The purpose of this brief document is to give the seekers of the Truth, that is, the seekers of God, a very simple way to identify a sect or a cult. (1)
A series of articles have been published
in a European magazine dealing with Brainwashing (2). One of the
articles had a brief check list titled "Brainwash in Eight Steps". Although
we have covered those "Eight Steps" in our various documents on
they have never been presented all together and in such concise form.
Therefore, we are translating said checklist and present it below for
the benefit of all.
Brainwash in Eight (very easy) Steps
It is forbidden to talk with people who
may hold opposite views or read books which are not in tune with "the
group". The new "convert" is separated from its family and friends.
Uniform behavioral patterns are created. The new "convert" is convinced of the unique character - some traits even of supernatural nature - of the supreme leader.
With Me or Against Me
No privacy is allowed. The superiors
must be informed - through the proper channels - of any deviation from
the expected behavior and
thought. In this manner, the whistle blower
enhances his/her image before its superiors while strict uniformity of
action and thought are maintained
"The group" has its own vision of
the world, a vision which is presented as the only scientifically
and which offer the only valid answers.
The sect/cult creates exclusive terms,
which are incomprehensible (nonsensical) to others, to describe reality
reality. The encoded language helps in controlling the thought process.
"The group" is forced to become the only
important aspect of the new "convert". There is no room for outside
activities or dreams.
There Is No Escape
Once entrapped, the victim (formerly
new "convert") feels totally dependent on "the group" because it cannot
imagine a complete and happy life outside "the group".
End of Steps
A very serious problem associated with the above steps is that Scriptural Readings - regardless of faith in question - can be taken out of context to give a "Divine" justification as to why those steps are, not only valid, but absolutely necessary for salvation. This situation provides another example of why the Scriptures must be read and interpreted as suggested in our documents (4) addressing the "quoting out of context" and "selective translation" problems.
We must remember: Coherence (5) must always reign supreme.
The reader is encouraged to write to us if further clarification is needed to be better able to identify a sect or a cult.______________________________________
(1) Difference between a Sect and a Cult
(2) Sources for articles: Brainwashing - The Science of Thought Control, K. Taylor, Oxford University Press, London, 2007 and Técnicas de persuación: de la propaganda al lavado de cerebro, J.A.C. Brown, Alianza editorial, Madrid, 2004
(3) On Brainwashing - Document I and Document II
(4) Biblical Literalism - Part I and Part II
(5) The importance of Coherence