Celebrity Preachers?

July 28, 2007

Lee Grady of Charisma Magazine offered an extremely shocking and ridiculous account of a problem in Christianity. He argues, "A new strain of the celebrity virus is spreading in large segments of the church." He offers the following case as an example:

One friend of mine in Texas recently inquired to see if a prominent preacher could speak at her conference. The minister’s assistant faxed back a list of requirements that had to be met in order to book a speaking engagement. The demands included:

a five-figure honorarium
a $10,000 gasoline deposit for the private plane
a manicurist and hairstylist for the speaker
a suite in a five-star hotel
a luxury car from the airport to the hotel (2004 model or newer)
room-temperature Perrier

This really makes me wonder how the apostle Paul, Timothy or Priscilla managed ministering to so many people in Ephesus, Corinth and Thessalonica. How did they survive without a manicurist if they broke a nail while laying hands on the sick?

This is ridiculous! How is it that this preacher has so lost sight of the Gospel? It seems like this person needs to read the Bible, especially the teachings of Jesus. It is also sad that people put up with this junk from preachers. Grady makes some good points in his piece in response to this case and others. He points out that there is something terribly and tragically wrong going on in parts of American Christianity.