Social Psychology Techniques In The ‘Church’
This has been a matter of concern for me for some time, and I recently came across this issue again, both in the work-place and in the churches. Just in case you haven’t come across these tactics and are feeling somewhat perplexed as to the stresses you are under, I thought it would be good to share the following excellent article by a fellow blogger. It is written by Evelyn at ExitChurchianity.com and I have copied it here in full for you.
Has Your Mind Been “Unfrozen,” “Changed” & “Refrozen”?
This article is by Evelyn from ExitChurchianity.com
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.
“Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. ” (Colossians 2:8)
Now let’s talk about the social psychology technique:
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 defence 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 certainly deceptive, and can even be demonic.
Unfreeze-change-refreeze is NOT the same thing as being transformed by the renewing of our mind as described in Romans 12:2.
“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
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 supposed 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 pretence 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).
The above article is copied from Evelyn’s blog and can be found at Evelyn’s site, ExitChurchianity.com
I consider that she has written an excellent and informative article. Let us all consider carefully just whose agenda we are following.
I have simply added a few extra images to illustrate her article. Images curtesy of Pixabay & Alittleperspective.com.
You may also be interested in my own article about difficult techniques and situations that I have actually encountered in various churches in my locality. It can be found here, and is called “My Sheep Hear My Voice”.
In that post I gave the following example of a church that I used to attend, that was using similar thought-altering techniques in the small group setting. The stress became so great upon me that in the end, I realised that I had to stop going to the church altogether, if I was to retain my faith and my sanity!
“In one church “house-group” that I attended, we were subject to much manipulation and control techniques. The leader had prepared leading bible questions that we were being forced to answer in a set way (contrary to my beliefs) and he said we could ONLY look up the verses of scripture that he had written on his pre-prepared sheet of paper.
We were discouraged from looking at passages in context and from looking up other relevant scriptures. Also when anyone asked any questions that he didn’t want to answer, he would smoothly say, “We’ll come back to that later,” and then, of course, he NEVER did! Freedom of thought was not allowed in that group.”
Deception is the Number 1 sign of the End of the Age
I have recently been reading about Noah and Lot in Genesis, and I recalled that the Lord Jesus Christ warned about the deceptions that would be prevalent at the end of the age. Matthew 24 & Luke 17:28-30
“Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”
And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many.
Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.
But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.”
“Likewise as it was also in the days of Lot: They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. Even so will it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed.“
Whilst most of the world are content with their “eating and drinking, relationships and business deals, houses and cars,” those that “follow the Lamb wherever He goes,” will need to stay much more spiritually alert than that. (Rev 14:4)
I can only encourage you to “watch and pray,” as Jesus taught us to do; that you may not be swept away in the flood of sin and wickedness that is sweeping the whole world towards the one-world global kingdom that worships the beast and his image. (See Rev 13).
We each have to make the decision, when we find ourselves facing such deceptive techniques whether its time to stay or to go. The Lord promised to give us His Holy Spirit to guide us into ALL truth. He taught us to pray, “Deliver us from evil.” He told us clearly that we have an enemy and that this enemy has his people infliltrating the churches. We need both spiritual discernment and wisdom from the Lord, in order to know what to do as we interact with other people.
Remember the warnings of Paul that he wrote to the Corinthian believers.
“For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.” 2 Cor 11:13-15
I trust this article will help someone, on their journey out of confusion and deception that is so prevalant in our day, and into a closer walk with the Lord Jesus Christ and His wonderful love and peace.
Others may want to read more about these things at Herescope – What Is Transformation?
Some of you may also like to check out JohnMacarthurexposed.blogspot.com, where writer Bob Johnson has done a great deal of research into “The Transformation of John Macarthur’s Grace Community Church–How Change Agents are Transitioning GCC into the New World Order.”
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