The Honor Academy teaches an extreme version of submission that leads to an oppressive authoritarian environment. Interns are so conditioned to submit without question, that they will even commit a sin if commanded to do so by David Hasz or other Teen Mania leadership.
Of course, Teen Mania would deny this accusation, but as always, I have proof.
In one of his primary teachings on authority, Dave Hasz reads the following statement from a book:
@28:07 – Rebellion against authority means the person is not subjecting themselves to God, though it may appear that the person is rejecting some impure manifestation of God’s authority through a human channel.
Did you catch that? Failing to do something that your authority asks you to do is equal to rebelling against God, even if that authority is impure and incorrect! Dave goes on to give an example that if he told the internship to meet on the anvil and do 3 hours of jumping jacks, then they must suit up and start sweating. Apparently, no realm of your life is off-limits and you are not allowed to have personal boundaries if they conflict with your leader’s will. This is a setup for an incredibly unhealthy relationship and it actually stunts the growth of the follower because they do not learn critical thinking and decision making skills.
He then goes on to state that this submission does not apply if your authority commands you to do something immoral.
Isn’t it immoral to verbally assault your brothers and sisters in Christ?
Isn’t it immoral to call someone made in the image of Christ and loved by God a loser?
And yet, during ESOAL when Dave Hasz asks interns to viciously yell and tear down their classmates, most interns don’t hesitate.
The reality of the Honor Academy is that the interns are ruled with an iron fist by all levels of leadership. It should come as no surprise that interns willingly violate their own conscience to please their authority figures.
Unfortunately, demanding absolute obedience to a man means they are discipling people in their own image, not in the image of Jesus.