Model for many Fundamental churches

By William Kilgore



Identifying Mind-control Churches
by Remembering F.L.E.S.H. :

FEAR = of MAN (sometimes fear of what the leaders might do, or fear of losing your close friends, spouse, and even career opportunities) & FEAR of the "Exiting Interview from the organization." Their Exiting Interview is often equated with possible loss of salvation or spiritual judgement if you break your covenant to the group. You are always told, however, that you are free to go at anytime and that it is your choice to either stay or go.

LOVE = is second place to FEAR. In a Christian Church, love is #1, not #2. The Mind Control Group's "LOVE" is often selfish and based upon "What's in it for me?".

EMPTY = the group is encouraged to empty their mind. Not to ask too many questions. . . to totally trust their leaders. . . not to question the groups authority. . . not to attend another group's meetings - to do so would be recognized as disloyalty to the Mind Control Group. . . not to read anything or talk to anyone that might disagree with the Mind Control Group. There's usually a high level of secrecy, especially in regards to finances and how money is being spent. Since gossip is forbidden, ASKING QUESTIONS about the operations of the Mind Control Group is often equated with GOSSIP. The fear of spreading gossip ("asking questions") is used to maintain a rigid silence within the membership. Loyalty is therefore achieved by a trust in either man or an organization rather than a trust in God in accord with The Bible. Heavy accountability often becomes the necessary evil which follows for closing "The Back Door" to stop people from leaving the Mind Control Group.

SEX = Most Mind Control groups seem to support some type of abnormal sexual conduct. Some promise hopes of marriage "if and only if" a person stays committed and fulfills their missionary commitment ... others encourage fornication or adultery outside of marriage ("free sex"), while still others might encourage complete abstinence during marriage, except for when it is approved by leadership. - - This is often done by a couple being kept so very busy by the Mind Control Group that there is no time for sexual intimacy within the marriage. Many members will even feel guilty for not being busy enough in serving their Mind Control Group. Resting and relaxing seem like a sin to them ... etc ... etc ... etc.

HATE = They learn to hate those who are not part of their exclusive group. Their own group is tightly "NETWORKED" together and becomes more and more exclusive. Others are refered to as their enemies. They often consider it God's will for them to be experiencing a "Persecution Complex" even when no persecution for Christ's sake is truly evident. They often speak of "Unity and Peace" but Unity has been redefined as being "tolerant of everyone EXCEPT the intolerant. In other words - be united with everyone unless they disagree with you ... this can be very dangerous. Often faithful members who later disagree with the Mind Control Group are refered to as being hirelings or as being demon possessed.

WARNING: If you already attend a Mind Control Group, we encourage you to "FLEE," and find a loving, Spirit-filled, Bible teaching Church where Jesus is clearly at the center of their teaching, conversation, and lifestyle. Your efforts to try to change the Mind Control Group from within will often fail and be thwarted by the head leaders of the Mind Control Group. In leaving, perhaps some of your friends will follow, and be rescued from bondage and legalism to a new life of freedom in Christ Jesus. To God be the glory.

(The F.L.E.S.H. acronym text is reprinted with permission from A LOVE LETTER at http://www.free-gifts.com) Amen.


Editor: We have had hundreds of emails from readers who have been in mind control Fundamental Baptist and Charismatic churches. They are not a small minority. There are far too many to just consider the syndrome an anomaly. I believe many Baptist and Charismatic Bible colleges and Bible Institutes are cultivating the mind control approach to pastoring a local church. This is the only agenda at Hyles Anderson and Pensacola Christian College. Many others could be mentioned of course. If you send your kids to these schools, they will come away determined to take charge of other Christians' minds.

I also note that you will find NO comparison to mind control in Jesus Christ. He taught and said follow me. He walked off, and anyone who didn't follow was not cursed and castigated publicly. The modern Fundamental Baptist and Charismatic pastor may never teach, but he WILL say, "follow me." This is blasphemy, for he is supposed to follow the example of John the Baptist who said:

John 3:28 Ye yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before him.
29 He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom's voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled.
30 He must increase, but I must decrease.
31 He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven is above all.
32 And what he hath seen and heard, that he testifieth; and no man receiveth his testimony.
33 He that hath received his testimony hath set to his seal that God is true.

Many people sitting in Fundamental Baptist and Charismatic churches will go to hell because they have not been sent to follow Jesus. They follow the guru type preacher or faith healer. Because they did not turn and follow Jesus, and because they allowed a man, a preacher, to rule their mind, family, and life, they will go to hell.

How about it- are you following a man instead of Jesus Christ?





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