I can’t count how many times I’ve heard this attitude communicated by church leaders, itinerant preachers and teachers. They don’t come right out and say this but it is certainly conveyed.
When a man or woman says something like, “God gave me a message for you”, my experience is that most people will do or pay anything to hear it. Heck, I’ve been at the receiving end of that myself.
It’s desperation. Desperation to hear from God. Desperation to find meaning and purpose. Desperation for validation. Desperation for love.
Of course, these speakers know this and milk it for all its worth.