Home
About Us
Search Library
Library Index
Whats New
Links
Training
Statement of Faith
About Us
Admin Login
Believersweb Header

MILIEU CONTROL

Written by: Unknown    Posted on: 04/25/2003

Category: Cults / Sects / Non Christian Religions and Topics

Source: CCN

                        MILIEU CONTROL

            Boston Church of Christ (Crossroads):

An individual may be met at his door by a member of the Movement, taken from one class to another, to lunch, to afternoon activities, to evening activities and back home (Multiplying Ministries Movement, Memorial Church of Christ, Houston, Texas, 1988, pp. 1-2).

                        est/The Forum:

The concept of keeping agreements is used to persuade people to stay. One elderly woman said that if the doors hadn't been locked and she hadn't made an agreement, she would have left (The Frightening World of est, John Weldon, 1976).

                      Jehovah's Witnesses:

"Hence, it is out of wisdom and respect for God's counsel that Jehovah's Witnesses do not make a practice of exchanging valuable Bible study aids containing scriptural truth for religious literature that disseminate error or apostate views" (Watchtower, May 1, 1984, p. 31).

                    COG/FOL Children of God:

Deciding to leave the Children of God brings enormous emotional pressure. "There are no neutrals: þ The neutral is a liar and a hypocrite! There are only martyrs or traitors! Which are you?" (There Are No Neutrals, ML þ F, March 8, 1970, p. 5).

            Church Universal and Triumphant (CUT):

The manual outlines when to bathe, change their underwear, how hair should be cut, what color clothing should be worn each day of the week (Church Universal and Triumphant, A Way of Life: Code and Conduct for Students of Summit University, Summit University Press, 1975, pp. 11-15).

                      MYSTICAL MANIPULATION

            Boston Church of Christ (Crossroads):

Bible talks are planned around the visitors people are bringing. It is planned to meet their specific needs so that it seems like "God wanted me to be here tonight" (Multiplying Ministries Movement, Memorial Church of Christ, 1988, p. 2).

                        est/The Forum:

"We've been conditioned to look for answers outside ourselves þ But that's not what people get from us. What they get is an experience of enlightenment" (New Times, 18 October 1974).

                      Jehovah's Witnesses:

"This is not giving any credit to the magazine's publishers, but is due to the great Author of the Bible. He it is that makes possible the material that is published in the columns of this magazine" (The Watchtower, 14 April 1943, p. 127).

                    COG/FOL Children of God:

"If there's a choice between your reading the Bible I want to tell you, you had better read what God said today in preference to what He said 2,000 or 4,000 years ago" (Old Bottles, ML 242, pars. 12 & 42).

            Church Universal and Triumphant (CUT):

Her followers adore her (Elizabeth Clare Prophet) as an incarnation of Mother God and is regarded as the only official Messenger  of the Ascended Masters on the earth today (Church Universal and Triumphant, Christian Research Institute Fact Sheet, 1979).

                        DEMAND FOR PURITY

            Boston Church of Christ (Crossroads):

A person's spiritual condition is used as leverage to produce guilt. It is commonplace for people to be told things like taking a second helping of salad indicates 'greed' in their lives (Multiplying Ministries Movement, Memorial Church of Christ, Houston, Texas, 1988, p. 2).

                        est/The Forum:

"Once you know that you're totally all right (and you can call that God, or anything else you want to call it), you can encompass anything within your alrightness" (The New Cults, Walter Martin, Vision House, 1980, p. 136).

                      Jehovah's Witnesses:

"Additionally, the ones who are resurrected to earthly life and who prove their integrity to God through the millennium and the final test to follow will be recognized by God as being righteous and so will be given everlasting life (Revelation 20:5, 7-10)" (The Watchtower, 15 October 1967, p. 639).

                    COG/FOL Children of God:

"The discipline of Jesus' revolutionaries must be absolute obedience to them that have the rule over themþ Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might' þ duties, study, witnessing, sharing, prayer, praising, sacrificing, accepting joyfully suffering, persecution, and even martyrdom!" (The Revolutionary Rules, ML þ S, March 1972, p. 2).

            Church Universal and Triumphant (CUT):

In a process called `mastery,' a disciple enters a spiritual gateway which leads him onto a path to total mergence with God. (Church Universal and Triumphant, Spiritual Counterfeits Project Newsletter, December - January 1977).

                        CULT CONFESSION

            Boston Church of Christ (Crossroads):

You are to tell and confess your sins, bad attitudes and other problems to your Discipleship Partner who will tell you how to improve your life (Multiplying Ministries Movement, Memorial Church of Christ, 1988, p. 2).

                        est/The Forum:

N/A

                      Jehovah's Witnesses:

"If the individual does not admit the wrong nature or see the need to repent, they may have to present `convincing evidence concerning his sin and concerning his righteousness'" (The Watchtower, 1 September 1981, p. 23).

                    COG/FOL Children of God:

"This necessary step has one qualification: that you confess your faults to all of those who know about it, your failure to respect leadership and to honor your spiritual father and follow his commands" (Correction of Leadership, ML 38, January 11, 1971, p. 6).

            Church Universal and Triumphant (CUT):

N/A

                        SACRED SCIENCE

            Boston Church of Christ (Crossroads):

"Those who persist in asking questions such as `Why?' or `What is going on?' or `What do you really mean?' are exhorted to get rid of the pride and other sin in their lives." (Multiplying Ministries Movement, Memorial Church of Christ, 1988, p. 2).

                        est/The Forum:

Teaches that you are your own God, and that everything you experience (even bad things like assault) is a product of your own divine creative will (Handbook of Today's Religions, Here's Life Publishers, Inc., 1983, p. 92).

                      Jehovah's Witnesses:

"If we get to thinking that we know better than the organization, we should ask ourselves: `Where did we learn Bible truth in the first place? Would we know the way of the truth if it had not been for guidance from the organization?'" (The Watch-tower, 15 January 1983, p. 27).

                    COG/FOL Children of God:

"I will take those inspired and supernaturally and divinely inspired letters and put them on the same level as the rest of the Word of God" (More Precious Pearls, p. 4).

            Church Universal and Triumphant (CUT):

"The stated purpose of the organization is to `publish the teachings of the Ascended Masters, to shed light on the lost or distorted teachings of Christ, and to provide humanityþwith the knowledge of cosmic law" (The New Cults, Walter Martin, Vision House Publishers, 1980, p. 216).

                      LOADING THE LANGUAGE

            Boston Church of Christ (Crossroads):

"Multiplying Ministries redefines certain words to have meanings other than Christian churches or even the mainstream Churches of Christ would define them or be able to relate to them" (Multiplying Ministries Compared to Lifton's Criteria for Thought Reform, Carol Giambalvo, February 1988, p. 21).

                        est/The Forum:

"`I am here to explain what can't be explained,' said Erhard at the `special guest seminar.' `The goal of the training is 'getting it,' but you don't 'get it' in the training. You get that you've got it in the training" (Newsweek, 17 February 1975, p. 46).

                      Jehovah's Witnesses:

"No question about it. We all need help to understand the Bible, and we cannot find the scriptural guidance we need outside the `faithful and discreet slave' organization" (The Watchtower, 15 February 1981, p. 19).

                    COG/FOL Children of God:

"If you are going into a Flirty Fishing (prostitution) ministry, I warn you that you had better be ready to trust God for all things" (The Cost of Flirty Fishing, ML 501, pars. 60-61).

            Church Universal and Triumphant (CUT):

"The cultist's vocabulary is liberally sprinkled with orthodox terminology from a variety of faiths, although every religious word has been redefined in harmony with the cult's own world view" (The New Cults, Walter Martin, Vision House Publishers, 1980, p. 218).

                      DOCTRINE OVER PERSON

            Boston Church of Christ (Crossroads):

"If you don't understand something or have a criticism, you're told to 'trust,' you'll understand later, you're just a Baby Christian." (Multiplying Ministries Compared to Lifton's Criteria for Though Reform, Carol Giambalvo, February 1988, p. 25).

                        est/The Forum:

"When you realize that, then no matter how strongly it may appear to be otherwise, you know that whatever is happening right now will turn out all right. Knowing this, you are in a position to start mastering life" (What's So, January 1975).

                      Jehovah's Witnesses:

"We should meekly go along with the Lord's theocratic organization and wait for further clarification, rather than balk at the first mention of a thought unpalatable to us" (The Watchtower, 1 February 1952, p. 80).

                    COG/FOL Children of God:

Regarding Flirty Fishing (prostitution) David Berg writes, "If you are strong enough in the Spirit and filled with His love, you can be trusted with His liberty as a useful tool to help others" (The Law of Love, ML 302-C, par. 8)

            Church Universal and Triumphant (CUT):

Ex-husband of Elizabeth Clare Prophet, Randall King, alleges that the CUT uses devious tactics to get people's money. "...you wanted to get them decreeing, which was the programming technique" (New Age Cults & Religions, Living Truth Publishers, 1990, p. 173).

                    DISPENSING OF EXISTENCE

            Boston Church of Christ (Crossroads):

"People are in your life to convert þ they are not Christian unless they are part of us and if you cannot convert them, your time is better spent with those willing to convert/listen" (Multiplying Ministries Compared to Lifton's Criteria for Thought Reform, Carol Giambalvo, February 1988, p. 27).

                        est/The Forum:

"In est, every system of meaning imposed by outside sources þ parents, school, church and even Werner Erhard þ is shown up as illusion" (Newsweek, 6 September 1976, p. 58).

                      Jehovah's Witness:

"At times action must be taken by a judicial committee of a congregation against a person in the congregation. Although that person may be a close friend or relative, do not resist Jehovah's arrangement by taking sides with that one against the organization" (The Watchtower, 15 July 1965, p. 435).

                    COG/FOL Children of God:

"It is more important that we manage to survive and exist out here as a society, as a church, as a religious movement, with a new idea, that we manage to survive and just exist, if nothing else, totally independent of the system, condemning it, damning it, and saying to hell with it" (Not A Sermon But A Sample, J, July 3, 1970, p. 7).

            Church Universal and Triumphant (CUT):

"At one point a local newspaper discovered and printed a hit list that included the names of almost 200 people against which the cult members pray daily, calling for the will of God to cleanse all opposition" (Larson's New Book of Cults, Tyndale House Publishers, 1982, p. 182).

----------------------------------------------------------------- Copied with permission from the Watchman Expositor.  For a free subscription to this monthly newspaper write the Watchman Fellowship office nearest you:

        W A T C H M A N  F E L L O W S H I P,  I N C.   P.O. Box 13251      P.O. Box 19416        P.O. Box 7681 Arlington, TX 76094  Birmingham, AL 35219  Columbus, GA 31908 ----------------------------------------------------------------- This article was written by Watchman Fellowship, Inc., who is solely responsible for its contents.  The owners of this computer bulletin board, the host of this conference, and/or the person(s) who posted this message on the bulletin board in no way guarantees, warrants, or in any other manner insures the accuracy of this article and accept no responsibility or liability for any misrepresentations therein.

ÉÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍ͵ CHRISTIAN BBS ABBA II ÆÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍ» º                                                                        º º  This file passed through Abba II, where Christians find fellowship,  º º  Information and Resources, and where non-christians can find honest,  º º  reasonable answers about what (and why) Christians believe.          º º                                                                        º º  ÄÄÄÄÄÄÄ      Providing High-Quality, Christian Files      ÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄ  º º                                                                        º º  þ Up-To-Date Christian News          þ Bible Studies & Discussions    º º  þ Abba II's Christian Magazine      þ Ministry Newsletters          º º  þ Active Message Area                þ On-Line Christian Directory    º    º  þ Specializing in Apologetics        þ Christian Events Calendar      º    º                                                                        º    ÈÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍ͵ Call Abba II at 619-487-7746 ÆÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍͼ   



Doc viewed 13474 times.

Related Content


This articles keywords/phrases are:

cults

The articles in the list below have 1 or more of the same keywords or phrases as the article you are viewing. If you wish to hone in on a single keyword, click on that keyword and you will see a list of articles that match just that keyword.



BEST SCRIPTURES FOR THOSE INVOLVED WITH CULTS   in Cults / Sects / Non Christian Religions and Topics

CATALOG OF THE CULTS- PART B   in Cults / Sects / Non Christian Religions and Topics

CULT CATALOG OF THE "OTHER" JESUS   in Cults / Sects / Non Christian Religions and Topics

CULT LEADER"S PROBLEMS GROW AS FOLLOWING SHRINKS   in Cults / Sects / Non Christian Religions and Topics

Cultic Conformity Is Not Biblical Unity   in Cults / Sects / Non Christian Religions and Topics

CULTS and KIDS   in Cults / Sects / Non Christian Religions and Topics

What Is A Cult?   in Cults / Sects / Non Christian Religions and Topics

INTRODUCTION to the CULTS   in Cults / Sects / Non Christian Religions and Topics

PATTERNS IN THE CULTS   in Cults / Sects / Non Christian Religions and Topics

Psychological Recovery From Mental Abuse   in Cults / Sects / Non Christian Religions and Topics

Scripture Twisting Methods Of The Cults   in Cults / Sects / Non Christian Religions and Topics

What do Churches and Cults Have in Common?...   in Cults / Sects / Non Christian Religions and Topics

Counseling the Former Cultist   in Cults / Sects / Non Christian Religions and Topics

THE OTHER JESUS of the CULTS   in Cults / Sects / Non Christian Religions and Topics

Picking Up the Pieces   in Cults / Sects / Non Christian Religions and Topics

Watchtower Dodges   in Cults / Sects / Non Christian Religions and Topics

WITNESSING TO THE CULTS: SOFT WITNESSING TECHN...   in Cults / Sects / Non Christian Religions and Topics

The World of Animism   in Theology

The Urantia Book   in Cults / Sects / Non Christian Religions and Topics

What do the Christadelphians Teach?   in Cults / Sects / Non Christian Religions and Topics

Development and hosting
for non-profits and more