THE NARCISSISTIC GIFTED PREACHER | Stephen Powell

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A narcissist as defined by Marrian Webster’s English dictionary is an extremely self-centered person who has an exaggerated sense of self-importance (1). A narcissist is someone that not only grows to love the spotlight, but they grow to need it. They come to draw all of their sense of identity and self-worth from what being famous or seen by many affords them. In these last days the evil spirit responsible for twisting a person into what the world calls a narcissist has twisted many of our most gifted preachers and pastors into this. We need to pray for our leaders and also hold them accountable.


For the sake of the body and for the sake of the ministers themselves, these traits and problems must be identified by leaders and addressed. One of the surest ways to test and see if a minister is under the influence of a narcissistic spirit is to require the minister to spend lengths of time out of the spotlight away from everything and everyone, even social media and the internet. This was modeled by our Lord just after He had some of the biggest crowds and some of the most dynamic breakthroughs for the kingdom. He would walk away from it all to spend time alone in the wilderness, just him and his Father (Luke 5:15-16). He did this because yes He longed to spend time with his Father. But He also did this because He didn’t need the spotlight. Thirty years of his life was spent in secrecy and hiddenness working humbly with his hands, and only three and a half years was spent in the spotlight. The moment you start “needing” the spotlight God has given you to preach his word and lead people to Jesus, you’re in big trouble!


The Christian minister is not a celebrity, they are not a public figure, and they are not cultural icons. They are priests of the Lord first committed to ministering to the Lord privately in fasting and prayer, and they are at their highest and most prestigious nothing more than servants. Our Lord demonstrated this when He took up the servant’s towel and washed the feet of his disciples just prior to his death, burial, resurrection, and ascension (Jn.13:1-17). On his way to the throne He took up the servant’s towel. He took on the form of a bondservant and humbled himself even to the point of death, even the death of the cross (Phil.2:7-8). The disciple is no greater than his Master (Matt.10:24). How can we do anymore or any less as ministers of Christ?


There is a clear call coming from the Lord in this hour for the church of Jesus Christ, for the Western Church. Do not tolerate Jezebel any longer (Rev.2:20). Jezebel is said to be seductive, leading servants into sexual sin, and leading people to her table to partake of food offered to idols (doctrines of demons). I find it interesting that narcissists are said to be sexually aroused by their own images (2). It’s become clear that Jezebel is dominating much of the western church. She puts her seduction on the people and on her ministers to where men become lovers of themselves, lovers of pleasure, more than lovers of God (2 Tim.3:1-5). This is described as being part of the perilous times that come in the end times. Lord have mercy on us.


To hear more of my thoughts on this matter click on the link below to watch the video version of this blog post.


In His Service,

Stephen Powell

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Article References:

  1. https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/narcissist

  2. https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/narcissism

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