Let’s just face it – Christians will fall for just about anything. It is not to say that all Christians are gullible, but many segments of the Christian world can be convinced to buy or believe just about anything. For some reason, Christianity attracts people who are easily manipulated and unfortunately, those who manipulate often become Christian leaders.
It really does not matter what brand of Christian we are talking about either. In the 15th and 16th centuries, Rodric de Borja and Giovanni di Lorenzo d’Medici (as popes Alexander VI and Leo X respectively) manipulated and cajoled millions if not billions of dollars in donations for the reconstruction of Rome and their own personal enrichment. They used the papacy as a tool for fleecing Europe of every cent they could get out of it. Martin Luther rose up against them, and within a generation his own followers were fleecing Europe for every cent they could get out of it.
Revivals were preached across the world in the 18th and 19th centuries, and soon they were being copycatted by shysters and charlatans who used emotional preaching and miraculous manipulation to create followings for their particular brand of Christianity, enriching themselves along the way. Today, their philosophical descendants manipulate people with promises of God’s blessing and demonstrations of “the Spirit” in their churches.
Fundamentalists get on the band wagon of any preacher who tickles their ears; Pentecostals and Charismatics bend to whatever teacher has a “new word” for them. People spend millions on Christian books; Christian music is such a significant niche of the music market that every major label owns a Christian label and markets the hell out of it. Men and women live lifestyles of bold face sin and then parade around as preachers of the gospel; and we buy it.
Most of the pyramid schemes and infomercial scams that bombard us constantly are led by nominal Christians and targeted at a predominantly Christian audience.
We buy everything they sell us.
I’m not sure if it is that Christianity attracts the gullible or if it breeds gullibility. Either way, it is pretty obvious that it is wide spread among us.