Did some relevant reading in the Twisted Scriptures book recently…in a section entitled “Persecution…Are You Kidding?” these are a few quotes from pages 135 and 137 that really jumped off the page:
“Controlling groups really make a big deal out of being persecuted…This conditioning produces a strong reaction when something negative has been said about your group or its leaders.”
“This emotional reaction usually causes you to discredit those who speak out against the group, its policies, leaders, or their teachings…”
“Why do controlling groups and cults have to impress upon their members that criticism of leaders is persecution? To more fully control or influence members.”
For the last 12 years I was taught that if anyone disagreed or spoke against the message the pastor preached and the group believed, that this was persecution. Now I can see clearly that this “group think” was just another way for us to be controlled, and a slick way to keep members from listening to anyone pointing out the error we’d swallowed!