In the 1st century, just as in the 21st century, there were those who saw the ministry as a business. These false shepherds saw the flock of God as sheep to be fleeced, whereas the true pastor/shepherd sees God’s sheep to be fed. The false shepherds used the Word to cash in on the ministry for profit. But the gospel of God is not something to be marketed. Jesus is insulted when people use marketing gimmicks to promote what is supposedly God’s work. What a horrible indictment, that it could be said that we are “peddling the word of God” (2 Cor.2). Paul said; “out of sincerity as from God, we speak in the sight of God.” God knows & He sees.