"Pastor's Shadow" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

10 ways a church can control people without them knowing it

"Pastor's Shadow" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward
(This post is somewhat recycled from 2011.) I have researched control on the internet. I typed in “how to control people” and a vast array of articles came up to educate myself in this fine art. Would you like to hear the top 10? Okay, here goes:
  1. Do not let them know you are controlling them. Most people aren't consciously willing to be manipulated. There's a subtle art to controlling people without them knowing it.
  2. Keep them ignorant. Uneducated people are easier to control than educated ones. I'm not talking about higher education, but worldly smarts. There are PhD's walking around who are experts in their field but naive about life.
  3. Do not allow for original thought. Original thought undermines blind obedience. Tell people everything they need to know and that anything beyond that is taboo.
  4. Keep them entertained. Distraction is the best way of keeping people under sedation. Like the Roman stadiums kept the people docile, so too will mindless entertainment and distractions.
  5. Use an authoritative tone when speaking. Appearance is as good as the substance. The packaging! Sound like an authority and people will think you know what you are talking about.
  6. Have the appearance of power and the success that it brings. Smoke and mirrors work. Dress for success! People respect suits and other symbols of power.
  7. Take control of every situation possible. Your control cannot be partial. It must be total. Demand domination over every domain and people will respect you. Every area of their lives, from their sex lives down to the last penny, must be under your jurisdiction.
  8. Dangle the carrot in front of them. Always keep the shiny object dangling just beyond their reach... their goal, their destiny, their fulfillment, their vision. Tantalize them. They will keep coming back for more.
  9. Instil guilt and fear of the consequences of not being controlled. Fear is the greatest motivator for aligning their priorities to yours. Everyone knows guilt is the fastest way to get someone back in line.
  10. Manipulate their emotions. Get into their minds to see what makes them tick and take advantage of it. Build a false sense of security. Pretend to be a close friend and confidante. Identify and sympathize with their emotions and make a heart connection. This will form a bond that they will find difficult to break.
Interestingly, once a person has come to rely upon you for their knowledge, emotions, and advice for life, and once they need you to warn them, correct them, assure them and comfort them, then you have a follower for life. Once all the 10 above have been achieved, you have your addict and you're the dealer. I found it interesting that many of these articles add at the end that they listed these so that we would know when it is being done to us. They were warning us. But then there are other articles that recommend these practices if you want to have power over others. Is any of this familiar to you? You are free to pull up a chair to The Lasting Supper if you want. I will personally introduce you to some awesome people. 

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