Renegade puritanstriving bishops and GAFCON excluders/demonizers of LGBT Anglicans/Christians and *others*...these men insist upon their VERY OWN, yet various and conflicting, versions of PURITY...none speak for my God.
Irregular Bishop Martyn Minns of Akinolan CANA Nigeria, nor Bishop Peter Akinola speak for my God.
¨A cult is a group of people who organize around a strong authority figure--most often that person is attempting to expand their influence for the purposes of money or power.
¨However, in order to achieve their goals destructive cults, as opposed to harmless ones--use a strong combination of influence techniques to psychologically control their members (Rhoads 1998).¨
The Reverend Donald Armstrong, evicted and accused of wrongdoing, at Grace and St. Stephens Church, Colorado.
¨Frequently they did not know they would be expected to become celibate until the group approved of a sanctioned sexual relationship. It is obviously often difficult to accept such a way of life. Before joining many members may have been romantically involved, engaged, or even married. If a new recruit expresses difficulty in complying with this demanding new lifestyle--subsequent harsh rebukes make him feel bad and negative about these seemingly personal flaws and failings.¨
Former Bishop Jack Leo Iker of TEC-USA diocese of Ft. Worth, Texas, does not speak for my God.
¨Through continually finding ways to lower a follower's self-esteem, often through a relentless and ever-increasing "demand for purity"--cult leaders can more effectively maintain their control and promote dependency upon the group/leader(s) for a sense of self-worth.¨
¨However, for cult recruiters the stakes seem higher than the material world--their frequent belief is that they are vying for souls and essentially providing salvation.¨
James Dobson does not speak for my God.
¨Many people join cults at a very young age when they are naive and ill equipped to face the cold realities and deception of the world. Moreover, when people are in transitional periods in their lives they are more vulnerable. That is--someone who is essentially in great shape psychologically may be approached during a major life transition or during a crisis.¨
The cult ILLUSION of ¨Purity¨ and ¨Light¨ at the end of the tunnel.
¨They might be recruited more easily after the death of a parent, after moving to a new and unfamiliar location or perhaps after a major relationship breaks up. We should not blame cult victims for their naivete or temporary vulnerability--certainly not when there is little education in our society about the dangers of destructive cults. Many people who have previously held that cult members must be weak or disturbed people--suddenly change their mind when a close friend or family member joins such a group.¨
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