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Title Kings Chapel aka Bethel Church
Founder Jean Spademan (aka "Syro"), John Hibbert, Sam Wibberley
Behavior
Control
1. Regulation of individual's physical reality
  a. Where, how and with whom the member lives and associates with
  b. What clothes, colors, hairstyles the person wears
  c. What food the person eats, drinks, adopts, and rejects
  d. How much sleep the person is able to have
  e. Financial dependence
  f. Little or no time spent on leisure, entertainment, vacations

2. Major time commitment required for indoctrination sessions and group rituals

3. Need to ask permission for major decisions

4. Need to report thoughts, feelings and activities to superiors

5. Rewards and punishments (behavior modification techniques- positive and negative).

6. Individualism discouraged; group think prevails

7. Rigid rules and regulations

8. Need for obedience and dependency.

By a former member: Regulation of individuals physical reality Where to live is often checked with Syro. Also prospective marriage partners, dates for weddings, and names for children. Need to ask permission for major decisions Not so much ask permission, but many members check with Syro about major decisions. Need to report thoughts, feelings and activities to superiors Not so much ask permission, but many members check with Syro about major decisions. Rewards and punishments (behavior modification techniques- positive and negative). Ive been told that especially in the inner circle people are often made to feel good about themselves when they do the right thing, which might mean being harsh to someone who is not right in some way. Showing righteous indignation.

Information
Control
1. Use of deception
  a. Deliberately holding back information
  b. Distorting information to make it acceptable
  c. Outright lying

2. Access to non-cult sources of information minimized or discouraged
  a. Books, articles, newspapers, magazines, TV, radio
  b. Critical information
  c. Former members
  d. Keep members so busy they don’t have time to think

3. Compartmentalization of information; Outsider vs. Insider doctrines
  a. Information is not freely accessible
  b. Information varies at different levels and missions within pyramid
  c. Leadership decides who “needs to know” what

4. Spying on other members is encouraged
  a. Pairing up with “buddy” system to monitor and control
  b. Reporting deviant thoughts, feelings, and actions to leadership

5. Extensive use of cult generated information and propaganda
  a. Newsletters, magazines, journals, audio tapes, videotapes, etc.
  b. Misquotations, statements taken out of context from non-cult sources

6. Unethical use of confession
  a. Information about “sins” used to abolish identity boundaries
  b. Past “sins” used to manipulate and control; no forgiveness or absolution

Use of deception Newcomers are not usually exposed to disciplining etc, or even knowledge of the fact it happens. Access to non-cult sources of information minimized or discouraged Committed members will not usually have anything to do with anything critical of the group. They would be frightened even to think about it, for fear of giving ground to the devil. They will also often shun former members, since light has no fellowship with dark. Compartmentalization of information; Outsider vs. Insider doctrines Info certainly isnt freely accessible for one thing members are discouraged from talking of their experiences. Ive heard the leaders ask for the tape recorder (meetings are usually taped) to be switched off when talking about an outsider, or about something just for the church.

Thought
Control
1. Need to internalize the group's doctrine as "Truth"
  a. Map = Reality
  b. Black and White thinking
  c. Good vs. evil
  d. Us vs. them (inside vs. outside)

2. Adopt "loaded" language (characterized by "thought-terminating clichés"). Words are the tools we use to think with. These "special" words constrict rather than expand understanding. They function to reduce complexities of experience into trite, platitudinous "buzz words".

3. Only "good" and "proper" thoughts are encouraged.

4. Thought-stopping techniques (to shut down "reality testing" by stopping "negative" thoughts and allowing only "good" thoughts); rejection of rational analysis, critical thinking, constructive criticism.
  a. Denial, rationalization, justification, wishful thinking
  b. Chanting
  c. Meditating
  d. Praying
  e. Speaking in "tongues"
  f. Singing or humming

5. No critical questions about leader, doctrine, or policy seen as legitimate

6. No alternative belief systems viewed as legitimate, good, or useful

Adopt loaded language The group use quite a few phrases, such as put your flesh down or dying to self. Murmuring is another loaded word, since outsiders wouldnt have a clue what it means. Only good and proper thoughts are encouraged The group put a heavy emphasis on the thought life. They will quote a scripture where Jesus says if a man looks at a woman to lust after her to mean God expects members to watch their thoughts, not just actions. They also use the idea that God can reveal those thoughts to Syro to make members frightened of being exposed. When members are accused of thoughts, it makes no difference of course whether they have thought them or not. No critical questions about leader, doctrine, or policy seen as legitimate Members are discouraged from publicly voicing such questions. Because of the murmuring thing, most members would see such questions as wrong anyway, even before they were asked.

Emotional
Control
1. Manipulate and narrow the range of a person's feelings.

2. Make the person feel like if there are ever any problems it is always their fault, never the leader's or the group's.

3. Feeling-stopping. Like thought-stopping, this is the automatic suppression or blocking of feelings that are not acceptable by the cult identity- such as feeling "homesick" or feeling "depressed" or feeling "resentful".

4. Excessive use of guilt
  a. Identity guilt
    1. Who you are (not living up to your potential)
    2. Your family
    3. Your past
    4. Your affiliations
    5. Your thoughts, feelings, actions
    6. Social guilt
    7. Historical guilt

5. Excessive use of fear
  a. Fear of thinking independently
  b. Fear of the "outside" world
  c. Fear of enemies
  d. Fear of losing one's "salvation"
  e. Fear of leaving the group or being shunned by group
  f. Fear of disapproval

6. Extremes of emotional highs and lows.

7. Ritual and often public confession of "sins".

8. Phobia indoctrination: programming of irrational fears of ever leaving the group or even questioning the leader's authority. The person under mind control cannot visualize a positive, fulfilled future without being in the group.
  a. No happiness or fulfillment "outside"of the group
  b. Terrible consequences will take place if you leave: "hell"; "demon possession"; "incurable diseases"; "accidents"; "suicide"; "insanity"; "10,000 reincarnations"; etc.
  c. Shunning of leave takers. Fear of being rejected by friends, peers, and family.
  d. Never a legitimate reason to leave. From the group's perspective, people who leave are: "weak"; "undisciplined"; "unspiritual"; "worldly"; "brainwashed by family, counselors"; seduced by money, sex, rock and roll.

Make the person feel like if there are ever any problems it is always their fault, never the leaders or the groups Problems are always caused by either the flesh or the devil, in that order. Excessive use of fear: Fear of thinking independently; fear of the outside world; fear of enemies; fear of losing ones salvation; fear of leaving the group or being shunned by group; fear of disapproval All are present to some degree. Phobia indoctrination: programming of irrational fears of ever leaving the group or even questioning the leaders authority. The person under mind control cannot visualize a positive, fulfilled future without being in the group. Very familiar to me. Ive also heard of people being told by Syro of dire consequences when they have decided to leave. One person was told her family would break up and she would die within 6 months.

Other
Resources
(articles, videos, information)

Bethel Church, Mansfield Woodhouse (Wikipedia)