The practice of deception is not occasional or accidental in our church. It is a studied art. Pastor has spent years carefully crafting his words and ways to abide within the retaining walls of doctrine, tradition and the law. One way he imparts his lies to us is through repetition. He tells us over and over again what to do or not to do. Examples:
- “Lets go over this one more time. When you write out your tuition check for your kids here at the school, do not put tuition on the memo portion of your check. Put ‘DT offering’. We are not a school.”
- “How many times do I have to tell you all? You cannot help these people – we have spent hours trying. Stay away from them. Do not talk to them.”
- “We are under satanic attack – do not read the letters you receive in the mail. Do not read stuff on the internet. We will tell you what you need to know.”
But God says, “Who killed the Lord Jesus and the prophets and also drove us out. They displease God and are hostile to everyone in their effort to keep us from speaking to the Gentiles so that they may be saved. In this way they always heap up their sins to the limit. The wrath of God has come upon them at last” (1 Thessalonians 2:15-16). “For the appeal we make does not spring from error or impure motives, nor are we trying to trick you. On the contrary, we speak as those approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please people but God, who tests our hearts. You know we never used flattery, nor did we put on a mask to cover up greed—God is our witness. We were not looking for praise from people, not from you or anyone else, even though as apostles of Christ we could have asserted our authority. Instead, we were like young children among you. Just as a nursing mother cares for her children, so we cared for you. Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well. Surely you remember, brothers and sisters, our toil and hardship; we worked night and day in order not to be a burden to anyone while we preached the gospel of God to you. You are witnesses, and so is God, of how holy, righteous and blameless we were among you who believed. For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children” (1 Thessalonians 2:3-11).