Prosperity gospel preacher Creflo Dollar is pushing probably the most transparently authoritarian line imaginable. He wants us to honor the appointed authorities and not condemn them for their wrongdoinds:
It’s time to cover our leaders. Because some of these men have made bad decisions maybe, I don’t know, some have gotten themselves into places they should[n't] be, I don’t know.
What I do know is that I’m not going to join up with the accuser of the brethren. I’m going to cover them – listen – I’m going to cover them because they’re appointed authority.
He then goes into the story of David and Saul and how David showed Saul appropriate honor because of his God given authority. From there:
See, the democratic mindset convinces you that when you see appointed authorities in the kingdom it is your job to expose. And all you do is bring a curse on yourself. Because you’ve not been properly trained on how to honor appointed authority.
So what, one wonders, should a member of the flock do when a preacher is embezzling from the church coffers or having sex with underage parishioners? All Dollar will say is that we’re not to join with the “twitter-facebook crowd” and accuse them of wrongdoing.
If this doesn’t send chills down your spine, you’re not paying attention. It’s the most theocratic reasoning there is. The only reason folks like Dollar aren’t pushing for a divine monarchy is because that would place someone above them in the hierarchy.
Via Scott Bailey, who lays out the stages of the scam that Dollar is a part of.