The Cult Mentality Essay

2542 words - 10 pages

The following is a conversation where the participants are followers (with the exception of myself) of a teaching that began sometime in the 1970's at Berachah Church in Houston, Texas by Lt. Col Ret. R.B. Thieme Jr. (deceased); whom, over the years, ordained countless pastors who are loyal disciples of his teachings. It is this very conversation that stirred deep within me, the call to write this book.
Some parts of the following conversation will be difficult to read as this is a Facebook dialogue and if I attempted to make paragraphs of other people's words, I know I would end up correcting their grammar and spelling, because I am human. Therefore, I am pasting it verbatim. Scripture verses posted by myself in the original comments are in bold print.
Each person is renamed with a number and the first initial of their name and every comment is sequentially numbered. I use the Word of God to rebut in Italics beneath each comment with Scripture verses along with my personal commentary.
Bear in mind, none of my rebuttal in Italics or otherwise, was made in the Facebook arena. Please proceed with caution. If at any point you get confused or frustrated, it's understandable and I recommend skipping the rest of this Facebook discussion chapter. It's not for the faint of heart, nor would I recommend it for a new believer, as it may cause a babe in Christ to stumble. Here goes:
1. Facebook Status Update T: God meets people at the intersection of hopelesness and despair through Jesus Christ. Faith in Christ is the beginning of solving all the problems of life- beginning with the most critical- spiritual death. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 1 Corinthians 15:22, 1 John 5:11-12, John 3:16
For years, Facebook Status Updates like this would show on my News Feed by some of Thieme’s disciples. This particular poster does it daily, sometimes throughout the day. This is how the poster evangelizes, via Facebook. Having been a member of Facebook since 2009, there were quite a few people on my friends list who follow the unbiblical doctrines of Robert Thieme.
Ironically, 2009 was the same year I stopped listening to a disciple who has a church in Massachusetts, who was ordained by Thieme. Notice how the update is presented, as if to insinuate that it is all Scripture verses!
Thieme's teaching is loaded with Biblical truth, which is why I lasted as long as I did. Even more ironic, in all those years I had never heard of this "SDJ" teaching or I would have stopped listening a lot sooner.

2. [Me] Wow, just had to look up 1Cor.15:22 to check and see if the 2nd sentence was there and saw that it starts with "For as in Adam..." If I ever found...

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