Message Mind Control - The Cult Identity:
When I first began working with others who were helping people find freedom from the mind control cult called "The Message," I noticed a pattern of similarity between the descriptions of people who were trapped in the following of William Branham. When speaking to a person about fond memories, the follower was pleasant to speak with. But whenever the cult leader was mentioned in a way that did not agree with their indoctrination, a very different personality seemed to overtake their bodies. For those who were still under the influence of Branham's teaching, this sudden change in personality was often referred to as a "demon" or a "demonic possession."
Most outside of the cult, unaware of their connection to a religious cult, would describe the followers as very friendly, humble, and loving people -- though there are exceptions to the rule. One person wrote into our website and described his long-time friendship with a Message cult follower. He had nothing but good experiences with his friend.
"Are you sure this person has centered his belief system on a man instead of Christ?" he asked.
"Ask them if all of William Branham's prophecies came to pass," I replied. "If you want to see what's really inside of him, watch what happens when confronted with a challenge to his belief system."
Unfortunately, I succeeded in ending a long-time friendship. Under mind control, the cult identity surfaced and began to suppress the real identity of this long-time friend. Once in control, the cult identity would stop at nothing -- even a solid friendship -- to keep the real identity from accessing information about the cult leader.
In Combating Cult Mind Control, Steven Hassan describes this as "mind control."
"There are many different forms of mind control. Most people think of brainwashing almost as soon as they hear the term. But that is only one specific form. Mind control is any system of influence that disrupts an individual's authentic identity and replaces it with a false, new one. In most cases, that new identity is one the person would strongly reject, if they had been asked for their informed consent. That's why I also use the term undue influence."
- Hassan, Combating Cult Mind Control
One of the best examples of mind control creating new and offensive identities is the study of Nazi Germany. Hitler, using mind control techniques in his speeches, was able to program new identities into thousands of people. Kind, loving people were programmed to ignore their authentic identity to attempt genocide. Undue influence, violating personal boundaries and human integrity, allowed a single man to control the masses. Ironically, one of the first questions I receive from ex-Message-cult members is, "Doesn't William Branham sound like Adolf Hitler in his sermons?"
After WWII, many scientists and psychologists began experiments to examine the techniques of mind control used in Nazi Germany, some to publish articles and spread awareness of the very dangerous outcomes, but others to supply governments with both offensive and defensive strategies. Unfortunately, as these books, magazine articles, and other media became available, and the techniques were better understood by the public, they were also better understood by men with evil intent. According to Hassan, the mind control techniques of today are far more advanced than even the techniques used in the Chinese thought reform camps and the Korean War.
Thankfully, while studying the techniques used to induce mind control, psychologists have studied and perfected ways to free the authentic identity and remove the programmed identity. As we continue examining the mind control cult we once called "The Message," we will examine these techniques specifically as they relate to the type of mind control used on the cult followers of William Branham.
Stay tuned for more!
Combating Cult Mind Control (Second Edition): http://amzn.to/1NCnN45
Profile of "The Message" on Freedom Of Mind Resource Center: https://freedomofmind.com/Info/infoDet.php?id=883&title=The_Message