Shouldn’t we vet the leaders of our church fellowship groups?
Readership: Christian men;
There are some sinister elements who are invading the church and the Christian Red Pill arena. Like predators, they come in out of nowhere, focus on a target, get close to them, separate their prey from the prey’s group, and go in for the kill. Rather than harming their target, however, these hijackers co-opt their prey, using them to establish themselves.
The most sinister wolves in the church and Christian Manosphere are self-appointed “authorities” who use the labels of “Christian” in order to gain status and wealth in their own communities, and “Red Pill” for the appeal. These men may be the only teaching elder or pastor in their church. If not, they certainly are the shining star of their congregation. Sometimes they obtain the title of Elder as soon as they can, and then run off elsewhere, using their newfound credential to jump start their path to fame.
A funny joke if not for the fraud being perpetrated on men.
George Bruno, another grifter who is bridging the gap between the 21 Convention scam artists and “christians”.
Over the last two years, men in the Christian Red Pill sphere may have seen attempts by “Christian” “teachers” try this. Specifically, certain men in the “discernment ministry” at Bible Thumping Wingnut (BTWN) decided to show themselves as fraudulent fools by using George Bruno so they in turn could get in good graces with the 21 Convention, and its leader who goes by the nickname “The Dream.” (Just a wee bit of a narcissistic name).
The whole scenario was bizarre. Out of nowhere, BTWN started affiliating with “pastors” with unfriendly theological beliefs (postmillennial theonomists who are Doug Wilson proteges), and then they got into good graces with a YouTube star who was advocating for fornication only weeks earlier. On a normal day, none of the men should have been affiliating with each other. Events only became more strange when certain other “pastors” became cozy with the 21 Convention crowd.
Whenever you see a Christian pastor or ministry invite a fornication advocate to your men’s retreat, we have a massive red flag to deal with. There is a good reason why the Christian Manosphere split off from the secular Manosphere.
Ask yourself these questions about those “leaders” in either your church or the Christian Manosphere:
- Do they yoke themselves with secular figures for recognition/fame/reaching out to a larger audience?
- Do they establish themselves as the one true authority on masculinity?
- Are they trying to establish themselves as an authority figure over you, while isolating you into their camp?
- Do they make you feel guilty or ashamed?
- Have they been elders at their church for less than 2 years?
- Have they changed churches/affiliations more than once?
- Are they accountable to anyone?
- Is their “ministry” focused on something other than the gospel?
- Do they hide their theological opinions or affiliations because they know it will hinder them? Do they operate in the dark?
- Are they trying to help you, or are they trying to draw you into their sect/cult?
- Do they handle scripture faithfully – do they let it speak for itself, or do they add newfound interpretations that have never been made in Christendom’s history?
- Do they hate critics to the point they try to doxx them?
If the person or ministry in question scores negatively on many of the above checkpoints, then there’s a good chance that their “ministry” is fickle and has no foundation. It is all about the people running the show. That is one giant red flag that should ring false teacher/con-men alarm bells.
Ultimately, it’s classic branding and marketing, with roots in narcissism. The personality will do and say whatever they have to in order to stay relevant, grow their audience, and make money. That explains why a person of one theological stripe will engage in ecumenism, or why a fornicator will show up to a Christian men’s retreat.
- Full Metal Patriarchy: Bnonn Doubles Down (2019 September 22)