An Introductory Discussion Of Group Consciousness
in Context of the
Age Laodicean Church
In a word, the spirit of the world (ie, corporate mankind) is a spirit of common or group consciousness. It is a spirit that denies the essentiality of (ie, the personal responsibility and moral accountability of) individuality as the basis for human existence or salvation.
The spirit of the group becomes its own salvation whereby men mediate salvation and worship through one another. It is a power that subjugates individuality of awareness, thought and determination to a faceless, nameless corporate entity under the auspices of the ruler of darkness.
In fact, the world spirit of group consciousness is the kingdom of darkness. The fundamental uniqueness of individual personality by which man comes to know God is all but erased wherever this spirit prevails.
The extent of the spirit of the world is so vast and multi-faceted as to defy description. However, numerous words borrowed from various walks of earthly life (including religious life) easily demonstrate its essence. These include:
society / culture / nationality
"everyone does it"
mystery of iniquity
socialism / communism
"praise of men"
"the harlot church"
"the people" (saul)
democracy (rule of the people)
(will / custom of the people) laodicea
[corporate] man of sin
Not only must the overcomer battle earthly awareness of personal temptation, he must overcome the worldwide force of group consciousness in all its forms--one that operates as a barrier that cuts the lifeline and anchor to Christ on the throne of the heart -- the force of the awareness of men that clamors for direct worship and attention at the expense of devotion to Christ.
The Church: Nurturer of Identity or Custodian of Group Consciousness?
Understanding this brings us to the subject of the church. For the church lies at the heart of the battle between the overcomers and the power of group consciousness, To appreciate the centricity of the church in this conflict, we have to review the purpose of the church and the developmental nature of spiritual growth.
Realizing the intrinsically personal nature of salvation, we understand that the church as a corporate body exists to bring each individual member into the fullness of union with his or her Lord (see Eph 4). Under the reign of mortality, the church is divided into 2 groups: the immature and the mature.
The immature are those whose faith has not worked to the point of heart circumcision whereby they obtain their own free-standing independent access to the Lord's heart and intimacy. Because of their weakness, they need the aid of the mature who have gone before them in obtaining their clear, unclouded access to the Lord. Thus a relational yoking is woven by the Spirit of God for this perfecting, creating a corporation.
The mature meanwhile need the weak for fulfilling their own ongoing direct mortal apprenticeship of the Father, thus leading to the same yoking and corporation from the other side.
In addition to this foundational reason for the church, the Spirit has distributed varieties of impartations among the various members each representing unique aspects of God's mani - fold nature designed for the mutual completion of all as each receives help from others who bear in the Lord what His own limited allotment of the Lord's nature does not afford. For the Lord has willed a body for His inhabiting, the variety of His nature being too all-encompassing for any single individual to fully receive.
However, all of this is subsidiary to the essential uniqueness of union between the Lord and each believer from which all the rest is derived. The theoretical difference between the church and any other corporation is that the church exists to advance the unique personal relationship of each of its members with the Lord himself. It does not exist to subject the individual to itself as a corporation.
In theory then, the church is the Lord's answer to the world spirit of group consciousness. The church was designed to breed overcomers of the world -- to be a forum where everyone according to their weakness at whatever level or deficiency in whatever arena could have their union with the Lord anchored and perfected by those who bear a facet of Him they still lack -- especially in respect to becoming liberated from the world's faceless entities with their controlling rulers.
This was the theory. But the story of the Church Age has been an entirely different one. It has been a story of a "church" specifically targeted and infested by the spirit of the world, specifically the power of group consciousness with a religious face -- a culture among cultures, a society among societies. This has set up an age-long situation where the overcomers -- in order to have the kingdom advanced in their own hearts, have been forced to oppose the church itself in its slavery to group consciousness.
The essential story of the evolution of church restoration since its first fathers fell asleep has been a story of conflict between overcomers committed to recovery of personal access to the Lord and sycophant church leaders under dominion of group consciousness seeking to preserve a false corporate unity and thus their own position of ministry (--surrogates of satan keeping the seat warm for satan til he arrives).
So far the power of group consciousness has yet to be overthrown from the church. Not even the release of the anointing has dislodged the seat of group think. Group think has rather usurped the anointing to its own strengthening, converting it into a falsehood.
The Conflict In-Depth
The mystery of iniquity is and was from the beginning the setting up of the world spirit in the seat of the church -- something that occurred even before the founders themselves had died -- leading to the rejections of even Paul (II Cor) and John (III John). It was foretold that by the end of the age, the Man of Sin himself would be incarnatedly seated in the temple. So in one sense, the way the church age has fallen out as a housewarming for satan's man over 2,000 years should be no surprise. In his stead, the corporate spirit has seized upon the various church leaders of the generations to prepare his way in the final hour.
For the first 1,500 years, the chief office holder and host for the spirit of Group Consciousness was the "priest" and "pope." In succeeding years, the blows for restoration led the groupthink control power to lodge in the office of pastor. All of these were after types of the chief priest and ruler of the synagogues-- the Church Age having been nothing more than the gentile version of Judaism.
Today, the power of Group Think remains entrenched in the church power structures of the world, persecuting all who would seek to grow into a free self-standing mature relationship with the Lord apart from its dominion.
In the present Age of Laodicea, the power of the Holy Spirit has been hijacked through those bearing the insemination of the Man of Sin, who together with the Beast and the power of jezebel continue reinforcing their positions of power and control over the minds of believers. A purging process is underway in the church in preparation for the Lord's return, but it is one that will force the eventual division of the true
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The purpose of this brief introductory discussion of
n group consciousness is to awaken the unsuspecting believer to what is happening to his congregation, and to help provide him a way to participate in the Lord's master plan for his own purified salvation from this power and for his place toward working deliverance in others. Laodicea