Why People Join Cults/Sects/New Religious Orders

Some of you are probably thinking, "Why would anyone want to join a new religious order?"

Each individual has their own reasons for joining a cult/sect/new religious order.

Millions of Americans are eager to slough off their familial and social obligations and abandon their homes, to dance, sing and clap on street corners in pensive anticipation of the end times.

People join new sects because they are weak, gullible, hungry mendicants who desperately yearn for a sense of feeling wanted, a purpose to live, community friendship, wisdom, and eventually salvation.

Sects recruit those who are confused and looking for a new place. However, when people join these cults and religious groups, they don't believe it is a cult.

Cults recruit those who are most vulnerable, because these people are less likely to see through the layers of deceit. New religious sects target friendly, obedient, altruistic and malleable people because they are easy to persuade and manage.

They do not deal with the strong willed, disobedient or self-centred type, as they are too hard to mould.

Cults Use Various Techniques to Recruit Non-Members to Their Cult/Sect:

1. The First Approach –
This is where members of the cult approach potential recruits.

Because we are all social creatures, we are prone to listen to nice people who approach us in a friendly or helpful manner and, who speak enthusiastically about what they believe. This is exactly what recruiters do.

People don't normally go looking for sects/new religious beliefs to join, but are most often approached by a friendly sect member.

2. The Second Stage – Invitation
The recruiter often appears non-threatening and gathers prior information about the potential recruit in order to put into play the idea that they have much in common, and that the recruiter and recruit are very similar.

The recruiter often shows interest in the person they're recruiting and mirrors their interests, and invites the potential recruit to dinner, group meeting, etc.

3. The Third Stage - That First Fatal Step
Many ex-cult members have referred the "that first fatal step". This is usually the acceptance of the invitation to a dinner, meeting, etc

This is the start of weeks, months and years in the sect.

In most cases, potential recruits are pressed to attend these events and are given no time to reflect whether or not they want to go.

4. Fourth Stage - Manipulation and Deceit
Once the sect has lured people into coming to their dinners and gatherings, they have to keep the people there. Manipulation of thoughts and feelings is central to the success of the sect recruitment process.

Sects prey on the experiences and feelings of their new members. Sects often tap into these unresolved feelings and exploit them to bind members to the group. Some assume gestures and mannerisms in order to conform and act as a whole. New religious orders also use guilt in order to keep members in the sect.

Recruits are told non-believers are bad. New members begin to think that husbands, wives, family, etc. are bad, if they "are against their new chosen way". In turn new recruits are encouraged to break contact with their close-ones.