Almost 26 years ago I made the biggest mistake of my life.
Because I took the fast, easy solution for problems I was facing I lost everything. My friends, family, reputation, hopes of any career, everything was shattered.
A clever con artist took advantage of my ignorance and no one at church knew enough to help me. I got sucked into an abusive, cult-like group. Surprisingly mainstream churches love this group and will encourage members to join it, even if it means they can no longer attend services at it.
This group compels ritualistic use of mind altering drugs among its members. It reminds members repeatedly how subhuman they are, how hopeless change is, and how no one but its members could tolerate them. Dating anyone outside the Group is strongly discouraged though not forbidden. Marriage is always punished by cutting the food supply you depend on the Group for. So is trying to find a job–even if you can work on enough drugs to render most people unconscious.
Most mainstream Christians don’t realize the reason its members have poor hygiene or can’t hold down jobs, and have poor social skills comes from this drug abuse. It’s easier to discourage the abuse victims from coming to church.
They don’t have the required spouse, kids, and paycheck so few miss them. They seek emotional support from the cult instead.
A lot of it’s ignorance. The cult has hoodwinked almost every church I know. Liberal as well as conservative. Its materialistic philosophy runs counter to the tenets of Christianity. But because there is so little discernment left in Western churches and the cult cleverly passes for something other than religion church goers remain blissfully unaware.
And it hasn’t negatively affected them yet. Some of the group leaders tithe from their generous incomes.
I escaped this group and relocated. Too sick to work after years of damage from the drugs. Thank the Lord my elderly parents took me in during my withdrawals but my health is shattered.
I live in fear someone in my new community and church will find out about my past associations with this group. The group is great at gas lighting former members and will tell lies about them to turn everyone–even former friends and family members against you.
Because this cult has an undeservedly good reputation of benevolent humanitarians in America and other English speaking countries, few can believe it harms people. They present a great facade and most of those within are unaware they’re being destroyed.
Lord how long will this go on? Defender of the defenseless please save us! No one else knows. Or cares.
I cannot give details for fear my shame will leak out. Some may read between the lines. My hope is these vague, ambiguous terms and analogies will keep the undiscerning from learning just enough but not enough, because they can’t believe wealthy, well groomed, respectable people could be capable of hurting others.
Neither mercy nor justice in this cult. Though it pretends to be one or the other or both as it suits them. Members hold key roles in the government urging for the denial of due process for the law abiding–including children. No one in either party opposes this.