The cult leaders are free from all responsibility. To make a request in the cult leader’s name is to blame the cult leader for any ill will that might result. To claim, for example, that “I divorced my wife because the leader told me to” is to refuse responsibility for one’s own actions. Although a cult leader may have “shown the way,” a member divorces his wife or disowns his children because it’s the “right thing to do.” To use the leader as an excuse is just another way to express doubt.
When have church leaders ever accepted responsibility for bad advice given to members, false prophecies, or financial incompetence? When something didn’t work out for a member in the World Mission Society Church Of God it often seemed to be the member’s fault and never the organization or its leadership. If the organization monopolizes all of a member’s time and the member’s spouse divorces them, then is that the member’s fault or the organization’s?
Members must strive to act in accordance with the cult leaders’ wishes without thinking. The conditioning, confusion, and fear to which the members are subjected result in a set of new behaviors that take the place of what normally might be called intuition or instinct. Once achieved, this automatic behavior is a welcome relief from the constant questioning of one’s own actions.
WMSCOG members are told not to “use your own mind” early on. Independent critical thinking is suppressed and blind obedience is encouraged. Members are told that those of high faith “just follow” or “just believe” without any doubts or questions. Critical thinking seems to be discouraged.
Once they reach the highest levels of the cult pyramid, members are privy to their leaders’ darkest actions. Members must also come to terms with the abusive behavior of their leaders.
Fortunately for me, I did not reach a high level on the group’s “pyramid”. As for my family member, I am sure that he is on the right track and will get there eventually. If any former WMSCOG member would like to add an experience of their own that is relevant to this step in the indoctrination process, please comment below, or in the forum.
The final stage of cult indoctrination is to accept the leaders as the perfect center of the universe, from which all else derives. The “fully evolved” cult member thus understands all the pain and suffering as resistance to the cult leaders’ divinity. The leader is the single point of entry for God and perfection in the otherwise imperfect universe.
WMSCOG members consider their “father and mother” perfect and are very easily offended by any criticism made about them or the group. WMSCOG members often can not conceive that their “father and mother” could do any wrong, make mistakes, commit sin, etc. no matter what proof you may be able to provide. This defensive mechanism is a tell-tale sign that the indoctrination process have been successful. The member does not critically analyze the organization or its leadership.
Once cult leaders have achieved such a stature in his followers’ minds, the leader can ask them to do anything, even to kill themselves. They already have been trained to go against their own instincts. Thwarting one’s natural tendency toward self-preservation becomes a pleasurable, almost fetishistic obsession. As members look for more outrageous ways to break their own attachment to life, suicide emerges as the ultimate act of devotion.
In my experience, fully indoctrinated WMSCOG members viewed normal life activities as a waste of time and were not concerned with their lives here on earth. The more they forsook the “worldly garbage” and focused on working as hard as possible to repay God’s grace, the less they focused on family, friends, work, paying bills, etc. Suicide is one aspect of destructive groups that does not exist at the present time in the WMSCOG.