Message Mind Control - Hidden Secrets and Lies:
With each new person we help out of the "Message" mind control cult, there is a recurring pattern of events. The instant fear of crossing some invisible line between life and eternal torment for simply questioning. The casual question as they try to reconcile why the central figure (William Branham) would have led so many people away from Christianity. The study of failed prophecy. The doctrinal teaching that seems to have come from many sources other than the Christian Bible.
It isn't until they begin to study the many conflicting life stories of William Branham before they suddenly realize the malicious intent. Suddenly recognizing that most of Branham's claims are simply not true, they begin to see the cult leader in a much different light. Instead of the humble, gentle, caring person that so many have been programmed to believe, studying the lies brings to surface a much more unpleasant and even horrifying figure. When they realize that the lies start long before the first recorded sermon available, they can no longer trust a single word that "the prophet" spoke.
How did he achieve this? And how did we believe it? Many indoctrinated in the mind control cult are intelligent people -- surely somebody else would have noticed this before!
We must keep in mind that every single person is susceptible for mind control. It does not matter the person's background, the person's schooling, the person's intelligence, or any other aspect of their lives or personality. Though some people are more susceptible than others, every single person can be placed under mind control after having been under undue influence.
After having been removed from that undue influence, most ex-cult members come to the same conclusion. Soon afterward, we receive the same question, time and again: Was William Branham a con-artist?
Both the question and the answer are a result of the internal wiring of our brains. Our thoughts and decisions are based on information that we've collected, and our conclusions are based on patterns of similarity. Because we've studied con-artists, and because William Branham matches the pattern, the easy conclusion is to call William Branham a con-artist. After all, both are skilled at lying, right?
In his book, "Combating Cult Mind Control," Steven Hassan takes a closer look at both this question and answer:
When we make decisions, we usually base them on information we believe to be true. We donâ€™t have the time to verify every piece of information that comes at us. When we shop, we tend to believe it when we are told that a particular item is cheaper here than at any other store. After all, why would the salesperson lie, particularly if you can come back and complain? If we distrusted everything, we would be paranoid. If, at the other extreme, we were to trust everything and everybody, we would be naive and taken advantage of for the rest of our lives. Therefore, we strive to live our lives in a balance between skepticism and trust. A person with an open mind seeks to live within that healthy balance. Mind control techniques seek to upset that balance. Con artists are professional liars. Their greatest assets are their looks and their ability to â€˜charmâ€™. Many victims of con artists remark that they trusted the person because they â€œdidnâ€™t look like a criminal.â€ The successful onesâ€” Bernie Madoff, for exampleâ€” never do. They convey a humanness that bypasses a personâ€™s defenses. They are usually great talkers but do not appear to be too slick. Slickness would give them away. Con artists size up their victim, make the con, get the money, and leave. Cult recruiters use many of the same skills, but they donâ€™t leave. They want you to join them.
- Steven Hassan. Combating Cult Mind Control
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