A. Illegal Pyramids vs, Legal distribution
I learned from illustration of illegal pyramid vs legal distribution source (graphic taken from MLM-theWholeTruth.com http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUWmgsgMkPU).
What has WorldVentures got to do with this article I am writing?
Well, I have been thinking how best to illustrate the point about the illegal pyramid love. Amazingly, I received the answer from exploring the internet resources to explain to prospect’s concern if Worldventures is a legal MLM or illegal pyramid. Surprisingly this video provided me with new ideas on how to illustrate the danger of illegal pyramid love. All these miracle happened because of HIS divine intervention for me to join Worldventures. Glory to HIM.
There is nothing really wrong with this triangle chart, as a matter of fact, all company is being structured in this way. However on the left is the illegal pyramid, what you see is that the money flows only upwards, there aren’t any product profit sales benefits going to the people at the lowest level. People on the top receive huge amount of money from the membership recruitment below and those bottom down receive nothing.
The figure on the right showed the legal distribution systems. You can call them direct sales, network marketing or MLM (multi level marketing), it doesn’t matter what you call because they all meant the same thing. For this legal distribution, there are real products sales and at all level. Everybody, from top to bottom, has the right to sell products to prospects and also enjoy the products benefits themselves. This system provides certain degree of fairness. However, those who are earlier tends to have advantage over those who joined later but due to fairness in the system, those who joined later have the opportunity to move up to the upper level as long as they have more number of members in their recruitment team than the person who recruited, that’s why I like Worldventure’s system of two legs and unlimited depth of team bonuses.
B. Pyramids love vs Hierarchy love
I know it is not easy to understand, but I’ll try my best to explain. On the left we are talking about Cell group system that runs on pyramids style of apportioning love. What the leader (might be you) do is that he or she cares only about the number of member being generated to reflect his or her status as good leader being able to build members in the team. The leader is absolutely very status concern and inhabit the wrong believe that Familiarity Breeds Contempt. This leader only communicate with his or her top most core member, maybe restricted to only the right hand and left hand man. All the other members do not get a chance to talk to the leader and have absolutely no idea of the plan or work details of the leader. The leader is only interested in the goal chasing for themselves. Credits were being accorded to the leader only, he or she takes all the credits labored by members.
The figure on the right is Hierarchy love, this system is slightly better than pyramid love. The leader is also very status conscious, he or she is particularly concerned that Familiarity Breeds Contempt. They thus shun away from members at the bottom of the hierarchy. To show that they care for members, once awhile they will avail themselves to speak to the members at the bottom of the hierarchy, but they kept a distance from them because of status conscious and distorted understanding of Familiarity Breeds Contempt. The members at the bottom of hierarchy have little or no idea of what the leader and core members had planned for them. Basically these members at the bottom were being chucked into the “cold system”. The love flow (rewards) doesn’t go down to the people at the bottom of the hierarchy. The leader himself or herself receives credits for themselves first and then apportion some of these credits to core member nearer to them or pleased them the most.
What’s wrong with these two systems?
For the pyramid love, it is very selfish and unfair system of running the group. While the members down the line worked and labored for the group’s profit but they aren’t receiving any recognition and benefit from the leader. The completely “left out” members will leave the group but felt cheated.
For the hierarchy love, the team work synergy is slightly better than the pyramid love in that the leader had apportion some time to touch base with the members down the line. But unfortunately the members will leave the group as they felt the lack of attention and diminishing love.
Sometimes, the system can be so cruel as to sack the members or even do things indirectly to get rid of members by withholding information or knowledge from them. Or even deliberately omit them from participating in the group’s activities or events so that they would felt unwanted and leave the group. The leader will do it as long as member is not producing results or maybe dislike them for whatever reason.
Familiarity Breeds Contempt had been misunderstood by certain leaders. In bible context, in most part of OT, what God means is that if you gets too familiar with sinful way of doing things, that brought contempt to God. Another area is Jesus’ hometown, people are too familiar with HIM as the carpenter’s son and thus HE could not do much miracle there. Some leader used this as an excuse not to reach out to member at bottom, because of their status consciousness.
Addon notes (19/10/2012) What do you familiar Jesus with? HE is somebody that only mentioned in bible? Actually, how are you related to Lord Jesus in your Christian walk? Many could not really get themselves familiar with the fact that Father God Jesus is very much alive and active for you in the spiritual realm, HE intercedes for everyone daily without stop. But what do you do when you are having problem? Unfortunately, many could not be familiar with Lord Jesus as the Spiritual Father who is available 24/7, they choose to switch on their phone and the first person to consult is someone close to them or CG leader. It is very unfortunate. I had already written before that Lord Jesus is your “supreme authority”. The rest above you, be it CG leaders or Pastors are “apparent authority” (which I explained, someone you can see, and touch) being appointed by church. Whom do you gets familiar with as your First Love? Father Jesus should be your First love! The first person to consult! Even you have little faith as mustard seeds, as long as you call out HIS name, HE can move mountains for you. Lord Jesus was well pleased with Peter when HE asked his disciples “but who do you say that I am?”. Simon Peter answered and said “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Matthew 16:15-16 So my friends, at what level are you familiar Lord Jesus with? Someone that you cannot feel nor see so that you will only make phone call to leaders, Pastors or close Christian friends or you’ll take the step of faith and make HIM your FIRST LOVE, FIRST LEVEL CONSULTATION, YOUR ONLY SPIRITUAL FATHER? While understanding the rest that you are familiar with in person are assistance spiritual father.
What do the Bible say?
Luke 15:8-10 “Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Does she not light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’ In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents”
This parables speak of finding the lost, it also speaks of the important of apportioning love to the minor one. There is genuine joy of finding and gaining back the lost one.
What is the right kind of love? Equal Love, learn from Lord Jesus.
Matthew 22:37-40 “ Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
Here Lord Jesus speaks of the two parallel beam of love, vertically loving God, horizontally loving people. Only if there is upward loving of God then there is infilling of God’s love and the horizontal beam is the equal sign with open end that allows love to flow eastward and westward to all people surrounding the individual. The pyramid love is in non existence!
Matthew 25:42-45 “for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink. I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me. Then they will also answer Him, saying. ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least , you did not do it to Me.”
Here, Lord Jesus is not talking about Himself; HE is talking about those little ones that HE had sent to your Cell group. Many leaders can declare “Oh yes, you came to my group is not by coincidence but arranged by God.” And then having said that they expect new member to fit into their system criteria for members because they operate their Cell group either in Pyramid love or Hierarchy system. The leader expects new members to be the same as his or her core member. I love what Dr A.R. Bernard had said in his sermon “Everybody is unique, everybody is wired differently. There is no one system fit all.” Also from Dr Robi Songderegger, he said “Everybody is unique, you have to treat individual as individual.” It is no wonder they don’t come down to ground level and met lower member’s needs. Lord Jesus depicted 6 different needs of cell group members. The leaders running these systems had turned their CG into an Exclusive club, members who don’t fit their ideal will seems to them as rebellions and will be sent away instead of meeting their needs. But praise the Lord! There are those do not practice “system love” but have the anointing of God’s “equal love” will have the wisdom and discernment to meet every need, attentive towards everyone because he or she didn’t sit on top but on ground level with everyone. Let’s look at another Bible verse.
“For if you love those who love you, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so? Therefore you shall be perfect. Just as your Father in heaven is perfect.” Matthew 5:46-48
I think this bible verse is very clear, Lord Jesus expect you to do more than what would you had done while you are not yet reborn. If your attitude towards the members below you is just the same as the “old self” like what Lord Jesus depicted here, than your Spiritual fruit is in big question! You practiced pyramid or hierarchy love. If you’d have the Holy Spirit living and ministering inside you, then loving people at ALL LEVEL is natural. This is God’s equal love.
Ephesians 2:6 “And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (Thanks Pastor Kong for his timely weekend message 13/10/2012).
As also preached by Pastor Bill Johnson, whatever that is true in heaven, is also true on earth. Everybody is equal in God’s sight. We are all HIS heirs. There is no auntie nor uncle but brothers and sisters on same level. That means we ought to love one another as brothers and sisters. There is no level play. Different role based on gifting and talents one possessed.
Any leader who does not come down to the ground level and willingly wash the feet of disciples is not a worthy leader because Lord Jesus had already shown HIMSELF as a good servant hood example for all to follow.
Conclusion, I can understand that we are all human, we have emotion and we tend to love people who are more obedience and able to do work that pleases us more. Please have a thought, have a heart for those members who are at distance from you. They also equally need your loving attention and care.
Lord Jesus don’t have to be on top of an exceedingly high mountain to be worship and respected by Kingdom of the world and their glory, instead HE resists the temptation of the devil and said “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you serve.” Matthew 4:10 Lord Jesus came down to the ground level, sat, eat and drink with Tax collectors and sinners. The mark of true servant hood. A real warning for leader who lusts to be worship by men, you had fallen into temptation of the devil.
And lastly, the wisdom words as inspired by HIM :-
“It is NOT ONE BIG thing that you did for a person that gets appreciated, it is those small daily insignificant things that you do for the person, that brings much appreciations.”
Added Notes : 04/01/2014
The Equal love of Father Jesus was so strong that I took much time and effort to create the Bookmarks for Church leaders and also specially for my Team15 and all “First SOT Graduate in Suntec City 2011.” I prayed that those who were given this special bookmark; hand make myself, resultant from a reflex to the burning “Equal Love” and remind each other of Father Jesus words: “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” John 3:34-35
It is thus very hard for those who practice “Illegal Pyramid love” to obey. They will chose to love only those whom they felt loved them and also do things pleasing to their human eyes.
But those who had the “Equal Love” of Father Jesus, then following the commandment of John 3:34-35 would be natural. The book mark on the left, I specially make for leaders hoping that all will share the thanks giving to Lord Jesus for HIS vision given to me of two Angels flying in circle whom I called them “Fiery Red and Glitter Gold”, one is from the East and the other from the West, as I had already interpreted and prophesied that our new church venue is at Marina Area. They are my personally assigned Angels by Father God Jesus. But I already knew, the supervisor in charge had actually curtail and stopped my work for Father Jesus, preventing the very important thanksgiving message from reaching leaders whom I had make these special bookmarks with divine message for each of them. May God bless this person in spite of his undoing.