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The 5 People You Won’t Meet in Heaven

4. The Religious Huckster.

The religious huckster manipulates the beautiful message of the gospel for personal gain.

Taking advantage of many new, young or pre-believers, the huckster takes familiar biblical principles and stories out of context and makes them into inspirational, self-help nuggets bent on twisting emotions for monetary gain. Truth is exchanged for greed.

Much like Judas, hucksters have little — or nothing — invested in the spiritual truths they market, and at the end of the day it’s about the popularity and prosperity — not the prosperity of others, but their own. In reality, the religious huckster is a form of atheism — belittling the powerful message of grace with no real belief in a sovereign God.

To these people, Jesus has a special and politically “incorrect” message: It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea, than that he would cause one of these little ones to stumble (Luke 17:2 NIV).

The Lesson: The Gospel message was never meant to be peddled or performed as a pyramid scheme. The simple message of Christ is available, free of charge, to anyone — even repentant religious hucksters — if they just simply believe.