How do corrupt clergy use Shame and Guilt In Religious Fundamentalism?

I wrote one of the articles you will find online. Clergy are corrupted by power and control, not fundamentalism. Fundamentalism is the tool they use to wield power and control. Briefly, shame and guilt are used to manipulate followers into doing the bidding of the leader or the group, or both. They are power tools as is fear. This is how they use shame and guilt. Also, be aware that there are certain buzz words to listen for, such as: "you need to . . ., you should . . ., you must . . ." When these terms are being used, shame and guilt are not far behind.

Dr. Timothy L. Boschen


With all due respect to Dr. Timothy, he does in his answer appear to accuse all clergy as being corrupt. He may have his reason for this. However this does not fully answer the question which is "How do corrupt clergy use Shame and Guilt In Religious Fundamentalism?" I will admit that the learned Doctor has given some true ways in which clergy may be corrupted. The use of power is certainly one of them. I would like to add another corruption that certain church clergy are guilty of, and that is to get gain for the forgiveness of sins, and to enforce the thought that God is a vengeful God if the the clergy are not obeyed. Thankfully not all clergy are like this, just the odd few rotten apples in the barrel.

Answer: Through his life course, Jesus set the pattern for future ministers. Christs ministers were to be workers in the greatest work the world has ever seen-providing spiritual comfort to all mankind by preaching and teaching the good news of God's Kingdom - Matthew 28:19,20. The focus on giving and on serving the needs of others is what made Christ's approach to ministering so distinctive. He taught his ministers to be laborers, spiritual fisherman and shepherds, not mystics and academics in special garb and regalia. - Matthew 4:19; 23:5; John 21:15-17. The Encyclopedia of Religion explains that the word minister represents "not status but the serving relatiinship of the minister to the one served:following the example of the heart of the Christian understanding of ministry. In harmony with the correct definition of "minister" Jesus spent himself giving to others. Sadly over the centuries what began as the Christian ministry evolved into a formal hierarchial institution. Orders and ranks were formed, and they were invested with prestige and power and often accumulated great wealth. This created divisions and a clergy class developed. However, the Bible identifies a Christian minister, not by distinctive garb, elaborate ritual, a salary or state decree, but unselfish labor. The apostle Paul outlined the attitude Christian ministers should display, nothing ouy of egotism, but with lowliness of mind. - Philippians 2:3