How To Start a Cult

Here’s everything you always wanted to know about how to start a cult, but were always afraid to ask. I’m pretty sure that Hans Fiene has the playbook down pat in this video. My favorite part is the necessity of claiming unverifiable special revelation. Isn’t this a foundation of every great cult? Here’s how that conversation goes:
Q: How did God tell me that you should give me all of your money and let me do whatever I want?
A: “In the secret book of totally not made up divine secrets that I’m not allowed to show to anyone.”
It’s also stunning how much sexuality ends up playing into the cult lifestyle as well. Polygamy seems to be an important issue for 19thand 20th century cult leaders.
Cult Leader: “God says that he’s going to kill us all if I don’t take another wife.”
Cult Follower: “Oh, okay. Who is your new wife going to be?”
Cult Leader: “Um, yours.”
Cult Follower: “Dang it.”
Just a little levity from Lutheran Satire…
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About Tim Suttle

Tim Suttle is a pastor, writer, and musician. He is the author of several books: Shrink: Faithful Ministry in a Church Growth Culture (Zondervan 2014), Public Jesus (The House Studio, 2012), and An Evangelical Social Gospel? (Cascade Books, 2011). Tim's work has been featured at The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, Sojourners, and other magazines and journals. Tim is also the founder and front-man of the popular Christian band Satellite Soul, with whom he toured for nearly a decade. He has planted three successful churches over the past 13 years and is the Senior Pastor of Redemption Church in Olathe, Kan. Tim's blog, Paperback Theology, is hosted at Patheos.


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