Friday, December 23, 2005

Discontentment is the Path to Desire

Tape: Are You Discontented?

Speakers: Jack & Magee Spencer

Stock Number: BWW120

Recording Type: ‘Basic Mix’

Brief Review:

This recording teaches people that you need to have something to care about to fulfill your life, Quixtar through BWW is that very thing. Although Magee encourages people to enjoy their jobs for the time that they are there, Jack slams those people who have jobs and choose to keep working them. Jack also promotes that the Standing Order program is the minimum and that people should be purchasing more tools that that. Another element of concern here is the quantity of times that Bill Britt is referred to as ‘The Master’.

Motivational Aspects:

Jack and Magee both keep referencing another talk by Doug Wead which was recorded the evening before this talk. That tape is available at BWW: “What is the Value of Freedom if You Don’t Use It? BWW113.” In that talk, Doug gave an illustration about filling yourself up as the means to get out there and grow the business. He used a pitcher of water and continued to pour water into it until it was overflowing onto the stage. He said that the tapes and functions are like the water. When your ‘pitcher’ (you) is full, the positive will flow out of you and you will simply be sponsoring people left and right. The point was to listen to tapes and tapes and tapes and books and books and books and functions and functions and functions until the positive was oozing out of you and falling on everyone around you. Jack starts his talk by saying that Doug was not talking to him, because his pitcher is full.

Jack has not worked in 24 years.

Cult-like aspects:

Magee is talking about her friends and says that with the exception of a few people here and there, she does not have any friends outside of the business.

“When you earn the right to cross this stage, you earn the right to say what’s on your heart.”

“We have some people in our group… [they are wearing a] button that says ‘A Million Dollars by March 31st 2003’ and underneath it says 6-6-3.”

Bill Britt is continuously referred to as ‘The Master’ in this tape. [Bill is the guru at the top of the organization. This over-edification of this man is one of the main points that points to the cult-like behaviour of this group.]

“Your going to hear The Master speak tonight. He has set up an educational system to help you recognize the rest of your potential. We have this in terms of functions; we have it in terms of books and tapes. Are you taking advantage of it?”

Wonderful Faulty Theology:

According to Magee, we are all given dreams by God [to be successful] because God never intended us to be bound in slavery [to a job]. [Work is not a dirty word, nor is it a bad thing. A common thread in this business is that work is bad. If you read Genesis 2:8-15, you find that Adam was created and placed into the Garden of Eden to work it. This was a pre-fall thing. Also, if you look into the bible, and please note that Word-Faith people are very Old-Testament Covenant minded, the bible says to work 6 days and rest the 7th, it does not say to rest 6 days and work the 7th. Our work is part of our worship and faith before God. The New Testament principles of work are here.]

“The image you have of yourself is a false image” – Jack asks everyone to take out a blank piece of paper, which represents your life when you are born: a blank slate, an empty computer hard drive, etc. Everyone is to fold the paper down as small as possible and then scribble on the exposed paper which represents the stresses in your life. Now, open up the piece of paper. The point is that what we see is only a tiny fraction of our life and the rest of our person that we do not see is still pure. [This is nothing more then Pelagianism, which is a heresy that was condemned in 400ish AD. It made a comeback in the 1500’s (semi-Palagianism), and it is now at the cornerstone of Word-Faith as well. In short, it is a belief that deep down inside, we are all intrinsically good and it is our life situations and environments that caused us to repress what we truly are. If we work at it, we can make a comeback and realize that we are great. The reality is that down to our core is wretchedness, but in the love and grace of God, He can cause us to be re-born. To see what truly lies in the human heart, look at Mark 7:21-23. Romans 3:10-18 tells a little more about the condition of us:

10as it is written,
"THERE IS NONE RIGHTEOUS, NOT EVEN ONE;
11THERE IS NONE WHO UNDERSTANDS,
THERE IS NONE WHO SEEKS FOR GOD;
12ALL HAVE TURNED ASIDE, TOGETHER THEY HAVE BECOME USELESS;
THERE IS NONE WHO DOES GOOD,
THERE IS NOT EVEN ONE."
13"THEIR THROAT IS AN OPEN GRAVE,
WITH THEIR TONGUES THEY KEEP DECEIVING,"
"THE POISON OF ASPS IS UNDER THEIR LIPS";
14"WHOSE MOUTH IS FULL OF CURSING AND BITTERNESS";
15"THEIR FEET ARE SWIFT TO SHED BLOOD,
16DESTRUCTION AND MISERY ARE IN THEIR PATHS,
17AND THE PATH OF PEACE THEY HAVE NOT KNOWN."
18"THERE IS NO FEAR OF GOD BEFORE THEIR EYES."

We can be made by God into the creatures of love that we were created to be, but the point stands that it is not buried deep within us; it is simply not there without the grace of Jesus Christ. Read the Gospel of Jesus Christ to see why this happens. It was implanted with love and with love we must live.]

Jack begs everyone to be discontented (see below, “Jack says that doing…) [This teaching is in exact opposition to a very clear teaching in the bible. Read 1 Timothy 6:3-10:

If anyone advocates a different doctrine and does not agree with sound words, those of our Lord Jesus Christ, and with the doctrine conforming to godliness,
he is conceited and understands nothing; but he has a morbid interest in controversial questions and disputes about words, out of which arise envy, strife, abusive language, evil suspicions,
and constant friction between men of depraved mind and deprived of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain.
But godliness actually is a means of great gain when accompanied by contentment.
For we have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it either.
If we have food and covering, with these we shall be content.
But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction.
For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

As we can see, contentment, not discontentment, is the path to peace, joy, and Godliness. While Jack is correct that discontentment is the path to desire, desire is not necessarily something that we should be seeking for. There is another word for desire: Covet. Covetousness is certainly not endorsed by the bible.]

Teaching Points:

Magee lists some things to complete your life:

  • Someone to love
  • Something to do
  • Something to care about

In her opinion, this last point is Quixtar (with BWW) which will “wrap up and fulfill the rest of our lives.”

Jack says that doing this business cones down to desire, the first part of desire being discontent. The main thing that is keeping you from being discontent is that little square on the paper with the life stresses on it (see above, “The Image…”)

Other Notes:

A good point of this tape is that Magee edified work ‘while you have to be there’, and teaches that you should enjoy it. [Unfortunately later, Jack totally destroys this as he seriously downplays work and even the people that chose to keep doing that.]

“We are in the hunt big time, I tell you every single day we do this business. You may think ‘why is a diamond doing this business every day?’ Because we got big dreams, we got bigger dreams.” – [So much for retirement!]

Jack promotes a 6-6-3 model that says get six people that come to a function with you, then get six for each of those and then get 3 for each of those. It is slight modification of the BWW plan which is get 6 wide, get 4 for each of those, and 2 for each of those (6-4-2 plan). Of course, jack promotes that his 6-6-3 people only count it they are attending functions with you.

About the system:

  • Jack talks about book of the month and then criticizes everyone that is only reading one book, calling the Book of the Month program doing the minimum.
  • Tape of the week is done the same way. He says that you should be buying more tapes than that. He says to use the business to finance it.

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