This post can be better understood by combining it with what I've stated in other posts regarding Calvinism, OSAS/unconditional eternal security, and church psychology (involving sociopathy, ego defense mechanisms, etc.). I'd recommend you reading and researching regarding personality disorders [ex. narcissistic personality disorder, antisocial personality disorder (sociopathy/psychopathy), etc.] as well as the use of ego defense mechanisms- in order to get a basic understanding of the underlying psychological aspects of carnal Christianity. I've posted couple of articles on my blog (which has external links to resources for reference). These posts are- "The Psychology of Salvation," "More on church psychology," "None dare call them sociopaths," and "A Biblical perspective on narcissism and sociopathy". Search online also regarding various tactics used by sociopaths like-"love bombing" and "gaslighting."
I've also posted what Joseph Hillary King (a Pentecostal theologian) wrote regarding Antinomianism and the Plymouth Brethren in another post ("Understanding the psychology of Pentecostals").
Note: the following links are from the website (www.gospeltruth.net). If for some reason, you can't access the articles on the above website, please search for Daniel Steele's articles regarding these topics on other websites by searching online for the title of his book "A Substitute for Holiness or Antinomianism Revived: The Theology of the So-Called Plymouth Brethren Examined and Refuted" by Daniel Steele.
(1). Table of Contents
(2). Introduction- a quote from this link shows the absurdity of the antinomian mentality- "The New Birth, with a Plymouth Brother, is not a change of our old nature, but the formation of a new man who is distinguished in all things from the old--has his own customs, wishes, aims, feelings and necessities--and these are spiritual, heavenly and Divine. The old man, instead of being absolutely crucified and put to death, was only crucified in Christ eighteen hundred years ago, while, in fact, he actually lives and grows, often worse and worse, to the end of life. In response to a question we once put to Mr. Darby, he said, his nature or old man, had been growing worse and worse ever since he had believed in Christ. But he paid no attention to that, as he was saved in Christ and had nothing to do with the old man--the carnal mind. One of their number puts it thus: "The believer's state can never correspond with his standing." The seventh and eighth of Romans exist in the same heart, and at the same time.
Mr. Mcintosh, their most venerated authority, says: "Flesh is flesh, nor can it ever be made aught else but flesh. The Holy Ghost did not come down on the day of Pentecost to improve nature, or do away the fact of its incurable evil, but to baptize believers into one body, and connect them with their living head in Heaven."
Perfect holiness, with the Brethren, is one and the same with justification. It is, or was, a finished work of God. It is in no sense personal in ourselves, but in Christ, and accomplished when He died on the cross. It can never be diminished nor increased. No sin committed by a justified person can in the least affect his justification. The soul's standing must ever remain as pure as Christ Himself. He may get drunk like Noah, commit murder and adultery like David, curse like Peter, or lie like Ananias and Sapphira, and his standing is no more affected by it than was Stephen's when under a shower of stones, with his face shining like that of an angel."
"Here is full-fledged Antinomianism." (end quote)
(3). Who are the Plymouth Brethren? (Part 1)- A quote from Daniel Steele- "We have heard Mr. Darby say that if any man had anything to do with the law of God, even to obey it, he was a sinner by that very act."
What's funny about the Brethren is that they are clearly antinomians, but they still try to twist and distort the Bible for their own agendas. For example, they will twist and distort Scripture to teach that wearing jewelry is forbidden, women must not wear any cosmetics, women must tie their hair up in a bun, men can't have certain types of facial hair styles (ex. French beard), forbidding the consumption of alcoholic beverages, etc. Of course, none of these things are supported clearly by Scripture. They use their methods of twisting and distorting Scripture to form such rules. They contradict themselves because according to their beloved teachers like Darby, having anything to do with the law of God means that they are sinners. In other words, when the Brethren create such rules, they contradict their own antinomian teachings. They teach regarding imputed righteousness and how we can't judge anyone because of such imputed righteousness from Christ. They also teach regarding unconditional eternal security and unlimited grace from God regarding sin. Since they teach such doctrines, why do they hypocritically gossip about others and mistreat/bully them? They themselves enslave people in sin with their doctrines (refer to 2 Peter 2:18-22 and Jude 1:4), so why then gossip and bully them in a hypocritical manner? I've come across couple of Malayalee Brethren teachers (who are seminary graduates) who were well known hypocritical gossips and bullies. They would gossip and do character assassinations on people caught in sins like sexual immorality, but then ignore their own children's sexual immorality as well as their own evil behavior (ex. envy, hatred, gossip, lust, etc.). So it's quite confusing to observe the behavior of the Brethren, however, you will be able to recognize their sociopathic hypocrisy. Basically, you'll observe this- those who are in power/influence or under the good grace of such people, can do whatever evil they want. No one can challenge them. However, their cult followers are subject to their "rules" and their bullying if they are found to violate any of their rules. If you don't get up every Sunday to pray or say an exhortation, they will even accuse you of not worshiping God. They contradict themselves in the process as according to their antinomian creed, they can't judge or criticize each other and everyone should be able to do whatever they please and still be considered holy and righteous (based on their imputed righteousness doctrine). On a side note, regarding their demand for all men to do individual acts of worship (ex. singing, praying, and exhortation) at their meetings, these acts are really a smokescreen used by the Brethren to act like they are worshiping God. In reality, such acts of worship are used as a means of practicing their narcissistic competition with each other in order to elevate themselves.
If you catch them in sin, then they'll hide behind their doctrines and demand that you must forgive them. They themselves don't practice forgiveness (which they demand from others) nor do they practice seeing everyone else of having imputed righteousness from Christ. That's why they gossip and bully those who sin, those who don't follow their absurd rules, and those who they envy. However, they demand their victims must tolerate them and forgive them no matter what evil they do and also demand that they see them having imputed righteousness from Christ. Bunch of trashy characters. This type of hypocritical/sociopathic mentality and behavior is commonly seen with various Calvinist groups (hence, it's not limited to the Plymouth Brethren) as they all share the same ideologies regarding sin and salvation. They are the most dangerous hypocritical and dangerous sociopaths I've ever come across- the very children and agents of the devil. I didn't know that seminaries train people to become hypocrites. I have no doubt in mind that seminaries/Bible colleges have been the tool of Satan (for a long time now) to train sociopathic false teachers. In my experience and observations, I've learned the hard way that sociopathic Indian Brethren girls (as well as sociopaths among Indian girls from other denominations as well as unbelievers of other religious faiths) are used by Satan like "honey traps" against genuine believers (i.e. non-sociopaths). Such sociopathic girls are experts at flirting with you, misleading you by making you feel like they are interested in you. However, they are chameleons and change their colors whenever they feel like it. Thus, then they can play hard to get or reject you altogether by making you feel inferior/not good enough for them. They are nothing but trashy harlots. Don't be deceived by such vipers because of their beauty and charm. They will bite you with their sociopathic venom and enjoy seeing it destroy you psychologically. Such sociopathic girls will then proceed to gossip about you and engage in character assassinations against you (smearing your reputation among everyone). However, the time has come to expose these trashy characters and especially their father, the devil, regarding their evil works and strategies. Refer to the following links to understand the rising trend of sociopathy (evidenced by cunning manipulation and control of men) by modern women (both among carnal minded Christians and non-Christians). I've especially observed this among older and younger Malayalee women (ex. grandmothers, mothers, sisters, wives, other female relatives, and non-relatives like women in church). Many of these women are no different from fellow sociopaths like in the case of Dalia Dippolito (who was caught soliciting for the assassination of her husband).
(1). Exposing How Women Manipulate Men
(2). The Psycho-ology of Women
(3). Look out! It's a nice guy! Destroy him!
Know this truth, there can never be harmony between Christ and the devil (i.e. God's children and Satan's sociopathic children). When carnal Christians try to befriend you, see them for the snakes they are and stay away from them. They are only out to destroy you for their pleasure. It's a psychologically traumatic experience being raised among a Christian fundamentalist environment like the Kerala Brethren. The tendency is for children to be raised in a hypocritical and abusive way by their parents which is coupled with an abusive environment in Brethren churches. I'll explain further. Back in India/Kerala, they promote a "morally conservative" environment. However, it's just a show. For example, Malayalee parents may say that masturbation and dating are wrong. They'll also psychologically crucify their own children by making them feel like criminals if they catch them in sexual immorality. However, the truth is, even the older adults have gone through the phase of raging hormones when they were young. How many of them can honestly admit that they've never masturbated or lusted ever in their lives? Only a liar would say that they haven't masturbated or lusted after girls. Pertaining to dating, it is well known how even people in India have their forms of dating (going for rides on motorcycles, going to restaurants, walking together, etc.). Watch any Indian movie and you'll see how romance works in India. When Indian parents (who raise children abroad in other countries like Western countries) try to make India morally superior than everyone else, it's just a lie. It's a lie produced all in order to achieve mind control of their children. Mind control is widely seen in Indian communities. Indian parents have been brought up that way and they continue this sociopathic perversion (they have a rapist mentality- forcing their will onto their children) in subsequent generations. Indian parents dictate who to marry, what field of study to pursue, being over-active in church activities, etc. Indian adults (both parents as well as other older individuals) will even dictate what church you should go to. Older Indians adults tend to have a perverted sociopathic mentality. For decades, generations of Indians have been brainwashed to think that mind control on their children is ok. In the process, they have become extremely abusive and destructive. They've become mentally abnormal, but they think there's nothing wrong with their behavior. If you grow up in a Malayalee Brethren assembly, you'll be tormented by hypocrisy and bullying. You'll see certain people's children dating and being sexually immoral while those same people and the rest of the church members expect other members (who are not in favor/power) to remain sexually pure, be active in church, become doctors/engineers/lawyers/nurses/accountants/pharmacists/physician assistants, marry whoever your parents choose for you, etc. Being born into an Indian family (plus Indian community) like this is a nightmare. You have to spend half of your life trying to escape their sociopathic and manipulative control over you. Indian parents are such dangerous sociopaths that they will do whatever it takes to keep you on their leash. You have to suffer the mistreatment from fellow Indians as well as racists from various non-Indian races. I've come across Indian/Malayalee girls who've said that they prefer white men (this is like rubbing salt to the wounds). In the modern world, it is far better to be born as a white man. What white man has put up with this kind of nonsense? Who in their right mind would remain in such a mentally abnormal environment putting up with such nonsense? How long can a person be tormented seeing other people in church romancing, dating, engaging in sexual immorality but expected by everyone else to not do the same (i.e. not be able to date, remain sexually pure, and moreover be forced to marry someone who they don't even want to (through arranged/forced marriage)? I've come across older Malayalee Brethren adults (including elders) who've told me that I shouldn't ever ask a girl about their past sexual history. The common slogan they use for everything is "just forgive and forget" (which they don't practice themselves). Thus, do you see the absurdity? You have to live in constant fear of meeting their standards and many of their unrealistic expectations, while they brainwash you to accept and marry someone among them that didn't even live up to their strict standards. You are either forced to marry someone you are not attracted to and/or is a harlot. It's ok for certain people and their children among them (those who are in power and influence) to defile the best and keep them for themselves or give them as sexual leftovers to others and brainwash such men to forcibly marry them. They can also make such men feel not good enough (based on height, weight, skin complexion, other physical features, educational degree, job, salary, etc.) to meet their standards of receiving the best women and tell them that they are better off with Brethren girls that these sociopaths don't desire (the ones that aren't attractive as compared to other girls). They also use this as a parameter to boast about like regarding other things and put down the same people. Sociopaths will make sure they are always elevated above others. They will engage in psychological warfare so that you don't succeed/receive the best in your life. They want to eliminate their competition so that they can get/maintain their status and power. It's the only way that they can run a cult (i.e. by dominating others through psychological abuse/bullying by targeting people's weaknesses/shortcomings). Everyone wants to be in the position of leadership to run local cults (i.e. local assemblies). Thus, they resort to such disgusting and sociopathic tactics to dominate others (church members). Satan and his sociopaths love repressing and keeping the best away from people. They'll even defile what is good so that others won't receive the best (i.e. undefiled beautiful and godly women). They know that this will frustrate their victims who they bully. I look forward to the day when God takes everything away from these crooks and leaves them with absolutely nothing but suffering and torment as they've caused others.
Ezekiel 34:1-4,7-10,16-19 (NLT):
“Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds, the leaders of Israel. Give them this message from the Sovereign Lord: What sorrow awaits you shepherds who feed yourselves instead of your flocks. Shouldn’t shepherds feed their sheep? 3 You drink the milk, wear the wool, and butcher the best animals, but you let your flocks starve. 4 You have not taken care of the weak. You have not tended the sick or bound up the injured. You have not gone looking for those who have wandered away and are lost. Instead, you have ruled them with harshness and cruelty.
7 “Therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the Lord: 8 As surely as I live, says the Sovereign Lord, you abandoned my flock and left them to be attacked by every wild animal. And though you were my shepherds, you didn’t search for my sheep when they were lost. You took care of yourselves and left the sheep to starve. 9 Therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the Lord. 10 This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I now consider these shepherds my enemies, and I will hold them responsible for what has happened to my flock. I will take away their right to feed the flock, and I will stop them from feeding themselves. I will rescue my flock from their mouths; the sheep will no longer be their prey.
16 I will search for my lost ones who strayed away, and I will bring them safely home again. I will bandage the injured and strengthen the weak. But I will destroy those who are fat and powerful. I will feed them, yes—feed them justice!
17 “And as for you, my flock, this is what the Sovereign Lord says to his people: I will judge between one animal of the flock and another, separating the sheep from the goats. 18 Isn’t it enough for you to keep the best of the pastures for yourselves? Must you also trample down the rest? Isn’t it enough for you to drink clear water for yourselves? Must you also muddy the rest with your feet? 19 Why must my flock eat what you have trampled down and drink water you have fouled?
I remember when I tried to listen to the advice of older Brethren men (i.e. ignore a girl's past sexual history/romantic history), and applied it to one proposal I had received (who didn't seem very interested me in the first place- I think her parents forced her to contact me). Once we met in person, we hit it off. I thought I was in love with her. I remember how she asked me for my past sexual/romantic history (she initiated the question herself). I too wanted to know about her history also as I had no relationships in the past, and thus it's something I've always felt strongly about (expecting my spouse to have a clean history), especially since I grew up in a cult like the Brethren where they don't allow you to date or if you get caught dating, they crucify you. She told me that she had couple of relationships in the past. That made me sick to my stomach. Here was a girl that I actually liked and who I thought was sent from God. I expressed my disappointment to her after learning of this fact about her. I felt anger and sadness. I felt so betrayed that I tried to do the right thing by trying to remain pure and staying out of relationships. She thought I was going to break up with her when I told her that I would need time to think about it. That made her cry and I felt that I needed to have mercy and compassion on her (as I didn't want her to face her parents with my rejection of her). So before I left, I reassured her that I would work things out. When I saw her tears, I wiped them away with my own fingers and I knew I had feelings for her (otherwise, I wouldn't have cared and left without caring just like a sociopath). Empathy is something I have because whenever I see someone in trouble, I always feel like helping them in whatever way I can. We hit it off after that as I went back to my hometown. We kept in touch through phone calls and we would talk for hours over the phone. I talked to her because I was that fond of her while at the same time I was being tormented still by her past. Couple of months later, she broke up me because she couldn't commit to me (i.e. marry me) until I had reached a certain stage in the process of starting my career here. It was during this process that I felt that I really needed her for support and companionship (all throughout college I struggled with loneliness and I saw even Indian couples studying together). I even thought from the Bible (refer to Genesis 2:18) that a female spouse would be a helper. However, I found no compassion and mercy from her at my hour of need, which was devastating to me. I felt betrayed again. I was expecting empathy from her, but I didn't find it. I tried to reach out couple of times to her after the break up, and I felt that she didn't want to talk to me. I tried to even contact her for help regarding my education/career- I remember one night I decided to contact her for both emotional support and asking for her expertise. She was at a Gavin DeGraw music concert (which I initially didn't know). She responded back after a couple of hours with a text in which she kept her distance. It's when I checked her Facebook profile that I learned that she was out with her friends at a music concert. That's when I realized how Mayalalee girls have turned into some of the most dangerous narcissistic sociopaths. They only care about their carnal desires, they don't care anything about anyone else. That's the sign of a terrible spouse which would only destroy me if I had married her. I wonder what the Brethren purists think about the young women in their assemblies now going to non-Christian music concerts (when they themselves harass others for being carnal). Again, as long as you have a prestigious degree and are wealthy, no Brethren purist will ever say anything to you. It's their sociopathic hypocrisy. Anyway, I had no other choice, but to not follow up with her after her treatment of me. For many years, my heart was torn and in pain because of her.
This is what happens when you practice the Brethren principles of forgive and forget, love each other no matter how much someone mistreats you, and to have mercy and compassion to those who mistreat you or don't reciprocate the same to you. You just end up getting the short end of the stick.
I have no doubt through my experiences, that the Brethren are sociopaths. Only sociopaths expect others to put with their mistreatment and then accept them for that also. It's a lunatic's mentality.
From my experiences, I decided to leave the Brethren for good. I can only wonder if all Malayalees are like this as I've seen sociopathic behavior in other Malayalee Christian denominations as well. Malayalees (regardless of denomination or religion) tend to be narcissistic sociopaths (they love to psychologically abuse others, trying to get under people's skin, and most importantly- show no empathy to others).
The Brethren are full of double standards/hypocrisy. A tormenting environment like that is a mental asylum. Like I said before, those who are in power, they and their children can do whatever they want. If you don't have favor/power, and if you get caught dating a girl, they will crucify and humiliate you publicly. If you try to reason with them regarding their hypocrisy, they will take you around in circles and make you feel that you are the only who is in the wrong. If you confront them regarding their bullying and say that they need to repent and change, they will demand that you forgive them. If you ask why they fail to practice forgiveness and engage in hypocritical gossip and bullying, they will demand that you forgive them for that also. They are mentally abnormal. Stay away from them! They are a Satanic cult. They are sociopaths who believe they can do whatever evil they want and demand other people forgive and accept them for who they are (you will find pedophilia, incest, homosexual tendencies, bisexual tendencies, fornication, adultery, etc. among them and you can be a victim also). They will go to great lengths to cover up their wickedness and gaslight their victims (even parents, siblings and relatives) through their carnal doctrines. Satan and his demons create dangerous sociopaths from such carnal doctrines. They are a menace to society and belong in mental institutions or prison (since prison is the right place for other types of sociopaths like murderers, thieves, etc.). In addition, who in their right mind wouldn't want to get stuck in marriage with one of those promiscuous sociopaths? They whore around all they want before marriage, but playing hard to get with certain guys who are not trained by demons in the art of seduction and dating. That's how Satan tempts and sexually represses certain men and then make them sexually frustrated/aggressive. He torments them with his own sociopathic daughters like these. If you happened to succeed and a get a good degree and job, then they may consider you for marriage once they've given themselves to other men. When you compare your sexual history with theirs, you can find yourself of having 0 relationships in the past while these type of harlots have had many relationships. Who wants someone else's sexual leftovers? Who would be stupid enough then to marry and waste their money on these trashy characters for the rest of their life? Since they love being harlots so much, let them go work in a brothel. From what I've seen and heard, even after marriage, many Malayalee Brethren couples still go clubbing and let their spouses go to bachelor/bachelorette parties of their friends where wild things happen (ex. where both men and women can hire male/female strippers and escorts). I've come across a Malayalee Brethren girl who said she wanted her independence during marriage- being free to hang out with her friends. To do what? Engage in these kind of wild perversions? There are plenty of Brethren characters who represent the modern citizens of Sodom and Gomorrah. They are so evil and narcissistic that they will boast about their successes, put you down in the process, and paint themselves to be more blessed and favored by God. In the process, they cause their victims to stumble and sin by instilling in them a desire of inadequacy, covetousness, doubting God, grumbling towards God, and the need to compete and boast just like they do. They are used by Satan to trap others. They deceive themselves in the process. The Bible clearly teaches of how even evil doers/"Christian impostors" will flourish only to deceive themselves and others into eternal destruction. When they think that all is well- based on their misconception of having right standing with God based on their false doctrines like sola fide and sola gratia (dead faith not evidenced by good works/obedience to God) and worldly success, it's the formula for eternal destruction. Worldly success can blind and fool such people to think that obedience to God isn't important. To put it in another way, they can think that even if they disobey God and are cruel to others, but have worldly success, "active" in church and profess a dead faith- they are justified in God's eyes. They deceive themselves with such a mentality. One must determine if they have a right standing with God based on their spiritual success- being able to live a godly life by bearing the fruit of the Spirit and getting rid of all hypocrisy. One must spiritually circumcise their hearts and minds in order to be found right in the sight of God. Worldly success doesn't determine your justification/salvation. It's a right heart/changed heart which determines your salvation (refer to 2 Timothy 3:13; Romans 2:4-11,29; Isaiah 55:7; 1 Thessalonians 5:3; Luke 6:24-26; Psalm 92:7; Acts 26:20; James 2:14-26 and 1 John 2:15-17).
Additionally, Malayalee Brethren (as well as other carnal Christians/unbelievers) are experts at instilling fears/doubts about your future (ex. success in your education and career). They are sociopathic terrorists (as terrorists are known to spread fear). What genuine disciple of Christ would ever instill fear in another believer? The Bible teaches us that God has not given us a spirit of fear. Hence, fear only comes from Satan, demons, and his sociopathic children (human followers). Like I've said above, if you confront such carnal Christians (sociopaths), about their behavior, they will demand that you forgive them. They will also say make it look like that they don't need to stop their evil behavior as they believe they have imputed righteousness. They don't care of what harm they do to others and how they put others in a mental prison of fear which torments their victims daily. This is because sociopaths have a dead conscience. They enjoy seeing people suffer. Thus, please be aware that such sociopathic carnal Christians are not part of the Body of Christ. They will falsely claim to be the Body of Christ in order to deceive others (in other words, they are wolves in sheep's clothing).
I've been seeing many narcissistic sociopathic carnal Christians among various Protestant denominations. They love to pride themselves in their worldly accomplishments (ex. education, career, etc.) and also what they do in church (ex. attending every meeting, singing, leading activities in church, etc.). However, they do everything for their own recognition/glory all the while claiming that it's to glorify God alone. They are experts at using such smokescreens to try and fool others. In the process, they make everything a competition with others in which they are more than willing to push others off the ladder of success in order to get ahead and keep others down. This is further evidence against them of how they don't have God's love in them. Instead, they have a Satanic vile hatred for others as displayed through their narcissistic sociopathic competition with others (the Bible teaches that people who have such hatred are murderers at heart and therefore, they don't have eternal life in them). They mock God with their fake "service to God." They think they can fool everyone including God with such narcissistic sociopathic behavior. They ignore the Biblical truth regarding how the failure to humble yourself can lead to your own eternal destruction. It was Satan's own narcissism (pride/conceit) which led to his fall from grace. Satan has caused much pain and destruction to mankind out of his own narcissistic sociopathy, for which he will suffer in eternity. The Bible teaches that humans who follow such narcissistic sociopathy don't have eternal life in them (refer to 1 John 3:3-19). They will join Satan in the lake of fire and burning sulfur in eternity.
1 John 2:15-17 (NLT):
"Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. 16 For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. 17 And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever."
James 4:6 (NLT):
"But he gives us even more grace to stand against such evil desires. As the Scriptures say, "God opposes the proud but favors the humble."
(4). Who are the Plymouth Brethren? (Part 2)
(5). Plymouth Brethren view of imputed righteousness
Fundamentalist groups like the Plymouth Brethren have exchanged the truth about God for man made lies (labeled as doctrines by cunning men). They have exchanged the glory of God and instead have painted God to act like Satan (the true narcissistic sociopath), and thereby have created a false god out of their imagination which caters to their evil behavior. Their depraved minds are controlled by sin, and they use ego defense mechanisms (to create false doctrines) to resolve any guilt caused by such sin. They are no different than the unbelievers (except that they have the Bible yet they are bigger hypocrites than unbelievers) who commit the same sins. They are like the ancient Jewish Pharisees who put up a spiritual show, however, their hearts were full of evil and they didn't obey God's Law with the right attitude/spirit. Today, such Christians have become antinomians- they have negated God's Law altogether. They have no clue what it means to have God's Law now written in their hearts and abiding by that- this is reflected by their behavior. Many Christian fundamentalist groups are actually sociopathic religious cults (where a lot of psychological abuse/bullying/mind control takes places in such family + church environments. I speak from my own observations and experience). They act like modern social clubs (but putting up a spiritual act to fool people) instead of behaving like the early Church (a genuine spiritual community with Christ as the Head). If you try to confront them about their behavior, they will gaslight you (a sociopathic tactic). Elizabeth Esther has also written a book regarding her own experiences of growing up in a Christian fundamentalist group (refer to the following links- "Raised in a Christian cult" and "Is my church a cult?").
I've also written regarding my experiences of growing up in an Indian Christian fundamentalist environment (refer to my posts "Arranged marriages/forced marriages among Indian Christians" and also "Do people hate you when they see you?"
The Brethren mentality is absurd and dangerous (it attracts sociopaths and creates sociopaths). They believe that they have two natures (the old sinful nature and the new righteous nature) and furthermore, the good nature (new nature received upon salvation) is not responsible for the old sinful nature's continual evil deeds. This seems to paint them as a dual personality character, perhaps like Jekyll and Hyde (refer to "Characteristics of Psychopaths"). This indicates underlying psychological problems in their mentality. It also indicates that they have failed to grasp Paul's message in Romans 6 and Galatians 5:24- what it means for the old sinful nature to be crucified with Christ. They've failed to grasp what it means now to throw off the old sinful nature and instead put on the new nature (Ephesians 4:21-24 and Colossians 3:5-10) to be a slave to righteousness. Paul illustrates in Romans 7 of how there is an ongoing battle in his mind between him and his sinful nature. The solution to that problem is Jesus Christ. By putting our faith in Jesus Christ, we receive a new nature that is led by the Holy Ghost. This is failed to be understood by groups like the Plymouth Brethren. Instead, they teach that they are no longer under the Law, but under God's grace- based on Romans 6:14. They misinterpret, twist and distort that verse to give it a false meaning (a perverted form of grace)- i.e. they justify their continuing evil behavior (after salvation) by claiming that God's grace allows them to still sin freely (refer to "As a Father"). This is a perversion of God's grace. Perverting God's grace into licentiousness is a mockery of God's grace. This clearly contradicts the beginning of vs. 14- as in the process, they let sin have dominion over them. They also fail to address what it means now to have God's Law written in our hearts and obeying Him accordingly. They further teach that they have imputed righteousness from Christ which gives them a positional standing of being righteous in the sight of God regardless of what sins they continue to do. Through their doctrines, they negate the need for fearing God and also the need for seeing sin as something spiritually destructive leading to eternal death. They paint God to be a sociopath who unconditionally chose to save them and subsequently ignores their ongoing sinful behavior, while unconditionally choosing the rest of mankind to go to hell and not give them such special treatment. They contradict the Bible and make certain passages into lies which state that God doesn't show favoritism/partiality to anyone in regards to salvation, sin and judgment (Romans 2:4-16 and Acts 10:34-35). Also, refer to the following article for a more detailed study regarding Romans 8:29 and a refutation of the Calvinistic view of predestination ("The Doctrine of Predestination"). Please also refer to this article to understand penal substitutionary atonement vs the Biblical model of ransom ("Understanding Substitution and Moral Government"). Many among the Brethren propagate KJV Onlyism all because the KJV translators had a doctrinal bias (they held Calvinist beliefs) and accordingly wanted to propagate that (refer to "Which Bible Version is the Best?"). The following is also another article which discusses the problem with penal substitutionary atonement ("Does the Bible say Jesus was our scapegoat?").
Romans 6:14 (authorized KJV):
"For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace."
They have become like the carnal Christians which Jude wrote about (refer to Jude 1:4) during his time- ungodly people in churches who preached a perverted form of grace that gives the license to sin. These modern carnal Christians are no different from them.
They have failed to realize what Paul really meant by "no longer being under the Law." Refer to my post "The Christian's relationship to God's Law." What Paul meant was that we obey God's Law in a different way now-through the Spirit writing the Law in our hearts. Refer to Romans 2:12-15, Jeremiah 31:33-34 and also Hebrews 10:15-17,26-31). The Spirit writing the Law in our hearts brings a more profound and efficient means in walking with God (for both Jews and Gentiles). It's even more intimate and powerful now. In the Old Testament, the Law was written on stone tablets in a divine manner. This was kept in the Ark of the Covenant in the Holy of Holies. Each Israelite didn't have personal Bibles back in the Old Testament times (they relied on oral recitation), so they would tie God's commands as symbols on their hands and wear them on their foreheads, as commanded by God Himself. The purpose of this was for God's word to be reinforced in their hearts and minds. However, that was not efficient as the Israelites failed miserably to stay faithful to God. In fact, it was a shadow of something new which God was going to do in the future, in order to destroy the control of sin on man. God has done a new and more powerful thing for both Jewish and Gentile believers- i.e. etch His Law directly onto our hearts and minds through the Holy Spirit (this is the New Testament/Covenant). God's word in our heart is the most powerful weapon we can ever possess spiritually. It's God's word that created all of creation. He spoke and it came to be. God's commandments are the weapon we need to control sin, instead of letting sin control us (refer to Genesis 4:7). During His temptations in the desert, Jesus Christ demonstrated how God's word is what is needed to fight and defeat temptations and the tempter- Satan. It's not with swords or guns that we can fight Satan, as he engages in psychological warfare. Earthly weapons are useless against Satan as he is an angelic being in the spiritual realm and also because it's a psychological warfare he mainly wages against us. God's angels have swords, but we don't have such angelic swords. Instead, God has given us another type of sword- the Sword of the Spirit- which is the word of God/Scripture (refer to Ephesians 6:17). There is nothing more powerful than the Sword of the Spirit in the earthly and spiritual realm. This our weapon which we need to counter Satan's psychological warfare- God's word against his words (which are lies to deceive us). Satan even twists and distorts Scripture to deceive us to think that we can sin. He tried that with Jesus, however, Jesus countered back with Scripture to negate such tactics. This is what Satan is doing with carnal Christians who preach a perverted form of grace which give the license to sin. Thus, we must also learn from Christ and counter with Scripture to give no room for sin.
How can any human decide what is good for themselves (different people will have different opinions regarding fornication, adultery, homosexuality, etc.) when all are corrupted with a sinful nature? Only God is good and perfect in righteousness. Only He can define what is good and He shows us through His commandments in the Bible regarding what is good and what is bad. Every day, humans are in a constant of state of battle in their own minds- i.e. choosing between doing good and evil (refer to Romans 7:14-25). You become a slave to sin in the process. Only Jesus Christ can deliver you from that psychological war occurring in your mind, and set you free from being a slave to sin. By putting your faith in Him and asking Him for the Holy Ghost, you are then enable to follow God's Spirit to help you make the right choices instead of following your sinful nature's desires (refer to Romans 6:15-23 and Romans 8:1-17 (KJV). You become one with God's Spirit (1 Cor. 6:17). Since all humans are corrupted with a sinful nature before their salvation, they can't be relied on for deciding what is good and what is bad. When society ignores God , perverts their view regarding God or removes God from their thinking altogether, your sinful nature and Satan work together to destroy yourselves and each other.
We receive the Holy Spirit (to dwell in us) when we put our faith in Jesus Christ. He is the new High Priest. No human can take His place as the High Priest. Furthermore, our bodies (God's own craftsmanship) have now become His new Temple (no need for buildings). He's always wanted a close and intimate relationship with His creation. The Tabernacle and the Temples which were built, the curtain which separates the Holy of Holies from the rest of the Tabernacle- were all God's picture to get us to understand that we are unclean because of sin and hence we can't approach Him. However, God still loved us while we were still sinners, and so He created a plan for salvation through His Son Jesus Christ- which would unite us with Him forever by removing sin's power over our lives (refer to Romans 6:5-13), by changing our character and making us holy. When the Holy Spirit dwells in our bodies, our bodies logically become the Holy of Holies. This is what is failed to be understood by many, even Christians. Many Christians think that God has made them already holy and that state can't be changed even if they go back to sinning. The problem is with their attitude. They don't want to change their character by forsaking sin- they want to continue enjoying the pleasures of sin while at the same time enjoying a false sense of holiness in God's eyes (refer to Malachi 2:17). It's a delusional disorder.
Being carnally minded results in eternal death (refer to Romans 8:6).
Couple of years ago, John MacArthur was asked a question regarding whether or not a person can be saved/forgiven if they take the Mark of the Beast. MacArthur replied that forgiveness is still possible for such a person (refer to my other posts "Mark of the Beast teaching controversy-Part 1," "Mark of the Beast teaching controversy-Part 2," and also "Mark of the Beast teaching controversy-Part 3"). That was an appalling thing, as one can only wonder how such a person (who supposedly knows the Bible well), could make such a statement that contradicts the Bible clearly.
MacArthur himself is a Calvinist but believes in "Lordship salvation" (as opposed to the Free Grace theology view of salvation- held by groups like the Plymouth Brethren). On a side note regarding this, you can refer to Dan Corner's explanation regarding how both the Calvinistic "Lordship salvation" and "Free Grace" views boil down to the same thing- carnal security in Christ (refer to "Unmasking John MacArthur's Calvinistic Version of Saving Faith"). I think the same question asked to MacArthur needs to be asked to every Brethren teacher as well as other Bible teachers from other denominations. It's a good way to test who is a false teacher. If a person (who is a Calvinist/unconditional eternal security supporter) answers that "forgiveness is still possible even after receiving the Mark of the Beast", then you know he speaks a lie. If a person (like above) answers that "forgiveness isn't possible after receiving the Mark of the Beast," then he himself would be proving and admitting that unconditional eternal security is wrong, and that instead, remaining faithful and obedience to God is needed to maintain salvation.
I believe the Mark of the Beast will be the pit (refer to Psalm 94:13) used by God to trap the wicked (both carnal Christians and unbelievers). It will be the ultimate test of faithfulness to see who really is a follower of God (refer to Rev. 13:10 and Rev. 14:12). Carnal Christians will abuse Scripture and God's grace now, however, if they take the Mark of the Beast, it's game over for them. There is no redemption for them at that point. God knows Satan has planted weeds (carnal/wicked people) among the wheat (His faithful followers), and He will wait until the end of the world (at the end of the Great Tribulation) to destroy the wicked, as He doesn't want His followers to get caught in the middle of His wrath (refer to Matthew 13:36-43) . God will allow His followers to face persecution during the Great Tribulation at the hands of Satan and the Antichrist (Revelation 13:7). This will be used to set us apart from the wicked and refine us (both Jewish and Gentile believers). Refer to Zechariah 13:9, Daniel 11:35, Daniel 12:10, and Revelation 7:14. Not every Christian will die during the Tribulation, for some will live to see and take part in the Rapture, which will take place after the Tribulation (refer to 1 Cor. 15:51-52 and Matthew 24:29-31). After the Rapture/First Resurrection takes place at the Second Coming of Christ, then God unleashes His wrath on the Antichrist and his kingdom (refer to Revelation chapters 15-16). I believe the Rapture/First Resurrection/Second Coming of Christ takes place before the Seven Bowls of Seven Plagues (the last 7 plagues which are the most destructive) as Rev. 15:2 shows all the saints who were victorious over the Antichrist (the Beast) during the Great Tribulation- standing on a glass sea mixed with fire. They are in the spiritual realm at that point. Then you see the seven last plagues being unleashed subsequently- meaning they won't be on earth to be exposed to the Seven Plagues. When the 6th Plague is released, the demonic spirits gather the world leaders together at Armageddon (Rev. 16:16). After the 7th Plague takes place (destruction of Babylon), then the Battle of Armageddon takes place (Rev. 19:11-19). Christ comes with the armies of Heaven to defeat the Antichrist, the world leaders and their armies who have all gathered together to go to war against Christ. Christ defeats all of them and then establishes His Millennial rule on earth. Satan is bound during those 1,000 years while the Antichrist and the False Prophet will already be in the lake of fire. Satan will be released after the 1,000 years and allowed to deceive the nations Gog and Magog to rise up against God and His children in Jerusalem (Rev. 20:7-10)- this is the final assault of Satan against God and His children. However, God will devour them all with fire and destroy them. Then Satan is thrown into the lake of fire for eternity. Regarding the upcoming deception of the Mark of the Beast, please refer to my other posts- "The deception of robotic implants to make humans godlike," "Common agendas for a new world order," and "Mind control tools being developed?").
I'll quote another statement from Daniel Steele's article [from the third link above which I've posted entitled "Who are the Plymouth Brethren? (Part 1)"]-
"Says J. Denham Smith, a conspicuous Plymouth theologian, in a standard theological tract: "The two natures remain in him unchanged. His old nature is not modified or ameliorated by the impartation of the new; nor, on the other hand, does the new nature become soiled or corrupted by reason of its co-existence in the same being with the old. They remain the same. There is no blending or amalgamation. They are essentially and eternally distinct. The old nature is unalterably and incurably corrupt, while the new nature is divinely pure in its essence."
This doctrine of the two natures is not completely stated till the fact is brought out that neither is regarded as responsible for the acts of the other. For they are conceived of as persons. If the flesh of the believer behaves badly, that is none of the believer's business. He does not live in that department of his being, and hence has no responsibility for its evil deeds. The "flesh was condemned on the cross and is under sentence," why should I worry about it? This reminds us of the story of the English bishop and his servant, who reproved him for profanity. The bishop, who was a member of the house of lords, replied, that he swore as a lord, not as a bishop. "But," queried the servant, "when the devil gets the lord, what will become of the bishop?" (end quote)
This is the absurd mentality that has given rise to Christian sociopaths and is prominent in Christian fundamentalist groups. This type of mentality clearly contradicts the Biblical call for metanoia (a change of heart) (refer to Romans 2:29 and Acts 26:20). Satan has infiltrated Christianity a long time ago and has systematically been destroying it to create rebels against God (wolves in sheep's clothing- or to put it another way, imitating Satan himself, who comes to deceive as an "angel of light." Carnal Christians are his own children acting to deceive everyone to make them think that they are the "children of the light/children of God" when in reality they are children of the devil. Satan accomplishes this by propagating and promoting a distorted view of Christianity- i.e. carnal Christianity is the way to live). Satan has created sociopaths to infiltrate all areas of life (spiritual/religious and secular). You can find sociopaths in all areas- religious institutions, governments, workplace, school, colleges/educational institutions, family/relatives, etc. Thus, a genuine believer must be able to recognize sociopaths and their tactics to navigate successfully and safely in this world. I've always been puzzled by the evil, rampant among such carnal groups. I've observed especially how Brethren churches treat the word of God. They butcher it, select and use whatever they like to justify their evil behavior. This reminds me of what Satan did when he was trying to tempt Christ. Satan used selective Bible quoting and misinterpretation of Scripture to try and deceive Christ. Satan failed miserably and Christ showed us how we need to use other parts of the Bible to counter such deception. Satan uses carnal Christians today to deceive others into thinking they have the license to sin and abuse God's grace (they term such demonic theology as Free Grace).
|This is what carnal Christians do also- they act just like Satan.|
Satan and his demons use false teachers to twist, distort, and selectively use only certain Scriptures to present a false gospel to deceive people. When Satan tempted Jesus in the desert, Satan tried to selectively use a Bible verse (while ignoring the rest of Scripture) in order to try and deceive Christ. Satan failed as Jesus knew the rest of Scripture and He showed how selective usage of Scripture is not the correct way to use the Bible (refer to Matthew 4:5-7). In fact, if Christ had used selective usage of Scripture like Satan did, it would've led to Christ sinning. Subsequently, God's plan to redeem and save us would've failed. Satan continues this same tactic of selective usage of Scripture to deceive the rest of mankind into accepting a false gospel which teaches that a death faith without good works is enough to become saved (aka sola fide and sola gratia doctrines of Protestantism). False teachers (by the inspiration of Satan) have redefined salvation solely based on passages like Ephesians 2:8-9 while ignoring other passages like I've mentioned above.
Romans 8:1-4 (authorized KJV)-
"There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: 4 that the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit."
I remember one occasion where a guest who was visiting the church read from 1 Cor. 11:23-29 for an exhortation, and he emphasized the need for everyone to examine themselves before taking part in the Lord's Table. Another man (a seminary graduate) got up immediately afterwards and for his exhortation- he talked about how worship should only be about focusing on the sufferings and death of Christ. This was like an objection to the guest's exhortation. I was appalled at this. It doesn't look like the seminary graduate knows anything regarding the Bible. Can you see how the seminary graduate was using various ego defense mechanisms? He didn't want to examine his own character as that would produce guilt (cognitive dissonance). When that passage was read, God's word pricked him and in order to resolve that dissonance, he came up with his own logic to suppress the need for self examination and instead make worship only about focusing on the suffering and death of Christ. By doing so, he projects his ongoing sins and guilt onto Christ and lives in denial that he needs change (thereby, acting like a sociopath). Such people further use doctrines to intellectualize and rationalize their sinful behavior. Thus, you can clearly see many ego defense mechanisms at work- projection, denial, suppression, intellectualization, rationalization, reaction formation, etc. This is the same psychology of many carnal Christians today in trying to justify their sinful behavior and suppressing the need for metanoia (a change of mind). When seminary graduates act like this, it reflects the training they receive in such institutions- producing carnal minded Christians to go and corrupt the churches. It's all part of Satan's strategy to corrupt and discredit Christianity. When I brought up these issues with one of the elders of the church, he remained silent and had no answer- evidence of the corruption among such churches. They have no fear of God. They ignore God's word- they choose and select what verses they like and ignore everything else which brings about conviction to them to stay away from sin. For example, if you warn them regarding their sins which invites God's wrath against them, they'll quote part of Romans 8:1 (and purposely leave out the phrase "who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit") and claim that they have nothing to fear even if they commit any sins. They also teach that their names are written in the Book of Life and it can't be blotted out for any reason, even carnal behavior (for a refutation of this false view- please refer to "The Book of Life: One Book or Two?"). This explains why they behave like sociopaths. They don't care about changing their ways as their doctrines remove their fear of God and assure them carnal security in Christ. God's word teaches that fear of God is the key to avoiding evil (refer to Proverbs 16:6)- a fundamental truth that is failed to be grasped by groups like the Plymouth Brethren.
This is the deception occurring in many Christian groups/denominations today. Again, this type of evil and sociopathic carnal Christianity is not only seen with the Plymouth Brethren, but with other Christian groups/denominations also. Satan uses such "Christians" to discredit Christianity and portray them as sin excusing hypocrites that claim to be the followers/disciples of Christ. Satan loves and thrives on such hypocrisy and deception.
John 3:19-21 (NIV):
"This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God."
Romans 1:21-32 (NIV):
"For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles. 24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25 They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.
26 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. 27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.
28 Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. 29 They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; 31 they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. 32 Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.
Carnally minded people like John Darby further created and propagated more unBiblical/extra-Biblical teachings like dispensational premillennialism (pre-tribulation rapture theory). John Darby was initially a lawyer by profession before he went into full time ministry. That gives us a clue to his mentality. It explains why he was so good at coming up with cunning arguments by twisting and distorting Scripture to promote false teachings. These strategies have been adopted by subsequent generations of "Bible teachers." They also possess the deceptive mentality like Darby to deceive the masses. If you try to confront these false teachers today, you'll realize you're arguing with someone who has a lawyer-like mentality. They are very cunning. They have the spirit of Satan in them and they have become sociopaths. They are the very children and agents of the devil. Most of the time, confronting such sociopaths to get them to change from their evil ways is futile. Sociopaths rarely change as they have a low cure rate, according to clinical psychologists. That's why you should stay away from them altogether and never entertain any interaction with them. They wage battle against your mind to try and get control of it. Once they do, you become part of their cult. Even the early forefathers of the Brethren movement (George Muller, Benjamin Newton, and Samuel Tregelles) all taught the post-tribulation rapture view (historic premillennialism). They rejected Darby's new teaching. This created a split among the Brethren movement, and created two main groups- the Open Brethren (led by Muller, Newton, and Tregelles) and the Exclusive Brethren (led by Darby and others). Refer to George Muller's Biography.
A.W. Tozer also commented on the pre-trib rapture theory by saying, “Here is a doctrine that was not known or taught until the beginning of this century and it is already causing splits in churches.”
(1). "Pre-trib rapture theory vs Post-trib rapture view"
(2). "Pre-tribulation Rapture Arguments Examined by Dan Corner"
(3). "A documentary exposing the pre-tribulation rapture theory"
(4). "Dispensationalism exposed"
(5). "Pre-trib rapture theory exposed by Alex Jones"
(6). "Misinterpreted passages in the Bible regarding the Holy Ghost and the Rapture"
(7). "2 Thessalonians and the timing of the Rapture"
Groups like the Plymouth Brethren hate every challenge put to their false teachings. From my experience, they try to silence you, ignore you, and suppress the truth. They just live in denial.
Luke 10:16 (NIV):
“Whoever listens to you listens to me; whoever rejects you rejects me; but whoever rejects me rejects him who sent me.”
Daniel 12:10 (NLT):
"Many will be purified, cleansed, and refined by these trials. But the wicked will continue in their wickedness, and none of them will understand. Only those who are wise will know what it means."
2 Timothy 4:3-4 (NLT):
"For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will reject the truth and chase after myths."
False teachers among Calvinism, it's branches like Free Grace theology, and other similar ideologies within Christianity which pervert God's grace into licentiousness have denied Jesus Christ through their deception. As a consequence, they are inviting their own sudden destruction from God. One of the major components of Free Grace theology is- they believe they have unlimited grace from God to sin as they think they are under a dispensation of grace from God. This is why they behave like sociopaths.
2 Peter 2:1-3 (NLT):
"But there were also false prophets in Israel, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will cleverly teach destructive heresies and even deny the Master who bought them. In this way, they will bring sudden destruction on themselves. 2 Many will follow their evil teaching and shameful immorality. And because of these teachers, the way of truth will be slandered. 3 In their greed they will make up clever lies to get hold of your money. But God condemned them long ago, and their destruction will not be delayed."
Jude 1:4 (NLT):
"I say this because some ungodly people have wormed their way into your churches, saying that God’s marvelous grace allows us to live immoral lives. The condemnation of such people was recorded long ago, for they have denied our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ."
The Bible warns genuine Christians to stay from such carnal Christians (narcissistic sociopaths). Long before terms like narcissism and sociopathy/psychopathy were understood and created by medical professionals, God inspired Paul to describe these terms in 1st and 2nd Timothy. Refer to these articles also- "Do you live with a psychopath?" and "When a Christian meets a sociopath").
1 Timothy 4:1-2 (NLT)-
"Now the Holy Spirit tells us clearly that in the last times some will turn away from the true faith; they will follow deceptive spirits and teachings that come from demons. 2 These people are hypocrites and liars, and their consciences are dead."
2 Timothy 3:1-9 (authorized KJV)-
"This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. 6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, 7 ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. 8 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. 9 But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was."
Many Christians today are sociopaths. Satan has blinded them with sociopathic ideologies like Calvinism, which makes them think that God ignores and condones their evil behavior. They think they they live under the dispensation of grace and thus, they can freely sin without any consequences. They think they can abuse God and also their fellow human beings. I've learned that by knowing a person's view of salvation and sin, you can know if they'll make a good friend or moreover a spouse. Anyone who thinks they can abuse grace is the wrong person to befriend or be in a relationship with (they are sociopaths), as they will have the tendency to be abusive towards you, cheat on you, dump you, etc. Such people don't see anything wrong with themselves, and have a low rate of cure (changing themselves for the better). Thus, you'll be likely stuck with an abusive sociopath for the rest of your life while they destroy you and hurt you.
Calvinists and similar groups within Protestants project (an ego defense mechanism) their ongoing sinful behavior and the guilt of it onto Jesus Christ (this is done through their doctrines like imputed righteousness and penal substitutionary atonement). This is why they claim that all of their past, present and future sins are forgiven. By doing this, they suppress (another ego defense mechanism) the requirement for metanoia (change of heart/character) which the Bible clearly teaches. They just continue to sin without seeing the need to actually change. This in turn has created a sociopathic mentality in them (a dead conscience). They use circular reasoning (a sociopathic tactic) to justify their sinful behavior and the false doctrines they use for their defense. Projecting your ongoing evil behavior onto someone else will never help you to change. Instead, it creates sociopathic degenerates. Just look at the examples of Martin Luther (refer to "None dare call them sociopaths"), Martin Luther King, Jr. (refer to "Don't ever put your trust in humans"), George Sodini (refer to "As a Father"), the 400 pastors involved in the Ashley Madison website scandal (refer to "The carnal state of Christians/Apostasy"), and various "Christian" political leaders and pastors who are trying to redefine God's commandments given in the Bible (refer to "The destructive effects of sin excusing doctrines/ideologies"). They are only the tip of the iceberg. I've come across a Calvinist in recent times who had the audacity to question where sociopaths are mentioned in the Bible and what God's judgment is against them. It indicates that there are deluded "Christians" out there who think there isn't anything wrong with sociopathy. That's what is really scary. The Bible clearly describes sociopathy and condemns it (as well as narcissism) in passages like- 2 Timothy 3:1-9 and 1 Timothy 4:1-2. God's pending judgment against against such wicked people is clearly stated in so many passages. Couple of passages which come into my mind are- Matthew 13:36-43; Isaiah 13:11; Proverbs 11:21, etc. To list all of the verses in the Bible which deal with this is a difficult task. The following article cites verses which deals with the punishment of the wicked ("The Punishment of the Wicked"), however, I'm not sure if it's an exhaustive list.
Regarding cultic church environments, please refer to "15 mind control techniques both churches and cults use".
I think most modern churches (regardless of denomination/group) have become cults, as a result of Satan infiltrating the Church after all the apostles died (it's been happening for about 2,000 years now). Satan and his demons are that vile and cunning. Satan first turned Jewish synagogues back then into his own evil synagogues (refer to Revelation 3:9). It shouldn't be a surprise then that he would target the Church to infiltrate it to create so many different denominations with false teachings and sociopathy in order to make it evil also. It's very difficult to find any church which resembles the early church- which was a close knit community which was unselfish and learned to help one another and build each other up instead of acting like sociopaths (like modern Christians) by competing with another and trying to destroy those who they hate an envy (refer to Acts 2:44-47 and Acts 4:32-37). The early believers were not sociopaths. They were united in heart and mind and looked out for each other instead of destroying each other. When you see sociopathic behavior, it's evidence that Satan and his demons have infiltrated churches today. Satan has planted his weeds (carnal and evil people who claim to be Christians) in order to destroy others.
Today's modern churches are all about mind control, manipulation, psychological abuse/bullying, politics, etc.
Many of these cultic sociopathic Christians also manipulate mob/crowd psychology (refer to "Bullingerism, Pentecostalism and the Plymouth Brethren") and also use tactics like gang stalking. You can google and research regarding these topics also.
Mob/crowd psychology is basically seen when people in churches don't accept any challenges to their doctrines. If anyone challenges them, they will try to silence you (like the mafia) as I've explained before. Only the children of the devil behave like that (just like how the Jews mistreated Jesus, John the Baptist, and other servants of God).
Indians/Malayalees (regardless of them being Christian or unbelievers) are notorious for being gang stalkers. They will try to find updates/info about you through any and every means possible. Before, it used to be mainly by word of mouth (and it still is a main method) through their vast human network of "informants" and "spies." Why do you think they are such experts at gossip and bullying? Now social media has even made it much easier for these stalkers to get information about anyone. Gang stalking is a common tactic used by sociopaths against their targets (victims). I know of families who have left Brethren churches who get gang stalked and harassed by Malayalee Brethren. In one instance, they even contacted the relatives of a family (who had left their assembly) and also their co-workers (who were also Brethren) to create an expanded gang stalking/bullying team in order to pressure them to return to the Brethren as well as stop them from exposing their abusive tactics and false doctrines to others. They are abusive lunatics (sociopaths) who will do whatever it takes to destroy people.
Once, a Malayalee Brethren person themselves told me that the Brethren are a cult. However, this person was afraid to say anything to anyone else and moreover, afraid to leave the group out of fearing fellow Brethren people as well as their family. That is what cults do- they instill this fear in you from leaving it as you will feel that you will be ostracized and that you will no longer have any friends or family.
As I researched more regarding them (especially their history and theology) as well as their underlying psychology (sociopathy, sociopathic tactics, ego defense mechanisms) which I have already explained in another emails, I started to see the cultic and sociopathic environment in them.
I always chuckle to myself when I see different type of Brethren people. I see the spiritually proud ones who think they know everything about the Bible, they pride themselves in saying that their doctrines come close to the New Testament teachings (I'm not pointing fingers at you. I'm only saying that because I've heard the exact thing from other Brethren people), they pride themselves in being "active" in church, etc. Everything they claim to do spiritually, is all a facade to hide their underlying narcissistic pursuits. They compete in everything, even in church activities. They make worship into a joke also, as it's about who can say a better exhortation, who can sing better, who can pray better. I've come across Brethren churches which conduct Bible quizzes. That is a also a narcissistic activity to see who knows more about the Bible and who can memorize the most verses. The pride from their achievements in these things as well as in the secular world makes their head so big that they have become spiritually blind. Like I said before, most don't even know what salvation is as they don't know even how to explain it. If a person doesn't know how to explain salvation, what makes anyone think that they are actually even saved?
At the other end of the spectrum, I see the sexually active people, the worldly dancers, club goers, etc. These fools are lost themselves. Do you think any of them know how to explain salvation? They just come for attendance sake to please their parents and to avoid criticism from the cult leaders.
I chuckle because none of these fools know that they are part of a cultic and sociopathic environment. Some might, but I doubt that the majority have understood that. How many of them realize they are narcissistic sociopaths? They (both youth and adults) are all being led by spiritually blind cult leaders into their own destruction.
These false teachers keep people enslaved in sin and their judgment from God is pending. It will not end well for them. I praise and thank God for His promise that the destruction of such agents of the devil will not be delayed. They are under God's curse.
I'm not worried about offending the Brethren. Whoever does get offended, it's a sign that that they are children of the devil as they don't want to hear sound correct and teachings. They have been planted by the devil to be among the wheat (genuine believers).
Matthew 15:12-14 (NLT):
Then the disciples came to him and asked, “Do you realize you offended the Pharisees by what you just said?”
13 Jesus replied, “Every plant not planted by my heavenly Father will be uprooted, 14 so ignore them. They are blind guides leading the blind, and if one blind person guides another, they will both fall into a ditch.”
John 8:31-36 (NLT):
"Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. 32 And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
33 “But we are descendants of Abraham,” they said. “We have never been slaves to anyone. What do you mean, ‘You will be set free’?”
34 Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave of sin. 35 A slave is not a permanent member of the family, but a son is part of the family forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free."
Titus 2:14 (NLT):
"He gave his life to free us from every kind of sin, to cleanse us, and to make us his very own people, totally committed to doing good deeds."
2 Peter 2:1-3,9,12-22 (NLT):
"But there were also false prophets in Israel, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will cleverly teach destructive heresies and even deny the Master who bought them. In this way, they will bring sudden destruction on themselves. 2 Many will follow their evil teaching and shameful immorality. And because of these teachers, the way of truth will be slandered. 3 In their greed they will make up clever lies to get hold of your money. But God condemned them long ago, and their destruction will not be delayed.
9 So you see, the Lord knows how to rescue godly people from their trials, even while keeping the wicked under punishment until the day of final judgment.
12 These false teachers are like unthinking animals, creatures of instinct, born to be caught and destroyed. They scoff at things they do not understand, and like animals, they will be destroyed. 13 Their destruction is their reward for the harm they have done. They love to indulge in evil pleasures in broad daylight. They are a disgrace and a stain among you. They delight in deception even as they eat with you in your fellowship meals. 14 They commit adultery with their eyes, and their desire for sin is never satisfied. They lure unstable people into sin, and they are well trained in greed. They live under God’s curse. 15 They have wandered off the right road and followed the footsteps of Balaam son of Beor, who loved to earn money by doing wrong. 16 But Balaam was stopped from his mad course when his donkey rebuked him with a human voice.
17 These people are as useless as dried-up springs or as mist blown away by the wind. They are doomed to blackest darkness. 18 They brag about themselves with empty, foolish boasting. With an appeal to twisted sexual desires, they lure back into sin those who have barely escaped from a lifestyle of deception. 19 They promise freedom, but they themselves are slaves of sin and corruption. For you are a slave to whatever controls you. 20 And when people escape from the wickedness of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and then get tangled up and enslaved by sin again, they are worse off than before. 21 It would be better if they had never known the way to righteousness than to know it and then reject the command they were given to live a holy life. 22 They prove the truth of this proverb: “A dog returns to its vomit.” And another says, “A washed pig returns to the mud.”
Jude 1:4,12-13 (NLT):
I say this because some ungodly people have wormed their way into your churches, saying that God’s marvelous grace allows us to live immoral lives. The condemnation of such people was recorded long ago, for they have denied our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.
12 When these people eat with you in your fellowship meals commemorating the Lord’s love, they are like dangerous reefs that can shipwreck you. They are like shameless shepherds who care only for themselves. They are like clouds blowing over the land without giving any rain. They are like trees in autumn that are doubly dead, for they bear no fruit and have been pulled up by the roots. 13 They are like wild waves of the sea, churning up the foam of their shameful deeds. They are like wandering stars, doomed forever to blackest darkness.
Galatians 1:8-9 (NLT):
"Let God’s curse fall on anyone, including us or even an angel from heaven, who preaches a different kind of Good News than the one we preached to you. 9 I say again what we have said before: If anyone preaches any other Good News than the one you welcomed, let that person be cursed."
John 8:42-47 (NLT):
Jesus told them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, because I have come to you from God. I am not here on my own, but he sent me. 43 Why can’t you understand what I am saying? It’s because you can’t even hear me! 44 For you are the children of your father the devil, and you love to do the evil things he does. He was a murderer from the beginning. He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies. 45 So when I tell the truth, you just naturally don’t believe me! 46 Which of you can truthfully accuse me of sin? And since I am telling you the truth, why don’t you believe me? 47 Anyone who belongs to God listens gladly to the words of God. But you don’t listen because you don’t belong to God.”
Matthew 13:37-43 (NLT):
Jesus replied, “The Son of Man is the farmer who plants the good seed. 38 The field is the world, and the good seed represents the people of the Kingdom. The weeds are the people who belong to the evil one. 39 The enemy who planted the weeds among the wheat is the devil. The harvest is the end of the world, and the harvesters are the angels.
40 “Just as the weeds are sorted out and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the world. 41 The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will remove from his Kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. 42 And the angels will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun in their Father’s Kingdom. Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand!