The Real Truth About Authoritarian Abuse In Neo-Pentecostal Churches!
"For there are many rebellious men, empty talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision, who must be silenced because they are upsetting whole families, teaching things they should not teach for the sake of sordid gain....This testimony is true. For this reason reprove them severely so that they may be sound in the faith, not paying attention to Jewish myths and commandments of men who turn away from the truth. To the pure, all things are pure; but to those who are defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure, but both their mind and their conscience are defiled. They profess to know God, but by their deeds they deny Him, being detestable and disobedient and worthless for any good deed. But as for you, speak the things which are fitting for sound doctrine." —The Apostle Paul; Titus 1:10-2:1
Multitudes of sincere and trusting believers are caught in the virtually invisible web of religious captivation in the churches they attend, the ministries they are under, and the networks they are aligned with...and don't know it!
These faithful followers of Christ are unaware victims of spiritual abuse, psychological enslavement, and exploitation perpetrated under the heavy-hand of hyper-authoritarianism. That is to say, the leadership of the church-group of which they are a part is dominating, controlling, manipulating, and exploiting their followers for their own personal gain and private kingdom-building.
Through systematic indoctrination, victims have been duped into accepting as biblical and beneficial the oppressive and abusive predominance imposed upon them by unscrupulous, tyrannical church-leaders.
Without realizing the spiritual effect of what they are doing, myriads of sincere and faithful followers of Christ, in submitting themselves and surrendering their God-given right to self-governance or personal autonomy unto their spiritual leaders, have become "slaves of men" in blatant violation of God's explicit warning against that very thing: "DO NOT BECOME SLAVES OF MEN!" (1 Cor. 7:23).
Frequently, in groups employing such hyper-authoritarian practices, adherents codify their willful enslavement by signing biblically-prohibited "covenants" with their leaders that require them to effectively surrender their free-will unto their spiritual taskmasters and granting them the right to intervene in and make decisions regarding the mundane matters of their lives.
Authoritarian abuse (aka, "spiritual abuse") is one of the most widespread and troubling problems facing the Church today. Indeed, the truth is that ecclesiastical enslavement and exploitation is pandemic in many sectors of 21st Century Christendom, though those churches and ministries employing it go to great lengths to disguise and conceal it.
What makes the pandemic problem even more insidious is that many of the perpetrators and proliferators of these spiritually repressive teachings and techniques are respected, and in some cases revered, spiritual leaders.
Moreover these autocratic systems of religious hegemony are being imposed in church-groups espousing orthodox Christian beliefs, whose membership is comprised of a cross section of average Americans—individuals and families—of every race, education level, station, status, and vocation, rather than radical, fringe religious sects and cults as many uninformed people would suppose.
Though religious predomination is certainly nothing new, and hyper-authoritarianism is by no means limited to the Neo-Pentecostal branch of the Church, it has especially flourished in Charismatic and other Neo-Pentecostal groups since it was infused into the very fabric, foundation, and functions of that branch of the Church in the early- to mid-seventies through the auspices of what became known as the "Discipleship or Shepherding Movement." The doctrines and practices spawned in that false movement remain an integral part of the operations of many churches and groups yet today!
Indeed, what many Neo-Pentecostals do not understand is that with the emergence of the plethora of "networks" now in existence, there is an invisible web of interrelated organizations that secretly control and direct everything substantive that goes on in the realm of Neo-Pentecostal churches, including "approving" or "blacklisting" ministers and leaders who refuse to submit to the secret "Charismatic chain-of-command."
Charismatic Captivation uncovers those secret organizations and reveals their surreptitious, sordid, and self-aggrandizing agenda.
Written from an "insider's" perspective by a noted and respected Charismatic minister who is also a lettered theologian and consulted by the media as an expert on Christian cults, Charismatic Captivation, has been appraised and praised by ministers, scholars, theologians, church leaders, and laymen as one of the most comprehensive as well as convincing volumes written to date on the prevalent problem of authoritarian abuse, yet without the "Charismatic-bashing" in which other books citing Neo-Pentecostal abuses often engage. The more than ample array of Scripture references the author cites to support his arguments against these fallacious authoritarian theories affords readers undeniable evidence that his conclusions are completely Biblical and doctrinally sound.
Some of the book's contents...
>>> Introduction to the hyper-authoritarian doctrines, practices, and governmental structures that are accepted and implemented by many Charismatic/Neo-Pentecostal churches, groups, denominations, and networks today.
>>> The history of how these fallacious teachings and methodologies were introduced and gradually became infused into the very fabric, foundation, and functions of the Charismatic/Neo-Pentecostal Church, the great public controversy they produced throughout the Church, the five leaders who introduced and propagated them and the disrepute into which they fell and the grave impact it had upon their ministries and lives, as well as an update on their status now.
>>> How these demonically-inspired doctrines and practices are virtually identical to those of a first century Christian cult whose deeds and doctrines Jesus Himself explicitly condemned in the Bible, but which nevertheless became the foundation of the hierarchical system of church governance that supplanted the foundation upon which Jesus intended the Church He is building to be established, producing twelve-hundred years of spiritual apostasy and ruin from which the Church is still in the process of being restored.
>>> The Twelve Levels of Legitimate Authority set in place by God contrasted to the illegitimate authority established under these false teachings, which are incorporated into the structure, government, and operations of many churches, groups, denominations, and networks in operation today.
>>> Biblical analysis of these hyper-authoritarian doctrines and practices against the touchstone of the Word of God, presenting incontrovertible and undeniable proof that they are:
- patently false and unscriptural;
- "doctrines of demons" by which many sincere believers have been unknowingly indoctrinated and duped;
- illegitimate and unauthorized by God;
- a subtle but sophisticated scheme of religious enslavement;
- in actuality, witchcraft or sorcery;
- cultic and occult;
- gross idolatry and spiritual adultery;
- masked mechanisms for personal kingdom-building.
>>> God's condemnation of and explicit warnings against all such religious enslavement and predomination, in His Word.
>>> "The 15 Common Control Mechanisms" used by dominating and self-aggrandizing religious leaders to captivate and control followers — what they are and how to recognize them.
>>> The 33 Signs of Spiritual Abuse prevalent within controlling churches. This list of common indicators of authoritarian abuse is one of the seminal parts of the book as it provides potential victims with specific information allowing them to assess whether the church or ministry they are part of is engaging in the spiritually and psychologically destructive mechanisms of hyper-authoritarianism. [CLICK HERE to read an article about "The 33 Signs of Spiritual Abuse."]
>>> "The 15 R's of Recovery from Authoritarian Abuse" — Biblical steps victims must take to recover from the psychologically traumatizing and spiritually debilitating effects of authoritarian abuse — the result of Dr. Lambert's more than thirty years of counseling victims of authoritarian abuse.
Though disdained by defiant dealers in demonic domination, Charismatic Captivation is undeniably a genuine prophetic word ordained by God trumpeting forth to all ecclesiastical "pharoahs" the Divine Demand — "Let My People Go!"
If you or someone you love have been a victim of spiritual abuse, you must read this classic volume that has helped many around the world to be liberated from the diabolical domination of controlling church leaders and its devastating impact upon victims' lives!
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