Can you think of any profession where one can obtain a CEO-like position having no formal training, no formal credentials, or no former experience? In the secular world, CEOs usually need to have some experience and qualifications behind them. Frequently, a CEO will have many years of experience in the company and move up the ladder before attaining his/her spot as top dog. We can see this type of progression in churches, too, where men start out as regular church attenders, move on to become a deacon, then elder, etc. This progression makes sense – both in the church and secular situation – these folks have proven themselves in character and skill level.
I can’t imagine a company with over 100 employees bringing in a new head honcho with no prior experience or history, yet for some reason, churches have been known to do this. My former church was one of them. I believe this is a recipe for disaster and what we experienced was definitely a disaster (and apparently an ongoing one).
We know one common trait of spiritual abusers is their desire to be in control. This desire can consume them. Some of these dangerous controlling pastors want to control what their people say, what they do, even to the fine details of who they are friends with on Facebook. This is messed up and wrong. It is certainly not what God had in His job description for shepherding His sheep.
For when they speak great swelling words of emptiness, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through lewdness, the ones who have actually escaped from those who live in error. 19 While they promise them liberty, they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by whom a person is overcome, by him also he is brought into bondage. 2 Peter 2:18-19
A long-time reader, Buff, sent me a link to this article a while back and I found it buried (thank you, Buff!):
Below are quoted portions of the article which could easily pertain to pastors. It is fascinating:
While most people think of psychopaths as serial killers and rapists – because most serial killers ARE psychopaths – not all psychopaths are murderous.
In the workplace, psychopaths are characterised by their attempts to try to undermine and “mentally destroy” their co-workers to feed their need for a sense of power and domination over other human beings.
“They don’t suffer any guilt or remorse, or in fact they enjoy the suffering of other people,” Dr John Clarke told a conference in Tasmania.
The book said psychopaths are drawn to and thrive in roles where people need the ability to make “objective, clinical decisions divorced from feelings”, the Business Insider reported.
Top jobs for psychopaths:
3. Media (TV/radio)
7. Police officer
10. Civil servant
On the other hand, psychopaths are likely to steer clear of professions that require empathy, human interaction and feelings.
Least likely professions for psychopaths:
1. Care aide
6. Charity worker
8. Creative artist