Whether our community is a cult by definition or a more subtle apparatus of institutional control is not the point. The point is that it is a form of abuse that is so subtle that it can pass for a version of Christianity. It is a ‘version’ of course. It is a tare. Jesus does not expect you stay in it just as He insists that no one be imprisoned in an abusive marriage. The worst form of Christian abuse is found not in sexual abuse. It appears where people teach lies as though they are the truth of God.
“More often than not, leaving a cult environment requires an adjustment period, not only to reintegrate into “normal” society but also to put the pieces of yourself back together in a way that makes sense to you. When you first leave a cultic situation, you may not recognize yourself. You may not know how to identify the problems you are about to face. You may not have the slightest idea who you want to be. The question we often ask children, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” suddenly takes on a new meaning for adult ex-cult members.” (2)
When Jesus is your life – the Jesus who is I AM and the CHRIST OF GOD, will reveal Himself as He is. In this real Jesus you will grow into your real self. You will grow into your real self – an uninhibited and un-retarded son/daughter of God. In the real Jesus you become the real you.
Jesus is the I AM of Himself and Father's Son. False Christ's are not necessarily demonic figures. They are misshapen constructs of our own minds and the creation of institutionalism. Jesus reveals Himself as He is to anyone who desires to know Him.
(1) Turner, Jeff. Saints in the Arms of a Happy God: Recovering the Image of God and Man (pp. 10-11). Jeff Turner. Kindle Edition.
(2) Madeleine Landau Tobias, Captive Hearts, Captive Minds: Freedom and Recovery from Cults and Other Abusive Relationships.