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These are my thoughts and perceptions based on years of research.
My purpose in creating this blog is to clearly define theological cults, how they seek out and indoctrinate unsuspecting victims, and how they implement mind control over the members.
I will not specifically name any organization as a cult.
I will leave it to you ,the reader, to decide for yourself if you are or are not involved with a cult.
The way you apply this knowledge is then up to you.
This is a work in progress and will be modified regularly
What is a Theological Cult?
Let us define "theological".
theo = religion based.
logical = Sensible and based on facts and or rational thought or perception.
Therefore theological is religion based perception
So if the theology (the religion) and the logic (the perception) become scrambled and oppressive they can morph onto a cult.
If you take the letters ure off the word culture what you have left is cult.
A cult is an egalitarian exclusionary organization which seeks to control its members in all aspects of their lives.
The word is a deritive of the word culture. Culture can be defined as shared beliefs and values of a group or society.
These beliefs and values are the source of the customs, practices, and social behavior of that particular nation or people or specific group. It could be a church, club, or even a country.
An additional definition is any group which has a pyramid type authoritarian leadership structure with all teaching and guidance coming from the person or persons at the top. The group will claim to be the only way to God; Nirvana; Paradise; Ultimate Reality; Full Potential, Way to Happiness etc, and will use thought reform or mind control techniques to gain, control, and keep their members.
This definition covers cults within all major world religions, along with those cults which have no OBVIOUS religious base such as commercial, educational and psychological cults.
Others may define these a little differently, but this is the simplest for me to work from.
In order to gain control over your mind the cult must reform your thinking to fit it's own pattern for control
Let us look at the word reform. Re= do it over. Form= to shape something. So to reform would be to shape something in a different manner.
A cult is an intellectual and emotional prison from which there are few paths of escape.
HOW A CULT IS FORMED
A cult is formed when people of a like mind join together to subjugate and control other human beings.
There are five things absolutely necessary for the formation and continuance of a theological cult.
1. A cause
2. A charismatic leader (controller)
3. A "God"
4. A "Devil"
5. A reward somewhere in the unspecified future.
It is necessary for these parts to be in place for the scam to succeed
Make up of a Cult
Below I have listed eighteen items that I percieve are part of the makeup of a theological cult. If an organization with which you are affiliated or with which you are planning to affiliate is described by more than one half of these items you may be well advised to take a closer look before committing to that organization.
Each of these items will be covered as a chapter.The chapters may be accessed from the table on the left..
1. Charismatic Leader
2. Vague and metaphorical goal
3. Sacred doctrine
4. Divine coincidence
5. Monetary commitment
6. Isolation measures
7. Member complicity
8. Demeaning self worth
9. Confusion and transference.
10. Behavior is "other" directed. All behavior is directed by someone else.
11. Inclusion by obsession with acceptance
12. Never express doubt to superiors or subordinates
13. Never refuse a request.
14. Never ask for something that specifically benefits you
15. Never take an action because the cult leader says to.
16. Accept the cult leaders as perfect centers of the universe
17. Respond automatically to the cult leader's wishes.
18. Fear of reprisal.