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Multitudes of sincere and trusting believers are caught unawares in the virtually invisible web of religious captivation in certain Charismatic/Neo-Pentecostal churches. They are unwitting victims of spiritual abuse, psychological enslavement, and various forms of exploitation perpetrated under the heavy-hand of hyper-authoritarianism. That is to say, the leadership of the church-group of which they are a part is dominating, controlling, manipulating, and exploiting their followers for personal gain and private kingdom-building. Such authoritarian abuse is pandemic in some sectors of the Church, and many of the perpetrators are prominent and respected leaders of church-groups or ministries espousing otherwise orthodox Christian beliefs, whose membership is comprised of a cross section of average Americans-individuals and families-of every race, education level, station, and walk of life, rather than radical, fringe religious sects and cults as many would suppose. Though religious predomination is certainly nothing new, and hyper-authoritarianism is by no means limited to the Neo-Pentecostal branch of the Church, it has especially flourished in the Charismatic and so-called "third, and fourth wave, New Apostolic Restoration" (i.e., Neo-Pentecostal) groups since it was infused into the very fabric, foundation, and functions of that branch of the Church in the early- to mid-1970s via what became known as the "Discipleship/Shepherding Movement." The doctrines and practices spawned in that movement remain an integral part of the operations of many churches and groups today. Charismatic Control tells readers how - * to recognize unBiblical hyper-authoritarian doctrines and practices; * how they became a widespread, integral part of the Neo-Pentecostal church; * why these teachings and practices are outright witchcraft, authored by Satan Himself; * "The Common Control Mechanisms" employed by hyper-authoritarian groups and leaders.

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