You KNOW You’re In A Cult If…

I was once a member of a cult. It was difficult for me to finally admit, but looking back I now realize that I was a water carrying, pulpit pimp protecting, twisted-scripture repeating drone.

Oh, and don’t laugh and shake your head at me. If your “pastor” wears reptile-skinned shoes, mandates that you call him your “spiritual daddy”, and has you repeating phrases like “money cometh from the four winds”, “sow into this good ground”, “I declare increase over your life”, and “I’ll receive a pressed-down shaken together blessing!”, then you’re likely in a pulpit pimp’s charismatic cult also.

It has come to my attention that this blog is getting lots of publicity in the church club of a certain pimp (and son of Eddie “the Alpha pimp” Long) here in Metro-Atlanta. This pimp is quite concerned that his name is being dragged “all over the internet” – I guess he wanted his heresies to stay within the walls of his club.

Anyway, since many of the club-goers are Googling to see what all the fuss is about, I thought I’d take a moment to share why I believe that they belong to a cult – and to implore them to flee their pimp as soon as possible. Therefore, I present:

Signs Of Cult Behavior:

  1. Cult members are focused on a living leader to whom members seem to display excessively zealous, unquestioning commitment. The leader is a strong-willed, domineering character who rules the group with tight control. He lets it be known in subtle ways that he is “in charge” of the movement. He makes the plans, he orchestrates the movements of the group or groups (sometimes he exercises his sway over several groups). Frequently, they even begin to imitate his mannerisms in terms of dress, voice inflection, language patterns, aggressive attitudes, etc. They become “clones” of their esteemed leader. It is not uncommon that the leader knows of weaknesses or past problems of people with his group and uses intimidation and fear to keep them under his control.
  2. Questioning, doubt, and dissent are discouraged, and there can be pressure or social punishment when there is disagreement with the “boss.” Those who disagree are made to feel as though they are stupid or inept. They are brainwashed with the notion that they do not have the knowledge or experience to question the leader. Younger people are particularly vulnerable to the leader’s “anointing.” No matter how radical the leader becomes in his decisions or actions, the cult members will not criticize him. Even if there should be mild disagreement, no specific expressions are voiced. The members feel that although he may be mistaken in some of his judgments, the overall good he accomplishes outweighs any minor flaws. Members are taught to “rationalize” the conduct of the leader.
  3. The leader is preoccupied with money. There is always a need for increasing finances. New projects are always “in the works.” Members are strongly encouraged to greatly sacrifice for the leader’s pet projects. There is always pressure to give; members of the group must be kept excited on a continual basis. The cult leader always takes the major credit for the movement’s accomplishments. Members become psychologically dependent upon him. “What would we ever do without our spiritual father?,” is the cult mentality.
  4. The cult leader generates within his members “a polarized” mentality. His people evolve an “us-versus-them” mentality. Little-by-little he criticizes other groups with which his members might tend to associate, undermining confidence in them, attempting to discredit anyone who could have influence over his “flock.” Cult members become suspicious. No one is really as “sound” as “we” are. We are an “elitist” group. And so, seeds of isolationism are sown. The movement leader discourages reading any material, examining any ideas that he does not initiate.
  5. The cult leader has a clearly defined “anti-authoritarian” disposition. Within the context of the church, for instance, he would have an “anti-elder accountability” attitude. Elders would be recipients of constant critical remarks. No cult leader would affiliate himself with a congregation having elders to whom he must be in submission. “Control” could not be maintained in such an environment, so Elders are rendered impotent. The cult leader would constantly criticize preachers, particularly those whose knowledge of the Scriptures eclipse his own. Members must be made to feel that he is the “chief authority” in spiritual matters.
  6. Cult members are seen occasionally to take on a new personality. They begin to act differently. They become increasingly antagonistic to family members and long-time friends. They may even boast that, “I am not the old [name] that you used to know; I am a new person now.” And indeed they are. They have become strangers to those who knew them well. They have been transformed into the image of their leader.

So there you have it, potential cult members. Take the time to climb through the Word of God as your pimp is twisting it from the pulpit. Read it in context – don’t just flip to the verses he tells you to read. If you still believe that your pimp descended from the right hand of the Father, then stay.

If you start to realize how far your pimp has wandered from the True and Living God – and how the pimp doesn’t even want to return to God – then run as quickly as you can.

There. That ought to give your pimp something to squeal about for the next few weeks…

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12 Responses to “You <b>KNOW</b> You’re In A Cult If…”


  1. 1 lavrai October 31, 2008 at 1:30 pm

    Well, please be prepared for those who will try and argue you into the ground about how wrong you are and whatnot. You have first hand experience and Holy Spirit hindsight… that is, HE has made it all plain to you now that HE has removed you from the Devil’s snare.

    Be gentle and I pray you have the verses ready because I’m sure, you too, were in self-denial before by GOD’s grace you embraced the truth.

  2. 2 speaking truth October 31, 2008 at 1:49 pm

    Thanks for the comment LaVrai. I’ve been privately speaking with those who are planning escapes from the plantation referenced above, but you’re right – I am braced for mass backlash (as usual) and my MacArthur NASB study bible is at the ready!

  3. 3 Jeanie Franklin October 31, 2008 at 2:30 pm

    I will be praying for you ST. Funney thing about my experience, I don’t see them much. When I do,they run from me. I am not kidding!

    Jeanie

  4. 4 Brian Foulks October 31, 2008 at 3:30 pm

    ST,

    I wonder if i gave this to people in those churches and left off the the things that say church, would they really see this hapenning. Funny how far we have moved away from scripture.

  5. 5 Douglas K. Adu-Boahen October 31, 2008 at 4:10 pm

    Well in that case, many of our Pentecostals, Charismatics and evangelicals are in the late stages of some of this stuff. Definitely food for thought.

  6. 6 escapeetoo November 2, 2008 at 1:59 pm

    Look out ST! I am sure the Club Goers will be after you now! I pray that their eyes will be opened to the heresy they are (or have been) a part of.

    I have my own two cents on this topic:

    http://escapee.wordpress.com/2008/11/02/are-you-drinking-the-kool-aid/

  7. 7 mlgriffinjr November 4, 2008 at 3:16 pm

    Good stuff! I can concur with your thoughts, having left a similar situation recently after many years. The sad truth regarding some of these Christian cults is that the leaders did not always begin with that end in mind. Now don’t misunderstand me, some were wolves from the womb, but others forgot that their first and final call was to be the servant and not the served. Accountability is an important and, sad to say, fleeting art in the neo-pentecostal, charismatic, Church of the West.

    I say be encouraged and stand firm in your call to truth and righteousness. Ensure that you offer both the bad (what not to do/what to leave), and the good (where to run to/what a good place and theology looks like). So many well meaning people who are earnestly seeking a relationship with God are being led astray because they don’t know what truth is. If those ravenous wolves in sheeps clothing are not going to offer it (I personally call them false prophets and apostles), then someone has to. I always want to be on the other side. Stay blessed.

    http://servantfirst.wordpress.com

  8. 8 Meg June 3, 2009 at 4:49 am

    Man, people are really be messed up if they in the cult. I am glad that I got out of it.

  9. 9 anointedvessel November 5, 2009 at 11:00 am

    Ok IST I got a question…. How bout a movement that seems right? Like say uh G. Craig Lewis? Now this cat has been on the Radar since about 2002 or so and His videos seemed Aight. He seemed Ok then something changed, he started yanking down You tube accounts left and right and those people were only trying to spread HIS message. My point is Now he is cruising around living and acting like the very people he preaches against but dares you to do the same. So the other day he appears on my website and comments that he has a newspage on wordpress and I get all excited that he even visited my page because I guess I was somewhat of a G. Craig fan. Being a minister, I used his video’s with our youth and it made an impact on them. Well I linked his page to mine along with the other links I had and I read some of the stuff he had and I commented on two things and I went back to comment on some other things the next day and when I clicked submit all of my words disappeared. This guy blocked me from ever commenting again on his page, I didn’t understand what I had done, I had always supported his ministry wrote posts about his videos, sent links to his page, shot down protesters and nay sayers and blah blah blah. I was heart broken. IC had sounded the alarm last year but I was so tone deaf to the clarion call for clarity to hear through the noise and straight to the deception. He started off an innocent preacher man and then ran after the dollar. I should have seen it coming, I mean really how much truth behind Hip Hop can there be after part 2,3,4,5???? He now has gone into marriage video’s, singles, family, CARTOONS Oh my God He has become an entire empire. What’s next diet and exercise by EX ministries, hey don’t laugh TD Jakes did it! This is cult 101 and I fell for it hook, line, sinker, fisherman, and boots, or did I? Tell me.. is this man a cult leader, or just an overzealous money changer in the temple, and if he is, how did he get there? How did he go so far from his baseline message? Now what do I do? His first few videos are packed with great information and changed the lives of my kids but his curse of the culture video was strange and skirted the line of anti-semitic. He went places he should not have without good solid evidence and I mean real good solid evidence. Since watching that video I have been able to completely shoot down some of what he said because it was based on a conspiracy theory and not historical evidence. So now what do I take down all the links or leave them up. I was even tempted to write a post to warn all who dare go to his site to look out and if they have their own blog site don’t try commenting on his site because he will block you. Oh yah I finally figured it out, or came to a conclusion, whenever I would comment on his page my avatar and blog site info would pop up so he blocked me I guess he is really into guarding his little turf. Man what a shame, oh the mighty dollar. We bloggers don’t sell what we do, we just spread the word one post at a time, but he has made this into a job. I just want to know if it’s a cult since he is acting so crazy, and territorial. I am very very disappointed, and I finally see what those you tubers were talking about.
    ~Anointed

    • 10 speaking truth November 6, 2009 at 3:46 pm

      Once again, AV – your comment leaves me almost speechless :-)

      You only reply every once and a while, but when you do…oh boy…

      I’ve never had any dealing w/G.Craig Lewis personally, aside from reading his blog every now and again (I’ve never left a comment because he closed his comment section). I’ve never linked over to anything of his either, but (as you mentioned), IndependentConservative noted Lewis’ affinity for claiming copyright infringement. However, GCMWatch was interviewed by Lewis on his radio show several months ago, so maybe he can give you a better unbiased opinion.

      That’s why I always say it is better to not sell the Gospel in any form because it exposes you to the love for money and notoriety.

  10. 11 anointedvessel November 6, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    Your answer is exactly what I needed to hear. The trepidation I pick up from you and IC is enough I don’t need to go any further than that. I may be young but I am not dumb and I believe in wise council and that is why I thought it wise to seek your opinion on this. As far as leaving you speechless. Let me throw the ball right back atcha. I don’t even belong in the same blogoshpere as you guys, so much wisdom and insight. I come here to read and learn as much as I can. You would be dumbfounded how much I use your blog to teach my classes. hahaha! of course I give your credit all the time. I even put it up on the viewer at church while I am talking my teen group. They come visiting here too but don’t comment much because most are too afraid to say anything for fear of sounding dumb. I am working with them on that. Thanks a million for answering my question and all the many unasked questions of the many as God leads you. Keep up the great work of web ministry and may God richly bless you and yours
    ~Anointed

  11. 12 Lloyd Owens November 16, 2009 at 6:25 am

    There is an increasing number women mastering these “pimp” rolls that need mention as well. I’m a recovering victim.


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