Step #6 Relabel each situation’s actors/actions to legitimize the Pastor’s ‘doctrine’.
Relabel is key. Former friend/pastor is now a “heretic” (cloaked in secrecy so we do not poison our minds). His previous godly behavior was simply a ploy to entice us to serve “his god!” Shock/gasp/horror. Godly wife/mother, formerly highly esteemed, now a “rebellious woman” whose sins are likened mysteriously to witchcraft! Shock/gasp/horror. On fire for God young adult captain, now was building his own kingdom/usurping authority from the man of god (pastor). Shock/gasp/horror.
Fact is, we Know Nothing of what went down in those backroom meetings. We are not to discuss the situation (Just Pray People). We are to Blindly accept Pastor’s Version as the truth, whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help me God! The only truth is the last – So Help Me God. Wish pastor would cry out to God. For help to stop lying, destroying, manipulating, shutting up the door of heaven to dozens. Sorrow/sigh/sadface.
But God says, “Ye have condemned and killed the just; and he doth not resist you” (James 5:6). “And I have seen folly in the prophets of Samaria; they prophesied in Baal, and caused my people Israel to err. I have seen also in the prophets of Jerusalem an horrible thing: they commit adultery, and walk in lies: they strengthen also the hands of evildoers, that none doth return from his wickedness: they are all of them unto me as Sodom, and the inhabitants thereof as Gomorrah” (Jeremiah 23:13-14). “Woe unto the wicked! it shall be ill with him: for the reward of his hands shall be given him. As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths. The Lord standeth up to plead, and standeth to judge the people” (Isaiah 3:11-13). “Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways” (Hebrews 3:10).
A day for family, friends, food and warm fuzzy memories of family life. Traditions. Thankfulness. Only we are a fractured group here in Calvarytempleland. Not the pristinely pious people you see on the outside. Let’s share a sampling of our reality buried deep behind our smiles and lies.
Intact family units? Are there any? Not so much.
Pastor Steve cut off his sister, extended family.
Pastor Robbie cut off his initial wife and daughters and grandchild.
Pastor Forbe has cut off his brother, extended family.
Pastor Jon cut off his parents, sister, extended family.
Pastor Jim cut off his brother, extended family.
Pastor Tony has cut off his sister and extended family.
Erica outed her four children.
Raggios’ outed their two daughters.
Brights’ outed their two daughters and families.
Nantiers outed their daughter
Sarah cut off her parents and brother.
Susan left her husband.
Danielle left her husband.
John David cut off his father.
Megan left her husband.
Christy left her husband.
Fitch kids cut off their parents, sister, extended family.
Joey cut off his parents, brothers.
Linda outed her husband.
Bob outed his wife, extended family.
Konzals outed three of their children.
Schwartz’s cut off all four of their children.
Burrells’ outed three of their children.
Stocks cut off their son.
Tindles cut off their son.
Robinette outed his initial wife and children.
Robinette outed his first two wives.
Mike and Hannah cut off their parents, extended family
Oh many more have been in/out through our revolving door of discipline. Under strained/strict watching for signs of disobedience/dissent. They may be here today, and gone tomorrow without a word. Except: “Pray for them, they’ve walked away from god (Pastor).” Happy Thanksgiving everybody.
Step #5 Provide Us with vague and ever-changing rules.
“We follow one book here – the Bible!”(Pastor Scott). Yup. We do. Whichever verse satisfies the mood/method of the Master Manipulator we worship. So if it’s “You be the first to take them to the gate and stone them” (OT verse), well we do. Or if it’s “Judge not that you be not judged” (NT verse), well we do. One “dies” and one “lives.” All based on Pastor’s ever-changing rules. He is the only one smart/godly/annointed enough to discern the best verse/action to take. It’s all about “my ministry” stupid.
Pastors’ rules are based on his need for non-interference/notoriety. Idiots/offenders will be dealt with one way or ‘nother! How dare you question my love for my sheeple? “Offer up/sacrifice your husband – you can’t love him enough to make him obey me (I mean God).” Pastor’s comforting cronies who court his favor get caught doing bad things?! All will be forgiven (benevolent smile). No one is perfect now are they? “He who is without sin cast the first stone!” How dare you question my prodigious pastoral authority of decades! Here we go, on the merry-go-round of Random Rules of a Ruthless Man. Sigh.
But God says, “How long will ye judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked? Selah” (Psalm 82:2). “The just Lord is in the midst thereof; he will not do iniquity: every morning doth he bring his judgment to light, he faileth not; but the unjust knoweth no shame” (Zephaniah 3:5). “Divers weights, and divers measures, both of them are alike abomination to the Lord…divers weights are an abomination unto the Lord; and a false balance is not good” (Proverbs 20:10,23).
#4 Transform compassionate pastor into a dictator and vice versa.
Now you see him. Now you don’t! To some of us in Calvarytempleland, Pastor Scott and his Mellow Ministers of Destruction are kind/prayerful/selfless. Only during those private counseling sessions will the demons manifest themselves. YOU know. At least those who have felt the heel of Pastor’s boot. The mockery/debasement/twisting/punishing of anyone who debunks pastor’s diabolical dialogue. And when he puts on the stern dad approach in the pulpit, we are reminded of dear dads who said “This hurts me more than it hurts you!” For Pastor it is an evil act. Cleverly calculated to confuse/coerce and produce a cringing convert to ChristLESS christianity.
We’ve heard whispered stories (there are lots) of being afraid to go into those back room meetings. And the pastoral puppets (pretty girls) laugh. “Oh no, Pastor is a pussy cat, he wouldn’t hurt a fly. He hates sin, but loves us.” Confusion. Who’s telling the Truth? Both. He scratches/claws/tears apart when he wishes, and he purrs when the pretty ones rub his back. Now you see him. Now you don’t.
But God says, “But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, ‘Why tempt ye me, ye hypocrites?‘” (Matthew 22:18). “But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men:for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in…woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone…woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness” (Matthew 23:13,23,27). “An hypocrite with his mouth destroyeth his neighbour: but through knowledge shall the just be delivered” (Proverbs 11:9). “Therefore the Lord shall have no joy in their young men, neither shall have mercy on their fatherless and widows: for every one is an hypocrite and an evildoer, and every mouth speaketh folly. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still” (Isaiah 9:17).
Step #3 Make Pastor Scott seem like a “Just Authority”
God is just, and the justifier of all who come to Him. So Pastor equates God’s authority with his own. The Divine Stamp of Approval. Even if Pastor is wrong, he is right. And must be obeyed. Because he stands in place of God. His man. His representative on this earth. The voice of the Holy Spirit to Mindless Minions (trumpets).
Every teaching cycles back to himself. His call of God, his commitment to God, his suffering for God, his blessings from God, stories to prove God has used him in countless lives/situations to bring glory to God, his merciful care of us sheeple even when God wishes to be harder on us, his countless hours of prayer and seeking God on our behalf, his patience/longsuffering toward wayward souls, etc., etc. Propaganda baby! Say it often. Say it well. Get the puppet pastors/deacons to repeat it. Even a big fat lie can be made to look like the truth. We nod, smile to each other, and relax. We are in good hands. Right? Wrong.
But God says, “He feedeth on ashes: a deceived heart hath turned him aside, that he cannot deliver his soul, nor say, is there not a lie in my right hand” (Isaiah 44:20). “And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie” (2 Thessalonians 2:11). “Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves” (Isaiah 28:15). “I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth” (1 John 2:21).
#2 Make YOU take a small first step toward a harmful act. Use minor/trivial action and gradually increase them.
So now we have been primed to destroy via sermons/meetings/chapel in DT. Quickly we remove ourselves from contact with the Idiot/Offender. Their presence could contaminate us. We do not ask them questions, show concern, socialize. All of us, young/old, simultaneously act cold toward the “bad apple.” Alone in a church. We begin to mock/disparage their personality traits. Not acknowlege their presence in the room. We are well-groomed/trained. The dehumanizing process is always an indeterminate period of time. No one discusses the Idiot/Offender. Silence is golden (godly) don’t you know. The pastors/deacons will handle the him/her. Just pray people!
Most of the time ostracizing will do the job (of cowing him/her into Submission). However if the Idiot/Offender has any Strength of character/integrity/grit/convictions, uh, well, hold on to your seats folks. Pastors’ Deathstarr is firing up.
But God says, “…the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel” (Proverbs 12:10b). “Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad” (Proverbs 12:25). “And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment” (Hebrews 11:36). “Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty” (Psalm 27:12). “…but with force and with cruelty have ye ruled them” (Ezekiel 34:4b).
#1 Provide you with a Scripture (ideology) to justify beliefs/actions.
Here’s a typical scenario at Calvarytempleland: Pastor has to get us to get rid of an offending family member who is concerned about his teachings. The idiot in question can influence family/friends, and so he/she must be Silenced ASAP. Pastor has an arsenal of verses he uses regularly. Let’s pick one. “A little leaven, leavens the lump…Purge out therefore the old leaven” (1 Corinthians 5:6-7). That will work. Begin.
With his chosen verse and a lurid description of mutiny in the ranks, Pastor embarks on rapid-fire sermons Sunday morning/evening/Wednesday evening, Friday nite youth/young adult groups. Shaming/goading us to justify the wicked deed he will soon push us into performing. This gripping pulpit performance is masterfully delivered! Sorrow (sadface) for the idiot offender. Righteous anger (madface) that our god (little ‘g’ smileyface) is being questioned. Steady determination (strongface) to do the Word no matter the pain. Blah, blah, blah, blah. It would be comical, except the idiot/offender is now being isolated out of his family, and placed against the wall for the firing squad. Understand, not for any sin. But for questioning god (uh Pastor).
Drop the Curtain. The Deathstar is positioned. Act 1 is over.
But God says, “And the burden of the Lord shall ye mention no more: for every man’s word shall be his burden; for ye have perverted the words of the living God, of the Lord of hosts our God. Thus shalt thou say to the prophet, What hath the Lord answered thee? and, What hath the Lord spoken? But since ye say, The burden of the Lord; therefore thus saith the Lord; Because ye say this word, The burden of the Lord, and I have sent unto you, saying, Ye shall not say, The burden of the Lord; therefore, behold, I, even I, will utterly forget you, and I will forsake you, and the city that I gave you and your fathers, and cast you out of my presence: And I will bring an everlasting reproach upon you, and a perpetual shame, which shall not be forgotten” (Jeremiah 23:36-40).