Model for many Fundamental churches
by Remembering F.L.E.S.H. :
= 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.
= 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
= 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.
= 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.
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.
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
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.
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:
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.
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
about it- are you following a man instead of Jesus Christ?
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