Message Cult Mind Control - Conspiracy Theory:
For a mind control cult to function, it must present itself as a very real answer to a very real problem. And if the problem does not exist, it must create one. As the one creating the answer, the central figure has also been given the creative license to paint a picture into the minds of his or her listener describing the issue that needed the cult group. After this has been well established, the group looks to the leader as the "savior." This is true not only of the "Message" mind control cult following of William Branham, but every doomsday cult in recorded history.
One of the first things people notice when leaving the "Message" is the number of conspiracy theories that they unknowingly believed. Gradually over time, their minds had been programmed to believe that the "world" was against them, and that Satan had been using government officials, mental health professionals, coworkers, and even other Christians as pawns in an eternally deadly game of good versus evil. After having left the cult, many begin examining all of the conspiracy theories implanted into their minds to determine how many of them were valid concerns. Sadly, some are unable to free their minds from them, and add even more conspiracy theories to the mix.
Cult leaders who claim prophetic gift are skilled at mixing conspiracy theory into their "prophecies". After indoctrinating the people to believe in their good versus evil fantasy world, they "prophesy" against the evils they themselves have created. And as judge, jury, and executioner, their creative license includes the ability to pronounce judgment on any who would fall into their "evil" category. These people, according to the cult propaganda, have "devils."
"Devils" vary from group to group. They can be political or economic institutions (communism, socialism, or capitalism); mental-health professionals (psychiatrists, psychologists, or deprogrammers); metaphysical entities such as Satan, spirits, or aliens; or just the cruel laws of nature. Devils are certain to take on the bodies of parents, friends, ex-members, reporters, and anyone else who is critical of the group. The "huge conspiracies" working to thwart the group are, of course, proof of its tremendous importance. Some groups cultivate a psychic paranoia, telling members that spirit beings are constantly observing them, and even taking possession of them whenever they feel or think in non-cult ways.
- Steven Hassan. Combating Cult Mind Control
When people first contact us after having left the 'Message' cult, many questions are based on the cult's indoctrinated conspiracy theory. When an earthquake happens, their minds drift off towards "judgment" against the west coast. Or when a female politician has a successful rally, their minds drift towards "judgment" against the United States. When a shakeup happens in a church, their minds immediately remember the central figure or the pastor's warning, "THEY'LL CLOSE OUR DOORS ONE DAY!"
It was very interesting to me when the Warren Jeffs FLDS cult was being "disbanded." I watched almost the entire event unfold on CNN, amazed at the similarities in how the polygamous group leader had established his cult following. The government did not disband the group as many of its members believed. It did put an end to the sexual misconduct that went on behind closed doors, and established a governmental presence to ensure safety of the cult members. But during this process, when unspeakable details were uncovered, the cult members were actually strengthened in their faith. And that faith was centered on a "prophet for their day," one who now sits behind bars. Many of their responses to the news media matched what one would expect should William Branham have actually been convicted during his lifetime.
When a central figure creates a new conspiracy theory, it generally falls into one of two categories:
* Fear tactics to hold the mind captive, especially should the cult be disbanded.
* Fear tactics to hold the mind captive when the world around them begins to change.
Both categories are vitally important to the integrity of the group, and both are based on fear and control. Should the government really decide that the group is harmful enough to be disbanded, the followers hold together even stronger. World change is constant, so as members notice the changes that were "prophesied," the central figure is lifted even higher. Very few take the time to examine whether or not those changes were openly discussed before the "prophecy."
The easiest way to conquer those fears is to examine each conspiracy theory. Avoid deeply examining the details we see, for they are partial truth. Follow the theory out to its conclusion, including the details as milestones along the way. Add to this exercise rational thinking on behalf of those involved outside of the cult. Place yourself into their shoes, picturing yourself making decisions based on the evidence available.
Take for example the common theme in the "Message" cult: "They'll close our doors one day."
With the Constitutional separation of church and state, what would invoke this event? Will the pastor kill someone? Will he be caught molesting children? Has he already been doing so? If not, would you as a government official shut the doors of a (non-spiritually) harmless group of individuals just because they were subjected to mind control?
After the doors are "shut," then what will happen? If you were a government official, would you lead the people into concentration camps like Hitler's Germany as the "Message" likes to imagine? Would not the entire world protest this, sparking another world war? Would the federal government allow the local government to spark WWIII?
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