Mystical Manipulation

In many cults reliance upon subjective experiences, and the strong emotions they illicit, are valued over rational inquiry. The modus operandi of the cult leader is to maintain the charade, even if the cult leader believes it to be true. The objective is that they want you to believe it as well.

Systematic Isolation

The autocratic leader will begin by placing restrictions on both themselves and their parishioners when fellowshipping with ministries outside their ranks, allowing very few, if any, to enter their sphere of influence. Limiting social interactions with those outside the cult helps solidify the unity experienced by those within, while also helping to prevent non-members from…