But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments, And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues, and greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi. But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ.Gospel of Matthew 23
I don’t like celebrity ministers. I don’t actually know any, so this is not a personal attack; I just dislike the concept. I’m not even questioning their motives in general, although I am fairly sure that some of them are simply looking for a way to be famous without having any actual skills.
People that make money from people who are searching for God are not making their money honestly. There are a lot of people out there who are hurting, and taking advantage of that is not good.
Small parish or congregation ministers — who actually minister to people and don’t just make speeches — are real heroes. People who fly around in private jets and hobnob with celebrities, not so much.
I avoided writing down my thoughts on these subjects for years because of this very notion; I didn’t want to appear to be a “poser.” Some people that are very close to me suggested time and again that I should write this stuff down, to be able to pass on what I’ve learned after 40+ years of research and direct mystical experience.
You will not find my credentials, my picture or even my name here; I am not hiding, I just don’t think that who I am is relevant. I hope that you get some value out of reading these little articles. If you do, let me know by liking, following, commenting, or emailing me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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