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A Few Thoughts About Being Compliant

[All emphasis below is mine]
B1 Definitions
C1 Willing to comply; submissive; willing to do what someone wants. (Source)
C2 Psychological definition:
Compliance Definition: Compliance refers to an overt, public action performed in accordance with a request from an external source. The request can be from another person(s) or from an object, such as an election billboard or marketing advertisement. Thus, compliance can occur in response to an explicit request, as in the former example, or an implicit request, as in the latter example. Regardless of the source of the request, if a person acts in line with the request, he or she is said to be complying with the request. Compliance does not refer to an inner state of acceptance of the behavior performed nor does it refer to an attitude change; rather, it simply refers to acting in accordance with the request. If a person acts in accordance with a request that comes from an authority figure, however, the person is demonstrating obedience. (Source)
B2 Usually, there is no realistic reasons, or perhaps, there is social influence, fear, guilt, peer pressure, bullying, shaming, etc. (narcissistic methods). There is no resistance in compliance or easily overcome resistance. In fact, nonresistance is a similar word, and defiance is the opposite.
B3 It is commonly used in sales and other manipulation
C1 Some techniques:
C2 It becomes dangerous in personal and political abuses
D1 Media Manipulation (Source is Wikipedia (be cautious))
D2 Searching for “propaganda bernays” yields a lot of information from the master of propaganda—Edward Bernays. (Search link is from DuckDuckGo.
Biblical Issues
B1 One of God’s character traits is truth.
C1 He is both truthful and the source of truth
D1 He cannot lie, does not lie, the non-lying God. His promises will happen, His teachings never change, His standards are unalterable, and His decisions just and perfect. Hebrews 6:18 GNB There are these two things, then, that cannot change and about which God cannot lie. So we who have found safety with him are greatly encouraged to hold firmly to the hope placed before us.
D2 Note that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. These are 3 traits of God and no one else. John 14:6 ESV Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
C2 What God says, teaches, communicates, etc. is truth. His message is true. He can communicate perfectly. He does not need an interpreter. We can trust God, so we can trust Scriptures to be read and studied in its plain, normal sense. John 17:17 EMTV Sanctify them by Your truth; Your word is truth.
B2 Compliance, etc. has the character trait of lying in many forms from half-truths, deception, different definitions, etc., etc. distort, exaggerate,
C1 These wanting compliance lives that are wicked, lawless, and breaking God’s laws and in doing so suppress the truth. Romans 1:18 NIV The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness,
C2 Exchanging truth for lies: Romans 1:25 NIV They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.
C3 God values truth in what we say and what we do. It is a delight to Him. Proverbs 12:22 MEV Lying lips are abomination to the Lord, but those who deal truly are His delight.
B3 A common statement of a compliant person was something like this…was familiar with the idea of being obedient to a governing authority that determined truth and taught authoritatively
C1 Note this person’s statement, …standard of truth except the governing authority. Christianity teaches that God is the final and highest authority.
C2 For many people riches (money, real estate, goods, stocks) are the final authority, because it gives power. These people crave power and money. To have power and money takes skill to get people to submit. They have to be the final authority, and to do so, they need compliance.
Hebrews 13:21 GW May this God of peace prepare you to do every good thing he wants. May he work in us through Jesus Christ to do what is pleasing to him. Glory belongs to Jesus Christ forever. Amen.
Leadership style
B1 Shepherd
C1 There is no submission in Christianity, for we want fellowship and love God and His ways. We want to do the will of God. We are not forced or manipulated to do His will. This is the standard but rarely followed.
D1 Ephesians 6:6-7 ESV not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, 7 rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man,
D2 God’s people want to follow Him: John 10:3-4 NRSV The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 When he has brought out all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice.
D3 Fellowship. God doesn’t need fellowship, He enjoys it. Believers also enjoy fellowship with God. 1 John 1:3 NIV We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.
C3 Note the teaching and example of the Lord Jesus:
D1 Matthew 6:9-10 EMTV Therefore pray in this manner: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. 10 Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
D2 Luke 22:42 EMTV saying, “Father, if You will, remove this cup from Me—nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.”
D3 John 6:38 EMTV For I have come down from heaven, not that I might do My will, but the will of Him who sent Me.
B2 Controller
C1 Depends on force, lies, pain, distortions, threats, etc. Some followers may voluntarily do something for a reward of power, money, pleasure, etc., but it comes with a price—perhaps, blackmail, etc. Those in power demand something in return.
C2 No love involved; fake love—yes, but not genuine love.
C3 Bible examples of controlling people:
D1 Nimrod
E1 An article of Nimrod can be found here.
E2 He was a rebel and tyrant. He enjoyed rebelling against God and God’s worldview, lifestyle, and laws. He was mighty in hunting, leadership, and attitude. He seems to be a person who likes to pick a fight and win at all costs. A person who loves power and control.
E3 In 1 Chronicles 1:10, it is written that he was the first to be a mighty man. The word mighty is גִּבּוֹר gibbôwr. It means powerful and is related to such words as king, lord, etc.
F1 He felt he was god and thus assumed that role (so he thought). He would have thought this was written about him. Instead, it was written about the Lord Jesus. Isaiah 9:6 NIV For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
F2 Used of Yahweh: Deuteronomy 10:17 NLT For the LORD your God is the God of gods and Lord of lords. He is the great God, the mighty and awesome God, who shows no partiality and cannot be bribed.
F3 Used of Boaz regarding his wealth: Ruth 2:1 MKJV And Naomi had a kinsman of her husband’s, a mighty man of wealth, of the family of Elimelech. And his name was Boaz.
F4 Skilled, strong soldiers: 2 Samuel 23:8 NLT These are the names of David’s mightiest warriors. The first was Jashobeam the Hacmonite, who was leader of the Three—the three mightiest warriors among David’s men. He once used his spear to kill 800 enemy warriors in a single battle.
F5 The lion: Proverbs 30:30 NIV a lion, mighty among beasts, who retreats before nothing.
D2 Diotrephes
E1 3 John 1:9-11 NRSV I have written something to the church; but Diotrephes, who likes to put himself first, does not acknowledge our authority. 10 So if I come, I will call attention to what he is doing in spreading false charges against us. And not content with those charges, he refuses to welcome the friends, and even prevents those who want to do so and expels them from the church. 11 Beloved, do not imitate what is evil but imitate what is good. Whoever does good is from God; whoever does evil has not seen God.
E2 The Greek word for put himself first/preeminence, etc. is φιλοπρωτεύω philoprōteúō. It means love of being first (in any sense, here it is probably in recognition, authority, and admiration. The word is related to the Greek word in Colossians 1:18 PickNT Also, He is the Head of the body, the Church. He is Beginning, the firstborn from among the dead, so that He may be preeminent in everything,
E3 The Scriptures record that this man:
F1 Loved to be preeminent in the church.
F2 Refused to recognize the authority of the Apostle John. He refused because he thought he was first, that is, greater in authority than the Apostle.
F3 Used bullying and condescending language against the Apostle and his messenger/letter carrier.
F4 Refused to welcome brothers and sisters. These brothers and sisters would be most likely those sent by the Apostle.
F5 Stopped those who wanted to welcome them.
F6 Threw those who wanted to welcome them out of the church (excommunicates them).
F7 The Apostle wrote that this man does not know God, that is, Diotrephes is not a Christian.
B3 Now compare these two people and many others to those who manipulate others into compliance. It was not a short journey to get them to comply. It was a journey of many small steps fueled by lies. The little lies were believed and followed until freedom was gone, and they were slaves to a controlling abusive person, church, government, etc.
B1 Submission—force is needed to bring compliance
C1 to give over or yield to the power or authority of another (Source)
C2 to surrender (Compare the word visually here)
C3 Lies, distortions, exaggerations, half-truths, redefining of words, pain, shame, force, threats, etc. are needed for compliance.
B2 God’s method is not submission but voluntary service and obedience because of love. Jesus is THE King of all kings.
C1 Our attitude must be: John 7:17 EMTV If anyone desires to do His will, he will know about the doctrine, whether it is from God, or whether I am speaking on My own authority.
C2 It needs to be an attitude from our heart. It is not to be superficial: Ephesians 6:6 WEB not in the way of service only when eyes are on you, as men pleasers; but as servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart.
B1 Leave
C1 We might have to flee the area.
C2 If it is in a church, it would mean to stop attending and being a member.
D1 For the safest method to leave, see
D2 For a list of resources see Spiritual Sounding Board Resource Page.
D3 Be very, very, very careful if you are required to sign a church covenant. See Church Membership Covenants – Legal Contracts that are NOT Biblical!
B2 Quit. See the resources above
B3 Avoid
C1 You don’t have to follow the first steps of compliance. Demand a reason and investigate those reasons from multiple sources if it is true and reasonable. If it involves giving up freedom, then it is probably not true. If you have a gut feeling that something is not right, then resist, wait, investigate, etc. before giving in.
C2 See the Spiritual Sounding Board Resources for a number of articles regarding choosing a church.
B4 Know the truth. This involves reading and studying the Bible in its plain, normal sense. Those pushing for compliance often misinterpret and redefine the Bible and its words. See Scripture Twisting Methods of the Cults
B5 Be a little skeptical
C1 Proverbs 14:15 ESV The simple believes everything, but the prudent gives thought to his steps.
C2 Proverbs 4:26 NIV Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways.
C3 Proverbs 22:3 NLT A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.
C4 Acts 17:11 NIV Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.
C5 Ephesians 4:14 NLT Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth.
C6 1 John 4:1 NLT Dear friends, do not believe everyone who claims to speak by the Spirit. You must test them to see if the spirit they have comes from God. For there are many false prophets in the world.
Jude 1:24-25 NLT Now all glory to God, who is able to keep you from falling away and will bring you with great joy into his glorious presence without a single fault. 25 All glory to him who alone is God, our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord. All glory, majesty, power, and authority are his before all time, and in the present, and beyond all time! Amen.
Posted by Choco at 16:04 on 1 Aug 20
Labels: Christian response to compliance, Compliance


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