Friday, April 15, 2011

Recognizing And Avoiding

Is it a cult?

The Top Ten Signs the 'Group' You've Joined is Not What it Seems:

• The leader and group are always correct and anything the leader does can be justified.

• Questions, suggestions, or critical inquiry are forbidden.

• Members incessantly scramble with cramped schedules and activities full of largely meaningless work based on the leader's agenda

• Followers are meant to believe that they are never good enough.

• Required dependency upon the leader and group for even the most basic problem-solving.

• Reporting on members for disobedient actions or thoughts is mandated and rewarded.

• Monetary, sexual, or servile labor is expected to gain promotion.

• The 'outside' world -- often including family and friends -- is presented as rife with impending catastrophe, evil, and temptations.

• Recruitment of new members is designed to be purposefully upbeat and vague about the actual operations of the leader and group.

• Former members are shunned and perceived as hostile.
If curious about what the Watchtower Society tries and often successfully accomplishes, the above sums it up nicely for many of the 7 million members.  Make no mistake about it, the Watchtower Bible Tract Society hits nearly every tick box with scary accuracy.  Knowledge is power and key.
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What Is A Cult? Recognizing And Avoiding Unhealthy Groups

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