If, for example, you are attending a “church” that is taking or has taken polls, surveys, and feasibility studies to “grow” itself (the same method that is used in marketing to “make customers,” i.e. the same method used by Total Quality Management in the workplace, Common Core in education, etc.), it is trusting in the opinions of men, making man’s “feelings” and “thoughts” its head rather than the Lord God and His Word. The dialectic lie, i.e. the great deception is that the “church” can “grown” itself (basing fellowship upon mans relationship with man—“and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.” 1 John 3:1). The truth is the Lord only adds to the fellowship of believers by His Word being preached and taught as is and accepted as is and obeyed as is, i.e. un-tampered by “human reasoning,” i.e. un-perverted by the opinions of men. The minister of the Lord feeds the sheep with the Word of God. He does not contaminate it with the opinions of men as the wolf in sheep skin does. (Dean Gotcher, from www.authorityresearch.com)
So this is about the “how” and less about the “why” as to why so many Christians are being led down the wrong path and are either accepting the false as being true, or worse, are behaving in an “I know nothing, I see nothing” state of mind. The “why” can be difficult to know, but we do know it is happening, and that is what is frightening. Have you heard of the term “diapraxis?”
What is diapraxis? What is the Hegelian dialectic process? As best as I can explain, it is a dangerous process which is used over and over again by many false teachers and corrupt pastors to convince undiscerning Christians that there is nothing wrong with what they are teaching them, and that perhaps there can be two differing points of view that can live right alongside each other in harmony. It is a way of teaching that says we can get along fine and accept each other’s seemingly contradictory belief systems. Dean Gotcher explains that the dialectic process means that “truth must be treated as an opinion.” For example, the battle going on now between theistic evolutionists and Biblical creationists is a good example. Many in the Nazarene denomination and other denominations make the argument that we can hold to either belief system and still have harmony within the church. Many of these folks have been victims of diaprax, and they don’t even know it.
In this short video excerpt from Dean Gotcher’s seminar on diapraxis, he gives a brief explanation of the term, and also his testimony of how he managed to escape the dangers of worldly thinking and reasoning, and his return to complete trust in the Bible. I encourage you to go the links at the end and watch his full seminar on this important topic. It is probably the primary way that today’s false teachers and corrupt pastors are bringing great harm to the church. Instead of standing completely on the full authority of God’s word, many foolish Christians are being swayed to “get along”, to seek “unity”, and to not cause division, and these diapraxers know exactly what they are doing.
I recall from the past five years what may be a classic example of diapraxis. I recall one of them particularly, which is a bit frightening, and it is something that probably happens all the time to many undiscerning Christians, even longtime “mature’ Christians. You see, I believe in what God says, and that there is no other option for me. Some however are easily swayed by the words of man, and are led to compromise their faith in God and what He says.
It was my first public presentation on the emerging church, which happened in 2009. I was invited to speak by the pastor at my current Nazarene church, (since retired), and whom I consider to have been very bold and courageous for asking me to come. I spoke to a crowd of about 150 people, including quite a few from various churches in the area. After the presentation, I was approached by several people; some came to compliment me, others had some questions.
It was then that an older Christian from my former church came up to me. He was full of encouragement, and expressed his appreciation for my taking a stand against false teaching. I was, needless to say, happy to have his support and hear his encouraging words. But I was shocked and dismayed, when less than six months later, to hear of what seemed to be a turnaround for this longtime respected Christian in the church. At my former church one Sunday, my brother passed out copies of my not so well-received front page article from The Good News Today, which essentially was the same thing I talked about months earlier. As my brother recounted to me later about his experience, he told me how that gentleman, who had acknowledged the truthfulness of what I spoke, now had changed his mind somehow. His very words regarding my article were something like, “that belongs in the garbage.” I believe that over those six months, he had been “diapraxed”.
What makes people change their minds like that? This gentleman never once called me to explain why he changed his mind. He may not even be aware that I know what he said that day. Was he concerned for me, that I was now in error, and that what I taught that day was totally wrong? If so, why could he not approach me and correct me as a fellow believer is encouraged to do from the word of God? Did he not care about my spiritual well being enough to try to convince me, with the word of God, where I was wrong?
This is just one small example of many. Over the past five years, I have received testimony from many Christians about how their fellow believers seemingly have turned on them, even when they acknowledged that they spoke the truth. Some of these who have turned against them, in spite of the truth, have probably been “diapraxed.” They have been taught that it is better to get along rather than keep your convictions about the word of God. It is a dangerous place to be, because many have remained to this day in that state of mind.
Have you been diapraxed? Have you been taught to ignore the truth, in exchange for “unity” and “fellowship?”
Please keep this Scripture passage in mind: “13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. 14 And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works. 2 Cor. 11:13-15
I encourage you to bookmark these four sessions by Dean Gotcher and spend some time going through all of them. It is very important in order to understand the mindset of the false teachers and how most of them operate. Dean is the founder of Authority Research (http://authorityresearch.com/
and bases his work on the foundational reliability of Scripture.
Dean Gotcher’s seminar on diaprax:
Part 1 (1:13) : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMTgxDbxa2g
Part 2 (1:12) : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQGV04XqTls
Part 3: (1:10) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHOg4bOD9tA
Part 4 (41 min): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zgxwaKhxs0Y