Pimp’s In The Pulpit

6It is no secret that black people are the most religious people on the planet, and we know black women will out Pope the Pope. But today, I thought it might be timely to re-post this article in hopes that some of these good Christian folk will take a good look at the messenger that stand in your pulpit. I know it sounds bad, but far too many are little more than “Pimps in the Pulpit”. Therefore, on this Sunday morning, I thought it might be a good idea to share this message for the lost sheep who follow blindly some of these crooks, and you know who they are!

I know, talking about religion or the church is hardly a good idea to in the minds of some. It was evident when I wrote this several months ago. I got berated with comments from many so-called Christian’s “Damning me to hell”, and you know Christians do that well. However, I hope most will understand my point is this: when the black church community take an honest look at itself for the benefit of the community, and families is what is an important benefit to all us.

Don’t get me wrong. I love the “lawd” as much as the next person who claims they do. I also love and can appreciate “The Word” and will say there are “some” good pastors out there. Just as there are those, who have raised hell all of their lives, gone to prison and worse. I think we all know many like this and those sleeping with the ladies and young people of the congregation, yet they claim to have been called to deliver the Word. So why can’t people see, in many cases, all is not what it seems. Let’s be careful and not confuse the man or church with Christianity or Spirituality.

Let’s be real, you know the scenario – I’ll call it the drama. A pastor gets caught in some scandalous behavior like stealing money, committing adultery, having a child by a member of the church family or worse. The word spreads; a few fed-up members leave the church. The “incident” is downplayed or swept under the rug, and eventually, the congregation moves on as if nothing ever happened. Black churches are notorious for their unwillingness to shake bad leaders. Even in the face of undeniable evidence of gross sin, some congregations maintain their commitments to shady characters with an almost addictive like quality.

When this happens, it tends to inflict damage far greater than their collective work. Frankly, it spells disaster for its mission, its people, and the faith of the community. The little country church I attended as a child had a preacher I admired greatly because he told the truth. He once said, “The Bible has been rewritten 28 times. If the first version was God’s word; Why then would man need to rewrite the word God left for us?” When I got older and saw him outside of the church in his Caddie, he told me, “There is a lot of money in Jesus name.”

I thought then and sometimes now that it is like the wolf guarding the sheep. There was a time when the church was there for the community, and now it seems the people are there for the church. Think about that for a moment. During the Civil Rights era, the church was the foundation that changed the world. Pastors put their lives on the line, and many died for their community and the people of it. Do you know any preacher today like that; just name one preacher who would do that today? Probably can’t!

I went to a church some time ago – they called it a mega-church. The first thing I saw was an ATM machine. What came to mind was the day Jesus turned over the tables of the money changers in the temple. More outrageous was the preacher was ten years old. I will admit it was a great show but with respect to the ten-year-old preacher – Negro Please! My point is this; be guarded with respect to the messenger. Some churchgoers believe pastors (even bad ones) are virtually untouchable, or they are all knowing like God speaks through them. They are human, and most have self-serving agendas.

People who hold this view will protect a corrupt pastor by immediately denying or dismissing any allegation of misconduct before careful consideration. Sometimes the congregation will blame the victims for their victimization. For instance, many women find themselves blamed for having been sexually harassed by a corrupt pastor. Should they find the courage to speak out, they are often branded as “troublemakers” and/or demonized as a part of the devil’s scheme to bring down the ministry.

For the record, the Bible does offer human protections for congregations in the form of multiple pastors. It promotes real pastoral accountability from a group of people who know the day-to-day ins and outs of that particular congregation and who are qualified to recognize and call out pastoral misconduct. I know this is a HUGE paradigm shift but before you prejudge it, check out these biblical references to see if they support a single or a multiple pastor model for local churches. (see Acts 11:30, 14:23, 20:17, Philippians 1:1, Titus 1:5, 1 Timothy 5:17, James 5:14)

The Bible never said anything about Christians remaining loyal to corrupt leaders. In fact, the Bible clearly forbids churches from clinging to such pastors. 1 Timothy 5:20 says “As for those [pastors] who persist in sin, rebuke them in the presence of all so that the rest may stand in fear.” There are precious few congregations willing to obey this Biblical command. Can you imagine a local Black church publicly reprimanding a corrupt pastor by bringing him before the congregation, calling out his sin, and “sitting him down?” I doubt it!

However, in many cases, this is exactly what God’s word require. For you haters who will offer negative comments concerning this article. I simply ask that you judge not. This can be done by looking in the mirror. Further, you need to look no further than your local or national news to see that there are wolves preying on their flocks. 1 Timothy 5:21 insists that even pastors should receive no special favors or leniency when it comes to sin. It says, “In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus and of the elect angels I charge you to keep these rules without prejudging, doing nothing from partiality.”

Pastors aren’t God’s and you so-called Christian’s dishonor what you claim to worship – the Lord himself by acting as if they are. We need to take pastoral integrity very seriously and avoid the physical, psychological, and spiritual devastation to our communities and ourselves. It is time to demand that pastor accountability occur and not being an accomplice to the “pimp in the pulpit”. There is a saying “game knows games” and these false prophets are playing a game with your soul. And that’s my Thought Provoking Perspective…

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17 responses to “Pimp’s In The Pulpit

  • Julius L. Williams

    I must agree with you, whole heartedly! Going to church has become a tradition and the church has become a social club. No one reads the Bible, so the Preacher doesn’t have to preach it and he is more readily accepted and revered if he doesn’t preach
    God’s word.

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  • LaTanya Davis

    As I reflect on going to church, and I must say, attending church has been spiritually beneficial to me in the past, I can see how revered the pastors of most churches are, to the point that, many times, it’s the pastor and his personality that’s being worshipped and viewed as a god, which makes it very difficult for the congregation to accept any of their blatant sins. Christ is still the head of my life, despite my disillusionment and disappointment in the “church.”

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  • Julius Williams

    I agree with your assessment. It is good to see that I am not alone in my observations of, and opinions about today’s Church. Christ is the head of my life, but I don’t find Him in the Church unless I take Him with me. Consequently, I haven’t attended a Church in years.

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    • LaTanya Davis

      Now I am wondering if it has always been that way or if I am just becoming aware of it.

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      • Julius Williams

        I don’t believe it has always been the way it is now. To me, it’s like the Israelites in the wilderness under Moses. The whole thing starts off well enough with Moses following God’s direction, but after Moses dies, under successive human leadership, the Israelites proceeded to get farther and farther away from God until under Samuel, the Prophet, they demanded human leadership under a King. Samuel cries to God that the people were rejecting him as their leader, but God corrects him, telling him that the people were really rejecting Him, God, as their leader. God gives Samuel a warning for the people as to what would happen to them under a King and what he told him he passes along to the people and we see it all coming to pass.

        I believe we have had good leader in the past. We have followed them through the tough times, but as things get better, we, humans tend to want things to go as we want and we will follow the most charismatic would-be leader who will tell us what we want to hear. God is still with us, but he insists that we follow Him. Initially things go well under human leadership, but as we get farther away from God, He must withhold His further blessings to us to force us to recognize the error of our ways. The Church is not God, nor is God the Church. So, no matter which way the Church goes, the children of God must stay in God’s word, the Bible and follow God and His word, alone to remain in His grace.

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      • LaTanya Davis

        Thank you for that mini lesson. Like you said, “The church is not god and God is not the church.” I truly thank you for taking the time to give me your view. Its comforting to know I am not alone. May God continue to bless you.

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      • Thought Provoking Perspectives

        You are very welcome! Blessings…

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  • Ms. Cheryl

    It seems the great “paradigm” shift in the church started when many pastors had to become “business men” — to purchase properties or to build new buildings for a growing congregation. “Pimps in the Pulpit” is a great article, any honest person with “eyes” and a “brain” knows too much of the article is true. Unfortunately, the church is a haven for unscrupulous predators and “silly women” as 2 Timothy states are always easy prey…

    I have no interest in sleeping with someone else’s husband in or out of the church. But what you did not mention is “temple whores”… Some of these females are just that. As in the days of Eli, he had sons who had sex with “temple whores” and Eli did not chastise his sons, God held Eli responsible for that remember the story? So there is a price to pay.

    Also, it appears this is the “cultural” climate we live in today. Not holding these ministers accountable and overlooking sexual sin in the pulpit. I am glad to say there are many, many pastors that are faithful to their wives though in spite of the obvious as stated in the article.

    Maybe, if there was more teaching on holiness, justification through the precious blood of Jesus, grace — true spiritual conversions will take place and this crap they call church today will be eliminated through the pure teaching of the word….

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  • fixerguy

    Great call out, great Teaching. Were there more sane, self honest, folk like you, I might be Christian.

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    • Ms. Cheryl

      Thanks for the kind complement. Paul spoke on how teachers in the 1st Century “handled the word of God deceitfully,” but “nevertheless,” he said the word is being taught… I guess lazy, lying men will always use the “pulpit” to gain money — because people are “vulnerable” and “follow” these crooks and thieves.

      But this dates back to when the priests and monks had control over the “literature,” the bible was only written in Latin, only the priests understood Latin. The congregation was illiterate, by design. This is why the older bibles have so many pictures — the pictures supposedly taught the people what the text was saying… (the short version)

      The bible needed to be translated so “regular” people could read and understand for themselves. Many people have died translating this book. So is has been used to “control” people or the masses that are too lazy to read and seek for themselves.

      I know when you meet these lazy, trifling folks it makes it hard to believe in God — but they will be beaten with many stripes.

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  • malraggins@gmail.com

    Amen and Amen!

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