Hassan works with former cult members, people who were "being deceptively recruited and indoctrinated without their conscious awareness of what's happening to them" he said in a recent interview on How to Do It. This is done in a variety of different ways, including "hypnosis, behaviour modification techniques, installing phobias" with the ultimate goal of "creating a kind of dissociative disorder where there's a new identity that suppresses their real identity and makes them dependent on some external authority figure or group."
Looks like a must read. He appears to be discussing exactly what I've been going on about.
Go on and pull her pigtails and get it out of the way...LOL
Specifically, how is Christianity different then cults?
Have you ever seen the pope's hat? It's a fish. This is obviously worship of fish Gods like Oannes.
A Christian church teaches bible doctrine. It teaches that man has a free will. They can come and go as they please. A cult controls in any way possible, even to the point of drugging and as you said, hypnotizing.
If any church teaches that salvation comes by man's effort and not by the grace of God, that is a sign of a cult. If a church tries to control a person's financial giving, that is a sign of a cult. If a church controls who a person is friends with, controls what churches they may go to when they leave town... if they disassociate with a person when they leave the church, that is a sign of a cult. People need to avoid these organizations at all costs.
A cult member always denies that theirs is a cult!
Amazing isn't it? They can't see it when they are in it. Claiming God gives free will and at the same time will burn you in hell for eternity if you don't get in line is not helping the argument.
The choice is yours. If you don't want to read the Bible, don't. Ostriches are probably very comfortable in their lifestyles.
Rules of cult formation
1) Keep it vague and simple - obey me you will get "heaven".
2)Emphasize the Visual and sensual over Intellectual - sing and pray and use grand dresses.
3)Borrow the forms of organised religion to structure the group - ancient religions giving rise to new one - Dec 25 sun's birthday.
4) Disguise your source of income - never tell the followers it is with their money that the leader is buying Rolls Royce or BMW or grand hats
5)Set up an us verses them dynamic - they go to hell, we to heaven.
Just curious... where did you pull that list from?
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