I am not sure if the folks that are happy within their cult are happy because of a lack of desire to be free. Christianity is so paradoxical. To be free in Christ we must submit to Him as Lord of all. We follow a law of love. We are servants, slaves, friends, and brothers of the great I AM all at the same time. Freedoms and liberty in Christ are towards not from; towards virtue, towards perfection, towards theosis.Onyx wrote:I have observed that some people are happy in cults, because they do not desire the freedom to think for themselves so much as the comfort of pre-packaged answers which give the illusion of certainty in life within the cult.
Many of those people out-grow this phase, and eventually want to regain the initiative in their lives. The two options to out-grow this dependence are to leave the cult, or to attain a leadership position within the cult so that they in turn exercise control over others. But others people are happy to spend their days in the comfortable certainty of having all the major answers to Bible interpretation and application handed down to them by leaders they can revere.
Those happily locked into cults are like Plato’s cave people that know no better. They are being fed crummy Wal-Mart dog food and are convinced it’s fillet mignon. Why would you seek outside of perfection if you thought you were already there?
I think people happy in cults are simply convinced that their way is The Way.
Any and all Christian organizations are a cult. All Christians hold to: Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Him. There is no other name by which salvation of man is given. That’s pretty hard line, there is no wiggle room.
The neo-cult grows out of replacing Christ with their own prophet or head honcho extraordinaire with whatever title he declares for himself. The deification of anyone or anything outside of the Divine results in misplaced allegiance and as such becomes classic idolatry.