Tag Archives: deception

‘He would use the word of God to influence’

From Fox6Now.com in Milwaukee:

MILWAUKEE — Four people are behind bars — convicted of preaching a lie. The group took tens of millions of dollars from churchgoers who never saw it coming.

“He would use the word of God to influence. He was greeting people and meeting people at church functions,” said David Oakley, U.S. postal inspector.

“He” is Thomas Kimmel, and he would hold seminars on personal finances at various churches.

Read the rest here.

‘Undue Influence’ As A Possible Legal Recourse Against Authoritarian Churches And Bullying Ministers

Steve Hassan, an expert on religious cults and high-control groups, explains “undue influence” in this short video — and pay close attention to the segment starting at about the 38-second mark.

“In my experience, anyone is vulnerable to undue influence…” Another quick explainer:

Next, Hassan explains the problem with undue influence.

“[W]e’re using the legal term undue influence, because that best describes what it’s really about. It’s the exploitation and manipulation of someone with power over someone else to make them dependent and obedient…”

Here’s another interesting point, also from the video immediately above, regarding undue influence and its ability to manipulate vulnerable people:

“So there’s no informed consent. When you think of a destructive mind control cult, always think, people may say, ‘I chose to join,’ but they didn’t in my professional opinion choose to join. They were lied to, they were manipulated, and they were indoctrinated, and once I have a chance to teach them what we know about social psychology, what we know about hypnosis for example, people wake up and they realize, ‘I didn’t choose.'”
In the next video (below), Santa Clara Law Professor Alan Scheflin and Hassan give back-to-back presentations.

Scheflin quotes Lunde and Wilson from a 1977 publication: “No reported case in Anglo-American law has accepted brainwashing as a defense to criminal liability.”

That is why “undue influence” has become a more viable option by which to make legal claims against high-control groups.

Read more and see more videos at FreedomOfMind.com.

Sneakiness is a characteristic of authoritarian churches: Mark Driscoll’s unannounced ‘stealth sermons’

As Warren Throckmorton recently noted:

“Mark Driscoll’s last two appearances in church were stealth sermons. At Thrive, he spoke in a main session but wasn’t on the program. Gold Creek Community Church leaders would not disclose Driscoll’s identity as guest speaker in advance.”

Secrecy of that sort has no place in any healthy organization.

Call it what it is: deception.

That’s why I cannot and will not trust anything Thrive or Gold Creek Community Church leaders say or do, past, present, or future, until they clearly identify and apologize for their mistake of sneaking a wolf into the fold.

And you should not trust Thrive or Gold Creek Community Church leaders, either.

Be smarter. Do not trust people just because they hold Bibles and have big congregations.

Research finds short-cuts to influence, manipulation, and deception

The rapid growth of knowledge in human psychology and other fields make each new political campaign — and each new sales pitch, and each new advertising campaign, and each new religious organization — a little more treacherous than the last round, because researchers are finding new ways to (almost) guarantee a positive response to persuasion.

Get the full report right here.