Because these “disciplers” are eager to please their superiors in order to move up in the ranks, they dutifully comply with coercing money out of the people whom they were supposed to be advising. And because the members are told to confess all their sins to their disciplers so that they can be “healed” (James 5:16), then the disciplers have an arsenal of knowledge of the members past sins that they can use to destroy their self-esteem while coercing more money out of them, and I have seen them do this quite often. Thus the region leaders instigate members into manipulating other members, and because most of these “disciplers” are not actually employed by the church, if they cross the line with their coercion then the ICC leaders can pretend that they were not involved and can claim that they are not accountable for their misconduct, however, they do nothing to prevent it from happening. Now we see why this is called the “Domino Effect”, one action leads to another which leads to manipulation and coercion. Kip McKean can successfully get his members to manipulate each other in an indirect manner while pretending to be innocent for any abusive transgressions committed by these members while continuing to allow such abusive behavior as long as it helps the ICC’s profits.
After some time in the church, members will eventually catch on to this system of “seeking advice” and therefore become less convincible, the ICC leaders try to counteract this by preaching that it is “spiritual” for members to take advice even when they believe that such advice is awful and even when they think they already know what this advice will be (which they do). They tell their members that they will be blessed for “obeying their leaders” and to “take advice even though you think it is stupid” (yes an ICC region leader literally preached that) and they will quote Proverbs 12:15. It is because of this that members who do not take the “financial advice” (allowing themselves to be coerced into giving more money) are considered to be “unspiritual”.
Le Bon comments further on the effects of this collective mind by saying; “In the collective mind the intellectual aptitudes of the individuals, and in consequence their individuality, are weakened. The heterogeneous is swamped by the homogeneous, and the unconscious qualities obtain the upper hand.” Sigmund Freud refers to this as the “herd instinct” or “group mind”, which leads to a lowering of an individual’s capacity to think in a more intelligent manner. Once again, I am merely conveying the content of the conclusions of these psychological authoritarians and I do not write this to insult the congregation’s intelligence. Hopefully many who read my first articles also followed my suggestion of reading the writings of these men so as to be aware of the nature of the psychological influences of which I am alluding to in my articles.
This is an attempt by Kip McKean to capitalize on the concepts of group psychology to influence the minds of his congregation and to keep them under his influence.
With this system in place hardly ever is an “illegal” couple formed, however, there have been a few cases where I have seen members attempt to date each other without leadership consent, in this case the leaders would demand to have a meeting with the couple and then ask them to break up on the grounds that their relationship is “unspiritual”. While doing this they coerce the couple with statements that they are “just concerned with their well-being and spirituality.” So we see that even though they do not officially tell the congregation that they are not allowed to date without their approval (they do not make this announcement because their abuse of power would become too obvious), they do have a system in place which ensures that unapproved couples do not get formed. It is one thing to be concerned about the well-being of an individual, but it is another thing entirely to be controlling. If God’s heart was to be controlling then he would have put Adam and Eve in a cage rather than allowing them to roam the Garden of Eden. God wants to give us the freedom of learning from our mistakes.