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Out of the Frying Pan

03/13/2018
Seek The Truth Blog

Out of the Frying Pan:

Without critically examining the personality traits of the "god" presented by the cult, some former members retain many of the same religious views after leaving. Still believing in a version of a deity that is demanding of worship or devotion as a direct prevention of health problems, financial difficulty, sudden misfortune, or wrath, these former members view their "god" as having the same narcissistic personality disorder as the central figure. Without realizing it, they serve their "god" out of fear rather than willing devotion. As a result, these former members also retain many of the same mental chains of bondage.

This problem is amplified by a large number of cults and cult members, both historically and currently, and the effect those cults and their members have had on theology. There are at least 16 million active members of cults today, many of which were in groups not yet categorized as destructive before influencing the theology of others. Worse, there is an unknown number of former members of cults who have escaped to influence others before learning sound theology. Some cult groups had great influence on modern church theology before being exposed as destructive, and the unsuspecting were influenced without critical examination of doctrine. Those who escape religious cults today stand a great chance of leaving their cult to find another group with similar destructive beliefs and practices. Unfortunately, some former members find similar theology to be satisfying because they have not critically examined their version of "god".

Having been manipulated into fear of questioning God, many former cult members are also afraid to question their views of God. Like convincing themselves to ignore the glaring personality disorders of the central figure, these former members continue to ignore personality disorders in their version of "god". To be free, they must overcome the fear developed during cult indoctrination.