The Religious Elements in Cults

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I took this in its entirety from this site :

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I thought it was interesting because the scripture verses were available.

*Disclaimer at the bottom…….

Here you will find a few helpful links about cults and spiritual abuse. More to come…

Information on religious cults and new religious movements. http://www.religious.freeola.com/cults2.htm

Excerpt from this website:
THE RELIGIOUS ELEMENT IN CULTS

Aside from fulfilling needs, a group comes to have a strong hold on followers through the religious element in the leader’s teachings. Most people learn religious ideas from a young age when, because of their openness and vulnerability, the ideas penetrate deeply. Thus, the use of old religious ideas in NRGs touches an irresistible chord in many and renders members more impressionable.

The following are examples of attitudes which are enhanced by scriptural ideas from within the Judeo-Christian tradition:

  • A feeling of being chosen and therefore special
    Matthew 7.6 Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.
    Matthew 13.10-11And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.
    Matthew 13.16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see; and your ears, for they hear.
    Matthew 22.14 For many are called, but few are chosen.
  • Being ready to give up everything for spiritual development
    Matthew 4.18-20 And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. And they straightway left their nets, and followed him.
    Matthew 6.31-33Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek;) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
  • Ignoring warnings that you may be making a mistake
    Matthew 5.11-12 Blessed are ye, when men revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so men persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
  • Embracing the need to endure suffering and humiliation
    Matthew 7.14Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
    Matthew 10.And he that taketh not this cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.
  • Being prepared to make sacrifices
    Matthew 16.24-26 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
  • Relinquishing attachments to family and friends
    Matthew 4.18-20 And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. And they straightway left their nets, and followed him.
    Matthew 8.21-22 And another of his disciples said unto him, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father. But Jesus said unto him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead.
    Matthew 10.34-37Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. for I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in low against her mother in law. And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household. He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.
  • Becoming a more powerful person
    Matthew 17.20 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, if ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
  • Accepting fear as a method of reinforcing teaching
    Matthew 22.12-14And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. For many are called, but few are chosen.
    Matthew 18.34-35 And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.
  • Giving to the group and accepting a life with few possessions
    Matthew 20.21-24 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me. But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions. Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, that a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. And again I say unto you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
  • Being drawn to the inner circle of a group by the possibility of miracles
    Mark 16.15-18And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; in my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues. They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
    Matthew 13.10-11And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.
  • Not requiring proof of the leader’s validity
    Matthew 16.1-4The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came, and tempting desired him that he would shew them a sign from heaven. He answered and said unto them, When it is evening, ye say, it will be fair weather: for the sky is red. And in the morning, it will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowring. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times? A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas. And he left them, and departed.
  • Adopting a childlike dependency on the leader
    Matthew 18.2-4 And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them. And said, Verily I say unto you, except ye be converted and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. (Quotations are taken from the authorized King James version of the New Testament published by Collins Clear-Type Press) Excellent information on cults and spiritual abuse.
    http://www.ourchurch.com/view/?pageID=340935Battered Sheep. http://www.batteredsheep.com/Dysfunctional Churches” by Ron Enroth, Ph.D
    http://www.icsahome.com/infoserv_articles/enroth_ronald_dysfunctional_churches.htm
    International Cultic Studies Association. http://www.csj.org“The Myth of Spiritual Covering” by Steven Lambert, Th.D http://www.slm.org/trtdigst/articles/covering.htmlPersonal Freedom Outreach. http://www.pfo.org/index.htmreFocus: Recovering Former Cultists’ Support Network. http://www.refocus.org

    Ross Institute. http://www.rickross.com

    Spiritual Abuse Recovery Resources. http://www.spiritualabuse.com

    Steven Hassan’s Freedom of Mind Center. http://www.freedomofmind.com

    Wellspring Retreat & Resource Center http://wellspringretreat.org

*Disclaimer; This is in no way, shape or form, me agreeing or disagreeing with anything in these articles, they are here for your ‘knowledge’

Kristina

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One response »

  1. It’s scary, isn’t it, how easy it is to take belief and the basic teachings of the Bible and make it into an abusive system? That’s probably why it happens so often.

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