It is abundantly clear that the only "Voice" that Dave wants his disciples to hear, listen to, and promote, is his own. From "Something to Say" (emphasis added by myself):I believe that the members of our community are largely convinced that they have a special message from God himself. It just happens that it has come first through me. They are happy to repeat it in their own words to others outside the community, but they have found that the most efficient way to get the message out to the maximum number of people with the minimum distortion is for them to distribute my writings in print. Their task, though humble by system standards, is a momentous one compared to the popularity contests that traditional church ministries are constantly engaged in.
Dave's modus operandi is to get a recruit in quickly, before he or she has time to assess and the beliefs and practices of the group with anyone else. The grooming process is often done with secrecy, especially if the recruit is a minor. Once the recruit is brought in to the group, he or she is taught that they have already been brainwashed by their families and by society since birth, and are encouraged to be suspicious of them. Clever. Anyone who is convinced they have been brainwashed becomes very keen to be "deprogrammed", so to speak. Decisions made by the group are then presented to the recruit alongside a less attractive option (as in, choosing to g to hell). A Hobson's choice is presented to the recruit, in other words:
Reminders that no one who puts his or her hand to the plough should look back are added; questions are deflected as "evidence" that the recruit does not have faith.
Fear is the only alternative presented by the very group which claims that society lives in fear (and not by faith). Fear is what holds them in the "community". Fear is the glue that holds the group together. In this setting, when a new recruit 'decides' to stay after the trial week, they are unaware that they have been the victim of coercive persuasion.
The group is constantly reminded of how evil "cultbusters" are and systematically are induced to recruit on the basis that we will all try to justify our own behaviour. Therefore, the recruit who attempts to recruit others becomes doubly convinced that they are doing the right thing. Dave's letters on cognitive dissonance explain this. Dave constantly reminds members that everything they do is their own decision (which is a lie) and that "there are no locks on the doors", but the only alternative option presented is going to hell. Physical locks are not necessary when a mind has been chained.“Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said; Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge? Gird up now thy loins like a man: for I will demand of thee and answer thou me.”
Edited 4 time(s). Last edit at 08/07/2020 02:05AM by The Whirlwind.