PSYCHO-MANIPULATION IN GROUPS
(This article was originally printed in July, 2004)
“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:
And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.
We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error” (I John 4:1-6).
There is a tidal wave that is flooding over the American Church and around the world. It is not a deluge of persecution, nor is it a glut of oppression directed against those who would live Godly lives in Christ Jesus. The typhoon of adversity threatening the accurate presentation of the Gospel is a novel process that originated over 200 years ago.
The German philosopher Georg Hegel propounded the Dialectical Theory, “upon which Karl Marx based his concept of dialectical materialism.” Hegel maintained that the history of mankind is evolving progressively to a point of total harmony through the recurring synthesis (compromise) of opposing ideas. Practical implementation of Hegel’s dialectic in the socialist experiment succeeded in dismantling existing social systems by mobilizing public opinion and transforming it into an instrument of the revolution.
Planners are now in the final stages of engineering worldwide social change by utilizing the dialectical process introduced by Hegel and popularized by Marx. Communist China’s success with the dialectic process was manifested in the “cell group.” The modern Church movements have implemented the cell group to disperse this disingenuous (deceitful) method to achieve the same results - a transformation of thinking. In addition to the church we can observe the infiltration of the dialectic process in our schools and throughout the workforce. I’ll explain how the “process” occurs in group settings.
PROFESSIONAL SOUNDING NAMES
In business and education, it is disguised by professional sounding names such as “Total Quality Management,” “Out-come based Education,” “School to Work,” and “Character Education.” In the Churches it is disguised as Church growth, with the largest Churches being called by names such as “Saddleback,” “Willow Creek,” “Government of Twelve.” Many other churches and denominations are changing their names so that no one will be reminded that they are a church. The “Purpose Driven Life,” “Purpose Driven Church,” and many other such books are being used as the starting point for the dialectic process. In these Church cell groups, “change agents” manipulate unsuspecting members into accepting a new belief system. Many “Bible Studies,” Ministry groups, ladies’ groups, men’s groups, youth groups, even children’s groups, are involved in the “process” and do not even realize that they are in the process of transforming their minds from the didactic (Biblical truth) to the dialectic (seeker-sensitive, Purpose Driven, Humanistic) belief. Their minds are being tampered with and they do not realize it. To achieve this religious consensus, the planners must first dismantle the old methods and church structures, supplanting them by the dialectic process. Two models for the restructuring process are Willow Creek Church (Pastor Bill Hybel) in Chicago and Saddleback Church (Pastor Rick Warren) in California. In the group setting, it is easier to create discontent with orthodoxy (the old way) and demand a change. Like the serpent in the Garden with Eve, the change agent subtly inquire in this manner:
1. Christians, are you unhappy because the Worship Service at your Church is totally devoted to formal worship and preaching the Word?
2. Do you want a greater voice in the Worship Service and Church affairs?
3. Are you tired of Spectator Christianity? In the seeker or “open” Church you can come and go at will, bring food and drink into service or fellowship in the lobby or coffee shop.
4. This is a new style of Church where the laity is in charge and the Pastor relieved of his responsibilities so he can do things he enjoys.
What they fail to mention with this new model of participatory membership is that it involves unscriptural submission of laity to leadership’s control. Church members display accountability to leadership to the extreme of being told what they are to read, to whom they can hear Preach, with decisions in their personal lives guided by Church group leaders. Although the planners claim they are taking the Church back to the New Testament model, the Cell Track software marketed by Touch Outreach Ministries for cell-based Churches demonstrates that the Church is instead being prepared for the Antichrist.
The process is occurring in governmental, educational, or church level, with the objective to dismantle present structures and replace them with the new paradigm.
For the dialectic to work properly, those who are being “processed” must be persuaded that reform is needed and then are invited to participate in the process. It is of extreme importance that the participants think they are in control of the process when in fact they are not.
In the beginning of the process the opinions of group members are solicited, however, the discussion does not begin at ground zero. The free flow of ideas are carefully guided by a trained facilitator monitoring the groups exchange of ideas to “consensus.”
From the beginning, the facilitator frames the topic of discussion in a biased context and then skillfully carries the process along to its desired end – consensus. This process is designed to divert them from Biblical Faith. For those of you who are in any kind of cell group, accountability groups, or any such teams, this is a psychological manipulative process that is never defined and furthermore you can’t understand it. You need to stand against this process. You need to understand that this is a Spiritual issue in which you should not participate. By participating, you will no longer be an individual nor will you be accountable to God. Peer pressure will keep you in the flock following the facilitator. Peer dependency will be your destination. The “team process” of accountability will keep you accountable to the group above God and family. They will do your thinking for you. This is achieved through the process that we are writing about and this is how it works:
1. A group is brought together.
2. The leader of the group is called a facilitator.
3. This person is trained to facilitate – he or she must be capable of getting you to where they want you to go without you knowing it.
4. First they’ll use positive reinforcement. Build your ego and self esteem and make you feel good about yourself (“The Purpose Driven Life”). They stress that you are important and you have a Ministry and you just don’t know it yet.
5. By coming to the meeting, you have already placed a certain amount of trust in the facilitator.
The first order of business when the group gets together will be some sort of “ice breaker.” A foolish game (any six year old would love to play) will lead to laughing and more foolishness. This will be used in the Sunday A.M. service as well. Everyone is supposed to assume they are in a non-threatening environment so they can be “free to be me.” Thus begins the loss of common sense and proper inhibitions. No one is suspicious that the facilitator is “psychologically” evaluating each person during the ice breaker – “just trust him or her.” This evaluation will be helpful to the facilitator when they are trying to get you to come to consensus on something you have strong convictions. After the icebreaker, the next step is to get you to expose your privacy.
Everyone is asked to tell something about themselves that they have previously “kept to themselves” or it might be confessing your past sins, or the group may begin taking written psychological evaluations. These psychological exams may be kept by the facilitator. In many instances, they are returned to you to establish your confidence in them; just as the prison guards would give cigarettes to prisoners posing as their friend to get them to talk.
At another time, during another session, you talk more. Everyone talks more. You notice your friend is telling embarrassing things they have never even told you. They are crying! You can’t believe what you’re seeing. This isn’t like your friend. In shock, you don’t know what to say to your friend after you leave the facilitator (group meeting).
Then it happens to you. You talk and tell too much. Will the other team members keep your secret? How could you have told something so private? You might wish you didn’t have to go back to the group (unless by now you have become dependent on the group). But you will go back month after month, week after week. The process needs lots of reinforcement. You’re assimilated by dependence in the group, after all you’ve told them your secrets. Your husband or wife will never be your partners and confidant like this. You could never tell them the things your told the group.
Now you are accountable!
Peer pressure got you this far; peer pressure will keep you here. Positive reinforcement will now become an everyday occurrence. Everyone is happy – or so they seem. You followed the facilitator not knowing where he was going. Now you are not sure you like being in this cell group. Someone in the group might find out you did something “unacceptable.” You cannot afford to express “negative reinforcement” so you keep smiling. Now you are experiencing policing. Maybe you want to leave but could you make it on your own without the consent, approval, help and support of your group and church? Are you in the process?
Next month I will take this further with the brainwashing that is used in these churches and groups. I close with:
“Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! behold, the prophets say unto them, Ye shall not see the sword, neither shall ye have famine; but I will give you assured peace in this place.
Then the LORD said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake unto them: they prophesy unto you a false vision and divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart.
Therefore thus saith the LORD concerning the prophets that prophesy in my name, and I sent them not, yet they say, Sword and famine shall not be in this land; By sword and famine shall those prophets be consumed.
And the people to whom they prophesy shall be cast out in the streets of Jerusalem because of the famine and the sword; and they shall have none to bury them, them, their wives, nor their sons, nor their daughters: for I will pour their wickedness upon them” (Jeremiah 14:13-16).