Confusion Breeds Dependency

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 is 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?

Below is a link to Jeff’s full article.

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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.

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3 thoughts on “Confusion Breeds Dependency

  1. Well, I’m not sure. Is confusion the reason for ceremony and music — each week basically — and rules about marriage, and for marriage certificates? A lot of people want a church for these purposes (and more that I’m not naming). They go because they want community backing that children should obey, that wives should stay. Women believe their husbands will love them, but it doesn’t matter if they don’t.

    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. ….

    They also hold tight or obey because they’ve been told to do so regardless of disagreement. I think we have touched on this with Jeff before; he thinks (or has said) that children need to rebel. Parents need to have rules that if broken aren’t dangerous or bad so that children don’t have to rebel by seeking a sex change [I disagreed with this]. However, it is the case that confusion is abused and used to create dependency or hobble a competitor or challenger (which sadly is how some parents see children and husbands see wives). I’m not pointing a finger at Jeff, though, as this subject matter … I want to say is complicated. It certainly is complicated if children are supposed to obey but have to rebel. Wives, also. Are they people?

    And yet I agree with him that taxes, investments, etc., are often kept or made confusing in order to make others dependent. He described what I would call abusive parents trying to keep children from venturing out — for fear. Yes. That happens. Also, though, a child might not be afraid but choosing to honor.

    Interesting choice of wording; authority.

    I, by the way, don’t find churches to be authority.

    Yet if you choose to be in one, your child will see it that way.

  2. Marleen, I see that Jeff was addressing the attitude to teaching within “the church” – that it’s done in a way that perpetuated dependence rather than growth to maturity. That they make it seem like knowing God (and about God) is something complex that demands the average person have a specially appointed person to carry them along through life, explaining God and His ways to them.

    That is why I preceded the reference to Jeff’s blog with the quote from Ephesians, where a very different scenario is depicted: where the task of “ministers” is to bring the body of Christ to maturity – not keep them in a perpetuated state of dependence.

  3. What can and should we do about it?

    That’s what I wonder.

    But I kinda think it’s baked in.

    Absolutely, some are worse than others.

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