Sorcery- -Religious Enlavement
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Multitudes of sincere and trusting believers are caught in the virtually invisible web of religious enslavement and don't know it. They are unaware victims of spiritual abuse and psychological exploitation under the heavy-hand of hyper-authoritarianism. That is to say, the leadership of the church-group of which they are a part is dominating, controlling, and manipulating their followers, and exploiting them for their own personal gain and private kingdom-building.
At the very core of hyper-authoritarian doctrines and practices is religious enslavement, meaning the use of systems of religion to enslave people. Moreover, let us be clear that religious enslavement is witchcraft (aka, sorcery)! Thus, it follows then that hyper-authoritarian doctrines and practices are, at bottom, witchcraft! And, that assessment is not at all an extrapolation, but is based on the intrinsic nature of the teachings.
Moreover, it is hardly necessary to point out that witchcraft is something of the devil’s domain and not God’s. It is this reality that makes these teachings and the practices they promote so decidedly aberrant as well as repugnant to those who are cognizant of it.
This powerful and poignant message is taken from a chapter of Charismatic Control – Witchcraft in Neo-Pentecostal Churches, written by Dr. Steven Lambert. The message itself is the narration of the chapter from the audiobook of the booklet.