Walk Away Early warning signs These early warning signs, compiled by exit-counselor Rick R

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Walk Away Early warning signs These early warning signs, compiled by exit-counselor Rick Ross, may serve as a useful checklist to determine if you, a family member, or a friend has become involved in a destructive Bible-based religion. _ Isolation from everyone or everything outside of the group and its control. A we/they mentality. All those outside the group are somehow negative or not equal; one must be a member. Partial commitment or belief is not tolerated (no shades of grey). Everything outside of the group is evil, of the devil, or worldly. Excessive fasting and praying, extreme tension or stress, which may result in eating disorders, chronic depression, acute anxiety, physical exhaustion, or illness. Hallucinations (i.e. visions or messages from God). Compulsively talking about the group, its leaders, and its doctrines. Repeatedly quoting certain scriptures emphasized by the group. Refusing to engage in conversation that may question the group and its leaders. Such criticism may even be characterized as satanic. Almost complete or total domination of the participant's time by the group. Attending Bible study, crusades, revivals, prayer meetings, services, or other group activities constantly. Little if any time is left for family, old friends, or other interests. The group discourages questions concerning its leaders or doctrines. Doubt may be equated to an attack by the devil upon the follower's mind. Compulsively and constantly witnessing their beliefs to everyone, often in a confrontational or extreme manner. _ [ref001][ref002] Return to table of contents Copyright 1995 IFAS Walk Away / ifas@crocker.com [ref001] articles.html [ref002] ../uparrow.gif This file is copywritten by the Institute for First Amendment Studies. Subscribe to The Freedom Writer and Walk Away news letters by writing to or telephoneing the Institute for First Amendment Studies: Post Office Box 589 Great Barrington, Massachusetts. 01230 Telephone: (413) 528-3800 E-Mail: ifas@crocker.com Web page: http://www.crocker.com/~ifas

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