Health Issues in Cults

There are many health issues that are visible signs of people in cults.

Disease - Bodily Discomfort

Before I get into the specific topic of headaches, mood-swings, multiple voices etc, I need to address the cause. First, the cult is full of hideous lies and contradictions. It is antithesis (complete opposite in theme) to truth and absolute knowledge. The lies are devious and subtle. See also Satan Deceives Eve. The second element that leads to disease of the body is this (the Bible always states things so well):

Pro 21:2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts.
Pro 12:15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.

We always try to justify our actions. Anytime someone does evil, they justify themselves in their minds. If they are having trouble, they may find someone else who is rebellious and talk with them to get their support in their rebellion. This "helps" them justify themselves in their own mind.

When we do evil, we have two choices. We can justify ourselves (changes our beliefs) or repent, admit wrong and plead Christ's blood to forgive us of our sins.

When we justify ourselves, we call God a liar. When we call God a liar, then we will discount his commandments and set ourselves up as God. This puts a huge workload on us. We have to come up with lies to justify our sin and rebellion against the LORD. People who ask us questions, drive us nuts. I've heard someone say that for every lie you tell, it requires about two other lies to support the first lie. So you can see after a couple questions, a person has to come up with a lot of lies in order to continue in their sin. This generation of plausible/ reasonable-sounding lies requires a lot of work. Plus, all those lies have to be remembered. It's easier for people to discount the people asking questions, tell others to shut up or to just plug your ears. When we've been deceived by others, then we have to figure out that we've been lied to. This takes a lot of work. This may be a new subject to many people, so please consider these verses:

Physical responses to hearing the truth and rejecting it.

Zec 7:11 But they refused to hearken, and pulled away the shoulder, and stopped their ears, that they should not hear.

These men were believing in a lie (Jesus not God) and it caused them to have to rethink things when Jesus spoke with them.

Mar 2:6 But there were certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts, Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only? And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, he said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts? Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk? But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house.

Here Jesus asks one question and look at all the thinking they had to do.

Mat 21:25 The baptism of John, whence was it? from heaven, or of men? And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say unto us, Why did ye not then believe him? But if we shall say, Of men; we fear the people; for all hold John as a prophet. And they answered Jesus, and said, We cannot tell. And he said unto them, Neither tell I you by what authority I do these things.

People get violent and murder a man for telling the truth to them

Act 7:55 But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God, and said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God. Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord, and cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man's feet, whose name was Saul. And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.

I hope you can see from just a few verses of the Bible that the issue of truth (God) and our health are very much related. I would like to share with you some of the examples that I've seen while in the 2x2 cult.

  1. My grandfather had several nervous breakdowns
  2. My mother had several nervous breakdowns
  3. Where I went to meeting (next door), the elder's wife had numerous mental health issues, received shock treatment etc
  4. My uncle had mental health issues from being in the cult.
  5. I suffered severe emotional stress and strain from being in the 2x2 work as a worker for only 1.5 years!! Incredible damage to my health in just a short time!
  6. I almost died from food poisoning while in the care of the workers within my first month as a worker!
  7. I saw severe emotional stress of relatives after they slept with other 2x2s out of wedlock.
  8. I lived with a man who was dying of stress and could not be helped by physicians while a 2x2 elder went out at night with his own wife!
  9. A man told me he was going to go crazy (he literally was) from the stress of the workers while his wife was separating from him and the workers and friends were encouraging and helping it to happen!
  10. A man told me that he had a nervous breakdown and was in the hospital from days from his 2x2 wife who divorced him.
  11. A man who had horrible stomach pains from his 2x2 wife who divorced him with the assistance of the "friends" after he quit going to meetings.
  12. A man who turned to drinking after his 2x2 wife divorced him and quit having sex with him after assurance of workers that this was the right thing to do.

Ok, I'm going to stop there. It is hard enough on me to even write these things down and remember them! There are so many stresses that cults place on people who are in them, people who have to live around cult members and those who have to even hear about them.

I'll write more later, but here's some more verses ,I don't want to forget, that show how the body relates to the spirit in many ways.

Lam 1:20 Behold, O LORD; for I am in distress: my bowels are troubled; mine heart is turned within me; for I have grievously rebelled: abroad the sword bereaveth, at home there is as death.
Luk 21:26 Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.
Jer 31:20 Is Ephraim my dear son? is he a pleasant child? for since I spake against him, I do earnestly remember him still: therefore my bowels are troubled for him; I will surely have mercy upon him, saith the LORD.
Gen 43:30 And Joseph made haste; for his bowels did yearn upon his brother: and he sought where to weep; and he entered into his chamber, and wept there.
Num 5:22 And this water that causeth the curse shall go into thy bowels, to make thy belly to swell, and thy thigh to rot: And the woman shall say, Amen, amen.
2Ch 21:12 And there came a writing to him from Elijah the prophet, saying, Thus saith the LORD God of David thy father, Because thou hast not walked in the ways of Jehoshaphat thy father, nor in the ways of Asa king of Judah, 2Ch 21:13 But hast walked in the way of the kings of Israel, and hast made Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to go a whoring, like to the whoredoms of the house of Ahab, and also hast slain thy brethren of thy father's house, which were better than thyself: 2Ch 21:14 Behold, with a great plague will the LORD smite thy people, and thy children, and thy wives, and all thy goods: 2Ch 21:15 And thou shalt have great sickness by disease of thy bowels, until thy bowels fall out by reason of the sickness day by day.
Jer 4:19 My bowels, my bowels! I am pained at my very heart; my heart maketh a noise in me; I cannot hold my peace, because thou hast heard, O my soul, the sound of the trumpet, the alarm of war.

"Split personalities", multiple voices, emotional disturbance, emotional regression, childishness, immaturity, imaginations, deceits, crafty speech,

When people go to doctor's offices or counselors, they may hide from the people the fact that they are in a cult (are they really going to say "Hey doc, I'm in a cult called the 2x2s or "the way" )

Helpful things that you can do to support people in cults and their families who are going through the stress and strain:

  1. Send flowers
  2. Send a card
  3. Email them
  4. Call them and give them phone hugs:)
  5. Read the Bible to them, especially the Psalms
  6. Bring them a meal
  7. Call them and stop over and say "hi"
  8. Encourage them with wholesome words of the LORD

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