the black & white
in Neo-Pentecostal churches!
The pivotal matter of "unity" is the topic of the next chapter. The achievement and preservation of unity is a constant theme within hyper-authoritarian groups, whether they be certified cults or errant Pentecostal/Neo-Pentecostal groups. CHARISMATIC CAPTIVATION proffers convincing proofs that the Shepherdship concept of "unity" is not the same as the "unity of the Spirit" Scripture urges us to preserve. Shepherdship "unity" is essentially an idealistic and humanistic utopianism, which in reality does not exist. It also essentially is a subtle form of ecumenicism predicated on false "peace and safety," which is used as a pretext by dominating Pharaohs to "control" their followers and to keep them bound as captives and slaves in their private kingdoms.
In this context, Dr. Lambert makes an intriguing observation concerning a rarely recognized practice by groups espousing these doctrines. Frequently in these cult-like groups in which domination is being imposed, the necessity of sound doctrine and the importance of avoiding doctrinal deviation is demeaned and devaluated in favor of what leaders of these groups contend is the overriding call to "preserve the unity of the Spirit," the devastating result of which inevitably is the infusion of "strong delusion."
What the author terms "coerced conformity" also is commonly imposed in the relationships and interactions (commonly referred to as "covenant relationships") of the members of these groups, wherein unity is often perceived virtually as being uniformity, and individualism is considered to be "rebellion" and simply is not tolerated. Moreover, the concept of "covenant relationships" espoused under these doctrines is proven in this chapter to be error and excess, and primarily a precept used by Shepherdship leaders to prevent members from leaving the church or group.
|Steven Lambert, ThD is an ordained minister, author of numerous books and teaching publications, an editor, and publisher of two E-zines, The Real Truth Digest and Prophetic Perspective Bulletin. Insight concerning Church government, Divine Order, the coming restoration, and ministry issues are the hallmark of his ministry. This is a sample chapter from his book, Charismatic Captivation, which may be ordered through this website using the PayPal® payment service or by mail/fax using our order form. Dr. Lambert may be contacted by E-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org.|
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