Preachers who preach for money are exploiters, extortionists and racketeers! The Apostle Peter depicted them as those who “. . . through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgement now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not” (2 Peter 2:3). In the words of the Apostle Paul, they are “. . . men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness” (1 Timothy 6:5).
Those materialistic pastors are more concerned about their own affluence and fame than the spiritual well-being of their flock. Of course, they would fiercely disagree with such a charge. They persuade their hearers to believe that their riches and superstar status are all tokens of their godliness and the divine blessings upon them. Just as Peter said, “they with feigned words make merchandise” of their flock.
Christianity is infested with greedy preachers, who take glory in their materialistic, carnal appearance and agendas. They are drunk with the wine of the world. Every one of them appears to be intoxicated with materialism. They are obsessed with amassing material possessions. They flaunt their wealth, and preach the gospel of wealth.
Sadly, a great number of today’s churchgoers are very contented with such preachers, because either they are materialistic as their preachers are or too naïve to discern the antics of their preachers. These people are least interested in the biblical truth and holiness. They seek mystic, lovey-dovey kind of experience in the worship. When they are served with what their carnal hearts desire, they blindly follow their materialistic pastors. This dreadful phenomenon in Christianity was predicted by the Apostle Paul in 2 Timothy 4:3-4. “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”
True preachers do not seek a lucrative career; instead they accept a lean life for the sake of preaching and promoting God’s kingdom. Consider the following words of Paul in 1 Corinthians 9:11–15:
“11 If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things? 12 If others be partakers of this power over you, are not we rather? Nevertheless we have not used this power; but suffer all things, lest we should hinder the gospel of Christ. 13 Do ye not know that they which minister about holy things live of the things of the temple? and they which wait at the altar are partakers with the altar? 14 Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel. 15 But I have used none of these things: neither have I written these things, that it should be so done unto me: for it were better for me to die, than that any man should make my glorying void.”