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Social Engineering Strategies (Actually, a Critique of NAR Church Leaders)

April 10, 2013

As you read this, think about all the people in your life who are considered leaders. Do any of them come to mind a lot as you read? I’d say you have a social engineer on your hands there.

SOCIAL ENGINEERING STRATEGIES

Set up a club that people want to be part of because the pursuits of the club are perceived to be good, righteous and even hip or relative to current cultural biases. A religious organization is perfect.

Make yourself the not-elected, self-appointed leader of the club and give yourself an important sounding title. Pastor is perfect. Always come off as one who is a simple servant who wishes to see others surpass your abilities, talents and standing within the club…but don’t actually ever let anyone rise to a point where they are actually in charge of anything. Make sure they always have to clear everything with you.

Set up a salary for yourself based upon a percentage of the money the club is able to raise. 50% is a good number to start with. Don’t put a cap on it. Quote writings like the bible that state the head of the club (pastor) should be paid double what the average income is among the common, ordinary folks that make up the club membership.

Appoint family members and close friends as figureheads in the club…ones that are perceived to have decision-making input but really just trust in you to make all the decisions.

Identify some jobs that need to be done in order to keep your club running smoothly, appoint hand-selected department heads to each of these jobs and give these people important sounding titles. ie/ Janitorial (Building Maintenance Manager), Fundraising and bookkeeping (Chief Financial Officer), Audio/Visual Equipment (Technical Director) etc.

Ensure that the people you appoint to the leadership roles are not qualified to carry out their duties so they will always be in need of your help and will be criticized by lower members of your club when they make inevitable errors in the execution of their jobs. Always come to the defence of the department heads to the regular members. In fact, you should accuse the regular members of being divisive when they point out and/or suggest corrections for the department heads. You must generate a “culture of honour” in which there is a hierarchy of members and leaders with you at the top. Always be sure to teach about “submission” to leaders…whether the leaders are wrong or right.

Compare your group to an army using terms like “boot camp” and “don’t break rank”. Refer to leaders in your group as “generals.” Reinforce the idea that total obedience and submission to the generals is honourable, good and right. Play up the word “honour.”

If and when anyone asks questions that you can’t answer or outs you on something you said that is not true or right, accuse them of “dishonouring” you. People love to feel like they are being honourable…just make sure it is YOU they are honouring. YOU are the general, after all!

When travelling with the group, stay in hotel rooms (paid for by money raised by the group) and travel in your own vehicle but let everyone else travel together on a bus which was bought or rented with their money so they feel like they have something of their own (even tough you actually own the bus…make sure your name is on the deed for all purchases of buildings, vehicles and equipment that the group buys) and let them all bring sleeping bags so they can all sleep together in some common area.

Put on events that include a variety of speakers and entertainers (presenters) but don’t tell anyone when each presenter will be on. That way people will have to devote they’re whole life to you for the duration of the event…waiting for you to announce what is going to happen. Be sure to announce that a supernatural spirit who speaks directly to you is actually putting the schedule together as you go so no one can say it’s you trying to control the people or events.

Start a club within the club…like a band or a dance team. Gather all the most talented people around you into your sub-club, tell them how great they are and how much you need them to make your sub-club good…but don’t pay them if you get paid for anything (or give them a little stipend now and then just to keep them thinking that there’s something in your thing for them…) Make them believe that without you, they’d never get anything for their skills. And keep them busy with your thing so they never have time to find out if their skills are needed elsewhere. However, don’t ever tell them they are a “member” of your sub-club…and if they start to want to express their ideas or want to be made a “member”, tell them you don’t need them that bad! You don’t ever want to get in a situation where someone starts to get the idea that you “need” them.

If your club is a “church”, be sure to preach to your faithful followers that it is sinful and divisive to be offended. Then…offend everyone individually so that they will feel wrong, small and bad for being offended. From then on, anytime you need to knock someone down if they’re bothering you with questions or challenges, or rising too high in respect from other members, you’ll be able to do it by answering their questions publicly, paying careful attention to pointing out that their question is not fair or silly in some way. Always be sure to include in your sermons that it is hard to lead people while pleasing everyone…maybe even go so far as to have your congregation form a line and come to you one at a time to declare publicly that they appreciate you and support you. I have seen this done by one social engineer that I know. It was quite effective.

When you put on or host events…make sure you do not start on time and always go longer than the original plan. This way you’ll have control of people’s lives for a while as they will have to make other arrangements to deal with any other plans they might have had for that day. This also will affect other people’s’ lives and you will indirectly have control of those for a while as well! And if anyone says anything, be sure to berate them with guilt for daring to suggest that you stick to your schedule. Call them stiff-necked sticklers and divisive trouble-makers.

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My Experience with NAR Leader, Che Ahn of Harvest International Ministries

April 23, 2012

Sometime in around 2007, I had an interesting and telling encounter with New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) forerunner, Che Ahn, the leader of HIM (Harvest International Ministries.) I was travelling with a team from Harvest Ministries International (KHMI) from Kitimat, BC, Canada and we were leading worship at a conference in Abbotsford or Kelowna. Che Ahn was there as one of the guest speakers. We had just finished a gruelling set of intense worship and the crowd was pumped with expectation because of the mood we had created with our music. We were very manipulative that way and I still sense a need to repent of that!  We were taught that we could actually create an atmosphere that made it easier for God to move amongst us…and I believed it! Anyways, Che Ahn had taken to the stage and had begun calling out “words of knowledge” like, “I sense that there’s a woman in the room who has or has had some kind of an ‘issue of the skin’ who is experiencing a miracle right now.” (more…)

What is a Narrow-minded, Bigoted A**hole?

April 11, 2012

ImageThis writing was inspired by the nice sign that a “friend” of mine posted on my Facebook wall. The sign was a big, red octagon that said; “Stop using Jesus as an excuse to be a narrow-mind, bigoted a**hole!”  Now, I was aware that some of my beliefs were prone to anger non-Christians but this person is a Christian…or she thinks she is! Anyway, I wondered if perhaps some of my beliefs are fundamentally un-Christian-like. Here are some things I believe…Do these beliefs make me a narrow-minded, bigoted a**hole ? (more…)

Harold Camping End of the World May 21, 2011

May 21, 2011

Harold Camping is obviously a deluded individual. You should not believe him. The end.

An Introduction to the NAR – New Apostolic Reformation

November 27, 2010

The New Apostolic Reformation is a spin-off group of Christianity. The basic tenets of NAR theology is that God is restoring the lost offices of PROPHET and APOSTLE to church governance and that a new breed of Christian will be raised up to prepare the Kingdom of God so that Jesus can return.

This movement seems to have gained popularity due to the discontentment of people within the body of Christ who aren’t able to simply believe the truth of the Bible and its sound theological doctrines. (more…)

Todd Burpo: Heaven is for Real (4 Year Old Boy Coltan, Visits)

November 24, 2010

When I saw this video on Facebook my reaction was this:  

LOL – I told my Mom and Nanny that I had an out of body experience when I was a little kid too. Right after they started reading and talking about Edgar Cayce, the sleeping prophet. I’m gonna guess that this kid knew who was going to be in the operating room and has seen some TV shows like maybe “House” or “Grey’s Anatomy” or “Doogie Houser” or whatever. He’s probably heard his parents talking about Heaven. They probably attend a Pentecostal church that leans toward mysticism and the NAR. I wouldn’t be surprised if Todd is the pastor and he’s probably already a published author. And Coltan’s probably a genius too…with a really great imagination. The parents for sure have photo albums that contain pictures of their dead relatives and he’s heard his mom talking on the phone about the baby she lost. I’ll bet the kid attended a funeral of a grandparent shortly before his surgery too. And he’s sung the song, “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands!” too!
Then I thought, Sheesh I’m a really mean and nasty man to steal the dreams or shatter the illusions of that little boy…especially since I haven’t even looked into the story more. So I “Googled” Todd Burpo and what do you know…he’s a pastor and a publisher of Christian books!
So…here are the claims made in the Fox News story:
  • He met people he never knew like his grandfather and St. John the Baptist.
  • He was above them while being operated on. “ I saw my dad in a little room talking to god, I saw my mom in another room talking on the phone and talking to one of her friends.
  • He can recognize pictures of his great grandfather who he never met.
  • He knows that God is a very, very big person. He can actually fit the entire world into his hands.
  • Jesus has a rough but kind face, sea blue eyes and a smile that lights up the heavens.
  • There are no old people up in heaven, just young adults.
  • He met his baby sister that had died in mommy’s tummy. He didn’t know about the miscarriage, his sister told him about it when he met her in Heaven.

So I am just going to keep an eye on this story and watch for developments. I wonder why they waited until the boy was this age to give an interview to a news station? He seems to be about 10 in the video and he supposedly had the experience when he was 4. It seems pretty obvious to me that the last 6 years have been spent teaching Coltan what to say when questioned about the book.

Am I too sceptical? Perhaps but let’s just see what happens in the future of these people…

See also: Delia Knox…I’m interested in following her story as well!

Two Lines in Heaven?

November 23, 2010

I have come to the point in my walk with God through my understanding of His word that it is important for us to understand that Jesus, through what He was called to do upon the cross and ultimately through His resurection, finished the work of sanctification. When people start listening to and studying stuff from the NAR (New Apostolic Reformation) teachers such as Paul Caine, Bob Jones, Ryan Wyatt, Todd Bentley, Patricia King, Joshua Mills and so many others, they start feeling powerful and somehow begin to sense that it is THEY who are going to prepare God’s Kingdom SO that Jesus CAN return to find them sanctified because of the WORK they did. It’s a subtle twist but in the end it leaves two lines; One waiting to present themselves naked and powerless before the Lord, humbled by what HE has done for THEM and another line (a longer one, sadly) waiting eagerly to show the Lord how much THEY’VE done for HIM. When I think of this idea I am reminded of Matthew 7:23 – “And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” What a terrible day that will be for some. I remain in prayer.

Are there prophets in the church today?

October 12, 2010

It always seemed strange to me when someone would say they were “getting a download from God” and that this download was supposed to be some word of prophecy that would bring us new revelation. I started to do some reading and studying (starting with the Bible and a good study guide) and began to write my findings. Then I stumbled upon a writing at “Got Questions dot ORG” and found that their writing was more concise than what I had been trying to write so I just copied and pasted. Here it is!

Question: “Are there prophets in the church today?” (more…)

National Coming Out Day – Oct. 11/2010

October 11, 2010

So I got myself involved in a conversation with a friend of mine who is gay when she posted this on her Facebook status: My Friend’s Name Here is a lesbian and National Coming Out Day is tomorrow. I’m coming out for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality because it’s 2010 and almost 90% of LGBT youth experience harassment in school, and too many lives have been lost. Donate your status and join me by clicking here: http://apps.facebook.com/humanrightscampaign/ncod10_status.php?rid=100017&rsource=stream.

Now, I could have lived with that and just let it go at “I’m coming out for LGBT equality” but (more…)

The Motivation, Condemnation, Rededication Cycle of Performance-Based Christianity

March 21, 2010

Prepare for the Roller Coaster Ride of Your Life

Do you ever feel like your life as a Christian is like riding on a roller coaster? Does your Christian walk seem to be a series of long, slow climbs to the crest of some pinnacle (usually some kind of “breakthrough” like a physical healing or deliverance from some sinful behaviour) and then a spectacular thrill ride all the way to the bottom where you realise you’ve “lost” your healing or fallen into sin again but (for some strange reason) you have a strong desire to get back on the ride? Do you feel like you want to get off the ride once and for all but you’re afraid you’ll upset the cart and spoil the ride for everyone else if you do?

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