Date: February 22, 2021 03:51AM
From time to time I go back to a 80s Prosperity Gospel preacher that was infamous in Sweden. I watch to learn how they in that church did mind manipulative tricks.
Someone has digitalized VHS tapes from that time and uploaded it on the internet. Most of it is introductory material. Lessons for young and older "lost"/unhappy people.
In common they have that they are new recruited people who want to do something with their life. Turn things around.
When I read Strickers book, especially this starting chapter, I have a tool to understand how cults work with open and closed systems.https://www.exmormon.org/pattern/nature.htm
I see in the 80s clips that what the preacher does is that he starts off by devaluing the soul and start talking about the "special knowledge" that comes with the spirit.
The soul is mans way the spirit is Gods way.
So he says they are at the right place! Yes, welcome, here they will get results from their work, and they will see miracles, marvelous things happen in life. People will be blessed! But only if they learn Gods way. He insist on it. He never says they will be rich or become famous, but all those precious things will come as a result if their are truly honest in their dedication and really really repent. It is not especially that they should repent and turn to God, no, they are there to learn, they must learn, be really careful and listen, listen, listen. And on it goes.
So I sense that the focus point was to manipulate people to think more about the spirit-identity instead of the soul-identity. That is how the cult created their pattern.
Yes, everybody has a soul that church said, but the spirit is what separates wheat from the chaff. "We" have it, look how RICH we are! We get result but you as a member do not! You must listen to us more..