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CULTS AND CONSCIENCE: APOLOGETICS AND THE RECONFIGURED CONSCIENCE OF CULT MEMBERS

by H. G. STOKER in Vol. 6 No. 1 / Apr 2020

DOI: https://doi.org/10.35285/ucc6.1.2020.art4



While our Creator made the human conscience an intrinsic part of us to enable us to fulfill our calling morally and responsibly, cults use people’s consciences to control them—even to do things that they would have previously considered as wrong. The conscience goes against the immediate human impulse for self-interest and is independent of the individual’s will because God created it to go against that person’s desire. A guilty conscience can thus be abused as a very effective means of control. While the so-called Christian cults make their members willfully obedient through reconfiguring their consciences, Christian apologists should find ways to address the content of cult members’ consciences to bring them back to a truly biblical understanding.

Keywords
Cults, Conscience, Apologetics, Control, Mind Control, Reconfigured Conscience
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