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Before even learning of William Branham's failed prophecies and fictional life stories, there was something unsettling about the "Message" cult church we attended. As compared to some of the other cult churches I grew up in, the Branham Tabernacle felt very cold and stale. And not only to new visitors making their journey to "Mecca" -- even those who attended regularly felt something unusual.

Mind control cults like the "Message" are designed to make their members feel like part of an elite group of people. Though claiming to be "Christian," cults indoctrinate their victims to believe that all other Christians are beneath them. The central figure of a cult tells his followers that he or she has "hidden mysteries," and only the cult has access to understand them. And any who do not understand them are flawed.

William Branham's doctrine included a "greater" and a "lesser" Christian. Any who believed him to be a prophet was "greater," while all other Christians -- no matter their Christian experience -- was lesser. Some "Message" cult churches extend this to teach their followers that the "lesser" Christians will be servants to the cult group in paradise.

It wasn't until after I started deprogramming that I fully understood what felt so wrong. Though the Branham Tabernacle felt levels worse than other cult churches, I had been trained from birth to be an "elite." I had been trained through Branham's recorded sermons to believe that any who stumble and fall were dishonorable, and any who were "perfect" were elite. It took quite some time to understand that as humans, we are all flawed, and that there were numerous passages of Bible text devoted to understanding this.

Members are made to feel part of an elite corps of humankind. This feeling of being special, of participating in the most important acts in human history, with a vanguard of committed believers, is strong emotional glue that keeps people sacrificing and working hard. As a community, cult members feel they have been chosen— by God, history, fate or some other supernatural force— to lead humanity out of darkness into a new age of enlightenment. Cult members have a great sense not only of mission, but also of their special place in history. They believe they will be recognized for their greatness for generations to come. ... Ironically, members of cults look down on anyone involved in other cult groups. They are very quick to acknowledge that "Those people are in a cult" or "They are the ones who are brainwashed." They are unable to step out of their own situations and look at themselves objectively. This feeling of elitism and destiny, however, carries a heavy burden of responsibility. Members are told that if they do not fully perform their duties, they are failing all of humanity.
- Steven Hassan. Combating Cult Mind Control

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