DENOMINATED MASS FORMATION GROUPTHINK

 

You foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you…? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh? [Galatians 3:1, 3]

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Most Christians continually embrace the status quo, as in “I’m a (insert name of denomination here) and I’ll always be a (insert name of denomination here) and that makes me just fine and dandy.” But what about the new birth? (John 3:1-21). Have we all been born of the Spirit as Jesus said we must be? Again, most of us reply with a snappy Biblical comeback such as, “Say what?”

And therein lies the problem. Most of those who call themselves Christians have been repeatedly told by their religious authority figures that the station of their spiritual life is basically as good as it’s ever going to get. They were never told of any new birth, and have therefore never sought it. This keeps them from ever entering the kingdom of God. (Off in the distance, one can hear that famous old choir hymn refrain, “The kingdom of what?”) We are a nation largely comprised of Biblically illiterate, multi-cultural quasi-Christians who have been sold a false bill of goods, and our first reaction to hearing such news comes from page 31 of the Ignorant Pulpiteer Manual—“Stick it in your ear!”

The second reason the Lord lacks full authority within our churches is because, by and large, it has been our choice. We don’t like to be told we are wrong and it is often simply our own human nature which compels us to protect whatever ignorance and bias we are associated with. The nature of the real Christian, the one who has been born of God, is to expose ignorance and prejudice. Could this be why the institutional clergy is growing ever more concerned about its standing? Could this be why some in its membership are starting to get the idea that Jesus is quite upset with their Pharisaical practices and that their gig is just about up? There is a gigantic hook reaching out across the stage which is about to yank the clergy spirit out of its stealthy position of prominence in the Church so that God’s people can be free to learn the truth from Him and receive His righteousness. When the enslaved Christians are set free, truth and righteousness will flourish.[1]  

I penned the preceding 25 years ago in Real Christianity—The Nature of the Church. I wrote the bulk of this book in the mid 1990s and eventually published it in 2001. I began receiving the revelation of the book in 1992. I know this may sound as though the book is likely dated and therefore essentially worthless for our time but the opposite is true. My book was ahead of its time, maybe way ahead. The corrective has yet to be applied as it should and those entities which rejected the message and dug in their heels against the new move of God which was surely coming have grown all the more obtuse, inbred, and obstinate ever since.

We are told that doing the same thing repeatedly but expecting a different result is effective insanity. Thus, since this form of insanity has fallen upon or been appropriated in general by the major Christian denominations in America, it easily explains why they are generally a mere fraction of what they once were, spiritually speaking. Because they rejected the fullness of the Lord’s teachings they have been overcome by the sinful culture. This is what happens when a Christian or Christian entity rejects God—they no longer have the strength or ability to fight the good fight. They can no longer resist sin and temptation. Thus, in order to stay intact and keep their head, so to speak, they must make friends with the enemy. They must make friends with sin. If they go to war they know they will be destroyed in battle. They are not equipped and are ill-trained. Their generals are spiritual sissies. They are afraid of the devil. They reject the Spirit of the Lord and embrace the world. Again, this is what happens when one denies the Lord Jesus, the Lion from the Tribe of Judah:

“The Lord is a Warrior; the Lord is His Name.” [Exodus 15:3]

Because they feel the Lord is too strong in demanding discipleship and is restricting their lives and desires, they move on to be “free” but eventually discover they have far less freedom than before. Their blessings and favor go out the window. They have no choice but to embrace mammon since they rejected God’s providence. They put the full burden on themselves. This causes stress and often great stress. Such stress must be drugged. Such minds must be pacified. Godless religion works well at doing this. (Just do what we say and nobody gets hurt.) No wonder Marx said religion is the opiate of the masses. They foolishly abandon real freedom and subject themselves to spiritual slavery. They either never accepted the following or at some point rejected it:

It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery. [Galatians 5:1]

They had thought the great things they accomplished and were doing were largely due to their own good sense and hard work, not acknowledging the great role the Lord was playing. They made a god of themselves. They rejected the original and created a new fellowship in which they were the boss. Their pride caused them to walk away from the Lord because they felt they were being held back. After a fling without the Lord’s authority in their lives and the new fun and “freedom” they gained as a result, and likely a rise in income and influence due to making friends with the world and non-believers, they started experiencing adverse consequences they never foresaw or wanted. Gone were the productive crops and in came the weeds. Sin grew exponentially. They could no longer control it. Because they could no longer keep the invasion of sin at bay they renamed it and transformed into non-sin. They opened their doors to it. Suddenly, the vilest sins became not only okay but commendable. The worst abominations became praiseworthy.

Professing to be wise, they became fools… [Romans 1:22]

There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death. [Proverbs 16:25]

The only reason the major denominations still exist is because, over time, they were stealthily transformed into something else. They are actually only mere shells of what they once were. And some were never that close to God to begin with after their early productive formative years. As long as the members keep supporting what is left, what is left will remain but in name only. They are essentially no longer Christian. They only appear that way. They are the denominations and churches of Ichabod (1Samuel 4:21). The glory has departed and they like it that way. If the Lord did bring a spiritual revival most of them would be greatly upset and would fight it all the more. Many of the major denominations, including those of the Pentecostal and Charismatic variety, have been resisting the Great Awakening from the beginning. They are rebellious children toward the corrective. Some have brought an excessive fight. It proves the Lord is no longer among many of them.

Twenty five years ago the situation with wayward Christianity was not at all that bad. There was still a good chance of making the proper corrections. When the directive came, however, designed to stave off what was surely coming without the necessary repentance, the “successful” blind guides rejected it. It likely sounded preposterous to them. Next to no one then foresaw our present day of depravity and spiritual famine among the ultra-organized world-embracing sellouts. Back then, in the mid 1990s, there was a booming economy nationwide and many ministries were flush with cash, especially the majors. Rather than needing repentance, the big boys considered their wealth and prestige a sign of blessing. I’m sure it was for some, but only those who were humble and obedient. Many were neither and still are not.

The Lord told me what was coming and about how we must prepare. I wrote an entire 330 page book encapsulating the message in great detail. It remains amazing to me that those who have read the book appreciate the message, find no fault with it, and have benefited from it, while others in influential positions who needed to read and support it refused. The results of such refusals and of the message in general are now all around us. The enemy has come in like a flood. We have been invaded by Midianites.

“But many who are first will be last; and the last, first.” [Matthew 19:30]

My book is still as topical and fresh as it ever was. It still contains a great message that, if applied, will bring spiritual success. There must be hunger for spiritual success, however, and this demands we stop supporting dead structures and rebellious compromised Christian leaders and their entities. This is in part what the Great Awakening is all about. Those who are awake get it. Those who remain sleeping never do.

I challenge all who read this article to do some research regarding past revivals and awakenings. Whenever the Lord opened doors into the Light of His Word and attempted to bring Life the main resisters were almost always initially the existing status quo “church leaders” of the time. They, their authority and authoritative positions, and their comfort level were threatened by the truth. The new moves of God exposed them as mere hirelings at best and workers of evil at worst. It was, of course, exactly the same in the first century. The most rabid enemies and persecutors of the early Church, composed only of Israelite descendants of Abraham for about the first nine years before Gentiles began being added, were fellow Israelites of the extreme unbelieving variety, the same who brought so much trouble to the Lord. This remains the case. The greatest persecutors of real Christians are unreal Christians.

THE GREAT AWAKENING

It has now been over ten years since I got the revelation, since the Lord spoke those words to me—“We are in the early stages of a national Great Awakening.” That was at the end of August in 2010. Well, we are no longer in the early stages. Massive amounts of truth have come forth. Massive amounts of hidden sin and iniquity have been exposed. The majority of denominational Christians still cannot see it which proves their continued resistance against it. They would rather have the old wine and the old wineskins. They would rather keep propping up something that died long ago. And though it may look like the best thing to do is obey the tyrants and surrender, and that those who comply will be treated best, the opposite is true. The Lord Jesus will never reward cowards, those that know better but instead embrace evil and look for the weasel way out. He will actually support and stand with those who resist evil and give them greater strength, ability, and means to do so. This is where the real blessing is and always has been.

Therefore, rather than chicken out and continue to beat a dead horse, it would be better to embrace resurrection and hope one’s karma chickens die of bird flu.

It would be much better to repent, get right with God, plead for His mercy, and ask sincerely for His Life. It would better to cease preaching false gospels, end the masquerade, and join the real Church, the one the Lord Jesus created, and the only one in which He has the rule and is King. It would be better to Arise, shine; for your light has come.

But many won’t.

They’ve gone mental.

They’ve embraced entrenched consensus denominated mass formation groupthink.

WHO HAS BEWITCHED THEM?

For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” But if you bite and devour one another, take care that you are not consumed by one another.

But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law.

Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. [Galatians 5:13-25][2]

© 2022 by RJ Dawson. All Rights Reserved.   


[1] © 2001 Real Christianity—The Nature of the Church by RJ Dawson. All Rights Reserved.

[2] Unless otherwise noted all Scriptures are taken from the New American Standard Bible, © 1960, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.

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  1. Your entire article is like walking down the path of my past RJ, I have been to a few different churches in my day and I saw a pattern among all of them. But, I would sit in the back and watch, yearning for the words that would tell me what I was looking for. Never did that happen, I tried reading the Bible when I was younger and it was so hard to understand I would quit. But as I got older I kept reading, my eyes kept opening and the words started to make sense. But they did not make sense from the word of man.
    I remember a friend of mine told me, she wanted to believe in God, but she was afraid she would not get to have fun anymore and she would have to go to church every Sunday. She did not want to step into that life, she thought she had more freedom on her own. She was so sad most of the time that I knew her, she got caught up in how man was telling her how to live.
    There is more freedom within the walls of our Fathers word and I embrace that now. Makes one wonder why it takes so long to learn all of this. I used to think how life would have been so much easier for me if I knew Him better back then. But I think I wasn’t ready to hear it like she was. I had such a hard life RJ, and I dwelled in it everyday. Today, I have left that life behind and barely remember it. There is no room in my spirit to relive it, because of what I see now. 🙂
    Thank you RJ

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    • Thanks Sandra. I appreciate the heartfelt reply. In the very beginning, getting together with spiritual family wasn’t about regimented control and force-fed dogma. Whether their intentions were right or not, the proponents of ultra-organized Christianity ended up organizing the Lord out of His own fellowship. There have been so many sincere Christians who desired to get it right and do things the Lord’s way but were restricted by the expectations of various Christian denominational cultures and structures. It was extremely difficult to attempt to model the first century example. In general, Christians had been indoctrinated into not only believing and advocating for beliefs and forms which were not Biblical but also opposing those that are. It was a rejection of the New Covenant teachings to varying degrees. When people get used to the same thing over many decades of church-going they obviously tend to believe in everything they are familiar with. Anyone who may question anything in such small circles is seen as a deviant from the norm and are forced back into line. Those who stay never question anything no matter what the Lord may say or what the Word of God states.

      Because of my upbringing in an ultra-organized non-New Testament denomination and the many bad experiences I suffered I determined to leave as soon as possible which I did when I was 17. However, I always believed the Lord Jesus was a great Man. In my limited understanding I thought He was a cool guy. I didn’t know Him but always appreciated Him. It was difficult relating His life to what I saw demonstrated by the denomination. The two were day and night. I also determined that once I left I would never return to anything “Christian” and went on a search for truth. I believed the last place I would find truth was in a church.

      Five years later, through a most interesting plan of the Lord, that very thing, an otherwise impossibility due to my attitude of having been burned so bad, actually happened. But it was only possible because the Lord worked through a couple of people I knew very well, appreciated, and trusted. I had determined to find truth and spent five years of my young life searching, reading, studying, doing research on other religions, etc. I would like to say I met my goal but what really happened was that the Lord saw my hungry heart and began, unknown to me of course, leading me to Himself. This means that I never actually found Him on my own but He directed me to Him. I did discover truth, though, but it was Truth—the Lord Jesus, the Way, the Truth, and the Life. HE was what I had been searching for. HE was what I thought must exist somewhere out there in this evil, hard, and fallen world. Once I walked into a Spirit-filled prayer meeting and actually felt His Holy Spirit and saw a demonstration of His Spirit I didn’t take long to decide. I gave Him my heart 100% and never looked back. I was later filled with His Holy Spirit per the Acts model and everything changed for the better.

      I discovered that organized Christianity in itself was not necessarily the problem but fake Christianity presenting itself as the real thing. If a person is willing to accept the counterfeit he or she will never strive for real Christianity, which is that put forth by the Lord in all His New Covenant teachings. His Gospel, the only real Gospel, is not just about teaching, however, but also about a life-changing experience. The Lord is not the cold and distant “God” presented by so many in their cold and ordered “churches” which one cannot relate to, but a very close and loving friend and Father who happens to be God. How sad it is that one must leave such places to find what is supposed to be there and head into the unknown. How sad that Christians end up having such hard lives devoid of the Lord’s love and purpose because they are told what they have is right and the best it can ever be. In other words, they are lied to by religious shysters.

      The only answer is to do things His way. It is why I teach that one must read the New Testament in its entirety and study it. It is the only way to determine the Lord’s original intent and His original teachings. One must do their own research into the lives of those first believers as revealed in the New Testament and do their best to apply the same to their own lives. At the same time, there are many other ways to gain clues into the heart and mind of the Lord, one of which, the purity and beauty of the Lord’s Creation, you discovered long ago and dedicated your life to experiencing and freely sharing. I want you to know, once again, that I was extremely blessed to have found your site.

      I will leave you with the following Sandra. Thanks again and many blessings to you.

      For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made… [Romans 1:20]

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  2. A very inspiring post. I am a simple Christian, I avoid the doctrine of men. I keep my eyes on Jesus and follow his word. I believe every word of the Bible and do not question. I concentrate on getting to know more about the Godhead. I do not know how Christianity got so complicated! All I know is God is good, righteous and holy and that we have authority through Christ to live good lives on earth towards our heavenly destination. God is love, shown through our Savior. I keep my eyes on Jesus, never taking my eyes off him, and my life and even the lives of those connected to me have been changed dramatically. All I can say is thank you Jesus!

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