TED-Ed – Why do people join cults?


Great little 6 minute clip written by Dr. Janja Lalich who was in a political cult, and who shared her story on Investigation Discovery’s Dangerous Persuasions, Season 2 (Revolution Isn’t a Tea Party). She’s now a researcher focused on cult groups, specializing in charismatic authority, power relations, ideology, and social control.

Cult Warning Signs | Cult Methodology

TEN WARMING SIGNS, by cult expert Rick Ross
Source: Cult Warning Signs | Cult Methodology

Megan Phelps-Roper

Megan Phelps-Roper, a former fundamentalist. Brilliant Ted Talk.

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Aggressive Christianity Mission Training Corps | Apologetics Index

Another good informational article re the history of ACMTC:

Source: Aggressive Christianity Mission Training Corps | Apologetics Index

saying goodbye

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When we move to Sacramento to join the Greens, life gets uncomfortable quickly. Not the friendly gatherings I’d hoped for. Within a few months Jim, Lila and Steve decide my daughter Sarah (then 11) has to go live with her father who the day before served me with papers for visitation rights. Steve had said to him, “You’re not her father anymore.” Rick’s only sin is loving his daughter, he only wants connection with her. But his influence, they say, is “worldly, and he’ll spoil her, and it’ll harm her and all the other children, too.” 

A few weeks after Sarah leaves, my 13-year-old daughter Iantha (Rebekah) is put to the test. She’s close to my mom whom we thought we’d see more of when we moved to Sacramento. But per Steve and the Greens, grandma and grandpa are “of the world,” tooSteve tells Iantha she has to choose between them or us. She says she wants to live with us. But he says she needs her faith tested. “I want you to go live with them for a month,” he says, “and then you decide who you want to live with. Us or them. You can’t have it both ways.

I stand up, holding Iantha’s hand, and I say, “You can’t do this to my daughter.”

Driving home, no one says a word. Even Nate, who’s 6, is quite. Once home and the kids in bed, Steve unleashes his anger. “Don’t you ever embarrass me like that again, do you hear?  We’re here to do God’s work, and if you don’t want to be a part of what the Lord’s doing, then you and the children can all go live with your mom and dad.” I’ve never seen him angry like this. I was 35 years old and two months pregnant.

So Iantha goes and lives with them, and after a month calls us saying she wants to come home. To Steve her return isn’t evidence enough of her commitment to Jesus Christ. When she returns he gives her a large box, and says, “Put the stuff your grandmother bought you in this box, and we’ll return everything in the morning. And,” he says, “I want you to write your grandmother a letter, and tell her you’ll never see her again.”

Iantha’ letter:

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Aggressive Christianity Exhibit

Aggressive Christianity Exhibit.

Well written article. Accurate too as I recall, except for a few details.  The Bear Tribe was in CA, not MO, and I didn’t sue the Greens the day after I left. It took awhile to process what I’d been though, to understand it, and only then had I the desire to expose them, to hold them accountable for all the awful things they do in the name of their God.  

why the story changes

Rebekah before and after. The story changes after you leave, because you’re no longer being told what to believe and say.

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