People do not knowingly join "cults" that will ultimately destroy and kill them. People join self-help groups, churches, political movements, college campus dinner socials, and the like, in an effort to be part of something larger than themselves. It is mostly the innocent and naive who find themselves entrapped. In their openhearted endeavor to find meaning in their lives, they walk blindly into the promise of ultimate answers and a higher purpose. It is usually only gradually that a group turns into or reveals itself as a cult, becomes malignant, but by then it is often too late.
I think this is one of the primary reasons that people (not young children) come into a group. "self-help groups, churches, political movements, college campus dinner socials.
College Campus dinner dinner socials is the primary contact for Church of Christ Cult - according to some x's.
When family and friends are used as a weapon in order to force us to stay in an organization, something has gone terribly wrong.
If I, as a young woman, had had someone explain to me what cults are and how indoctrination works, my story might not have been the same.
This would be the primary reason for these types of books, these forums, the news reports, etc. Perhaps someone will read BEFORE they join......not after they give up so much to escape.
Hope all's going well for you & your family? Good - I knew it would.