Who thinks JW is a cult?
Not too many years back I remember reading a sociology paper that classified JWs as a high control group. The researchers heavily weighted the presence of a charismatic leader and thats one main reason why they didn't classify the dubs as a cult - despite all the other clear indicators. If only they really understood the extent of loyalty demanded of the dub to the ORG.
I'm with SNG. Any which way you label it, it'll still batter you.
P.S. Do you think the Faithful and Discreet Slave's teaching that how someone treats them determines whether they're a sheep or goat, so saved or destroyed, would make the researchers reconsider their classification of the JWs?
http://www.paralumun.com/cult.htm A cult is a business organization that fronts as a faith in order to gain money and assets. Where, how and with whom the member lives and associates with. What clothes, colors, hairstyles the person wears. X What food the person eats and drinks. X How much sleep the person is allowed to have. Financial dependence on the cult. Commitment required for indoctrination sessions and group rituals. Required to report thoughts, feelings and activities to superiors in the cult. Behavior modification techniques. Individualism discouraged. Extreme rigid rules. Need for obedience and dependency. Distorting information to make it acceptable. Outright lying. Denied access to books, articles, newspapers, magazines, TV, radio. The cult keeps members so busy they don?t have time to think for themselves. Outsider vs. Insider doctrines. Leadership decides who "needs to know" what. Spying on other members is encouraged within the cult. Past "sins" used to manipulate and control. X Chanting X Speaking in "tongues" Manipulate and narrow the range of a person?s feelings. Terrible consequences will take place if you leave the cult.I found the above in a search on Combatting Cult Mind Control.
There are 24 items listed. I've X'd the 4 items that don't apply to the WBTS. Pretty bad, eh?
Cult? Hell yes. So gratefull I've been out as long as I have and have had my own life.
CULT ? NO WAY! You can check out any time you want...
...you just can't leave.
You're missing the Judas Goat!