True spirituality VS. cult like control

Of the many cult accusations that have been mentioned concerning XCF, two of the most common practises that have been witnessed time and again in XCF are “Love bombing” and “Bait and switch”. Indeed, any former or current member of XCF might have first heard these terms in an XCF teaching explaining how XCF is not a cult. One has to wonder why at this point should any reputable Christian organisation have to give a regular talk on why their particular group is not what many accuse it to be, or perhaps what they indeed appear to be like, or perhaps truly are. Be that as it may, these terms refer to methods by which a cult gains new members. Love Bombing simply means making the new person feel so incredibly special to the group that they are overwhelmed with a desire to want to belong to the group in question. Bait and switch then would simply follow this tactic with once the person is “hooked” into their perceived need for this group, or “baited” into joining, they are eventually “switched” from being the one served to becoming one of the servants themselves, presumably now buying into the true purpose or meaning of being a member of the group.
It is at this point that yet one more doctrinal critique must be pointed out in the foundational practices that one see’s in XCF, and that is namely the role of the Holy Spirit. This article would like to recognise an approach that it has held to so far in that there are many different practices of Christianity that many upon many churches engage in or avoid, depending on the preferences of the congregations involved, and that is one of the beautiful facets of Christianity, that presumably every Christian can find a kind of worship or fellowship that suits his/her individual  needs, just as Jesus not only created them, but brought salvation to their innermost soul as He best knows them. Thus, when speaking about the powers of the Holy Spirit and how that translates into everyday practical living as well as the means by which people worship can be as different as the many believers who engage in this “religion” called Christianity. But unlike any other set of beliefs, like politics for example, the Christian is not only called on to respect the beliefs of others different than themselves, but honour those differences as well, instead of the easy fall into despair and hatred that even Christians themselves have engaged in all too often, but also has seen a progressive turning away from in these last days.
The purpose and role of the Holy Spirit in the Christian life is far too numerous and exhaustive for this paper to ever even attempt at explaining, nor would it seem appropriate in the given context. Suffice it to say, Jesus Himself seemed comfortable in including it as  one of three major forces by which we as believers were to invoke upon when spreading this message of love and salvation, and namely

Matthew 28:19 "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,…”

thus, the Trinity, that is one of the three elements that make up the whole of what could be considered the Godhead, or just God for short, with each member serving it’s distinct but equally important function that makes up this one, monotheistic God.
However, it can not be avoided that in passages such as Luke 12:12 and John 16:7, Jesus very clearly informed us that some “thing” was going to be granted to his believers that would indeed provide help, even on a supernatural or miraculous level, that would allow the Christian to continue progressing in this lifestyle of living for Jesus (what has been commonly referred to as the indwelling of the Holy Spirit). And yet, as has been mentioned in this paper before, the idea of letting some mysterious force of God, namely the Holy Spirit, run free amongst the congregation, let alone be in charge of the leadership, can most certainly fly in the face of what humans naturally tend to look to as far as authority in all things, human pride. And what has been seen as a successful driving force within the world at large, must therefore be seen as a force for good within that very church that Jesus so desires upon planet earth, or at least so the flawed  thinking goes. Think of this same desire when it comes to other worldly attributes such as fame. Though we may practically see the fallenness of such an outpouring in modern day celebrities, it is without a doubt a most tempting fantasy to view ourselves as not only being able to handle such power, but to wield it towards good, much like the temptation of Galadriel in Lord of the Rings, who finally saw the down fall of such thinking before she was given over to it.
If a church then, and most certainly a cult, wishes to advance their particular agenda, even under the self deluded idea that they are the only ones truly bringing forth the kingdom of God, then the first and most dangerous concept that needs to be eradicated on an individual level, as well as a corporate one, is the Holy Spirit of Christ and God the Father, with emphasis being clearly stated here of it’s importance in the Godhead in order to drive home the true nature of wickedness that this act entails. This is One Third of the True nature of what we call God. If a doctor only treated you with two thirds of the cure you needed, or your spouse was only two thirds loyal and devoted to you, you most certainly would feel cheated upon. Why should our most eternal soul feel any less?
It is this same feeling that many ex-Xenoids (as well as current ones) have felt after however many years they have devoted of trying to live out a grace filled Christian existence in a work centred cultish church, what the common everyday person experiences as burn out. It is this feeling of being cheated, of discovering that after so many years of believing that somehow your group is going to change the world but that you are still at the starting gate, if not even further back, and all that love bombing wore off many years ago. It is perhaps this very dynamic that keeps XCF from ever growing beyond a certain point, that their emphasis on teaching people to think critically eventually turns on itself with full truthful disclosure, resulting in an ever spinning revolving door membership.
It is here as well that one can see the foundational error of the lack of the Holy Spirit’s role in the Christian life. That significance as an individual, as a unique member of the body of Christ (see 1 Corinthians 12-13) is relegated to merely filling out a role in the business or military machine of said group, and one can simply be replaced by a newer and better part while being discarded with disdain and contempt at worst, or quietly fading away at best.
At one time (perhaps still), the doctrine of dispensationalism became the basis of dismissal of the Holy Spirit in XCF (as well as many other churches). Simply put, this is the idea that church history can be broken up into different time eras, or dispensations, from which certain things that were once present, like the first coming of Jesus, or the pouring out of the Holy Spirit, have come to an end and the operations of the church are different now in this dispensation. Where as once the Holy Spirit caused many miraculous and wondrous signs like prophesy, healings, and speaking in tongues as seen in the book of Acts, the role of the Holy Spirit now in XCF, and many other groups who practice this doctrine, has been reduced to nothing more than a  simple rubber stamp that marks one soul as saved. And though some may argue that this is not so, the fact that the only practical means by which one may advance in the Xenos hierarchal structure is mostly through the ministry house network is a testament to their lack of belief in any maturing power that an individual may find through the Holy Spirit. So now here is something for one to think upon. At one point each new member of XCF was esteemed as cherished and desired in their love bomb phase, and yet somehow ended up living in an environment where the personal conviction of the Holy Spirit is so far removed from them that it is now required that their whole personal life, both physical and digital, must be monitored at all times, under the assumption that without such controls they might melt down into a sinful, useless soldier of Christ. And for those who have either avoided the ministry house environment, or matured out of them, there is the constant time demands of numerous meetings as well as personal accountability relationships that will serve these functions of control as well. To put it bluntly, there is simply no need for the Holy Spirit in XCF, and in light of these cultish behaviours, there is no desire for said spirit as well.


Underlying attitude


Once again, the question that needs to be asked here is what are the motives behind this behaviour?
From a biblical stand point, as well as a personal one, each Christian is presented with an invoice of transgression that proves one’s enmity towards God from which humility and even despair should and would arise. A cry of mercy comes from the would be condemned sinner, but instead of a tyrannical judge who desires punishment for wickedness, one is confronted with a loving Father who would go to any length possible to redeem His lost child, even unto death. The new Christian then awakens to the realisation that he/she is valued beyond explanation, that a new hope of love, life, and joy is now set before them that can not be taken away, and a seal is given to them of a Holy Spirit that could never dwell within the fallen evil condition of what they once were but is now a testament of this new being they have become. This is the love of a Father who always desires the best for His children, yet a perfect love that never exasperates His children, even if or when He requires their soul to return to Him.
But what one see’s in XCF is considerably different, and indeed is and has been the behaviours that has led it down the dark road of cultism. When it comes to the practise of “bait and switch” here one see’s the bait of the true biblical model of salvation incorporated, but then the switch becomes this handing over of hope and peace into a life style of maintaining a set bar of good behaviour that is constantly monitored by a fellow xenoid that may report ones ill deeds to the authorities at hand (the leaders or elders) should one violate their self proclaimed set of rules and regulations concerning true spirituality, thus resulting in some degree of shunning or perhaps even expulsion from the group, while at the same time continuously chasing down the ever diminishing praise and acceptance that was once so prevalent in the love bombing days.
But what is the alternative? In today’s Western culture of obsessive sexual and personal gratification what hope is there for any chance of true change for anyone without this militaristic approach towards  conditional behaviour modification? What this question overlooks is the issue of true change within the individual in question, and ignores the individuality of the person as well. If one is running a military (or a sports team) who’s goal is to achieve a particular purpose, then this type of behaviour will work. But even worldly groups, such as AA, understand the need to recognise the true value of the individual as well as their need for true change over whatever time frame that may take, given a lifetime, or perhaps never at all. Thus the name Alcoholics Anonymous, meaning no one can judge you for your struggles if they don’t even know your name. How much more so a true biblical believing church where people know the true transformation of a changed soul (Romans 12:1-2) through the atoning death of Jesus and His seal of hope and belonging of the Holy Spirit, and where forgiveness and Grace are the foundational blocks of all true brotherly relationships within, instead of this constant  performance one must maintain in groups like XCF where the fear of exposure is suppressed by a continuous diligence of never letting those watching see your sin. To put it more simply, the difference between Christianity and the world is that the world approaches mankind as if humans are basically good, while Christianity more accurately accounts for the evil and suffering in the world as the admission that people are inherently evil. But while Christianity holds out hope for the ultimate change for the good that Christ through the Holy Spirit brings into sinners lives, XCF continues to treat it’s members as wicked step children who must daily be watched and reprimanded every chance they get.
Here again one can see the pridefulness of XCF when they make the justification for this behaviour by questioning the truthfulness of other organisations sincerity of belief. The idea that an XCF member  would date a supposed “Christian” from another group, or God forbid leave XCF for another church is practically “anathema”, to use their own christian speak for utter disgrace. What seems to fuel this pride is once again, their deep commitment towards biblical knowledge and training that they perceive is so much more advanced than these other pew warming Christians. Imagine a group of lawyers who look down upon the ignorance of laymen, or a platoon of marines who deride the naiveness of civilians, and one will have a pretty good idea of why XCF behaves the way it does. Throw the “emotional” experience of the Holy Spirit in the mix and one might as well be every caricature of Hollywood’s bumbling buffoon of Christianity that more closely resembles the monkeys they refuse to believe they evolved from than actual, thinking humans. If there is any question of this behaviour, simply read the overwhelming hundreds of testimonies of ex-Xenos members available right on any internet device. And finally, in light of this issue of biblical knowledge being upheld as the final judicial authority concerning church behaviour, and especially in light of certain doctrines that address a desired bias towards the role of the Holy Spirit as well as issues of church discipline that have been mentioned before, one has to wonder how to answer the statement set before us all by Paul in his letter to the Corinthians concerning idol sacrifices but not limited to that subject stated here:

1 Corinthians 8:1 “….we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge makes arrogant, but love edifies. “

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