A June 18 article published in The Atlantic — “The Seven Signs You’re in a Cult” — helps to illustrate symptoms of cult behavior. It is well-written and accurately portrays the codependency and progressive extremism of cults.
Here are eight reasons why I think this article is worth your time:
- It portrays well the narcissism and control of cult leaders.
- It helps show “what’s in it” for the cult follower: counterfeit significance, security, and love
- It explains why it is hard for a member to leave a cult, even when they have doubts and misgivings about the leader.
- It highlights the insularity and elitism of cult members.
- It exposes the most common demographic of people who first get involved in cults: college-aged and young career adults.
- It shows the danger of unbalanced preoccupation with spiritual warfare and prophecy.
- It illustrates why fear of “the world” is a trap which leads to legalism, judgmentalism, and paranoia.
- It reminds us that no human being can mediate between God and people, except Jesus Christ.