Another reason why people may ''cling'' to false prophets is that of a ''Stockholm syndrome'' like situation. After believing in something for decades and decades, you have to, YOU HAVE to!!! You have no choice but other to agree and believe in something no matter how out of whack it seems, because in a way the human mind cannot accept harsh reality, because the Truth about something can be totally devastating!!
People sometimes have to rely on people who mentally abuse or mentally manipulate them!!