Surprise — Free Booklet Coming Soon!

Over the years, I’ve lost track of the number of people who have either requested or suggested that I compile my writings and video commentaries into a book.

So why haven’t I written a book yet? What’s the hold up?

I haven’t had the time, space, energy, nor the resources to tackle a writing project–until NOW ¬† ūüôā

The support, the demand, and the passion to write for God’s glory has always been there, but I wanted to make sure that it was God’s will for me to write a book and that the timing was right. I wanted to make sure that I could focus on a writing project and finish the task before I “put my hand to the plow.”

Well, this past year, things have fallen into place and I finally have all of the right ingredients to write a book.

I’m super excited to announce to you that¬†I have embarked on my first writing project, a FREE booklet titled,¬†“Touch Not God’s Anointed: Debunking Lies that Religious Leaders Teach to Silence Believers and Evade Accountability”¬†

There are quite a few articles and videos online that do an excellent job of untwisting¬†the misuse and abuse of “Touch not Mine anointed and do My prophets no harm.” But what makes this free booklet different is that not only will it¬†cover that passage of Scripture–it will also expose the most common excuses, arguments, and out-of-context Scriptures used by false prophets and false teachers in the church.

In this short easy-to-understand booklet–“Touch Not God’s Anointed: Debunking Lies that Religious Leaders Teach to Silence Believers and Evade Accountability,” I will¬†compile and debunk some of the most popular errors that false teachers and false prophets use to¬†censor God’s people and avoid answering to anyone.

Please note: This booklet was not birthed out of hatred, contempt, or disrespect for spiritual leaders. It was birthed out of a great respect for spiritual leaders and a desire to see the ministry of spiritual leaders handled with integrity, seriousness, and reverence for God and the Holy Scriptures.

It was birthed out of a commitment to uphold the truth of Scripture in a religious climate where deception is widespread and false teachings often go unchecked.

It was birthed out of a godly jealousy for God’s people and a strong sense of duty to protect them from, and warn them of, false teachers and false prophets who seek to hold them captive and suppress the truth through false teachings.

My desire is to see those who have been led astray and harmed by false shepherds, delivered from religious bondage so that they might follow the Good Shepherd Jesus Christ and enjoy their blood-bought freedom and abundant life.

Above all, this booklet was birthed from a passionate love for Jesus Christ, His Holy Word, and a desire to see Him glorified.

As of now (unless something changes), this booklet will be available in three formats: PDF, EPUB, and print (a small booklet).

The only costs will be the shipping for the print format, the cost of the paper, and the cost of the printing services. If I can cover these expenses out of pocket, I will do so. But if there are times when I am not able to cover these expenses alone, I may set up a crowdfunding site online for others to contribute.

Any potential donations raised on a crowdfunding site will not go in my pocket. I have no desire to make a financial profit from this booklet (making a living off of God’s word goes against my spiritual convictions).

Any potential donations will go towards the costs of shipping for the print format, the cost of the paper, and the cost of printing services. I want as many people as possible to receive this booklet and that may require financial help from time to time.

Any potential donations will be handled with financial transparency and accountability. All costs/expenses and receipts will be posted here for everyone to see.

Did I mention that I already finished the cover design? What do you think? I love it.

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I’m currently writing the manuscript and trying to finish this project as soon as possible. If you follow this blog, you will be the first to know when the booklet is available for order.

After the manuscript is finished, it will be sent off for professional editing. Then after it’s edited, the booklet format will be sent off for printing!

Thank you for stopping by, and please share this link with your friends and family. Don’t forget to click “like” on the Exit Churchianity Facebook page. I’ll keep you guys posted. Talk to you soon ¬† ūüôā

Has Your Mind Been “Unfrozen” “Changed” and “Refrozen”? [Social Psychology Techniques In The ‘Church’]

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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.

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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.

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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).

Are You Still Waiting To Be “Released” Into Ministry?

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“And Christ gave gifts to people–He made some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to go and tell the Good News, and some to have the work of caring for and teaching God’s people. Christ gave those gifts to prepare God’s holy people for the work of serving, to make the body of Christ stronger. This work must continue until we are all joined together in the same faith and in the same knowledge of the Son of God. We must become like a mature person, growing until we become like Christ and have His perfection.” (Ephesians 4:11-13, New Century Version)

I am truly thankful for those men and women of God who labor faithfully in order to bring God’s people to spiritual maturity and equip us to do the work of ministry.

Indeed, it is a blessing to have mature saints in our lives who use their gift to stir up our gift, and prepare us to serve in whatever capacity the Holy Spirit has gifted us.

But unfortunately, there exists a segment of religious leaders who (be it intentionally or unintentionally) misuse their influence and misuse Scripture to keep Christians on ‘house arrest’ (confined to doing approved and assigned “church work” in their church-building and organization) and hinder them from serving in other ways and other places and fulfilling their ministry.

These leaders forbid and discourage Christians from carrying out the work of ministry by saying things like, “God hasn’t released you yet”, “You haven’t been released, or “You can’t go forth in ministry until I release you.”

With all of this religious jargon about being “released”, you would think that they were talking about convicted criminals being “released” from prison, not born-again Christians serving in ministry.

While these very same Christians are told that “God has not released them yet”, their leaders place them in positions and activities that God did not appoint them to and have nothing to do with their spiritual gift.

This spiritual-mismatching of Christians in ‘ministries’ that are unrelated to their spiritual gifts is done to fulfill the ‘needs’ of the institution, keep them occupied, and prevent them from becoming discontent by giving them the impression that “God is using them.” The truth is that man is using them and holding them back from being used by God.

If God Has Called You, Then You Don’t Need To Wait On Man To “Release” You

Some of you have been called and prompted by the Lord to minister your spiritual gifts, but you were told that you have to “wait for the man or woman of God to release you” into ministry and give you “permission” and their stamp of approval.

Some of you have been told that you aren’t allowed to open up your house for fellowship, worship, or to make disciples in your community, because “you haven’t been released”, “licensed”, or “ordained.”

Some of you have been taught that if God truly called you to preach, teach, serve, or minister, then He would have revealed it to your leader FIRST. Therefore, since your leader claims that “God hasn’t revealed it to them yet”, you are to “sit under” them and “be obedient, humble, submissive, and patient” until “God shows them that it is time to release you.”

Nonsense.

If the Lord has gifted you and commanded you to serve in some capacity (especially if He has commanded you REPEATEDLY and sent you confirmations) then you should obey the Lord already and stop waiting FOREVER for a leader to “release” you.

If this applies to you, I am not saying that your leader is unsaved, evil, or false, or that you should be disrespectful, rude, and unkind to them just because God has called you to minister in some way and they are telling you not to.

You can be obedient to the Lord and do what He is telling you to do, and at the same time respectfully disagree with your leader and if they still don’t approve, that’s on them. It is not within your control nor is it your responsibility to make everyone understand your walk with God and the work He has given you to do.

I am quite sure that your leader wouldn’t stop preaching and teaching just because someone told them that “God hasn’t released them yet” or “God hasn’t shown them that He called your leader to do x, y, z.”

Does This Mean That We Don’t Have To Be Accountable To Anyone?

No!

I am definitely not saying that we shouldn’t seek prayer, counsel, and support from fellow Believers (especially mature experienced saints).¬†

There is wisdom in a multitude of counselors and the prayers of the righteous are very effective. We definitely need prayer and wisdom before carrying out a work that we believe God has called us to.

Yes, we are ultimately accountable to the Lord first and foremost. But the Lord also holds us accountable through sisters and brothers in the Faith. So we should always remain open and receptive to the insight and instruction of brethren.

If we are not prepared or spiritually-fit for a task, then we should be humble and listen to the Lord’s warnings whether He is speaking to us directly by the Holy Spirit, through Scripture, or through brethren.

The qualifications of an elder/shepherd in Scripture are pretty clear (1 Timothy 3, 1 Peter 5:1-3, Titus 1:6-9). If you do not possess these qualifications, then you are not qualified and should not aspire to this service.

But if you want to be an elder/shepherd anyway, do not ignore the valid concerns of leaders who rightly warn you that you are not qualified and claim that you are “obeying God and not man.” That is pride and religious ambition speaking, not “obedience to God.”

Having zeal without knowledge, zeal without the qualifications, and zeal without counting the cost can damage yourself and others.

Make sure that you have prayed about it first, consulted the Holy Scriptures, and consulted with brethren for prayer, insight, and counsel.

The bottom line: Don’t be a loose cannon. But do obey the Lord AND be accountable if you ARE qualified and God is repeatedly prompting you to carry out the work of ministry — even if some may believe that “God hasn’t released you yet.”

Why Do Some Leaders Hold Christians Back From Serving?

There are a few reasons why:

Control: Some religious leaders are controlling for whatever reason. The idea of people ministering outside of their control and influence unsettles them, because they feel the need to dictate and micromanage ministry and control other people’s spiritual gifts.

Religious leaders can only provide guidance, counsel, instruction and give their opinion. But they have no authority from God to control all ministerial activities and confine people to assigned ‘church work’ within their organization.

Fear: Some religious leaders are afraid of what might happen if Christians take on a more active role in the priesthood of all Believers. They say that they want people to ‘step up’ and serve, but at the same time, they are scared of God’s people stepping out in faith and serving in different ways and different places.

Insecurity: Some religious leaders are insecure. They derive their sense of security from their special status as “THE” man of God. If other people begin ministering, they may lose their special status and influence. They don’t want anyone to ‘surpass’ them in ministry, become “more successful” than them, and start thinking that they know more than them. This makes them feel insecure.

Unbelief: Some religious leaders lack faith in God’s ability to lead and guide us in our spiritual gifts. They talk about faith, trusting God, and the Holy Spirit, but they really don’t trust God to lead and teach His people how to minister. They seem to think that they can do a better job than the Holy Spirit.

Distrust: Some religious leaders don’t trust God’s people to serve responsibly and Biblically. They want people to trust their leadership, but they don’t trust God’s people. It’s sad, but some religious leaders have a very low view of the people they serve. They think that Christians who aren’t leaders are less competent than they are.

Other reasons are jealousy, financial gain, false ideas about leadership and ministry, and a competitive mentality.

It breaks my heart to see men of God who have been called to preach, but they are relegated to ‘church work’ and told not to preach outside of the church-building until their leader “releases them.”

It breaks my heart to see saints who want to open up their homes for fellowship, worship and discipleship — but they are told to bring people to the church-building instead and not to minister in their homes because they have not been “ordained”, “licensed”, or “given permission” by leadership to minister in their own homes.

It breaks my heart to know that God has called saints to do greater works through dreams, visions, prayers, and confirmations from other saints — yet they remain paralyzed and scared to minister because a leader hasn’t “released them yet.”

It is time for the body of Christ to rediscover the priesthood of all Believers — a doctrine that is given lip service, but often neglected.

It is time for the body of Christ to actively serve and reject the control of leaders who suppress their spiritual gifts instead of equipping them.

Fellowship is not a spectator sport, or a time to just sit, watch, clap, sing, and get tingly feelings — but a time to get equipped so that we can GO OUT and fulfill the work of Christ.

If your church is more of a religious daycare center where people are entertained, babysat and kept busy with religious activities than a place where saints are matured and equipped — you might want to pray, seek the Lord, and evaluate.

Even in the secular educational system (which we know has its problems), students are expected to grow, develop, and get educated and equipped to the point that they graduate and use their skills in the real world. But Churchianity seems to be a “school” where the students are kept in the same class, in the same grade level, and rarely graduate to put their knowledge and skills to work in the real world. This is not normal.

I remember a woman who bragged that she “sat under” her “pastor” for TWENTY-FIVE years before “being released” into ministry. To me, that is not something to brag about, but something to be sad about.

When Jesus called His disciples to Himself, He anointed them and shortly thereafter sent them OUT to preach. Then 3 years later, Jesus returned to the Father and left them with the instruction to “go into all the world” and fulfill His work.

If Jesus only spent 3 years on earth with His disciples, then why would any leader have someone “sit under” them for TWENTY-FIVE YEARS??

Jesus filled His disciples with the Holy Spirit and trusted them to do His work. Yet some leaders today don’t even trust congregants to hold prayer meetings and Bible study in their house.

Jesus trusted His disciples to spread the Gospel across the Roman Empire, Asia, and into Africa. Yet some leaders today don’t even trust congregants to share the Gospel on a local street corner.

The body of Christ is spiritually-competent to carry out the Lord’s work, not because we think that we are competent in ourselves, but because we are confident in the competence of our LORD in Heaven.

If the Lord gifts you, qualifies you, and tells you to “GO” and man tells you to “STAY” — what will you do? Which voice will you listen to? Who will you obey?

“God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen.” (1 Peter 4:10-11)

“. . . Take heed to the ministry which you have received in the Lord, that you may fulfill it.‚ÄĚ (Colossians 4:17)