Are you a huckster, pastor?
In 2 Corinthians 2:17, Paul shared these words.
“For we are not, as so many, peddling the word of God; but as of sincerity, but as from God, we speak in the sight of God in Christ.”
You might ask, what does this have to do with porn?
Well….it’s about exploitation of a profession.
Most pastoral scandals that happen in the church is a combination of a pastor becoming disconnected with his wife, and the excursion of female sexual wanderers or predators, commonly called in the book of Proverbs, the sexually immoral woman.
For a married pastor, such disconnection occurs for a variety of reasons. Pastoral commitment to be at the church, counseling women alone is one grave factor. The superman pastor believes that he can save women. Such emotionally unstable women are easy pickings for the sexually immoral pastor.
Church secretary scandals are common. Today, the common scandal is now “sexually immoral women.”
While there is two sides to every story, a disconnected pastor, is either, according to the book “Betrayal Of Trust,”a “wanderer or a predator.”
Pastors have been known to make themselves seem so powerful that gullible women would be mesmerized by a man’s ability to use his “people and preaching skills” to get women into bed.
Pastoral hucksters fall under three categories that I recently discovered with the help of my friend, Pastor DL Foster, of Witness Freedom Ministries on a FB post.
1. Emotional manipulators.
2. Intellectual manipulators.
3. Revelatory manipulators.
Let’s look closely at each one.
1. Emotional manipulators- Most pastors preach with such emotions that he can say nothing wrong. Emotional women will eat this up, that no matter if he is right or wrong about Scripture, the right emotional phrase could trigger just an emotional response. This emotional frenzy in many churches is a lot of energy that hit targeted area of the soul. When a pastor hits the right stride, women will connect with that and regardless of whether what is said is truth embedded in Scripture or something that sounds like truth, women gravitate towards that and feel connected. This is where music also comes into play. Music opens the soul up for almost everything, and sadly, some music ministers who are sexually promiscuous, assists with a predator pastor, (whether knowingly of unknowingly) to get what they want sexually.
2. Intellectual manipulators- A woman is also drawn to a smart pastor. Most male pastors are knowledgable. Sometimes when a pastor is preaching or teaching the Word of God, his knowledge is like the wisdom God endowed Solomon with. He has an answer for everything, or so it seems. In most cases, the combination of emotions, intellect, and revelatory preaching and teaching, will attract women to a male pastor. Especially when a wife is disconnected from her husband, she gravitates to a man that will answer her questions. However, male pastors, that are predators, will act like a pimp. With skill and cunning words, pastors win their affection. By saying the right words, they offer gullible women everything. Afterwards, immoral pastors will turn the table and use every means of manipulation to get them in bed. Most women know the Word of God, but because of her desire to meet connection and sexual needs, she will abandon all discipline and believe the lie from a mand of Gawd.
3. Revelatory manipulators- These are the ones that are so spiritually deep that nothing he says makes sense but it sounds so spiritual. These master manipulators abuse the supposed operation of the gifts of the Spirit. Usually, they will operate in the utterance gifts of the Spirit known as prophesy, the gift of tongues, and the interpretation of tongues. This is not to say that the actual gifts of the Spirit are in operation. God is not in league or in connection with sin operating in the life of a huckster or hireling. Another area where this is common is the right music. The combination offers such an emotionally charged atmosphere, that this level is directly connected to 1. Emotional manipulators. Everything is done in such a way that you could be so emotional that the Word of God and the Spirit of God is not even a factor any more. All you know is thatseeming revelation by the Spirit of God caused you to trust the man of God. So much so that you are not even aware that these hucksters are driven by familiar spirits.
Now, notice Strong’s Concordance’s definition of “peddling.”
g2585. καπηλευω kapeleuo; from καπηλοσ kapelos (a huckster); to retail, i. e. (by implication) to adulterate (figuratively): — corrupt.
AV (1)- corrupt 1;
to be a retailer, to peddle to make money by selling anything to get sordid gain by dealing in anything, to do a thing for base gain to trade in the word of God to try to get base gain by teaching divine truth to corrupt, to adulterate peddlers were in the habit of adulterating their commodities for the sake of gain.
Notice the last part of this definition. “…to adulterate peddlers were in the habit of adulterating their commodities for the sake of gain.”
Sometimes gain doesn’t necessarily mean money all the time.
Gains of sex is also in the equation.
Notice the Amplified Bible of 2 Corinthians 2:17.
“For we are not, like so many, [like hucksters making a trade of] peddling Gods Word [shortchanging and adulterating the divine message]; but like [men] of sincerity and the purest motive, as [commissioned and sent] by God, we speak [His message] in Christ (the Messiah), in the [very] sight and presence of God.”
For instance, look at some of your “prophets” of today. They always use key phases such as destiny, purpose, blessing, faith, authority over demons, prosperity, sowing and reaping, seed time and harvest, and increase.
Some of their person to person “prophetic utterances” are generic words to get a certain emotional reaction from women.
Unsuspecting women will hear these words and if one word comes close to what may be happening in their life, the tears flow, and they drop their guard. That’s why you must hold your emotions and hear what is being said. Even if it witnesses to what you are going through, it is not the time to drop your guard.
Lurking behind this may be a man’s lust to have you sexually.
So, now that some of these things reveal the pastoral huckster, the question remains.
Will you still be deceived? Or will you be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might to leave that pastoral huckster. There are many women in church that would not have it any other way, but for the sake of keeping yourself pure, you have to make the decision to find a place where the convicting power of the Holy Spirit is constantly working in the church.
Where constant prayer is real and genuine. Where people agree with God and His Word faster than trusting the arm of flesh.
Is your church a house of pimps and prostitutes? Is the church you are attending filled with sexual immorality? Is your church the greatest whore house in town?
Is the house of God a genuine place of prayer or a house of whoredom, led by a pimp pastor huckster?
The clarion call to the church is to deal with this area relentlessly to prepare her to be a sanctuary, pure and holy. Tried and true. The pastoral huckster will either forsake his game, or continue to have a harem in the den of thieves that is supposed to be the house of prayer.
Genuine Pastors must be against sexual immorality for in the coming days ahead, the Lord will fulfill His will in the earth.
“That He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water through the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church without spot or wrinkle, or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.”