Nowadays, unfortunately, few people are frightened by a warning, admonishing not to communicate with sectarians and not to take part in their actions, lectures, trainings and other events. Today, people have become spiritually blind and completely indifferent to their salvation and the state of their immortal soul. A new world social heresy appeared - tolerance. Say, you need to respect the views of atheists atheists, you need to understand sectarians, you need to be politically correct with totalitarian blasphemers and accept the permissibility of other religions, pseudo-spiritual practices and so on.
Certainly, we, Orthodox Christians, who are in true and united living communion with God, should, by example of their personal piety and spiritual life, be the light of the world (Matt. 5:16) and enlighten the lost souls with the light of divine knowledge. But in order to enlighten someone, you must first become Orthodox in practice, and not only formally related to the holy Church. Yes, we must respect the right to choose every personbecause this sacred right is given to him by God Himself; and even God does not violate this right of every soul. But we cannot respect sin! Respect heresy and blasphemy -NOT ACCEPTABLE !!!
Unfortunately, it is many modern “Orthodox” who know nothing about real Orthodoxy and become victims of sectarian recruitment. Why? Yes, because they were never Orthodox and knew nothing about God and His holy Church! By laziness they did not study the word of God (the scripture), they did not know anything about the sacred tradition and the church tradition. They were constantly obedient slaves of their passions and sinful habits, as well as unwilling executors of the generally accepted "norms" of modern totalitarian godlessness ...
But not only our “poorly enlightened” brothers and sisters fall into sects, but also many other people who have nothing to do with the Church of Christ and who know nothing about God and religion.
Who gets into the sect?
Any person who is not approved by the Holy Spirit in the knowledge of Divine revelation can fall under the psychological recruiting influence. First of all, these are people inspired. These include about 30% of the total mass of the population. There are no people inspired at all.There are only more inspired and less suggestible, but there are no people insured from the psychological impact.
Suggestibility depends on several factors:
a) from the emotional mood and condition of the person;
b) from its location to the search for spiritual life;
c) from personal spiritual experience.
How can a normal sane person today believe in the nonsense that sects offer (especially totalitarian ones) and come there? It is necessary to begin with the fact that no one ever comes to sects, they lead to sects. Through deception, concealment of information and unfair advertising ... In order for a person to fall into a sect, two circumstances need to coincide:
1. A person must be able to lability (suggestibility).
2. The recruiter must offer him exactly what this man lacks.
What does it mean to be in a state of suggestibility?
In the life of each of us there are periods when suggestibility greatly increases. Basically, these are periods of stress. Stress does not necessarily mean something globally horrible - according to external factors, it can be imperceptible. For example, vacation or business trip is a very strong stress.At this time, a person is in an unfamiliar environment and in an environment unknown to him, he is looking for a social circle and becomes the most open (labile) for external psychological influences. That is why in the resort cities the streets are simply teeming with sectarian recruiters - for every taste and color.
But the most severe stress occurs due to surprises and shock that occur in our lives, for example, when a loved one is lost or someone is disappointed in something or something.
There are two more periods of the greatest suggestibility. This is the stress of growing up - when a young man or girl is released from school and opens to them unknown horizons of independent life, as well as middle-aged stress - the pre-retirement and the beginning of the retirement period, when a person ceases to feel needed, in demand, young and strong, when he begins to lose loved ones people and, of course, think about it ... It’s exactly in these two periods that a person becomes psychologically most vulnerable, and the sectarians are right there - they are happy to try using the "knurled" pattern ...
Therefore, the favorite target contingent of sects is precisely the youth (conveniently strategically) and middle-aged people (conveniently practically).
In the modern world, a person has a lot of opportunities, but for some reason the needs have not diminished, but even more! Almost everyone needs or is in search of something. And because sectarians, in order to attract new members into their ranks, it is necessary:
a) offer a person what he lacks;
b) voice this sentence on time.
Today, adepts of sects have a lot of tricks and baits. Here are some of them.
Free courses.“Free English (or other) language courses. Business language and speaking. Fast, easy, high quality. ” Of course, it sounds tempting! Especially the word "free." Many people need English today, and it’s also very “fast and easy”. Only it would seem so big, but they believe in fairy tales ... And at the word "free" they forget that free cheese is only in a mousetrap ...
In these courses, really, they begin to teach English, only they are taught not by professionals, but by ordinary native speakers. Initially, the teaching materials tell about “Christian” families, “spirituality”, etc. Then, after a little pressure on the human mind, by simple psychological methods, “once - and there is!” - the fish hooked. Therefore, be careful - do not swallow the bait, bypass it.
Ads.Another common trick is ads. “An interesting high-paying job for energetic and creative people. Age from 16 to 60 years. " That is, any age, no education, salary is high, the work is interesting, and so on. Then the “interview” - and on the thumb…
Free lectures and trainings.“How to create family happiness”, “How to become successful”, “How to achieve success in business and personal life”, “How to get rid of bad habits and addictions” ... Sometimes they are called to circles and societies for studying the Bible or simply “fun ecologically clean get-together. "
Or these ads:“The diagnostic center of such and such a doctor or such and such quickly and accurately makes a general diagnosis of the body. The optimal course of treatment and prophylaxis of the body is guaranteed, as well as the prevention of potential diseases ”, etc.
“We invite you to Lecture Hall on ancient Greek philosophy and history of Byzantine culture” ...
“We invite you to Vedic cooking courses” ...
And a great many other similar examples. That is, each person is offered exactly what he is looking for and what he lacks.
You can often see similar invitation flyers:“We invite you to visit ... Here you will find a pleasant social circle and true friends, interesting work, healing from diseases, healing from infertility, getting rid of a curse, getting rid of bad habits and addictions. You will start a new life with new horizons, ”etc. - that is, everything at once, for every taste and need. And if a person finds something of his own in this sentence, he will think ...
Be carefull!In no case do not think: “I’m going to go out once, for intelligence ...” or “I’m an adult with formed views ...” Do not tempt God! Sectarians are just waiting for you to think that way. Therefore, if someone of your friends came under a similar influence, make sure that this person does not perish spiritually forever. If you do not provide an ambulance in time, then it can be very difficult to reanimate. And when this person becomes the next zombie "slave", rewrites all his property on the sect and will "work" on it, then this may be on your conscience, since you did not help the perishing ...
Priest Valentin Chumachenko (Moscow Diocese)