1) “It is a truism that almost any sect, cult, or religion will legislate its creed into law if it acquires the political power to do so.” ― Robert A. Heinlein, science-fiction writer
2) “I wonder if other dogs think poodles are members of a weird religious cult.” ― Rita Rudner, writer
3) “It’s got to be some kind of cult. If anyone offers you Kool-Aid or a hot shower, say no.” ― Marisha Pessl, writer
4) “If women (or men, I guess) line up after a service to get the pastor’s signature, private email address, private phone number, birthdate, twitter account username, Facebook address, Instagram address, favorite currency, and wanting to know whether he prefers the ESV or the ESV or the (signed) ESV, and shoe size, then you are in a cult.” ― John, not a writer
So blessed that my psy/soc teacher in high school explained cults in great detail, knowing we were all about to head off to college.
They will try to physically tire you out, so you will be more susceptible to mind control. This could be inviting you to play basketball all the time with them before a “message”. In the church world, this could correspond to having the phony jobs and being on the weekly hamster wheel of church work.
They will try to separate you physically from your family and friends. In the church world, this looks like conferences you get peer pressured into going to, or like with these neo-cals getting into everyone’s business- excommunicating people and such.
No respect for the individual. We can see this in church life over and over. In contrast, the Lord Jesus Christ writes our names individually into the Lambs Book of Life, and loves us all “individually”. As the mom of a big brood, I can appreciate the heart of One who can care for those born into His family. I feel sorry for these Neo-cal types as they don’t seem to have peace or a relationship with Jesus. It’s like they’re trying to come to him from some other way. I’ve heard that doesn’t work out so well!
Right, Revelation emphasizes special names Christ will have for us individually etc. The Bible is absolutely saturated with the theme of individualism and the responsibility of the individual before God. Also, you mentioned the “keep ’em busy” aspect of church. The whole, “you ought to be at church every time the doors are open” is a classic cult mode of operation. With family, the doors are always open to begin with, but this smacks of the calls to meeting at all hours of the night and day that Jim Jones used to have at Jonestown before the big KoolAid party happened. 2017 marks 10 years of research now in regard to this gig, and it has caused me to see church in general as nothing short of a massive super cult.
Republican mother, thanks for your comment. Many people believe these things don’t happen, did you know that? That’s it just born-again believers’ way of “getting at” Calvinists (Neo, or not). Yup, Calvinism is a cult; a deadly one, and I pray you peace and a wonderful Christmas time, knowing your name IS in the Book of Life and nothing and no one can take it away! What joy!
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