Message Mind Control - Recruitment Approaches:
I never will forget the first time I stumbled upon the Wikipedia article on William Marrion Branham. I was in the "Message" mind control cult at the time, and had already been exposed to the "world's" view of the "prophet." In only a few sentences of most articles written by non-cult members, I could feel the "evil spirits" trying to lure my soul into eternal torment. But strangely, the Wikipedia article was a breath of fresh air to a "Message" follower! I could read it without fear, and was excited to know that the authors of the article had realized that God had sent a "prophet" to the "Laodicean Age" and announced his arrival in the heavens so the world could know that time was near for the rapture!
It wasn't until after leaving the cult and fully studying and examining each and every aspect of that article that I realized that something was very wrong. None of the information could be verified. Most of it was simply not true. And the majority of the content on the page violated Wikipedia's rules of authorship. Why would they bend the rules for William Branham? Was Wikipedia ran by the "Message?"
Looking through the change log for the page, I suddenly realized that this page had more alterations than even the most controversial topics on Wikipedia. There was a running trail of history, clearly showing countless people attempting to correct the article with truthful information, and a handful of "squatters" continually wiped the changes out to replace them with cult propaganda. This, as strange as it sounds, is just one type of cult recruitment.
In his book, "Combating Cult Mind Control," Steven Hassan explains the four major types of cult recruitment:
How can one become more aware of cult recruitment? The best way is to be able to instantly recognize the ways in which cults make their appeals for membership. People being recruited by cults are approached in four basic ways: 1) by a friend or relative who is already a member; 2) by a stranger (often a member of the opposite sex) who befriends them; 3) through a cult-sponsored event, such as a lecture, symposium, or movie; or 4) through social media such as Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo, Instagram, websites, blogs, and so forth. Even Wikipedia is now being actively manipulated by wealthy cult groups. Google, Bing and other search engines are routinely manipulated by some of the wealthier cults, which have small online armies that bury critical information or mount disinformation campaigns against critics. Usually an individual does not suspect he or she is being recruited. The friend or relative wants to share some incredible insights and experiences. Or they say they â€œjust need your opinion,â€ in order to trick you into an indoctrination session. If the recruiter is a stranger, more often than not you think youâ€™ve made a good friend. Surveys of present and former cult members indicate that the majority of people recruited into destructive cults were approached at a vulnerable time of stress in their lives.
- Steven Hassan. Combating Cult Mind Control
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