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…