I had a great laugh last week seeing the topic of a splinter personality cult leader's article to his few hundred members. This guy is the epitome of self-deception. No, I'm not talking about Dave Passover Elijah Pack. I'm referring to Bob Thiel.
Thiel writes in Self-deception Can Be Costly:
Researchers are concluding that there are costs associated with self-deception:
People who take shortcuts can trick themselves into believing they are smarter than they are, says Tom Stafford, and it comes back to bite them. …
For once Thiel quotes some truth. His self-deception has come back to bite him repeatedly. He foolishly declared himself a prophet in the Church of God. He believes an LCG minister elevated him up with a "double does" of the Holy Spirit.
Armstrongism has a great track record of foolish men who have lived lives of self-deception that cause them to declare themselves prophets, apostles, Elijah's, Joshua's, Two witnesses, and much, much more.
The top five deceived men in the Churches of God are: Pack, Thiel, Flurry, Weinland and Meredith. While there are many other deceived men leading splinter personality cults, these five are the worst. They have all created scenarios in their minds where they imagine themselves as God's personal representatives and founts of truth. They get so puffed up in their own glories that they take on new persona's, such as Joshua, Elijah, Apostle, end-time witness, and more. The Bible ends up being the story book of their lives.Jesus taught that Satan was a liar and the father of lies:
44 You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it (John 8:44)Of course, Satan takes advantage of deception and encourages humans to
Thiel ends, with this:
Although most Laodiceans do not believe that they are deceiving themselves, Jesus said that they were. Jesus said that Laodicean Christians needed to repent–they need to change.
In addition to doctrine and how they lead their lives, there are serious prophetic deceptions that the Laodiceans have fallen for. A list of 30 prophetic deceptions that various Laodiceans believe is in the article The Laodicean Church Era. Believing several of these will insure that Laodiceans will not realize that the Great Tribulation is here until it is to late for most to flee (cf. Revelation 12:14-17).
Self-deception is common. Try not to fall for it. The word of God is truth (John 17:17), hopefully you will believe it enough so that you will resist Satanically-encouraged self-deception (cf. James 4:7).
Thiel gives a perfect description of his mindset. He does not believe he has deceived himself. His prophetic deceptions have been epic failures and will continue to be. Theil fell for self-deception in a big way. He is just as bad as Dave Passover Elijah Pack and Elijah Joshua Flurry, but without the members or money.