Note from RA: During this holiday week, I’ll be re-posting some blog classics. Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving!
In the Honor Academy, you are taught to give absolute submission and obedience to your leaders there. You are told that the leadership are basically God’s representative to you. To disobey them is to disobey God. They actively promote the idea that you, as an intern, should submit to them in every way and take their judgments for you and about you as the words of God. Of course, they encourage you to pray and seek God on your own, but usually only when that conforms to the context they have laid out for you.
Funny thing is that they only take this stance when it benefits them. After all, it can be very convenient to set yourself up as God in this way. When you play that card, nobody can question you.
This leads to many problems, but perhaps the most serious situation occurs when an intern is dimissed from the Honor Academy. After weeks or months of being told to believe that the words of Dave Hasz are the words of God to you, being kicked out can easily feel as if God is abandoning you. The leadership who represents God to you is saying that you are not good enough, that you do not deserve mercy – and so by extension it feels that God Himself is saying those things to you.
When pressured, Dave Hasz tries to separate his opinion from God’s and say that although He is kicking people out, it does not mean God is rejecting them. But this does not square with the commonplace teaching at the HA that if you do not finish your internship, you will fail in life, you will fail in marriage, God will not bless you, you will not reach your leadership potential, etc. Essentially, they preach that if you do not finish the internship, a curse will be upon you. Although they never go so far as to actually say that you lose your salvation if you are kicked out, it is implied.
You can’t have it both ways, gentleman. You can’t insist on blind obedience to your leadership in the name of God and then expect people to do a head-spinning reversal and discern between your opinion and God’s as you are kicking them out.
It’s just not possible.