August 16

Written by Bill Grandi on August 16th, 2023

Huckster (Unofficial definition): “a user; a fake; a pretender; one who uses the gullibility of another to take advantage of them.” (my unofficial definition)

It’s not at all unusual to read of someone taking advantage of another. It seems like we read of or hear of some scam or some Ponzi scheme or some trickery about every day. We are being warned about people, for example, offering ERC (Employee Retention Credit) during COVID. What I wish I could tell them is “Stop calling me! We don’t want or need your fake help!” but that would probably embolden them even more. I am personally sick and tired of phone calls (fortunately silenced by my settings on my phone for numbers not in my contacts) or emails (can you say “junk mail”?) trying to get me or the church to take advantage of their garbage. (I’d like to use a number of words here but I don’t talk like that).

I read-more than I ‘d like to-of supposed “Christians/church members” taking advantage of others, especially seniors, for some “can’t miss” investment scheme. First hint: can’t miss. Second hint: otherworldly returns.¬† Suggestion: avoid the Ponzi scheme like a plague.

Then there are those hucksters (so-called religious teachers) who prey on people because they want the money and promise healing, wealth, or good health. Here let me spell it out for you: H.U.C.K.S.T.E.R. If someone like the Apostle Paul¬† learned to live with the thorn-in-the-flesh, should we not also realize that on one can promise health and wealth? Check out Paul’s words in 2 Corinthians 12: “…a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me…Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this…But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” (2 cor. 12:7-10) (ESV)

No one- NO ONE- can promise you health and wealth. The one who does? Huh, a new definition of a huckster. Don’t fall for it. You will come out poorer in the end.


6 Comments so far ↓

  1. Ryan S. says:

    I suppose this should be no surprise…The Huckster has been around since before Adam and Eve. The promise of something that can’t be delivered. The Master Huckster went door to door in the garden and found His first victim, Eve… She listened to his story, bought into his half-truths, and took a bite of the lie and past it on to her family. The tactic really hasn’t changed much.

    • Bill Grandi says:

      I love it! What a great way to look at the story. And yes, he is the Master Huckster.

  2. Ed says:

    Jesus gave us grace.. that’s good enough for me to “silence” the h.u.c.k.s.t.e.r.s

  3. Cheryl says:

    So true! I am so sick of them, too. Unfortunately, there always will be gullible ones who fall for it and feed into their evil. We surely need God’s discernment in these days, and sadly, it will only get worse for the Bible warns us that evil seducers will wax worse and worse. Makes me want to hide myself in Jesus and cling tighter than ever to the old rugged cross. God bless you, Pastor!

    • Bill Grandi says:

      That is exactly what needs to be done Cheryl: hide ourselves in Jesus. Go to Him. Run to Him. Trust in Him and the only source of truth.