Religious sects- Facts you should know

Religious sects know that if they can control your relationships, then they can control you. Whether we like it or not we are all profoundly affected by those around us.

When you first go to a sect they will practice "love bombing", where they arrange instant friends for you. It will seem wonderful, how could such a loving group be wrong! They will tell you repeatedly that they “Love you” by writing small notes to you or by hugging you.

These religious sects also try to cut you off from your friends and family that are not sect members because they hate others being able to influence you.

A mind control sect will seek to manoeuvre your life so as to maximize your contact with sect members and minimize your contact with people outside the group, especially those who oppose your involvement.

Mind control sects keep their members so busy with meetings and activities that they become too busy to think about anything else or to reason the newly found group.

It will make it appear that your previous relationships with people outside your group, especially family members did not do much for or with you in your earlier years.

And time control helps keep cult members away from friends and family – those that oppose the new religious sect. Here are some key warning signs that may indicate a religious sect is trying to recruit you.

Hyped Meetings
Rather than explain to you what the group believes or what their programme is up front, they will instead insist that you can only understand it if you come to a group meeting.

There everyone around you will seem so enthusiastic that you will start to think there is something wrong with you if you don’t agree or join them. This is an application of controlled peer pressure.

Intense Unrelenting Pressure
They will telephone you repeatedly. Meet you at home or outside your work. Trick you into coming for only an hour and then lead you into a long study, meeting or talk.

They have to keep the pressure on, otherwise you might snap out of the mind control environment they are trying to immerse you in.

They tell you that they are not a secretive sect.

This is a pre-emptive strike against the warnings from friends and family members, which they know will come. In fact some sects go as far to tell you that, the Devil will try and dissuade you by sending family members and friends to tell you that your are in a cult.

This tactic is used, so when this does occurs, in the recruits' mind the "agents of the Devil" has come as predicted. In the mind of the recruit, this was predicted that it would happen, and therefore this group must true and genuine!