About

Counter Thought is a forum for biblical, non-traditional discussion as an alternative to religious rhetoric.

The world is an abusive system, in which people survive by developing coping mechanisms for survival. Every dysfunctional behavior in society is an attempt to adapt to the world system, either to be accepted or at least tolerated with as little pain as possible.

The Kingdom of God is the exact opposite of the world system. When God is king, there is freedom from the oppression of abusive control.

Unfortunately, the church has generally tried to adapt and fit in by using the same principles as the world system—shame instead of joy, fear of exclusion instead of confidence from acceptance, performance instead of growth, marketing instead of impartation. Most of what is portrayed as ministry is, by design, manipulation and control, making most churches abusive systems in their own right.

Mission

The mission of Counter Thought is to discover and to teach the operating principles of the Kingdom of God, in order to provide an alternative to the survival thinking of the world system.

Don Enevoldsen

More than half a century of living has given me extensive experience as a pastor and a writer. As both a ghostwriter and an author, I have created more than thirty books, two documentaries, and co-written an award winning play, as well as numerous church and educational productions. As a pastor, I have served in a variety of positions, including more than ten years on the staff of one of the largest churches in Arizona.

At this point in my career, however, I consider none of these accomplishments worth elaborating beyond the education they afforded. My writing experience has given me a wide range of accumulated background information on which to draw. The books worthy of recommendation will find their way onto this site. The others are better left unidentified.

My experience as a staff pastor provided an opportunity to witness the most egregious abuses of spiritual authority. I have seen much of what works and what does not work. Whatever of those experiences has value will also find its way into the discussion when appropriate.

Which leaves little to boast of, with one exception. In 2005, Christina thought highly enough of me to agree to marriage. No other accomplishment compares to that. She has been and continues to be a significant part of the expression of truth in Counter Thought.

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  • February 24, 2017 at 11:38 am
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    My son and his wife joined the Living Word Bible Church in Mesa. These past few years he and his wife have become totally estranged from her family, his family, and all their old friends. I know that cults try to separate their members from outside relationships. Is that happening In this church?

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    • March 22, 2017 at 9:04 pm
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      As I understand the strict definition of a cult, I would not call Living Word a cult. And I should say that I derived a lot of good from my time there, especially in terms of things like learning how to pray effectively. Having said that, during the time I was there, I saw a focus on money take over every other priority and it set in motion a great fear of losing what they had. The new building they moved into (which is no longer new) became an icon and the pride in wealth became a hallmark of supposed spirituality. In order to protect that, the leadership steadily began to apply cult like tactics to maintain control. That involved isolation, certainly. I recall many times that staff were fired for asking questions or people who seemed to not be quite in line anymore were asked to leave, and invariably, stories were offered about the bad behavior of those people to justify getting rid of them, along with a warning that no one who left ever did well and a kind of warning to avoid them or the same would happen to us. Unfortunately, the stories about their behavior were often complete fiction, or at best they were greatly exaggerated or twisted versions of something innocuous. People who left rarely did badly after that; they usually prospered after leaving. (I know this to be the case because I was close enough to the events in many cases to know firsthand what had transpired and the stories given to the congregation were not true.) But the warnings and the pressure tended to work. Most people turned away from those who were exiled. So I wouldn’t say they were a cult, but they used the methods of a cult to maintain control. I’ve recently released a couple of books which talk about some of those things. The first is called Friends, Family & Other Enemies, and another is a pocket size book derived from the first. It is called The Hazards of Forgiveness I Never Learned in Church. Neither is written as an attack on Living Word, but in both, I illustrate my points with stories of personal experience, so there is necessarily quite a bit about things I saw there.

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