Definition of a Cult

Part 4 – Defining a Cult

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Part 3 – Defining a Cult

Common Behaviors of Cults

In a cult, the individual is not free to disengage their free will from that groups belief systems and or rules.  How many people have been oppressed or killed in a Communist country as its ideology was brutally imposed upon the populace.  More people have been killed in the spread and implementation of Communism and other causes than any ‘religious’ inspired wars.

Central to a nation built on Judaeo Christian roots is the freedom of religion. That is, you are free to choose to believe or not believe without suffering intimidation and abuse if you choose to disengage your free will from a world view revealed to man by God that we have in the Bible.  You will experience consequences of your decisions; but that is clearly laid out for you and you get to choose which way you will go, knowing that God will not violate your free will to choose that.  The key to Christianity, to use the words of Christ, is that if you do hear His words and choose His way of life you will know the truth and the truth will set you free!  After Jesus laid out truth and its consequences of either enacting or rejecting it; His following words are recorded at the end of the discourse ,’ He who has an ear let him hear!

The choice is always ours, God will never violate someones sovereign free will and therefore no man has the right to do the same. People’s free will and right to their own opinion and decisions in life must never be violated.

Cults don’t give you this freedom! If you choose to disengage or adhere to their culture it will cost you your life, your dignity, your family, your freedom of choice about your future as you become bound and controlled by them that feed into or on your own appetites and passions.

Tragically, people become so engaged in the cults ideology and do things that at the time the cult provided a reason that validated their behavior only later to live with the guilt and shame of what they did.  The path that they are required to travel on to come to terms that what they believed and have done was detrimental to themselves and others is a road that many people find to painful to travel on!  Yet it is possible to break free and start again as allow yourself to see the truth and take responsibility for what you believe and the resultant actions you perform.

Look out for the next blog on what are the key human drivers that exist in all of us that become the seed bed around which a world view can take root for good or evil and how to avoid being led down the wrong path. These will cover four key areas

  1. Our Family – what is a family and how it should operate,
  2. How we form and sustain Friendships – relationship with leaders, peers and subordinates
  3.  Our view on Finances that is both political and personal
  4.  How we view what our Future hold and seek to control it.

All these are common to mankind and our the fertile ground that all ideas find a resting place, take root and produce outcomes that direct the course of our lives, societies and history.  Once we understand this then we are able to discern what is a cult and what isn’t with some form of clarity!

Author Ben Shenton

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  • Anonymous says:

    More discussion and funding needs to be given to you.

    My parents were members of a branch of the cult EST.
    In 1986, a former member of a cult came to my highschool to discuss his experience.
    That assembly talk saved my parents, and it forms the basis of my sanity & resistance to totalitarian cultural control today.

    A HUGE THANKS for the outreach. Please consider adding message boards to your website… a place where people can discuss
    their experiences and others can help them remove themselves from ‘cult control’… because we all know that is no small feat.

  • anonymous says:

    ps..
    I’m glad religion helped you. But atheists seeking to dislodge themselves from their ‘identity cult groups’ will be so turned off, they will turn away
    from the experience and advice they need. Please consider getting your point across to a more broad audience.

    • Ben Shenton says:

      Hi,
      I appreciate you taking the time to reach out to me and read through the information on this website. The information on this website is a work in progress as I continue to build a profile as a balanced voice on what totalitarian organisations are. These are generated from religious sentiments as well as political views. All are ideologies that seek to control people and remove their autonomy and self determination. They view people as individuals that are there to exploit, as a farm to feed themselves and their goals rather than an army to equip and serve so they can reach their full potential.
      I define ‘Religion’ a man made methodology and belief system that is mankind’s attempt to address the consequences of us giving into our base nature and reaping the fruit of it that computes out into guilt, depression (blunted self-will), hatred, anger, bitterness, envy, sexual perversion/control/manipulation/gratification at the expense of others with no care for the damage done, just to name a few. What I’ve experienced is a direct connection with our creator that removes the damage done and restores us to the position and authority that we were created for. He seeks those bound by the prison of their own decisions, their heritage and the consequences of their ancestors decisions and the society they live in. The level at which an individual, family, community group and/or a society digresses/rejects God’s revealed will is the level of unintended consequences that occur. This plays out in damaging cultures that oppress people, families, communities and societies that cults flourish in.
      In almost 30 years of having a relationship with the real Jesus Christ I’m yet to meet someone who has undeniable proof that Jesus Christ didn’t walk on this planet, the miraculous circumstances on his birth and its location, details of His life, death and resurrection wasn’t foretold to the very day He entered Jerusalem before His crucifixion.
      By definition an atheist has proof that God doesn’t exist and the burden of proof is on them to prove that these events didn’t occur and that the intelligent design in all that has been created isn’t there. Our very cells with their DNA in them immediately speaks of intelligent design on a level of complexity that the founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates, claims is more complicated and sophisticated than any computer program that has ever been written.
      My summation based on experience of talking to thousands of people is that most atheists are actually agnostics. However, they have an invested interest in being able to deny the existence of an all powerful creator who has the right to make moral judgements on the decisions we make in life and hold us to account for their response to the historical reality of Jesus Christ and the implications of His message of redemption and restoration that first points out our wretched condition that this world seeks to trap us and keep us bound. Don’t we all I definitely did and took years to realise my way of doing things wasn’t working and was in fact destroying me and lead to the deep depression that I lived in and couldn’t see a way free of.
      I’m carefully doing detailed research into the source of the worlds main ideologies that have shaped civilisation and will post this in a way that is easy to navigate and understand. With a book coming out that tracks my own story as well as this information I will eventually open this up as a website with resources and chat boards that can be used to discuss such issues as you’ve suggested.
      I don’t want to be drowned out with so that what I’m trying to do to help people and provide them with an information to make sense of life is dragged off in a direction that destroys the intended end before I get started.
      All the best on your personal journey. If there’s anything I can do to ease you along the way feel free to email me directly through the contact form on this website!

  • Anonymous says:

    HI Ben,

    I was really interested in your story and the posts on defining a blog. I am a Catholic and agree with what you say about personal freedom given by God. I would be interested to know whether you have done much work or research into groups within the various Christian denominations that display cult-like control over their members. We, for example, have members of the extended family involved in the Neo-Catechumenate movement, and have been extremely worried for a long time about the control that this group has over these members.

    Thanks for any feedback and God bless you and your family

    • Ben Shenton says:

      Hi,
      Thank you for taking the time to connect with me and ask this question.
      I haven’t looked into every type of Christian sect or cult but have looked at the major ones. What I have done is studied in depth the NKJV bible which is the most accurate rendition in English of the original Hebrew and Greek language that the old and New Testament were written in. From my considered observation whenever I see doctrine or behaviour in society and groups that veer away from this revelation on how to live life the level at which they digress is the level of unintended consequences. God’s revealed word gives autonomy to the individual as well as the consequences for those decisions. However, a leader who is over them is held to a higher account for their behaviour when they stand before the judgement seat of Christ to receive either their reward or punishment dependant on their behaviour in accordance with God’s revealed will. Anointing and the impartation of God’s power to break the yoke of oppression in people’s life comes through a relationship with a genuine man of God. You have Moses and Joshua, Elijah and Elisha, Jesus and His disciples. So God’s plan is for male leadership to be over His people and serve them knowing he will give an account to God for his actions.
      Where a leader is not accountable and considers themselves above the rule of law or a law unto themselves then you have great potential for abuse and violation of people’s free wills and the trust they have given their leaders.
      The key to any group is that people should be free to join and leave according to their conscience and willingness to adhere or disengage to a group without any reprisals or damage done to their ability to function in society as a whole and with their family. Any group that shuns outside contact and influence, where the individuals are encouraged to have nothing to do with their family are signs of a cult. Jesus did say that there are times where our enemies will be from our families because they hate God but that is not something His church should promote or push for. At all times we should seek to be reconciled and in good relationship with our family and members of the wider community so we have a chance through relationship of them coming to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour.
      I hope this helps.

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