ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!
I have seen and heard way to much lately concerning men who now use the ministry to manipulate the masses. As I begin this quest to help others within the "BLOGGING ZONE" I first want to get started by giving some of my basic thoughts on CULTS. I will get personal later concerning WHO I consider as major CULT leaders within organizations, such as the Baptist and other denominations. In my opinion, Baptist have taken the lead roll now and are using the Bible, GOD, Jesus Christ, and peoples weak minds to gain personally just to form their their own little personal cult community without any direction or correction from denominational leaders.
I will expand later on my views and this is just a starting point, so just keep reading this site because brothers and sisters, I intend to BUST some CULTS and their leaders! But for now here we go............... Remember this site is only an opinion of the "CULTBUSTER". BUT I DO KNOW WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT! In the beginning...........
The Warning signs!
This is NOT complete, just a beginning thought......... YOU CAN MAKE YOUR ADDITIONS IN THE COMMENT SECTION.
Ask yourself if the following criteria apply to the group you are concerned about.
- A destructive cult tends to be totalitarian in its control of its members' behavior. Cults are likely to dictate in great detail not only what members believe, but also what members wear and eat, when and where members work, sleep, and bathe, and how members think, speak, and conduct familial, marital, or sexual relationships.
- A destructive cult tends to have an ethical double standard. Members are urged to be obedient to the cult, to carefully follow cult rules. They are also encouraged to be revealing and open in the group, confessing all to the leaders. On the other hand, outside the group they are encouraged to act unethically, manipulating outsiders or nonmembers, and either deceiving them or simply revealing very little about themselves or the group. In contrast to destructive cults, honorable groups teach members to abide by one set of ethics and act ethically and truthfully to all people in all situations.
- A destructive cult has only two basic purposes: recruiting new members and fund-raising. Altruistic movements, established religions, and other honorable groups also recruit and raise funds. However, these actions are incidental to an honorable group's main purpose of improving the lives of its members and of humankind in general. Destructive cults may claim to make social contributions, but in actuality such claims are superficial and only serve as gestures or fronts for recruiting and fund-raising. A cult's real goal is to increase the prestige and often the wealth of the leader.
- A destructive cult appears to be innovative and exclusive. The leader claims to be breaking with tradition, offering something novel, and instituting the ONLY viable system for change that will solve life's problems or the world's ills. But these claims are empty and only used to recruit members who are then surreptitiously subjected to mind control to inhibit their ability to examine the actual validity of the claims of the leader and the cult.
- A destructive cult is authoritarian in its power structure. The leader is regarded as the supreme authority. He or she may delegate certain power to a few subordinates for the purpose of seeing that members adhere to the leader's wishes. There is no appeal outside his or her system to a greater system of justice. For example, if a schoolteacher feels unjustly treated by a principal, an appeal can be made to the superintendent. In a destructive cult, the leader claims to have the only and final ruling on all matters.
- A destructive cult's leader is a self-appointed messianic person claiming to have a special mission in life. For example, only the leaders can save them from Hell with his message and direction for a certain group or that he is "called" or "lead"p.
- A destructive cult's leader centers the veneration of members upon himself or herself. Cult leaders, in contrast, keep the focus of love, devotion, and allegiance on themselves.
- A destructive cult's leader tends to be determined, domineering, and charismatic. Such a leader effectively persuades followers to abandon or alter their families, friends, and careers to follow the cult. The leader then takes control over followers' possessions, money, time, and lives unknowing to the member by using GOD or the BIBLE as the tool to gain trust and control.