Uncovering the Myth of Spiritual Covering is adapted from a chapter of the widely disseminated book, Charismatic Captivation-Authoritarian Abuse & Psychological Enslavement in Neo-Pentecostal Churches. That book exposes the widespread problem of authoritarian abuse that has been flourishing virtually unabated for decades since it was first infused into the very fabric, foundation, and functions of the Charismatic/Neo-Pentecostal church during the false movement known as the Discipleship/Shepherding Movement (1970-77). Owing ...
Uncovering the Myth of Spiritual Covering is adapted from a chapter of the widely disseminated book, Charismatic Captivation-Authoritarian Abuse & Psychological Enslavement in Neo-Pentecostal Churches. That book exposes the widespread problem of authoritarian abuse that has been flourishing virtually unabated for decades since it was first infused into the very fabric, foundation, and functions of the Charismatic/Neo-Pentecostal church during the false movement known as the Discipleship/Shepherding Movement (1970-77). Owing extensively to that Movement and the teachings that were promulgated during it, hyper-authoritarian doctrines and practices have become cemented into the foundation, fabric, and functions of many churches, major segments of some denominations, as well as many of the apostolic networks of churches, ministries, and ministers that have emerged over primarily that last four or five decades. The problem has become so widespread that it has now reached pandemic proportions in Pentecostal and Neo-Pentecostal streams. The purpose of Uncovering the Myth of Spiritual Covering is to analyze against the foundation-stone of Scripture, one of the foundational elements of this hyper-authoritarian ecclesiastical culture, demonstrate its irrefutable incongruity with Scripture, and disabuse believers from acceptance of and adherence to it, thereby liberating them from the invisible chains of psychological enslavement that have been holding them in bondage to the illegitimate authority structures of men. Hyper-authoritarianism is predominance or psychological control imposed by spiritual leaders upon their followers or congregants regarding not only their involvements within the church or ministry, but also regarding their personal and private lives. Ministries and church-groups practicing this illegitimate domination employ various means and degrees of psychological indoctrination and coercion to compel congregants or adherents to subject and conform their personal activities, behavior, and affairs of life to the leadership-prescribed standards, rules, expectations, and collective corporate goals of the church or ministry. The purported pretext for the imposition of this religious governance is an adulterated or perverted concept of ecclesiastical authority. Promulgators and practitioners adamantly claim that the mechanisms of manipulation they employ are a perfectly Scriptural system of "discipleship" or "spiritual training" in fulfillment of the role and responsibility of spiritual leaders to "make disciples." However, the fact of the matter is this kind of "discipleship" exceeds by far the bounds and intents of legitimate, that is, Scriptural and Godly, authority. This kind of so-called "shepherding" is not that which is inspired by the Good Shepherd, but by His arch-rival, Satan, rather it is blatant misuse and abuse of authority, and is Scripturally-prohibited usurpation of believers' God-given prerogative or right of personal autonomy. The author of this book, Dr. Steven Lambert, a Pentecostal/Charismatic Bible scholar and theologian, shows conclusively that so-called "spiritual covering," as theorized by those who teach, promulgate, and adhere to it, is an absolute myth and an unmitigated lie, and that indeed no semblance of the version of "spiritual covering" taught by its proponents exists anywhere within Scripture. It is a complete fabrication concocted by the originators of these fallacious doctrines by which to facilitate and perpetuate their purely self aggrandizing objectives of subjugation, domination and control of the sheep of God's Flock. Every believer in Christ who has ever been exposed to the deception of "spiritual covering," whereby hyper-authoritarian ecclesiastical autocrats use it to subjugate, dominate, and control their followers, desperately needs to read this book, and follow the "15 Rs of Recovery from Authoritarian Abuse" delineated in the book's last chapter.
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