The following are general signs and symptoms/common characteristics of authoritarianism.
1. No accountability.
2. Paranoia and insecurity by the leaders, which can evolve into total and unquestioned obedience to the leadership or outright rebellion.
3. Self-aggrandizement by the leaders.
4. Public “image” is of the utmost importance. Image over substance.
5. Theological/political incompetence/ from the leadership. Hermeneutics/Bible/constitutional exegesis/ not employed in the formulation of doctrine/law. Twisting and bastardization of Scripture/constitutional law/ to provide proof-texts for unorthodox/invented doctrines/legal interpretations.
6. Constant prophetic/Constitutional/ missteps.
7. Devaluation of the members/citizens.
8. Incidences of financial, marital, moral, and psychological instability within the ministry/political body.
Biblical Blasphemy by Thomas Paine
The Church tells us that the books of the Old and New Testament are divine revelation, and without this revelation we could not have true ideas of God.
The Deist, on the contrary, says that those books are not divine revelation; and that were it not for the light of reason and the religion of Deism, those books, instead of teaching us true ideas of God, would teach us not only false but blasphemous ideas of Him.
Deism teaches us that God is a God of truth and justice. Does the Bible teach the same doctrine? It does not.
The Bible says (Jeremiah 20, 7) that God is a deceiver. “O Lord (says Jeremiah) thou hast deceived me, and I was deceived. Thou art stronger than I, and hast prevailed.”
Jeremiah not only upbraids God with deceiving him, but, in 4, 10, he upbraids God with deceiving the people of Jerusalem. “Ah! Lord God (says he), surely thou hast greatly deceived this people and Jerusalem, saying, ye shall have peace, whereas the sword reacheth unto the soul.”
In 15, 18, the Bible becomes more impudent, and calls God in plain language, a liar. “Wilt thou (says Jeremiah to God) be altogether unto me as a liar and as waters that fail?”
Ezekiel 14, 9, makes God to say – “If the prophet be deceived when he hath spoken a thing, I the Lord have deceived that prophet.” All this is downright blasphemy.
The prophet Micaiah, as he is called, II Chron. 18, 18-21, tells another blasphemous story of God. “I saw,” says he, “the Lord sitting on His throne, and all the hosts of Heaven standing on His right hand and on His left. And the Lord said, who shall entice Ahab, King of Israel, to go up and fall at Ramoth Gilead? And one spoke after this manner, and another after that manner.
“Then there came out a spirit [Micaiah does not tell us where he came from] and stood before the Lord [what an impudent fellow this spirit was] and said, I will entice him. And the Lord said unto him, wherewith? And he said, I will go out and be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And the Lord said, Thou shalt entice him, and thou shalt also prevail; go out, and do even so.”
We often hear of a gang of thieves plotting to rob and murder a man, and laying a plan to entice him out that they may execute their design, and we always feel shocked at the wickedness of such wretches; but what must we think of a book that describes the Almighty acting in the same manner, and laying plans in heaven to entrap and ruin mankind? Our ideas of His justice and goodness forbid us to believe such stories, and therefore we say that a lying spirit has been in the mouth of the writers of the books of the Bible.
Of the Origin and Design of Government in General.
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SOME writers have so confounded society with government, as to leave little or no distinction between them; whereas they are not only different, but have different origins. Society is produced by our wants, and government by our wickedness; the former promotes our happiness POSITIVELY by uniting our affections, the latter NEGATIVELY by restraining our vices. The one encourages intercourse, the other creates distinctions. The first is a patron, the last a punisher.
Society in every state is a blessing, but Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one: for when we suffer, or are exposed to the same miseries BY A GOVERNMENT, which we might expect in a country WITHOUT GOVERNMENT, our calamity is heightened by reflecting that we furnish the means by which we suffer. Government, like dress, is the badge of lost innocence; the palaces of kings are built upon the ruins of the bowers of paradise. For were the impulses of conscience clear, uniform and irresistibly obeyed, man would need no other lawgiver; but that not being the case, he finds it necessary to surrender up a part of his property to furnish means for the protection of the rest; and this he is induced to do by the same prudence which in every other case advises him, out of two evils to choose the least. Wherefore, security being the true design and end of government, it unanswerably follows that whatever form thereof appears most likely to ensure it to us, with the least expense and greatest benefit, is preferable to all others.
The Parasites Among Us
In this era of American oppression, our rights granted by the Constitution and the Magna Carta (800 years ago) are being trampled on and eliminated one by one. Free speech is going away. Don’t believe it?
A 16-year-old high school student’s video report for his American Government class earned him an A+ from his teacher. It also yielded a visit from the FBI.
Justin Hallman says that a project he put together for school that included information on the National Defense Authorization Act, Rep. Ron Paul, Anonymous and the Occupy Wall Street movement was well received in the classroom, but wasn’t exactly praised by others. After agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation saw a copy of Hallman’s finished work on YouTube, they paid a visit to his own home.
“Hallman says the meeting wasn’t an informal chat, either, but even involved a proposition. According to the high-schooler, the FBIs attempted to recruit Hallman as an undercover source to scoop up more information on Anonymous and Occupy Wall Street.”
So they wanted the kid to risk his life and become a “snitch”
In the book “SNAKES IN SUITS” When Psychopaths Go to Work, by Paul Babiak, and Robert D. Hare, we learn how psychopaths work in the corporate environment, how they function day by day and how they apply their instinctive manipulation techniques.
Assessing potential targets.
(TV marketing, free glossy magazines)
Controlling influential victims. (Membership and control over)
Abandoning those no longer useful.
(Disfellowship to invoke fear and maintain control over group)
- First, they are motivated to, and have a talent for, ‘reading people’ and for sizing them up quickly. They identify a person’s likes and dislikes, motives, needs, weak spots, and vulnerabilities.
- Second, many psychopaths come across as having excellent oral communication skills. In many cases, these skills are more apparent than real because of their readiness to jump right into a conversation without the social inhibitions that hamper most people.
- Third, they are masters of impression management; their insight into the psyche of others combined with a superficial – but convincing – verbal fluency allows them to change their situation skillfully as it suits the situation and their game plan.
Now, can you think of any profession where one can obtain a CEO-like position having no formal training, no formal credentials, or no related former experience?
- The Answer: Religion.
A common trait of these spiritual abusers is their desire to be in a position of power and control. Their position, whether a minister, deacon, elder or the top dog position of “pastor” can and does consume those men of lowly character and moral fortitude. Some of these dangerous psychopathic master manipulators want to control what their people say, what they do, even who they are friends with on Facebook. Ignoring even their “holy book” when it says:
For when they speak great swelling words of emptiness, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through lewdness, the ones who have actually escaped from those who live in error. 19 While they promise them liberty, they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by whom a person is overcome, by him also he is brought into bondage. 2 Peter 2:18-19
According to Forbes Magazine,
The top ten jobs that psychopaths can be found in:
- 1. CEO
3. Media (Television/Radio)
7. Police officer
8. Clergy person
10. Civil servant
Least likely professions for psychopaths:
- 1. Care aide
6. Charity worker
8. Creative artist
Note that these ten above, from “Care aide to Accountant” these people have mostly a altruistic type of employment, or selflessness as their principle or practice concerning the welfare of others.
An article by Dr. Robert Schug and Dr. Jill Ricke a licensed Psychologist in private practice in Florida states:
The careers that psychopathic individuals choose are often a reflection of their need for power, money, and sex. This can be characterized by a person needing to be “the most powerful”, the “most admired or revered” or to be the “most important.” Some of these career choices include the field of law enforcement, the field of medicine, the legal field, and the pastoral or ministry field.
You can listen to the podcast and read more here.
Psychopaths and individuals with psychopathic traits are drawn to the religious profession for several reasons:
- Access to vulnerable individuals.
Does this fit any minister or politician you may know or have known?
So why do you still put your trust in men who pillage your finances and place you into bondage? Politician or priest, their both out to screw you!