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).