You can go to any Baptist church, on any given Sunday, and find the pews filled with throes of Black women shouting hallelujahs and amens to the high heavens in support of their Pimp—I mean pastor—in the pulpit. Most of these women are single, never been married, divorced, or in otherwise unhappy relationships. The Pastor, in their eyes, embodies one, if not the only, quality “Good Black Men.” They cling onto his every word, shouting and jumping, carrying on as if they’re experiencing a real, live orgasm from the messianic words that are spewing from his mouth.

Some of my sistren are living paycheck to paycheck and can barely afford childcare for lil’ Hakeem. For some, their lights are about to be turned off, but somehow that does not stop them from faithfully cutting a check to Greater Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church of the Burning Flame at least once a week. In fact, a sister probably drove to church in her Hyundai Sonata with a quarter of a tank of gas to experience the hooting and hollering, and other shenanigans, theatrically presented by the ‘Bishop’ in the Holy name of Jesus Christ. (When did Pastors start calling themselves ‘Bishop’ anyway? I’m just waiting on one to crown himself Pope, but I digress.) The point is that my sistren are being pimped. Plain and simple.

I have stopped to think on many occasions that this must be orchestrated. The order of service begins with a few praise filled animated songs from the choir. The organ starts crying and the drummer gets the base jumping. The Pastor starts humming. Everybody is feeling good, and then like clockwork—time for the offering!

I expect there was some discussion at a grand meeting of clergymen where it was unanimously agreed upon to take the offering at this particular time, and then get the congregants all riled up again in this same manner after the sermon, to take a seed offering. These pimps posing as pastors peddling propaganda from the pulpit know exactly what they are doing. It’s so obviously formulaic, which is why I believe many men are absent from the church—because ‘game recognize game.’

Now, do not get me wrong, there is absolutely nothing wrong with receiving your daily bread and fellowshipping with other like-minded worshipers. The Bible (basic instruction before leaving earth) has some powerful contents that we all can benefit from subscribing to, but what part of the game is giving a man 10% or MORE of your money week in and week out, at your choice of sunrise, 8:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., or evening worship service? Oh, and lets not forget the seed offering and the obligatory building fund. It doesn’t stop here though. Some of my most devout sistren don’t miss Wednesday night Bible study, weekly choir rehearsal, the usher board meeting and any other auxiliary meeting where the collection plate is indubitably passed around. It’s like the church house is charging an entry fee just to get in the building—and isn’t that why Jesus drove out the money exchangers from the synagogue? I’m just saying.

It is not my intent to offend anybody, because I know folk are sensitive about Jesus. But let’s make a clear and succinct differentiation of what is going on. I totally understand and support contributing to the welfare and upkeep of the church and the activities housed therein, but if you were in a squeeze, can you go back to the same place where you have dutifully invested your hard earned money to assist you in your time of need? What is the ROI (return on investment) of your tithes and offering? Or are you simply lining the pockets of a mega pastor who was probably chauffeured to the tabernacle in a Bentley that you’re paying the note on, from a home in some palatial estate that your ‘seed’ offering finances?

To be fair there are many pastors who devotedly deliver the word of God to their flock, but don’t be duped by some of these pimps in pin striped suits proclaiming to be men of the cloth, while simultaneously playing off of your vulnerabilities to line their pockets with money. Pay yourself first!

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  • kila

    yes, the church has played a huge part in the demise of the black community for a long time.

    occupy black churches please.

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    • pink

      Kila: I agree totally yet some black people get mad when it’s pointed out. My issue with the church overall is that with the millions and millions of dollars that go across pulpits collectively on every Sunday….black communities should be booming with all kinds of businesses, great housing, etc. Not to mention that there shouldn’t be a homeless or hungry person on the street. In my opinion churches aren’t doing what they preach. A bunch of hypocrites is what I see; plus they don’t know the real power in their money….and it’s not found in a preacher, rabi, priest, etc. WAKE UP FOLKS!!

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    • Jeffrey

      Amen!!!! Well said

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  • http://www.mamiknowsbest.com BrooklynMami

    “These pimps posing as pastors peddling propaganda from the pulpit know exactly what they are doing. It’s so obviously formulaic, which is why I believe many men are absent from the church—because ‘game recognize game.’”

    I Think this is why my husband always hated going to church!

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  • http://womenpraymenprey.com Candace

    A new book is going to be released that addresses all these issues and many more. Deborrah Cooper, who wrote the 2010 viral piece “The Black Church: How Black Churches Keep African American Women Single and Lonely!” has published THE BLACK CHURCH: WHERE WOMEN PRAY AND MEN PREY. It will be released May 2012

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  • StudyTheWord2SeeRight

    To keep it simple christians are suppose to worship God based on the New Testement, which is the ways of Christ as the Standard.

    Christ never did preach about tithing. But the body of Christ was redeemed from the curse of the Law after Christ died on the cross and rose from the dead.

    Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”—
    Galatians 3:13

    This means that all christian are set free from all curses under the Old Testement Covenant(the Mosaic Laws)that God was only using has a foreshallow of how he wants His people (believers) to worship Him.

    How all believers are to worship God under His new covenant, which is based on love on the fear.

    The Old Covenant was if you don’t give a certain amount 10% you will be cursed.

    But now all believers are under the new covenant of Christ and are set free from the curse of the law of the 10% tithe.

    Now a Christians giving is to be based on giving from the heart, not based on an amount.

    Also the new covenant under Christ sets believers free to live for God based on love, and not based on a fear of being cursed.

    So now God expects believers to obey Him out of Love.

    When believers do this, it is showing God who is real and who is not.

    It’s a heart thing now (are our motives based on love from the heart).

    And as for False leaders in some churchs, be sure to study the bible for yourself and ask the Holy Spirit for understanding, right before you open your bible to study.

    And then you will become skilled at knowing what a false does, that proves them to be a false prophet.

    And if things don’t line up right with the word of God, Challenge your pastor in a nice way in bible study.

    Christ simpified the what God expects of new covenant Christians by divine revelation from God Himself (in the new testement of the Holy bible).

    Real Christian read and study the bible (partly to also keep from being deceived by the devil and false prophets in the body of Christ.

    Reading and rightly divided the word (Gods Truth)will set you free.

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  • StudyTheWord2SeeRight

    To keep it simple, Christians are suppose to worship God based on the New Testement, which is the ways of Christ as the Standard.

    Christ never did preach about tithing. The body of Christ was redeemed from the curse of the Law after Christ died on the cross and rose from the dead.

    Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”— (Galatians 3:13)

    This means that all christians are set free from all curses under the Old Testement Covenant (the Mosaic Laws) that God was only using has a foreshallow of how he wants His people (believers) to worship Him.

    Now all believers are to worship God under His new covenant, which is based on love and not out of fear.

    The Old Covenant was if you don’t give a certain amount 10% you will be cursed.

    But now all believers are under the new covenant of Christ and are set free from the curse of the law of the 10% tithe.

    Now a Christians giving is to be based on giving from the heart, and not based on an amount.

    Also the new covenant under Christ sets believers free to live for God based on love, and not based on a fear of being cursed.

    So now God expects believers to obey Him out of Love.

    When believers do this, it is showing God who is real and who is not real.

    (Jesus said) If you love Me, you will keep My commandments. (John 14:15)

    It’s a heart thing now (are our motives based on love from the heart).

    And as for false leaders in some churches, be sure to study the bible for yourself and ask the Holy Spirit for understanding, right before you open your bible to study.

    And then you will become skilled at knowing what a false prophet (minister, pastor, bishop, etc) does, that proves them to be a false prophet.

    And if things don’t line up right with the word of God, Challenge your pastor in a nice way in bible study.

    In the new testement of the Holy Bible, Christ simpified what God expects of new covenant Christians by divine revelation from God Himself.

    Real Christians read and study the bible (partly to also keep from being deceived by the devil and false prophets in the body of Christ).

    Reading and rightly dividing the word (Gods Truth) will set you free.

    Here is a secret about the Gospel of Christ: The simplicity of the Gospel is where the anointing of Gods is at its highest and most effective level.

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