Westward the Tide note for any such fans . . . . uh . . . I just found out that they (my son and his band) are slated to sing the national anthem at the first BYU game (against Houstan) of the season . . . which is supposedly going to be televised on ESPN this Thursday at 7pm Mountains Standard Time. I don't know if the game will be fully nationally televised or just regionally. And I don't know if they will air the national anthem part . . . but good chance they might. Anyway, just thought I'd mention it--I know there are few fans of the band that check in here :)
OK, meanwhile . . . the truth must march on, come what may. . . .
I think this is an important topic--looking at the traits and personality types of cult leaders and cult operations . . . because I see so many versions and degrees of it everywhere, and especially as it pertains to the spiritual path--which is the most critical path of all in life--one must always be on the lookout for wolves and false teachers and mind controllers and "handlers" working to lead the seeker away to destruction. . . . I heard a recent comment from an ex-cult member which struck me: "ANYONE can be caught up in a cult. It's just a matter of being in the "right" place at the "right" time." The more I pondered this comment, the more profound I thought it was. It is quite true. We all have vulnerable moments in our lives. Being confronted with a charismatic preacher or missionary or exponent of a well-sounding doctrine or group . . . at those weak moments . . . when our defenses are down, are strength or discernment marginalized . . . I see it is quite possible that ANYONE could fall into the snare. . . .
Knowledge of cult leader personalities and cultic mind control techniques are an antidote for that dangerous situation. People "perish for the lack of knowledge" right?......
It is similar to understanding the signs and traits and methods of a "psychopath", within whose grasp it is easy to fall, and then suffer greatly under their control. The way of TRUTH really is a way of freedom--the truth does set you free . . . while the charlatans, egomaniacs, narcissistic-psychopaths etc. always take away your freedom and subsume your individuality. . . .
Sadly, I note that these same characteristics and techniques I am studying used by the likes of Smith and Hubbard and other cult leaders to control groups . . . are being used by the government and especially the current administration. All of this control of speech and thought in the vein of "political correctness" is nothing more than mind and thought control similar to that used by cult leaders and cults. The best defense against it is in shining the light of truth upon all their operations--and by "their" I mean "they" who ultimately serve the workers of iniquity and darkness and evil, for this is the original source of all the trouble. In all these cases, you will find the devil and the demonic realm hard at work to distract, dissuade, mis-direct and control . . . to get you away from God, from Christ, FROM THE TRUTH, which is why deception is always the major component to cultic control. The "father of lies" . . . rules that whole realm . . . . .
Also, these things (cultic-like mind controls) show in personal relationships--spouses, dominating friends, bosses, agents, managers, domineering children even; like I said, I see this tendency to control through deception and self-aggrandizement existing in varying degrees in everyone, for it is a result and cause of the fallen condition.
Back to noted similarities between L. Ron Hubbard and Joseph Smith . . . both men were paranoid of plots against them and their agenda. This is typical of pathological liars, for always they are anxious that their deceits may be found out and exposed. And also, the hypocrisy of their lives were constantly under threat of being found out and published.
For instance, L. Ron Hubbard railed against promiscuity, "free love", adultery . . . as did Joseph Smith. Meanwhile, both of them were living personal lives full of promiscuity and adultery. L. Ron Hubbard was a bigamist several times over, a constant womanizer and stealer of men's wives . . . as was Smith. Smith gave a famous and fiery denial of the accusations against him saying, "...