Message Mind Control - Loaded Cult Language:
It is quite a journey when a new person programmed with the mind control of the "Message" stumbles onto this site, and suddenly finds himself or herself surrounded by some very painful of quotes that he or she had never heard William Branham discuss on recorded tape. We suddenly find ourselves trying to help with their very emotional responses, and try to better understand how their mind is trying to reconcile. Sometimes they respond in anger, sometimes in religious cursing, but often in sadness. It is very emotional for them.
Those whose programmed response is to insult do so with cult language commonly used by their particular sect of the "Message." Not realizing that these phrases have no spiritual meaning outside of their group, and that some of their cult language has no meaning to other "Message" cult sects, they actually help unravel the programming in other followers of William Branham. When using cult language to insult, it feels "righteous," but when using unfamiliar language to insult, it feels very wrong. How is this different than "the world?" (those outside of the cult)
Interestingly, some cult languages were used incorrectly by William Branham himself. After having left the cult of William Branham, it becomes very embarrassing during conversations with normal (not programmed) Christians who try to attract sinners by the love of Christ. Rather than condemn sinners through misused words or phrases, their example makes the ex-cult member feel very guilty, and many ex-cult members are curious what their programmed language really meant. "Cannon Fodder," for instance, is commonly used is grossly misused. Branham used this phrase to condemn women who did not adhere to his interpretation and addition to scripture:
"And the Scriptures says for them not to cut their hairs off, and things. And I'm not talking about them women of the world; that's cannon fodder, anyhow. But I'm talking about you Pentecostal women. You know better than that. The Bible said that Samson's hair separated him; a Nazarite birth separated him to the Word of God. Women, it'll do the same to you, a separated person."
- Branham, 64-0312 - When Their Eyes Were Opened
While Branham uses "cannon fodder" to describe the "bad guys," the phrase is actually a derogatory term to describe the expendable "good guys." The term derives from the word "fodder," which is food for livestock. Friendly soldiers who were seen as expendable were sometimes used to fight against hopeless odds -- fully understanding that it was likely that they would be maimed or killed. An example of this is the trench warfare of WWI. Other times, it can be used to describe using the inexperienced infantry in dangerous situations to preserve the more valuable and more experienced troops. In the game of chess, the pawns could be considered "cannon fodder" to the queen's elite status -- but all are fighting on the same side.
In his book, "Combating Cult Mind Control," Steven Hassan describes cult's usage of loaded language and its purpose very well:
A destructive cult inevitably has its own "loaded language" of unique words and expressions. Since language provides the symbols we use for thinking, using only certain words serves to control thoughts. Cult language is totalistic and therefore condenses complex situations, labels them, and reduces them to cult clichÃ©s. This simplistic label then governs how members think in any situation. 86 In the Moonies, for example, whenever a member had difficulty relating to someone who was either above or below them in status, it was called a Cain-Abel problem. It didn't matter who was involved or what the problem was— it was simply a Cain-Abel problem. The term itself dictated how the problem had to be resolved. Cain needed to obey Abel and follow him, rather than kill him (as Cain killed Abel in the Old Testament). Case closed. To think otherwise would be to obey Satan's wish that evil Cain should prevail over righteous Abel. Clearly, a critical thought about a leader's misconduct cannot get past this roadblock in a devout member's mind. The cult's clichÃ©s and loaded language also put up an invisible wall between believers and outsiders. The language helps to make members feel special, and separates them from the general public. It also serves to confuse newcomers, who want to understand what members are talking about. The newbies think they merely have to study harder in order to understand the truth, which they believe is precisely expressed in this new language. In reality, though, loaded language helps them learn how not to think or understand. They learn that "understanding" means accepting and believing.
- Steven Hassan. Combating Cult Mind Control
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