It's all about fear, manipulation and control. I was a preteen in the late '60's. I swallowed the whole 1975 thing hook, line and sinker-- my family was going to be destroyed by God, fire balls raining from heaven, the earth swallowing them up forever. I never said it to them, but I believed it. I believed I would have to be prepared to die in a consentration camp or prison as an act of loyalty if called upon. I might be brutally raped, beaten and murdered like the brothers and sisters in Malawi.
These beliefs caused recurring nightmares, severe anxiety and depression through my mid-thirties, and they are one factors in my PTSD.
I was doing well and was stable for about five years post exit, off all meds even, but life has thrown some curve balls, and I'm highly reactive and easily triggered again.
Please, if you are a parent with a young child in this cult, get out now and allow your children a happy, normal childhood.
42 years in, 7 out and still struggling.