Sometimes it takes a painful situation to make us change our ways. Proverbs 20:30
It’s Monday and a great time to share something good! The weather has me a little down today, but there are plenty of good things to share. For starters, I was able to finish my class and I’m half way into the next one. The class I completed was about anointing. It really opened my eyes to some new ideas. I was able to spend the day with my husband yesterday, which is always nice. He is the absolute best cook, which explains a few things. Better news is that I am out of the bed and preparing for work. The absolutely best news I have today is to share that thanks to you, yesterday hisperfecttiming had 103 likes! ❤️❤️ Thank you so much!
For my followers with chronic illnesses, I know I am not alone with health issues, but I’m determined to keep going. The worst thing for me is the embarrassment of not being able to do things people my age and even older can do. So, I do my best to hide it. I have to slow down, which I absolutely hate! There are so many things that I want to do, and I am accustomed to going through life 100 miles an hour. So, every week about this time, I say hello to my little flare. It’s a great time to catch up on reading, do some stretching and rest. So, if you have these types of struggles, remember. . . it’s all good. Find something you love to do when you are having a flare. It won’t make the pain go away, but it will help distract you and keep your spirits up.
Over the past couple of weeks my husband and I have seen several programs on television about cults. It seems that charismatic people, with their own psychological issues, draw people in for what might start out to be good. I’m reminded of what Lord Actin said in his correspondence to Bishop Creighton in 1887, power corrupts but “absolute power corrupts absolutely.” The saddest part to me is the children. They have no choices in the matter. Many are physically and sexually abused. Often they are unable to leave, or if they escape their circumstances, they lose everyone they love. There are some cults that end with everyone dying.
Here are few things to keep in mind. You might be in a cult if:
- the leader of the religious group tries to isolate you;
- critical thinking is not tolerated;
- the group does not honor the family unit;
- the doctrine does not follow Biblical scripture;
- the leader demands unreasonable loyalty;
- the leader violently demands your belief in what is being suggested;
- Members are isolated and not allowed to leave;
- deviant sexual behaviors are required, often with children;
- the group is separate from the Church; and
- beliefs taught are extreme and/or dangerous.
If you know other signs, please add them. It’s easy to get caught up in this type of group, so be cautious. The leaders are often looking for young adults and teens who feel misunderstood. Remember, many cult leaders over time begin to refer to themselves as “savior”. Jesus taught selflessness, kindness, generosity, and faith to God.
Have a great Monday! God bless you.