Have you ever wondered if there was a quick, and easy way of determining if a group is a cult? Well, there is. Just remember the three principal P’s,
The power of a cult is usually consolidated in one individual, or a small cadre. This authoritative unit sets the doctrines, and practices of the cult. They are the supreme authority. They are not to be questioned. Their power over the people is absolute. They can even cast the individual out of the cult, and forbid their family, and friends within the cult from communicating with them. Getting kicked out would seem like a blessing to us, but not to a person who is in the midst of it. Usually, the rules are for everyone else. They always have a loophole, or exemption for themselves. They enjoy titles for themselves, real or imagined. All resources flow upstream, and then back down at the direction of their leaders. People often are directed to give up what they own to demonstrate their devotion, or provide slave labor for the endeavors of the cult. This is nothing compared to having the members commit suicide, murder, or perverse acts for their pleasure, all common among cults.
The profit, $$$, scratch, bread, cash, is king with the leaders. They must have it. For profit, they claim to be prophets. The leadership will make their living from directing the cult, and from its members work. Promises of spiritual recompense for their sacrifices are often made. The leadership will usually live an opulent lifestyle while the lower members do not. The leadership will have immodestly ornate clothing, jewelry, large houses, and expensive cars. They also have a penchant for luxury vehicles like, yachts, large R.V.’s, buses, and private jets. After all, you can’t expect your glorious leader to travel like the common folk. They are god’s anointed!(sarcasm) When traveling you will often see them stay at the most expensive luxury hotels, and spend exorbitant amounts of money on shopping sprees.
The perversion of the leaders manifests in every type of sexual act imaginable.(Better left unimagined on our parts.) These groups will almost always have some perverse practices. They generally include, promiscuity, fornication, adultery, polygamy, aspects of bondage, domination, sadism, and masochism, pedophilia, and others. The leaders are the ones who receive the carnal offerings of these perversions, while the members are there as the victims. Some members who are higher up in the cult may be given more of a role in the perverse practices to groom them for leadership, and to make them just as culpable under the law. This helps ensure their silence. Children of members are groomed for abuse, and often live lives of constant, ongoing, ritual abuse. This kind of abuse is very difficult to recover from, and includes demonic activity.
This is a very brief treatment of the topic. The purpose of the three principal P’s is to help you make a quick cursory appraisal of a group. This can help you decide whether a more detailed, and thorough investigation should be completed. Keep in mind, the leaders never seem the least bit ashamed of all their excesses. In fact, they are usually proud of them as a hallmark of their worthiness. They justify their greed, and perversion, away by virtue of who they are. Pride is at the root of all three P’s. I guess I could have made it the four P’s, or the one P with the three P subgroups, but none of that is going to satisfy my desire for alliteration now is it?
ps. There are cults identifying as Christian out there. They might not posses one, or more of the three P’s, but are still a cult because of their false teachings, from false profits. They might have a pretty public facade, but in their early days, their leaders could have been identified by the three P’s. Keep this in mind as well. You know who you are J.S.
and don’t forget the Taze haze of the J.W.’s