Sunday, October 23, 2005

You Are Going to Bring a Mighty Herd

Tape: Do What it Takes

Speakers: Tom & Connie Cooper

Stock Number: BWW186 (4 Message CD)

Recording Type: ‘Basic Mix’

Motivational Aspects:

For the singles, Rocky Covington and Louise Phillips are examples of how to build the business.

Connie could not picture something that she wanted to do every single day for forty years. She wanted to be free!

Cult-like aspects:

Tom spends the first several minutes of the talk picking out specific people comprising the various represented uplines and edifying them.

Tom spends a whole lot of time talking about the revolutionary war, and then pulls up some statistics about the number of people who supported the war effort. He said that about 22% of the people did and that the other 78% did not want anything to do with it. He then says that it is the same when you show the plan to people. There are those who do not want anything to do with it and there are a select few who act. Of the 22% of the people who are interested, only about 8-9% of the people actually have the heart to do it. He says not to get discouraged about the low numbers. [Enforces the Us vs. Them mentality and has a subtle effect of getting people to work without results.]

“There are many people that you are going to show the business to that they come into this business, they don’t know what they are and what they can be, but that’s our job is to help teach them.” [This tells people that you don’t know who you are and the people here will help you realize your potential.]

“A lot of numbers were shifted through building width and building depth to find you. You ‘re precious, you know what? You are going to go out and make the next 75 days count [75 days until the next weekend function].” Tom says that in that time, all the fears are going to be gone, people are going to double, triple, etc. [The selection process has lead to YOU; since such divine providence has lead to YOU by the skin of your teeth, you are falsely led to believe that you have been divinely selected to succeed.]

“Dream God sized goals and set God sized dreams…Don’t go for mediocrity, don’t go for just getting by, don’t go for small goals.”

“What are you going to do for those 75 days? Are you going to talk success? Are you going to think success?”

BWW Tapespeak:

Get off of it, and get on with it!

Wonderful Faulty Theology:

“You got to realize that you are not a mistake, you’re not an accident, you are a creation of a God in heaven that knows every hair on your head, and who loves you, you’re a Xerox copy, if you will, of the original, the special one, the creator.” [Parts of this are true: You are not a mistake or an accident by God’s standards, and you are a creation of God (Psalms 139); the problem we have is that ‘Xerox copy’ comment. This is Word-Faith; the Word-Faith people believe that we have the same creative power that God does. That is not true. We are NOT a copy of God; otherwise, we would not be a fallen and sinful creation who is separated from God by our sin (Isaiah 59:2).]

“If your parents are normal, they want you to be productive, you want them to be healthy and happy, and prosperous, and you want them to do well, and be successful and have good friends, and have an exciting life. Well, you have a father in heaven, a heavenly father, in addition to your earthly father, that wants the very same for you. And, um, you got to realize that.” [I will submit that this may be ‘normal’, but it is not Godly, nor healthy. According to Chip Ingram, children have two primary needs: Significance and Security. The things that Tom suggests are all worldly things. I suggest reading 1 John 2:15. Following the passions that Tom calls for will certainly lead to neurotic children. God, that heavenly father, wants for us one thing: HOLINESS! Period.]

Tom quotes 3 John 2; “2Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers.” as a proof text that God wants you and me to be in a state of health and wealth. [This is a common Word-Faith text pulled out of context. The context of that is as such: This was a letter from John to Gaius. Gaius was a very spiritual person; the custom in letter writing at the time was to inquire of a persons health. Since Gaius was so healthy spiritually, John used this customary twist to address his financial and bodily concerns. With God, your health and your wealth are reduced to a non-issue. Bottom line is that this text does not teach that God wants everyone to be rich and healthy.]

Tom says that it has been written that there is a warehouse in heaven with all the things that you were meant for you whether fulfilled or unfulfilled. [I find it funny that he did not quote his source. For those curious, it is not in the bible, it is in Bruce Wilkinson’s book, “Prayer of Jabez” starting on page 25 with the story of Mr. Jones goes to Heaven. I would like to point out that this book has many elements that are not consistent with the Christian life. There are a few reviews that I would recommend reading. One is by Grace to You and one by Biblical Discernment Ministries.]

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