Step #8 Allow dissent, but only if the Sheeple continue to comply with orders.
One of our Great Lies: we can voice dissent with Pastor. “We have a voice/we are Bereans after all. We are ‘encouraged’ to study the scriptures to see If it is so.”A Bluff. Looks like we have freedom in Christ. We do not. Pastor ALWAYS has his way. If you call him out (a Matthew 18), you will find your kids outed from school or encouraged to run from your home. Your wife/husband will be called into Super-Secret Meetings with your deacon/pastor to instruct them to take You/the Rebel to the Gate (kill ’em, figuratively). The Sheeple must always be under the Illusion of Freedom! Break the legs of any who Expose/Rebukes the pastor for his Lawless Deeds.
Thus, we can get them to follow us all the way over the Cliff of No Return. Why? Who will stand in Gap, and Warn us from the edge of destruction? Sigh.
But God says, “Let them alone:they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch” (Matthew 15:14). “And he spake a parable unto them, Can the blind lead the blind? shall they not both fall into the ditch” (Luke 6:39). “But Elymas the sorcerer (for so is his name by interpretation) withstood them, seeking to turn away the deputy from the faith” (Acts 13:8). “Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith” (2 Timothy 3:8). “Of whom be thou ware also; for he hath greatly withstood our words” (2 Timothy 4:15).