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).