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Message Mind Control - The Influence Continuum

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The first time I used the word "destructive cult" to describe the "Message," the cult following of William Branham, I received a bombardment of negative feedback from the followers who are under undue influence. "Why do you call it 'destructive?'" "How is this group any different from Billy Graham's group?"

Without even realizing it, the responses were examples of programming implanted into their minds by the destructive cult leader. Most normal (not programmed) people would not have used the phrase "Billy Graham's group." This is a concept heavily repeated during Branham's days as an evangelist competing against other evangelists during the Post WWII Healing Revival. Branham often uttered words of condemnation to "Billy Graham's group," making a clear separation between his cult following and Billy Graham's followers. Us versus them.

Hassan's book, "Combating Cult Mind Control," includes a graph that is titled the "Influence Continuum." In this simple chart, it clearly shows the difference between constructive cults and destructive cults. Evaluating the influence with the BITE model (Behavior, Information, Thought, and Emotion), Hassan examines the leadership qualities and organizational structure of constructive and destructive groups.

Constructive leaders not only respect the uniqueness of their followers, they lead by creating leaders. Destructive leaders, on the other hand, are inclined to clone themselves. Their opinions, their beliefs, their emotional state -- the entire personality of the cult leader is implanted into the cult identity that suppresses the authentic identity.

Constructive leaders are honest and trustworthy. Should you chose to examine any single aspect of their leadership, you will find a respectable person with a solid moral foundation. Destructive leaders exchange this for obedience and fear. Followers are trained not to question, not to examine, and are threatened with horrific consequences should they disobey.

Constructive leaders are accountable and transparent. Should you want to examine financial records, expenses, or other responsibilities given to the leader, you will find them very open to sharing. As a leader, teaching others to become leaders, they want their followers to show the same respect. Destructive leaders are the exact opposite. Very little detail is given in the expense reports, tax records are closed, large sums of money is moved into shell corporations, and the followers have very little information towards accountability.

The most obvious element to a destructive cult is the pyramid-like organizational structure. Like Branham's "stature of a perfect man" chart, there can only be one person at the top -- the central figure. Immediately below him are the elders, those closest to the central figure. Cult followers, as a whole, are on the bottom. Constructive and healthy organizations are designed to have checks and balances to prevent any single person from becoming the ultimate authority. Their transparency prevents the organization from becoming destructive, while the destructive cult's structure prevents it from becoming healthy.

A healthy organization grows and promotes growth. It welcomes individuality and freewill. Access to information is given from the very beginning, and newcomers feel empowered to critically examine the organization from day one. Destructive cults are closed, secretive, and authoritarian. Instead of growing and maturing in a healthy way, followers of destructive cults are pressured into conforming.

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