Ronald M. Enroth, in “The Power Abusers,” states, “The popularity of evangelical gurus, new-age cults, and superpastors says a number of things about our society as well as rank-and-file evangelicalism. First, there are many people in our rapidly changing and often confusing world who have real dependency needs. They are attracted to authoritarian movements, Christian or otherwise, because these movements offer black and white, clear-cut answers (or systematized approaches) to life’s problems. Moreover, the leaders of such organizations convey a sense of solidity, a feeling of being on top of problems, of being in control of the situation. In a word, these groups offer security. For people who have lacked positive structure in their lives, who have difficulty making decisions or resolving conflicts or who are just plain uncertain about the future, these movements/churches/programs are a haven.”*
One question for today:
How can we avoid being caught up within authoritarian movements and simultaneously remain faithful to the one who has all authority?
*Ronald M. Enroth, “The Power Abusers,” Eternity, (October, 1979):23, as quoted by Harold L. Bussell,Unholy Devotion: Why Cults Lure Christians (Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 1983), pp. 65-66.