Among narcissists* in the Christian community, there are sometimes those who will use “faith” as justification or cover for their personal ambitions. And they will quickly accuse those who oppose their plans as having “a lack of faith”, or possibly use other manipulative means to clear out the opposition and continue with their plans. One such other manipulative method would be for the narcissist to say “I heard this straight from God”…..who can question “God’s leading”? (Actually it is still possible to question based on scripture, the counsel of others, etc., but the narcissist will fight very hard to not be challenged in any way or by any means).
These narcissistic actions are consistent with narcissist’s tendency to use any means available to them to achieve their goals – including religious means. This was discussed in the following blog entries:
The narcissist’s way is not God’s way. In fact, the narcissist’s way of pride and self-exaltation is the exact opposite of God’s way of humbly serving others. Narcissist’s actions give unbelievers an excuse to hate Jesus. But God will ultimately deal with these narcissists.
A Tree and Its Fruit
15 “Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16 You will[know them by their fruits. [Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they? 17 So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
* Narcissist is the modern colloquial term for what the Bible calls “insolent pride” please see here for an explanation