Last Updated on May 9, 2022
This may be the most important thing anyone associated with Brother Stair could hear.
In 1 Thessalonians 5:12 Paul says, “And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish (exhort and warn you).”
“A person who is deceived does not know he is deceived. A wolf can come in among sheep and not know he is a wolf. That is why we must be careful that those who minister to us have the character of Jesus, not just His words!” (Seductions Exposed (p. 67), by Glen Greenwald, 1988, Eagles Nest Publications).
10 Warning Signs your Church is turning into a Cult
- An authoritarian style of leadership with no accountability
- To be aligned with the leader is to be aligned with God.
- They alone speak for God.
- Assumes sole leadership.
- No tolerance for questions or criticism
- Judging and blame-shifting.
- You’re against them.
- An atmosphere of shame, blame, & punishment.
- Always finding fault.
- Not transparent about their finances
- Communicates in a general ambiguous way about finances.
- No oversight or accountability.
- The leader has a persecution or enemy complex
- The leader has a victim mindset. Those outside are the enemy.
- Believes they are very special and greater than all other ministries/churches.
- People are shamed and shunned for leaving
- Excommunicated for leaving. Treated as a betrayal.
- Limited understanding of the size and ways of God’s Kingdom.
- Building their own empire.
- Forbid members from associating with those that leave.
- A pattern of abuse and grievances
- The same issues keep coming up against the leader.
- [These are turned into persecution and wrongs against them. They claim Matthew 5:11 to say they are reviled and persecuted, and all manner of evil is being said against them falsely – for Christ’s sake.]
- Followers feel they can never be good enough
- Critical of their followers.
- Always want more from them. All is never enough.
- Demanding the utmost obedience/allegiance/submission.
- A culture of shame and instability
- Leader insidiously creates this by comparing and exposing their faults in the name of helping them to grow spiritually.
- They preach unity but create shame and strife between people. They sow discord (Pr 6:19, 14).
- The leader is always right
- The leader is God’s delegated authority so if you have an issue with the leader then you have an issue with God.
- All knowledge and revelation reside with them
- Knows followers better than they know themselves.
- No one else is credible.
- Followers are made to not trust their own thoughts and judgments.
- They take on the role of the Holy Spirit for their followers.
How the Overcomer Ministry Turned Into a Cult
From someone with no knowledge of Brother Stair, Shaneen Megji as a shockingly perfectly detailed description of Brother Stair’s spiritual character and the precise way he operated his Overcomer Ministry and Farm.
Having one of these signs doesn’t make it a cult – the Overcomer Ministry has them all. The potential to be an environment that should be life-giving turned into something toxic.
Two more Signs
Two of the surest signs that you’re church is a cult are that they preach another gospel and that they preach another Jesus. Take a look at those links for more information on both of those issues in regard to the teachings of Brother Stair.
What may start out as a good Christian ministry can turn into an authoritarian cult by means of the leaders’ direction and teachings.
Whosoever transgresseth, and
abideth not in the doctrine of Christ,
hath not God.
He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ,
he hath both the Father and the Son.
(2 John 1:9)
For some help with leaving your Church that is turning into a cult, see the 8 Steps to Leaving Toxic Relationships.
If you’re here out of the blue by hearing Brother Stair on the radio then you probably don’t know that he fulfils all these traits. He is a dangerous deceiver, and if you think differently then you are a witness to how well he deceives people. Take a long look around this site to see all the evidence of his fruit (Matt 7:15-18) that is on display as we warn the Church of what we too fell into. This is not a matter of a few signs of bad apples, this is a corrupt tree that cannot bring forth good fruit (Matt 7:18). Your soul is worth the time and effort to investigate. After all, you were told to test the spirits of the prophets (1Jn 4:1).
Cursed is the man who puts his trust in mortal man and turns his heart away from God
(Jer 17:5 TLB)