Confusion Breeds Dependency

The US tax code is a mess. It’s one of the more complicated things on the planet, even more than DNA at this point.

Efforts to simplify the tax code have repeatedly been shot down. Leading the resistance are accountants!

The US legal code is increasingly complicated. Lawyers don’t seem to mind.

Professional investors want you to be confused by the markets and dividends and bonds and stocks. It’s too much, just give me your money and I’ll invest for you (for a fee).

Football rules are becoming more complicates. We can’t even tell what a catch is anymore. Outcomes of games are determined more and more by referees.

“Keep It Simple, Stupid” is one of those phrases you hear in life that makes sense, yet why do so many do the exact opposite?

The more complicated a thing becomes, the more people in authority get power. Confusion breeds dependency.

Kids are largely confused by life, so they hold tight to mom and dad. As soon as kids start learning and thinking they know everything, kids push away.

To thwart kids leaving, lots of parents freak their kids out and make life confusing. This keeps the kids home and over-protective parents happy.

Theology does the same thing. The Church has routinely made theology complex. We’re told the Bible is too hard for us to understand.

You would think the Church would get busy teaching people how to use the Bible. You would be wrong.

The Church wants you confused, because your confusion means their job security.

I have read many catechisms and doctrinal statements that are way more confusing than anything I’ve read in the Bible!

Anytime you see confusing doctrine come out of a place, or the promotion of a secret key that unlocks the mysteries of the Bible, know that you’re about to enter an authoritarian religious structure.

Cults are notoriously confusing. They confuse and keep their people infantile. Cult leaders need your dependence. They need you to think you need their secret insights.

The best teaching makes the complex simple. That should be the job of every pastor. Instead, the church is overrun with leaders who make the confusion worse.

Unfortunately, the church doesn’t mind: that’s how they make money.

One thought on “Confusion Breeds Dependency”

  1. Reblogged this on Onesimus Files and commented:
    This is what Paul said about Jesus providing mature “ministers” of various types to serve the body of Christ:

    And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ

    However, in practice in the church today, I think the reality has become more in line with the following from Jeff Weddle’s latest blog post.

    The Church has routinely made theology complex. We’re told the Bible is too hard for us to understand.

    You would think the Church would get busy teaching people how to use the Bible. You would be wrong.

    The Church wants you confused, because your confusion means their job security.

    The question I think we need to consider – is what can (and should) we do about it?

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