Skip to comments.Radio Host Delilah Pulls Kids from Crosspoint Academy, Claiming School Teaches Veiled Mormonism
Posted on 12/26/2009 1:06:10 PM PST by Colofornian
Changes in the curriculum at Crosspoint Academy have some parents, including prominent radio host Delilah Rene Luke, concerned the private Christian school in Chico is straying from its biblical focus.
But school leaders defend the changes, saying the new materials will grow the schools 290 students into the next generation of Christian leaders.
The idea that Crosspoint is still fundamentally rooted in strong Christian values and delivers a curriculum with a Christian perspective in mind has not changed and that has never changed in this process, said Eric Rasmussen, superintendent of schools for Crista, the Christian ministry organization that owns Crosspoint.
The school, formerly known as Kings West, announced this fall that it had a new plan for a curriculum focused on leadership and on five pillars: critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, contemplation and cultural competency. Much of the work has been based on The Leader In Me, a program for students from Stephen Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.
The emphasis on Coveys work is what most concerns Delilah. She recently disenrolled three of her children from Crosspoint.
I would like to say that I am merely deeply concerned about a recent addition to the schools teaching philosophy, but instead, I am forced to admit I am actually HORRIFIED by the recent addition of a book by Mormon author Steven (sic) Covey, she wrote in a Nov. 24 open letter to Crosspoint parents.
Further, she wrote that she believes in freedom of religion and does not object to Mormon beliefs or the yoga-type, Eastern religion activities Covey advocates. She said in a recent interview, however, that the materials dont belong in a Christian school.
Its not about being intolerant. Its about being true to my faith, she said. I dont have a problem with Stephen Covey and businesses that use it. I dont have any problem with people who want to sign up for yoga classes or attend the church of Satan if they want to. Thats their right. But I cant imagine someone paying money to send their kids to Brigham Young University so they can get a good basis in Mormon faith and then having their kid come home and saying his new teacher was a Catholic priest teaching the Apocrypha.
After her letter circulated, Delilah held an informational meeting in Port Orchard for Crosspoint parents. About 30 attended. She also received many supportive e-mails. But the parents contacted by e-mail by the Kitsap Sun about the controversy either declined to be interviewed or did not respond.
Covey has denied in recent years that his leadership materials are repackaged Mormonism. But Delilah is concerned that the leadership materials introduce Mormon tenets in a way that is palatable to non-Mormons.
He intends to indoctrinate the world with his theology by wiring it in a way that people can accept, she said.
Delilah questioned whether Crista and Crosspoint leaders were aware of Coveys beliefs before they adopted the materials. But Rasmussen said the bigger question is whether Crista schools only take materials from Christian publishers. The schools draw from a wide variety of materials and we will continue to seek and find the best resources and put them in the hands of outstanding Christian educators, he added.
Additionally, Rasmussen said teaching at Crosspoint goes well beyond The Leader In Me to focus on the five pillars. For example, he said, the core value of contemplation means to be people of reflection.
From a Christian standpoint, that means kids would meditate on their faith and the significance of biblical truth in their life, or they would read and think contemplatively about great literature.
We believe leaders do these core things, that kids should be contemplative in life and think about next step, about what God has in store and in place for them.
Delilah said smaller issues have led her to believe Crosspoint is trying to rebrand itself to attract families familiar and comfortable with Covey, but not perhaps with Christianity. A plaque with the Ten Commandments was recently moved from a prominent spot in the schools main hallway to a not-so-prominent classroom. A Seven Habits poster advocating meditation was put up at Crosspoint, with a Bible verse taped to it as if to make Eastern religion acceptable to the Christian, Delilah wrote in her Nov. 24 letter.
They even changed the schools name to take the Lords name out, she said.
Further, school leaders did not properly inform parents of the changes until the beginning of this school year, giving them little time to understand or react, she said.
But Rasmussen said the schools changes are not about rebranding, rather its trying to improve on past success in academics and extracurriculars.
Were thrilled in terms of where were going and moving forward to make this great school better to be really intentionally focused, he said. We see the need in terms of this world for good intentional Christian leaders who will lead in their churches and their communities and their homes.
Until I saw this thread (and the usual cast of anti-Mormon lunatics), I didn’t even know Covey was a Mormon. I read that book when I was in college, and don’t recall any pro-Mormon sentiment. Then again, I don’t sit around and obsess about the Mormons, like some on this site clearly do.
I don’t get this whole Glen Beck thing. I didn’t BEFORE I found out he was LDS. I saw him (and still do) as too much of a Rush wannabe.
And you are right, being a celebrity gains you more status in the LDS and some better jobs, but he will always be “looked down on” in favor of multi-generation “born in the Covenant” mormons like Mitt Romney.
Mitt will probably make GA someday, Beck never will.
“Would you refuse to listen to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, even though President Reagan referred to them as Americas Choir?
Absolutely. Why watch people in a cult (deceived or knowingly) sing songs that cover up the truth of what
they teach? There are actual choirs of Christians out
there we can listen to...
EX-BIC reporting for duty!
Do you want to take 241 or shall I?
EX-BIC reporting for duty!
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LoL. I was one of the lowly “converts”. Didn’t matter as much when I was in CA, but when I got to Utah, I was amazed at how many people (including my bishop) thought I was “less valiant” in the pre-existence since I was not BIC but converted. Of course, some assured me that I was more valiant than some since I joined as a teenager and therefore could serve a mission and be married in the Temple.
One of those was even my bishop.
CULT = religions I don’t believe in
CULT = religions I dont believe in
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Cult = those religious groups that either uses controlling methods to manipulate believers (sociological definition), or those that do not follow the tenets of traditional Christian beliefs (theological definition). There are fewer than you might think.
Here are some guidelines for you (both theological and sociological).
Apart from theological definitions of a cult, there are sociological definitions also. Foremost among these is mind control. This is detailed in Steven Hassan’s BITE model, described below...
Mind Control - The BITE Model Used by Cults
From chapter two of Releasing the Bonds: Empowering People to Think for Themselves*
*© 2000 by Steven Hassan; published by Freedom of Mind Press, Somerville MA
Destructive mind control can be understood in terms of four basic components, which form the acronym BITE:
I. Behavior Control
II. Information Control
III. Thought Control
IV. Emotional Control
It is important to understand that destructive mind control can be determined when the overall effect of these four components promotes dependency and obedience to some leader or cause. It is not necessary for every single item on the list to be present. Mind controlled cult members can live in their own apartments, have nine-to-five jobs, be married with children, and still be unable to think for themselves and act independently.
The BITE Model Applied Toward Mormonism’s
Two-Year Missionary Program
Note: The following information was submitted by a former Mormon
I. Behavior Control
1. Regulation of individuals physical reality
a. Where, how and with whom the member lives and associates with
Yes. The church first sends the missionary to a specific mission, and then that missions president assigns the missionary to a specific geographical area with a specific companion. The pair must seek permission to leave the boundaries of their area, and must be together 24/7. They must always be in the same room as each other, except when going to the bathroom.
b. What clothes, colors, hairstyles the person wears
The church gives them detailed instructions on permissible clothing and hairstyles.
c. What food the person eats, drinks, adopts, and rejects
Coffee, tea, alcohol and tobacco are forbidden. Whether or not you abstain from caffienated soft drinks is often considered an indication of your level of dedication. Missionaries are sometimes instructed to reject dinner invitations with members of the church, unless the member also invites a non-member to the dinner party.
d. How much sleep the person is able to have
Missionaries must arise by 6:30 A.M. and retire by 10:30 P.M.
e. Financial dependence
The church gives each missionary a small allowance of money on a monthly basis (each missionary is required to give a specific amount—something like $400 to the church per month. It is typically paid by the parents. The church then gives an allowance to each missionary based upon the cost of living in their mission. For example, a missionary in Japan might receive $1000 per month, while a missionary in Honduras might receive $65 per month.)
f. Little or no time spent on leisure, entertainment, vacations
Missionaries are allowed 8.5 hours per week of Preparation Time. In this Preparation Time they are expected to wash clothes, shop, get haircut, clean apartment, write letters home, and if any time is left engage in approved recreational and cultural activities. No entertainment or vacations.
2. Major time commitment required for indoctrination sessions and group rituals
Missionaries are required to study from the approved material for 2 hours every morning, and have frequent meetings of further training meetings.
3. Need to ask permission for major decisions
Yes, permission must be sought for almost anything.
4. Need to report thoughts, feelings and activities to superiors
Yes. Detailed logs of the missionaries activities are kept and sent to the mission president on a weekly basis. They have monthly one-on-one meetings with the mission president, who interrogates them regarding their thoughts, feelings, worthiness, and so forth.
5. Rewards and punishments (behavior modification techniques- positive and negative).
If you obey the rules, are loyal, and work hard, you will be promoted to be a leader over other missionaries. A District Leader supervises a group of about 6 missionaries, a Zone Leader supervises about 20, and the mission president has 2 Assistants who help him supervise the entire mission. The higher you get in the hierarchy, the more benefits —prestige, automobiles, travel around the mission, and so forth. It is a lot funner to supervise people who are doing missionary work than to actually do it.
6. Individualism discouraged; group think prevails
7. Rigid rules and regulations
8. Need for obedience and dependency
One of the primary purposes of life is to test our obedience to God—which in practical terms means obedience to Gods leaders. Financial independence is encouraged. There is a fair amount of talk about spiritual independence, but they are ensured that true answers to their prayers will always be in harmony with the mainstream church.
II. Information Control
1. Use of deception
a. Deliberately holding back information
b. Distorting information to make it acceptable
c. Outright lying
2. Access to non-cult sources of information minimized or discouraged
a. Books, articles, newspapers, magazines, TV, radio
The missionary handbook says, Read only books, magazines, and other material authorized by the Church and your mission president .Avoid watching television, viewing unauthorized videocassettes, and listening to the radio and unauthorized audiocassettes. (p. 13, 22) Including the scriptures, there are about 10 books that missionaries are allowed to read.
b. Critical information
c. Former members
d. Keep members so busy they dont have time to think
Kept very busy, with detailed instructions on how to spend every hour of every day.
3. Compartmentalization of information; Outsider vs. Insider doctrines
a. Information is not freely accessible
Unauthorized information is forbidden.
b. Information varies at different levels and missions within pyramid
The leaders have more access to mission gossip, but in general the entire mission is governed by the same rules of no unauthorized information.
c. Leadership decides who “needs to know” what
Yes, the leadership decides what books and cassettes to put on the authorized list.
4. Spying on other members is encouraged
a. Pairing up with “buddy” system to monitor and control
According to the missionary handbook, Never be alone. Companionships generate strength and protection. Working two by two is the Lords way, you can protect each other from temptation and from false accusers. You can also support each other in bearing testimony (see Ecclesiastes 4:9-10) .
As companions, pray, study, and plan your work together each day. Take time at least once a week for additional planning and companionship inventory. Seek to be one in spirit and purpose, and help each other succeed. Always address your companion by the appropriate title (Elder or Sister).
You and your companion are to sleep in the same bedroom, but not in the same bed. You should arise and retire together each day; you should not stay up late to be alone. (p. 24-25)
b. Reporting deviant thoughts, feelings, and actions to leadership
If your companion is having difficulties with the work or in personal matters, be sensitive to those problems and seek advice from your mission president. Although you should be loyal to your companion, you must realize that any indiscretion or violation of missionary standards may threaten his or her effectiveness and salvation. Care enough for your companion to ask for the mission presidents help before a problem becomes a crisis. (p. 24)
5. Extensive use of cult generated information and propaganda
a. Newsletters, magazines, journals, audio tapes, videotapes, etc.
Yes—only expose yourself to authorized information.
b. Misquotations, statements taken out of context from non-cult sources
6. Unethical use of confession
a. Information about “sins” used to abolish identity boundaries
b. Past “sins” used to manipulate and control; no forgiveness or absolution
Not really—once they declare you are forgiven it is water under the bridge.
III. Thought Control
1. Need to internalize the groups doctrine as “Truth”
a. Map = Reality
b. Black and White thinking
c. Good vs. evil
d. Us vs. them (inside vs. outside)
Yes. The missionaries are given a very black and white view of the world, The Lord desires the conversion of each soul. (p. 3)
2. Adopt “loaded” language (characterized by “thought-terminating clichés”). Words are the tools we use to think with. These “special” words constrict rather than expand understanding. They function to reduce complexities of experience into trite, platitudinous “buzz words”.
Yes. Must use titles rather than given names. Communication is typically forced into a specific speech pattern called The commitment pattern. They frequently bear their testimonies which mean assuring each other that they know the church is true.
3. Only “good” and “proper” thoughts are encouraged.
4. Thought-stopping techniques (to shut down “reality testing” by stopping “negative” thoughts and allowing only “good” thoughts); rejection of rational analysis, critical thinking, constructive criticism.
a. Denial, rationalization, justification, wishful thinking
Not in a formal or rigorous way.
e. Speaking in “tongues”
f. Singing or humming
Yes. They are often instructed to sing a hymn to themselves if they have an impure or negative thought.
5. No critical questions about leader, doctrine, or policy seen as legitimate
Absolutely. One of the solemn covenants of the temple is to never speak ill of the Lords anointed.
6. No alternative belief systems viewed as legitimate, good, or useful
Other belief systems can be good and useful, but the Mormon Church is Gods one and only true church, and that the highest level of salvation is impossible without it.
IV. Emotional Control
1. Manipulate and narrow the range of a persons feelings.
Yes. If you are acting righteously then you will feel the spirit. Always strive to feel that particular feeling.
2. Make the person feel like if there are ever any problems it is always their fault, never the leaders or the groups.
Yes. The members arent perfect but the gospel and the organization of the church are perfect. Leaders might make mistakes, but they are given the benefit of the doubt.
3. Excessive use of guilt
Yes. The scriptures promise that you will baptize lots of people if you are righteous, (The field is white, all ready to harvest) But you must have faith and be righteous. If you dont have a lot of success and converting others, the problem must be your lack of faith and disobedience.
a. Identity guilt
1. Who you are (not living up to your potential)
Individual Mormons are given special blessings in which they are invariably informed that in the previous life they were the valiant elect of God, and that that is why their spirits were sent to earth to fight for the cause of righteousness during these last days. The mission is usually a major part of their blessings, and they are often promised to have specific experiences as missionaries, including leadership and conversion experiences. These things will happen if and only if they are faithful and obedient.
2. Your family
Missionaries are promised that if they work hard and are obedient, their family will be blessed, both physically and spiritually.
3. Your past
Sexual sins are considered very bad in Mormonism, and it is sometimes taught that in order to be completely forgiven of such sins, you must bring many souls unto Christ.
4. Your affiliations
No affiliations to feel guilty about exist.
5. Your thoughts, feelings, actions
Children in the church are constantly taught that your mission will be the best 2 years of your life. If you dont feel that they are the best 2 years of your life, if you arent productively converting people, and arent keeping your thoughts focused on righteous, faithful things, immense guilt will usually follow.
b. Social guilt
c. Historical guilt
4. Excessive use of fear
a. Fear of thinking independently
Thomas S. Monson, the number two man in the church, recently said in a church magazine, “Should doubt knock at your doorway, just say to those skeptical, disturbing, rebellious thoughts: ‘I propose to stay with my faith... I accept God’s word. I wasn’t with Joseph, but I believe him. My faith did not come to me through science, and I will not permit so-called science to destroy it. (Ensign, Feb 2001)
b. Fear of the “outside” world
Yes. Simple things such as leaving your area to go down town or going swimming are considered very major sins that will likely cause great evil.
c. Fear of enemies
Possibly—missionaries see themselves in a big fight of good against evil.
d. Fear of losing ones “salvation”
Yes. You must endure to the end to gain salvation—if you screw up the effect could ripple across generations.
e. Fear of leaving the group or being shunned by group
Quitting your mission is leads to incredibly high stigma.
f. Fear of disapproval
Depends on the individual.
5. Extremes of emotional highs and lows.
Yes. Missionary life is often characterized by a few bursts of inspiration and success surrounded by months and months of drudgery. If you are righteous you should feel the spirit—especially as a missionary—so if you dont feel wonderful it is your fault for not being worthy.
6. Ritual and often public confession of “sins”.
Every month the missionary has a private interview with the mission president where he is encouraged to confess his sins.
7. Phobia indoctrination : programming of irrational fears of ever leaving the group or even questioning the leaders authority. The person under mind control cannot visualize a positive, fulfilled future without being in the group.
a. No happiness or fulfillment “outside”of the group
b. Terrible consequences will take place if you leave: “hell”; “demon possession”; “incurable diseases”; “accidents”; “suicide”; “insanity”; “10,000 reincarnations”; etc.
Absolutely. In a particular scene in the temple ceremony, the devil is about to be banished. Before he is, he says, Aah! You have looked over my kingdom, and my greatness and glory. Now you want to take possession of the whole of it. (He then looks at the people going through the ceremony) I have a word to say concerning these people. If they do not walk up to every covenant they make at these altars in this temple this day, they will be in my power!
c. Shunning of leave takers. Fear of being rejected by friends, peers, and family.
d. Never a legitimate reason to leave. From the groups perspective, people who leave are: “weak”; “undisciplined”; “unspiritual”; “worldly”; “brainwashed by family, counselors”; seduced by money, sex, rock and roll.
Absolutely. The group is Gods one and only true church, and the missionary has the unique responsibility and opportunity of helping God save people. A huge responsibility with tremendous opportunity for blessings.
A story that is often repeated among missionaries and prospective missionaries is a scene of two pre-mortal spirits awaiting their callings to come to earth. One of the friends is thrilled to be called to a righteous Mormon family, where he will be born into the covenant and sealed to his parents upon birth. To both of their horrors, the other friend isnt being sent to a Mormon family, but rather to a non-Mormon family in a distant land. Right before they are born in their respective circumstances, the one spirit desperately pleads to the other Find Me!
The implication is that there is very little value to life without the church, and that you have a friend out there who is desperately waiting for you to bring them the gospel.
An alternate version of the story is after our mortal life, and a spirit who never heard about the gospel learns that he was supposed to hear about it, but the particular missionary who was called to bring the gospel to them wasnt faithful enough or obedient enough to find them. In utter despair, the spirit approaches the missionary who committed the faux pas and harshly reproaches him for not doing his duty and bringing him the gospel. The fallout of disobedience ripples out as this persons friends and progeny lose the opportunity to live and spread the gospel.
MARKS OF A CULT
1. Extra-Biblical revelation. (BoM, Pearl of Great Price, Doctrine and Covenants).
2. Salvation by works. (we are saved after all we can do)
3. Uncertain Hope. (Try asking a Faithful Mormon if they are going to get into the Celestial Kingdom. They will ALWAYS respond with something like I hope so.)
4. Presumptuous Messianic leadership. (Joseph Smiths restoration of the only gospel that will get people back into the presence of God)
5. Doctrinal ambiguity. (A prophet is a prophet only when he is speaking as such).
6. Denunciation of others. (see above post)
7. Claim to special discoveries. (temple rites and rituals, secret handshakes, etc)
8. Defective Christology. (Jesus is our older brother and had to earn His Godhood.)
9. Segmented Biblical attention. (Taking scripture out of context)
10. Entangling organizational structure. (Engulfing
a person into a web of entrapment)
11. Financial and time exploitation (One of the temple oaths is to dedicated all of your time, talents and money to the building up of the LDS church)
Beck has done some good work, for example teaming up with Andrew Breitbart, but he has tied his little red caboose to the Conservative Train that has been chugging along for decades with Rush as the engineer and others like Levin as the firemen.
The "Cult of Beck" you can see on FR is actually pretty hilarious. Where else would you see FReepers idolizing someone with Beck's admitted character flaws? Kind of reminiscent of the ObaMessiah worshipers!
Glad to be a papist.
LOL. I’m glad to be Ex-mormon for the same. As I sit here with my beer and coffee.