Scripture teaches that the role of elders is to care for the flock of God, watch over them willingly, and lead them by a godly example (1 Peter 5:2-3).
Scripture also teaches that the role of elders is to encourage the flock of God with sound doctrine and refute those who contradict (Titus 1:9).
Unfortunately, the Biblical role of an elder has been replaced in many religious organizations by the unbiblical role of a change agent which is based on secular organizational management principles and social psychology techniques.
Instead of shepherding the flock of God through the power of God’s word and the power of the Holy Spirit, some religious leaders today are relying on human wisdom and covert psychological methods to reprogram the mind, emotions and behavior of professing Christians without their knowledge and consent.
When religious leaders attempt to infiltrate the minds of others and rewire how they think, feel, and behave (especially without their knowledge and consent), they are operating in deception and witchcraft.
The only person who has been given authority to transform the human mind is the Holy Spirit.
When religious leaders take this authority upon themselves, they are usurping the authority and role of the Holy Spirit.
Many professing Christians are not aware that their leaders are using social psychology techniques on them in order to gradually and subtly dismantle their orthodox Biblical theology and replace it with a form of humanism that is dressed up as “Christianity.”
Many professing Christians have no idea that this is happening, because their leaders have not been forthright with them about the unbiblical techniques and methods that they are using to change the way that they think, feel and behave.
Religious leaders learn these unbiblical techniques and methods from leadership materials (books, magazines, DVDs, CDs, seminars, and conferences). But they do not share these materials with their general audience.
This is why I use the term “covert”, which means “concealed, secret, disguised.” These techniques are carried out in stealth mode and hidden under labels like “transformational thinking” which sounds trendy, innocent, Biblical and ‘spiritual.’
Biblical elders are not looking to dismantle orthodox Biblical theology and replace it with humanism.
Biblical elders would not feel comfortable usurping the authority and role of the Holy Spirit by infiltrating a person’s mind in an attempt to reprogram the way they think, feel and behave.
True elders rely on the word of God and the Spirit of God to transform people by renewing their minds. They understand that this is a work of the Holy Spirit, not a work of man via secular organizational management principles and social psychology techniques.
“See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.” (Colossians 2:8)
Now let’s talk about the social psychology technique: “unfreeze-change-refreeze“
In the early 20th century, a German-American psychologist named Kurt Lewin came up with a three-stage process or “model of change” which is used to change the way people think, feel, and behave.
This three-stage process can be summed up in three terms: unfreeze-change-refreeze.
1. Unfreeze is the first stage. This stage involves bypassing a person’s defense mechanisms and breaking down their resistance to “new ideas.” The goal is to get them to let their guard down and motivate them to become open to “change” “innovation” “transformation” “transition” or “a new and improved way of doing things.”
2. Change or transition is the second stage. Once a person’s guard is down and they are open to “change,” they are ready for the second stage where the change agent introduces them to “new ideas” to bring about a changed mindset and move their thinking in a different direction. Their orthodox Biblical theology is cast in a bad light and the “new ideas” are presented as better, more effective, and more relevant.
3. Refreeze is the third stage. Once a person has been introduced to the “new ideas” and their mindset starts to change, the “change agent” reinforces these “new ideas” to solidify the “new way of thinking” and make the change permanent. The new changed mindset is established and cemented.
The end result is that a person’s “old way of thinking” (their orthodox Biblical beliefs) has been successfully dismantled and replaced with “a new or different way of thinking” (humanism).
In the context of a religious organization that is suppose to be a Christian church, this is deceptive and demonic.
Unfreeze-change-refreeze is NOT the same thing as being transformed by the renewing of our mind (Romans 12:2).
Romans 12:2 says “do not be conformed to the pattern of this world” but let God transform us by renewing our mind, so that we know His good, pleasing, and perfect will.
The unfreeze-change-freeze method does the exact opposite of Romans 12:2. It disassembles the orthodox Biblical theology of professing Christians and conforms their mind to the pattern of this world (humanism), so that they do not know what God’s will is.
Here are a few signs that your ‘church’ is being unfrozen, changed, and refrozen by change agents:
1. The Biblical leadership model is being replaced with an increasingly secular leadership model.
The Biblical leadership model is seasoned experienced elders who shepherd the flock of God by providing a godly example, teaching the word of God and refuting those who contradict.
When a church is receiving a makeover by change-agents, the Biblical leadership model is replaced by a secular leadership model (CEOs, business managers or “team leaders,” motivational speakers, entertainers, and globalists).
The leaders are there to “facilitate change” (hence the term “change agent”) and transition their followers into a “new” belief-system and a “new worldview” which contradicts Scripture. This change is facilitated through Sunday morning messages, “Bible study” series, programs, new member orientation classes, special conferences and seminars, extra-biblical books, and small groups or cell groups.
2. The leaders want to change the theology of the church, revise the Christian Faith, and redefine the purpose and nature of the body of Christ.
The leaders make condescending derogatory comments about the historic Christian Faith, orthodox Biblical theology and sound traditions.
They speak of shedding that “old time religion” and “thinking outside of the box” “moving in a new direction” “thinking more progressively” “transitioning” and “transformational thinking.”
They say that the world is changing and so the church needs to change (its theology and methods) to stay “relevant”, grow, be seeker sensitive, appeal to the youth and attract millennials.
It’s one thing to shed false teachings and false traditions — that would be the right type of change which brings glory to God and cultivates true spiritual growth. But it is another thing when leaders speak of “shedding” essentials of the Christian Faith and sound doctrine so that they can replace it with an apostate humanist flavor of Churchianity.
If the leaders you listen to are making statements about “the church’s need to change” “transformation” “thinking outside of the box” being “progressive” and “moving in a new direction”, you must use discernment to determine whether they are trying to change the theology of the church, revise the Christian Faith, and redefine the purpose and nature of the body of Christ.
3. The leaders say that the church needs to “think more globally.“
Some Christians do not understand what is wrong with this. They would say that since the Gospel is suppose to go out into all the world, then the church should think globally.
We must use discernment here.
When some leaders say that the church needs to think more globally, they are not referring to evangelism (spreading the Biblical Gospel message) and making disciples of Jesus. In some cases, they are referring to empire-building, making a great name for themselves, franchising their corporations across the globe, and making disciples of themselves.
Some leaders are co-opting the zeal, energy, and resources of professing Christians who believe in missions, to carry out personal agendas and political agendas in other countries.
Should Christians “think globally”?
It sounds trendy and missions-oriented, but Scriptures do not exhort us to “think globally.” They exhort us to think on the things of heaven (Colossians 3:2) and have the mind of Christ (Philippians 2:5).
This big push to think globally comes from the secular realm, from prominent political leaders, economists, and national and international bodies who want to centralize everyone together under one umbrella of “global governance.” This is not Biblical. It is the same mindset behind the Tower of Babel in Genesis 11:1-9.
These change-agent leaders are sometimes members of or closely affiliated with national and international bodies who promote “global governance.” They receive their cues and direction from these national and international bodies and implement globalist ideas in their organizations under the false pretense of “missions” “ministry” “church-planting” and “the pastor’s vision.”
If you hear a leader saying that the church needs to think more globally, you must carefully determine whether he is referring to evangelism or whether he is using “missions” to extend his influence into other countries and use professing Christians as “worker bees” to carry out a personal or political agenda. Especially if that leader is encouraging Christians to partner with the State, pagan religions, the corporate-business sector, or pagan/occult organizations like the United Nations. This goes against the warning in Scripture which says do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers (2 Corinthians 6:14-18).
When Jesus said to “go into all the world and preach the Gospel”, He was not saying to collaborate with the world-system and function as a social services branch of the State, the United Nations, or some interfaith organization.
The purpose and nature of the body of Christ is NOT to be a change-agent or an “agent of change.” But to glorify God, proclaim the Gospel and make disciples of Jesus Christ.
Nor is the Biblical role of an elder or pastor to be a change-agent, manage change, carry out thought reform and use social psychology techniques on the flock of God to change the way that they think, feel and behave without their knowledge and consent. The Biblical role of an elder or pastor is to feed the flock of God the word of God (1 Timothy 3, Titus 1:6-9).