In the news recently, two brothers were savagely beaten and one died due to his injuries in an upstate NY church. They were beaten so they would confess their sins. It was not one of the recognized Christian denominations and seemed to be private. in fact, the catholic priest next door, stated that they didn't welcome newcomers. Is that a sign of trouble and should they be monitored by state child welfare workers for possible abuse? http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/cultlike-practices-at-word-of-life-church/ar-AAfwRJ0
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It seems that the government agencies are private ones for that matter, cannot help anyone until a crime is committed.
There are many people who cannot distinguish good from evil. They are weak minded,depressed and directionless and are looking for guidance in their lives.
Should they have some protection against unscrupulous religious organizations?
That is why we have "social services", child protection agencies, and other public and private groups. Unfortunately, no one can predict criimes before they happen.
Because Christianity lends itself so well to cults, many Americans have a hard time understanding what a cult is. A cult is a mind control medium. They lead people into doing things that defy logic regarding positive living. Suspect NE such religion!
True. Especially since many do not see any difference between popular religions and cults. I would like to see more studies on cults. I applaud those who escape cults and come forward to teach and warn others.
I was in a cult once. I'm still trying to understand what happened, and why I made the choices I did. That's why I wrote about the world's 10 most practiced religions. I found that helped my understanding a lot.
I grew up in a very cult-like family environment, also the denomination I was a part of was borderline cult. I don't think you can see until you leave.