The church has seen the rise of “celebrity cult status” pastors who act like spiritual superstars.
In this article I define superstars as those who act as little gods who believe they are above everybody else.
They walk around with an entourage and body guards and are inaccessible to family, friends, high level staff and peers, and are an unaccountable island to themselves.
Furthermore, no matter how much these leaders violate biblical ethics, they still maintain their leadership position because most of their followers are blinded by their devotion; Many of these superstars have started in the ministry for the right reason but because of undealt-with emotional dysfunction related to their youth—they carry these dysfunctions over into their ministry and church family.
There are some social and psychological reasons for this aberrant behavior—both from the vantage point of the leader and their followers.
The following are some of these symptoms and reasons:
1. Many Christians need a male figure to emulate
Many believers come from dysfunctional family backgrounds and need a male figure hero to emulate as a father figure. Some folks view their spiritual leader as a surrogate father, hence they will be protective of said leader to the point in which their emotional connection and loyalty clouds biblical truth.
2. Many Christians have no identity of their own and live vicariously through their leader
Those without a healthy self identity gravitate towards a strong, confident leader with a compelling vision to the point in which their own individuality is subsumed or fragmented. Thus, this creates a vacuum of being and essence which makes them vulnerable to a charismatic leader. In other words, this is how false prophet Jim Jones was able to lead 900 well-educated followers into committing corporate suicide in Guyana in the 1970s.
3. Many believers have a strong sense of failure and live through the success of their leader
Many people live a boring life without purpose and feel that they have more meaning when vicariously live their life through a person they deem successful.
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SOURCE: Charisma News