#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).