THE POLITICS OF REBELLION
(Originally titled, "Noble
Motives or Hidden Agenda")
(Written for the UCG Elders'
Forum, December 15, 2010, just before the split took place)
Brothers in Christ,
forgive me if I take more of your time, but I feel compelled to share some
more thoughts with you.
One of the
benefits that I have received from my secular education has been to be able
to study human nature from both a historical and a psychological
perspective. This -- and most of all -- a fair knowledge of what our Holy
Book says about human motives, have helped me to often make sense of what
transpires within human organizations and what “might be” happening right
now within our church walls.
some predictable trends that in time seem to develop, in part or in full,
within all organizations or groups of people, small or large, secular or
religious. Most of you probably know them well; some may not. They are, more
or less, as follows:
Given enough time, the group participants will take positions on the right
or on the left of the Conservative vs. Liberal continuum. Some do so
consciously, some unconsciously.
Most people will gravitate toward the middle; “a few” will gravitate toward
the extreme right or the extreme left.
The ones in the middle, whether they move toward one side of the continuum
or the other, are simply “moderates” who are not interested in revolutions.
They are willing to allow the established system to take care of their
concerns. They are patient and prefer to do things “decently and orderly.”
The ones on the extreme right or the extreme left are the revolutionaries.
They are “impatient,” “rigid” and “inflexible” in their "demands"; they are
“intense” in their approach and want to “overturn” the system and shape it
“in their own image.” They also tend to be “very convincing” with their
arguments that things need to change “for the benefit of the group.”
Sometimes they feel that they are "inspired" by a higher power to bring
about “necessary” changes, or to bring the (religious) group back to a state
of purity, so as “to please God.”
Unfortunately, the power of persuasion of such extremists has the
capacity to even pull moderates into their camp, who also end up
believing in the “righteousness” of the extremists’ cause.
The outward motivations of such extremists almost always “appears” noble and
altruistic; that is, they appear to want the well being of others, the
suppression of “unfair” and/or “oppressive” powers or, in religious
organizations, the pursuit of “doctrinal purity.”
Oftentimes, the “true” motives are “selfish.” The revolutionary leaders are
mostly or totally driven by a desire to implement their own agenda. Most of
all, “they can’t wait” to be in control and rule over others. “Sometimes,”
the motivation of such people is simply resentment, hatred or just plain
Such extremists have no problem with finally orchestrating revolutions.
They do not care about the casualties. All they care about is
implementing their own “hidden agenda,” at all costs, or simply
getting rid of the leaders they harbor resentment or hatred toward or that
the revolution is over and countless casualties are left behind,
there is often a power struggle as to who is to rule over the new Kingdom.
Oftentimes it leads to a dictatorship which is tyrannical and, by far, more
oppressive than the one that was overturned.
Unfortunately, the above realities have been with us since Lucifer’s time.
Lucifer was such an extremist. Without doubt his motives “seemed” noble and
altruistic. No doubt, he “seemed to care,” and we can bet on the fact that
he “seemed” to stand for “fairness and justice.” Because of the “righteous”
image he was able to project, he was able to pull into his extremist camp
countess “moderate” angels who rebelled with him to bring about a “new,”
“better” and “more righteous” Kingdom.
I am not
God. I am not able to read people’s motives but I am watching the present
tense situation in the ministry with interest and deep concern. While doing
so, I cannot but wonder to what extent the motives of “the leaders” of the
discontented group are pure and holy, or if they are simply one more
manifestation of the “ancient trend” listed above.
motives of some or all of the leaders of the group which is expressing
concerns are truly “pure” and “noble.” What will help me to reach a
conclusion about them and their motives, in the near future, will be the
How "demanding" will they be that what they see as “necessary changes” occur ASAP?
what extent will they try to paint a negative picture of the present
leadership, imputing “unrighteous” motives?
3. To what extent will they
publish their concerns in “Open Letters” on the Internet, instead of keeping
their concerns private, so as not to perturb the membership?
4. To what extent will they show the
Fruits of the Spirit, which will lead to unity and peace, as opposed to the
Works of the Flesh, which will lead to divisions and turmoil?
How much time will they allow Jesus Christ to intervene and deal with any
“possible” deviations from His holy expectations, on the part of the present
leadership? In other words, have they stopped believing that Christ can
assess the present leadership and, if found wanting, He can inspire hundreds
of His ministers, (who have already been tested by fire) to vote them out
and bring into the COE a more righteous group, "if" such is the necessity?
what extent will they push for an “inevitable” split, so as to get into a
position of power or, perhaps, “return” to a position of power?
brothers in the ministry, I cannot but wonder if right now we “might be” in
an evolving trend that has much in common with Lucifer’s rebellion. I
sincerily hope that within the next few weeks or months my fears will be
proven unfounded. I also sincerely hope that I will see nobility of
heart in all concerned and, most of all, an "Agape" spirit in those who have
been given the mission not only to preach such a spirit but to exhibit it
and to model it for the benefit of God’s people.
please forgive me if I have offended anyone. I have not reached any
conclusion, “yet.” Like you, I am simply watching, praying and longing
for peace and unity.
brother in Christ,
PS. Since this post was written, it
appears that my fears have been proven founded.
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(This article has been
posted on my, Militant Atheism Exposed web site. I have done so,
not because I am implying any affinity of the disaffected group to atheism,
but because it will provide a faster appearance on the Internet.)
Michael Caputo, 2010