in conversation this week over at The Untenable Position of a Whale, Dallas made mention of the lupine effect; so i thought it good to post, here, an explanation of our term from a comment dropped down under a Living Liminal post entitled The Dangers Of Religious Leaders.
Truth: church folk are some of the meanest people on the planet!
Thankfully, Christ has set us free from “religious people” and most especially from having to be “religious.”
If we take the word “religious” to mean anything beyond being bound to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, strength and mind, and our neighbor as ourselves then we followers of Christ should not be considered a “religious people.”
When asked, I characterize my relationship with God as one of a spiritual nature, not a religious one. My life as a Spirit-led Christian is one of a freedom to live simply as I’ve been created to love.
From childhood on and by His Spirit I’ve loved the Lord, His people and His Word. And from childhood His Spirit has gifted me a shepherd and teacher, so naturally I’ve lead at times in the ekklesia according to these and other giftings. Even becoming the lead potato peeler for our making of mashed potatoes for dinner for the homeless. As we have it I’ve been gifted a natural leader, it’s integral to my personality.
Yet my point is this: Scripture tells us that As everyone in Christ Jesus has been given a gift—we are to minister these gifts one to another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God (1 Peter 4:10).
So then it is in this respect that we are all considered ministers—every single member of the Body of Christ has been called to be leaders in his and her areas of gifting. I believe this is what Scripture teaches.
So although we may lead a song, or facilitate a Bible discussion, or be entrusted as the cook in charge of mash potatoes, we are directed by our Master to repudiate any sort of titles that set us apart from others within the Ekklesia.
Not only all differentiating titles, but the false authority that is assumed by the occupiers of such ecclesiastical titles as “Pastor” and “Ruling Elder” and “Holy Father” and the like.
As I see it, the moment anyone other than Christ assumes any sort of headship over anyone else in the Body, this marks the moment of an adversarial transformation—the person spiritually shapeshifts into a wolf set against the flock of God.
Headships other than Christ’s are false heads and so called “ministers of righteousness” who have succumbed to the spirit of antichrist. Thus their delusional state—they’re drunk off the maddening wine of the woman spiritually known as Mystery Babylon, who in the flesh calls herself “Church,” (a nod to the goddess Circe who by her enchantments turned men into wolves).
So Yes, it’s the church systems employing control and hierarchy that are adversarial, that are antichristian. Go into any Calvary Chapel or Presbyterian Church, for instance, and you’ve entered into a Babylonian Whale. Yes, you’ve been swallowed by dangerous ground that bends everyone within her into perverse service to the Whore. Where—in the name of the Triune Godhead—they worship many mean idols, the “Pastors” being often the meanest.
In a recent book Wayne Jacobsen writes, ‘I’ve talked to many a young “church planter”. . . . Instead of rethinking the validity of the system [being planting], they assume it is flawed because the wrong people are in charge. Once the white hats take over, all will be well. They don’t realize it is the system of management itself that passes out the black hats.’
This passing out the black hats language illustrates perfectly the principle of the Lupine Effect. One essentially becomes a wolf, a bad guy, when he or she manages to get plugged into a controlling position of “authority” within the church. It is this system of false authority over others that actually shapeshifts its wearers into wolves—for a wearer can only hold and defend their magic hatship but by fleshly and worldly means.
Bottom line: this system of church management distorts our relationships with each other to the extent that just by wearing a hat of ruling authority the wearer inevitably transforms into an adversarial character the Word of God reckons an antichrist and wolf.