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The deadly church cult!

April 29th, 2017 | Tags: Dickson Igwe cult Church control deception
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Jack the Pious and Jill Religious should beware of Queen Jezebel. The following story is a warning about unaccountable church leadership. It is an individual interpretation of an article written by Boze Herrington in The Atlantic Magazine of June 18, 2014: "the seven signs that you are in a cult."

The features of a cult- the unhealthy control over the spirits, minds and bodies of members, by a church leader- are a sad feature of Christian life and worship.

However, when the control over a congregation dominates every other ecumenical activity; when the core principles and teachings of love and compassion are replaced with the pursuit of wealth and power; then the cult factor becomes a very real threat to life and limb. A controlling church leader ultimately destroys the wholesomeness of Christian community. He or she becomes toxic to the Body of Christ.

The cult in the church is a very real beast. It is manifested in an all-powerful pastor or minister who is feared and paradoxically revered by the congregation. The type of adoration reserved for God is given to the church leader. The congregants will not admit to it. But close observation will swiftly reveal this evil. It is an evil that cuts across the modern Evangelical church. It is a tragedy that visits all denominations. People are warned to be very careful.

Now the story of Jim Jones is a very real phenomenon of the modern Evangelical church. The mass suicides may not have taken place after what happened at Jonestown Guyana November 18, 1978. That is because there is no need for the ‘cult beast’ to go that far. Control over the minds and hearts of the congregation is enough. That is the objective of this ‘blood thirsty monster.’

There is a common narrative. These cults usually begin with a church split; or the establishment of a new church by individuals who believe they have unique powers of divinity, and direct access to God, over and above every other believer. 

There is a total lack of accountability. The prime tool of control is fear. There is no real love and compassion in these organisations. The love is for material possessions over human welfare. The life outcomes of the congregants who are deceived into a state of "hypnosis" are poor.

The new organisation starts off like any other church organisation. It follows church orthodoxy. It is well organised.

Soon enough, the features of a cult emerge. The all-powerful leader begins to institute controls over the organisation. Everything is controlled: from the marriage bed to the congregant’s dental hygiene.

The more observant, independent, and outspoken congregants, become a threat. They are the worst evil. Why? They have seen under the charade. They have seen the rot lurking beneath the sheets. Consequently, there is a concerted effort to negate these "rebels." The wise ones get up and leave. The weak stay under a renewed bondage of control, until they "come to their proverbial senses."

There is frequently doublespeak. The church leadership is a secretive cabal. Church finances especially are opaque and a great mystery. The congregants who inquire about how church monies are spent are as bad as ‘the devil himself.’ The favorite statement of the cult leader is that "the church is a dictatorship." He or she is "the dictator." Congregants who ask those "sensitive questions" that go to the core of the deception are quietly threatened with dire spiritual ramifications, such as early death, or eternity in hell.

The welfare of congregants is second to the "financial needs" of the leader, and his or her selfish interests. Soon enough, this is self-evident. It is all about the "church vision." The core church mission which should be love, compassion, and serving the poor and suffering, is replaced with a "dubious vision" that is essentially the personal vision of the ‘leader.’ Membership meetings are a charade. The real decisions are made by a tiny handful of congregants under the total control of the leader.

The needs of the poor and suffering are secondary. It is all about the needs of the leader and his or her travel and living plans. Tithes and offerings never go to the poor and needy. There is some semblance that this happens. However, the lie is soon discovered by well audited accounts.

The greatest tragedy is what happens to the youth. Owing to their sponge like minds they are the most susceptible to the deception. However, the young are also very perceptive. The double standards and double speak are soon revealed to their tender minds. They often rebel. Those that don’t are the most in danger. They discover the deception when it is too late.

The cult like church grows swiftly initially. However, once the deception is uncovered it enters a state of terminal decline. This is a good thing. Its venom no longer poisons families, apart from those that remain in its nasty grasp.

The place to find the greatest deviancy among youth is the cult controlled church. Why? That is something deep and indiscernible. It is a mystery. It may have something to do with their "escaping the clutches of the devil, and existing in a terrible place, a no man’s land." Watch your children. They are the most vulnerable to the cult, and the cult like leader.

Spiritual people state that the ‘cult in the church’ is led by a "Jezebel Spirit," hence the need for control. This Old Boy will state that it is a predatory mindset lording it over people with a spiritual need to belong to a group. That need becomes a trap. They fall into the clutches of the cult. The congregants are no more than fodder to be exploited.

And this is where the Jim Jones narrative becomes valid. It is difficult to leave a cult. The reason is that the cult already has the congregant in its ‘filthy clutches.’ It may control a spouse, or the congregant’s children. It digs into the congregant’s finances. It attempts to control the congregant’s everyday life. When the congregant discovers the trap: all hell breaks loose. He or she is public enemy number one, and his or her own family, turn against them.

Ok. What are the seven signs of the cult? Herrington offers the following: an aggressive piousness; dislike of critical thinking; inappropriate loyalty to the church leadership; disrespect for families and even encouraging divorce if it helps the church; separation from the main church; isolating members that leave; and using scripture as a tool to foster control over the congregation.

If these signs dominate, then you could be in a cult. It is better leave that cult without your loved ones, and hope that they come to their senses someday.

It is never too late. By leaving, the ex-cult member may help save the lives of others, who will think about the reason he or she has departed the so called "church."

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12 Responses to “The deadly church cult!”

  • foxy (29/04/2017, 09:01) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Local ideas please
  • pete (29/04/2017, 10:32) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    all the more reason for separation of church and state. It includes civil rights which may not fall under that particular church's doctrine and impose its ideas on others. One is free to believe what you want, but don't impose it on other cultures or traditions.
  • In money we trust (29/04/2017, 11:58) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Do not mix church and state
  • ... (29/04/2017, 21:41) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    I hope others feel the same way of fighting corruption
  • facts man (30/04/2017, 10:04) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Some of these political parties are just as bad
  • YOU'SBOY (30/04/2017, 15:20) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    Dickson, you's boy. You understand the inside workings of the church-like cult. This has been going on a long time, not just started today. When you ask questions, you are unholy, almost like they don't want you to think for yourself. Happy is the churchgoer who has his or her own mind. And, no, God did not talk with Pastor or Board Member, and you are not going no hell as they want you to believe, gripped by their religious fear. It gets, worst, Dickson. Start to delve into the factual background of the "Universal Church," and when the dates, times and asons of church doctrine do not add up, "Stop, it, the devil got you, because you touching the Lord's anointed, and you are led astray and fallen from grace." The religious lies are falling, they cannot stand. Soon even the "insiders" will learn, spirituality is not ordained by a church. Spirituality is what an individual should aim for and it is a naturalness, not one ordained by the same people that enslaved us with a Bible being held in one hand and the cross in the other. Mr. Igwe, you root up a big ants nest. Don't be afraid. You have said it like it is.
  • farmer brown (30/04/2017, 17:06) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    I told this man i want to hear about local politics
  • Fooled (01/05/2017, 04:54) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    I have studied deep and reasoned hard to come to the realization that Christianity is all a lie. We are all fallen Angels from Heaven. If Jesus came to die for our sin why is there still sin? Same way if a judge pardens me of a crime am I not pardoned? Why would God send his son to do half of a job after all that sacrifice and trouble? Hmmm makes you think right?? Wake up my friends. Sin is not going no place from this earth as long as we keep procreating it keeps growing because we ourselves are sin. When a child is born nobody has to teach that child to do bad they are taught to do good. So Sin is a Natural thing then isn't it? If Jesus came to die for sin the world would be as the Bible teaches just like the Garden of Eden. Instead look at us hmmmm. Take a Good look around you. Is this world cleanse from sin? After that Great Easter Story. God is Not Mocked. I will end here but what I would say is they need to study more for themselves. Sin brings Death and from Birth till Death our bodies deteriorate. If sin was eradicated would All the Christians not Live Forever why would they have to Die to come back in a new body. Amen
    • Not Fooled (01/05/2017, 10:52) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      What are you? agnostic? an atheist?..... if you have reasoned long and hard you would NEVER come to the realization that christianity is a lie....NEVER. You have been fooled into believing something else and you are quite confused about many things concerning the bible. Firstly....we will all die...BUT.. Jesus came to save us from ETERNAL DEATH.....that is another story.... anyhow...we all have a chance while we are alive to make the right decisions and to follow christ and not satan.....He is the way the truth and the life....any other way leads to death and destruction. SIN WILL REMAIN until Jesus Christ returns and banishes Sin/death/evil once and for all. I suggest you go and study the scriptures AGAIN...AND AGAIN....with prayer and the holy spirit will lead you to all truth. *Peace my brother/Sister
      • Egyptianmythology (01/05/2017, 14:38) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
        "Not fooled," you too may be fooled. The Scripture Book that you are asking one to refer to, how did it come about? You cannot use the scripture that is in dispute to support your view. Do you understand that only the first five books of the Bible were considered important books in Moses' time? It was borrowed from a book written by Black People from the Nile Valley, Africa, called the Book of the Dead. My friend, Christianity is a man-made religion by the Catholic Church. Facts will liberate your thinking. In 322 A.D. The Council of Bishops at Nicene of the Roman Catholic Church gathered for a meeting to vote on what books should form the Bible, along with a vote as to whether Mary's Immaculate Conception "Virgin Birth of Jesus Christ, declaring Jesus to be God, and joining for the first time the concept of Trinity, Father, The Son, and The Holy Ghost." What Ghost can be holy? The very concept of Trinity is borrowed from the Ancient Nile Valley People of Africa advocating Father, Son and Mother. Osiris (Father) Horus (son) and Isis (Mother.) People, start researching for yourself. The people that enslaved us have asked us to worship them also. How can we feel any good about ourselves as people of colour? Disturb this myth and set the people free. God is already on the inside of you when you were born. They stole so much from the Africans, they messed up the people's spirituality with a religion. But all is now being made plain. The scales are being lifted from the people's eyes and they will not be fooled any longer. They are asking questions and finding answers. So, "not fooled," start looking for yourself also.
  • Not Fooled (07/05/2017, 10:39) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    The catholic Church has changed many bible verses and has done many acts of evil over the years, so don't even make mention of them.
    A mans heart is deceitful and desperately wicked, so how can you even begin to call yourself GOD?..... how could we?.... when many of us hurt , lie and take advantage of others???? Can you create life out of the dust? Can you fly above the heavens and command the sun and stars? then how can you call yourself God?..... If we are all Gods , then evil should never be a part of any of us ,we should have the power in ourselves to destroy the very appearance of evil, correct?
    The devil is rampant and I believe that over the years he has used many who seek comfort in the roots of their ancestors and have been using them into believing into this *man = I AM/GOD* ....he is the first being who wanted to become like GOD and has deceived mankind greatly into believing the same.
    God is TRUTH....he is faithful....he never changes and is righteous in all ways. Can you say the same about yourself?.... True Christianity does not teach any of the above you have mentioned, and worship of any white man is FAR from it.
    You have your own beliefs about Christianity and as a result, you choose to promote self exaltation and the practices of your ancestors.
    The true Christian is free in all ways because his God is a loving God who is powerful and forgiving and can save us from the clutches of evil.
    May you find TRUTH my brother/sister.
  • Jesus Christ is Lord (09/05/2017, 16:11) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Accept Jesus Christ into your lives. Forsake not the assembling of yourselves together. God is still real. He is alive and well. Stay on the narrow path that leads to eternal life. The devil came to kill steal and destroy, but Jesus came that we may have live everlasting. Serve the Lord with gladness, not man. Live for Jesus for He is coming back sooner than we think. In the last days, there will be a falling away. People giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils and we are in the last days. Read St. Matthew 24 and it will give you all the signs of the end times. Live for Jesus!! That is most important!!

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