Step #10 Leadership will dehumanize/label all Idiot/Offenders.
Rebel, self-willed, defector, stubborn, proud, heretic, lover of Self rather than lover of God. These terms are peppered through sermons, teachings,
youth group lessons, backroom meetings. Purposefully applied to our
Beloved members who question God’s Designated Authority – S.S. “Pastor are you sure you should be marrying a Young Woman weeks after your wife dies? And shes less than half your age? I think this will bring a reproach” (Concerned Member).
Member/family labeled. No discussion. No dialogue. Punitive actions taken ASAP. Leadership must Dehumanize/Demonize all who dare to deny our Diabolical master/pastor anything. Question his direction? Who Do You Think You Are? You Self-willed, rebellious, son-of-a-no-good-woman, Stupid, idiot, Sheep, etc. And the rest of us are so thankful for our witless state-of-mind. Ahem. Shall we make it sound Biblical? And the rest of us are so thankful for our godly obedience to the Man of god. (So we won’t be trampled under his Hellish Heel of Destruction.)
It takes a village….right Pastor? You couldn’t do this without us.
But God says, “For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass” (James 1:23). “Surely your turning of things upside down shall be esteemed as the potter’s clay: for shall the work say of him that made it, He made me not? or shall the thing framed say of him that framed it, He had no understanding…That make a man an offender for a word, and lay a snare for him that reproveth in the gate, and turn aside the just for a thing of nought” (Isaiah 29:16,21). “Wherefore thus saith the Holy One of Israel, Because ye despise this word, and trust in oppression and perverseness, and stay thereon…Therefore this iniquity shall be to you as a breach ready to fall, swelling out in a high wall, whose breaking cometh suddenly at an instant” (Isaiah 30:12,13).