The term “Pulpit Pimp” has been floating around the black charismatic church for quite some time. In fact, one of my blogger colleagues has an excellent blog of the same name - and he exhaustively chronicles the escapades of the PP’s and their games. I purposely hesitated to add his site to my “Blog Roll”, because I didn’t know if you were ready for such direct truth. My mandate, however, is to expose false doctrine, and that site is yet another voice crying in the wilderness, so I’ll welcome them to the fold as well.
Let’s face it – it’s a harsh term to digest, especially if you’re under the spiritual teaching of such a pimp, but it’s worth taking the time to explore so that you truly understand the nature and allure of false teaching, and (hopefully) reject it and flee from the pimp’s control.
So, What Is A Pimp?
The “gentlemen’ pictured above may not be your local pastor (although he does have a cross around his neck), but he is a “former” pimp – and now he claims to be an Archbishop…perhaps he’s pictured with one of the members of his “congregation” (there’s not enough time for me to break this down – just know that I’m keenly aware of the heresy and lies even in that “pronouncement”). Even if your pastor doesn’t dress like this, this clown’s former profession may parallel the influence that your pastor may have on his congregation.
Anyway, when used as a noun, the word pimp means “one who derives income from the earnings of a prostitute, usually by soliciting business”. Of course you may be thinking “well, I’m certainly not a prostitute!”. Really? Well, when used as a noun, the word prostitute means “a person who willingly uses his or her talent or ability in a base and unworthy way, usually for money”. You may not think you’re a prostitute, but if you’re sitting under a pulpit pimp every week, then he (or she) may think you are.
Today’s pulpit pimps align themselves with their seedier colleagues by:
Dressing the same (custom made suits that cost thousands of dollars, alligator and ostrich shoes that go for $1500 per pair, expensive jewelery and eye-wear),
And living in opulent mansions (complete with guard houses and gates) to keep them away from “the great unwashed”.
Clearly, today’s charismatic pastors derive their incomes from the earnings of their congregants. Whether they shame you into pouring your hard earned money at the alter with the promise that God is “gonna bless you for your sacrifice”, or whether they cajole you into “sowing a seed into good ground” (i.e. them) so that they can spread the Gospel message to the nations. In turn, you go out and use your talent and abilities to work hard at your 9 to 5, collect your paycheck and give it to an unworthy cause (corrupt ministries).
Think I’m wrong? Ask your local pulpit pimp for a report on where the contributions are going – and see what he says to you (if you can get a meeting with him in the first place). Most of us are too lazy to actually care for the financial needs of our neighbors, so we give it to the church to be distributed throughout the community. Jesus expressly said that we are to care for those in need, because by doing so we’re ministering to Him (Matthew 25: 31-46).
The problem, however, is that your money usually ends up going to the “needs of the ministry” (i.e. salaries, mortgage for the new multi-million dollar facility, honorariums for other pimps, etc.) so the single mother that needs help with daycare gets turned away (I’ve worked in benevolence for a mega church, so don’t insult my intelligence by challenging the validity of that assessment).
This is a dire view of the state of the Body of Christ, and it should serve as a wake-up call to everyone who attends a church where the pimp reigns supreme. The only way to break away from a pulpit pimp is to seek God’s truth. Stop getting your Word fed to you by someone who is twisting it for selfish gain - study your bible for yourself, and see if what the pimp is telling you is God’s truth (2 Timothy 2:15).
When you finally see God’s truth in context and break away from false teaching, you’ll laugh at your former pimp – just like you did when you saw the picture of his colleague above.