back for. This church we see today is a caricature-or a distortion-of what it really is.
As long as this continues, there will be many climbing that ministerial corporate ladder. Why?
Look at my picture above: Notice how the $ sign gets bigger and BIGGER.
Many who start out innocently enough in ministry for the right reasons end up staying in it for the WRONG REASON (I intentionally left off the ‘S!’)
And the reason why is because of the root of ALL evil……MONEY.
The money gets too good. The temptation to no longer struggle, the power that having money wields, the status and prestige one gains the higher up they go up the ministerial ladder…and not to mention all of the fringe benefits afforded to those who ‘stay the course.’ These are the reasons WHY the higher up one climbs the ministerial ladder, the more corrupt they become.
I cover this process of how one becomes corrupt in ministry in detail in my book‘The Makings of a False Prophet.”
Are you a minister that has recognized that you have fallen off the mark?
Have you found that you are becoming more and more money and prestige-hungry, instead of hungry for GOD?
Have you witnessed more corruption and deception within the ranks of ministry and grown weary and disgusted with the whole thing?
Have you actually left God due to the foolishness you have seen amongst your comrades in ministry?
There is healing and deliverance, restoration, FOR YOU!
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