An excerpt from the introduction of Stephen Martin’s excellent book “The heresy of mind control“.
Suppose you move to a different area and are keeping your eyes open for a good group to belong to (a social club, a church, a synagogue, or service organization). You visit one such group where the people are very friendly, loving, and give you individual attention. The group has a variety of programs: a rehabilitation program for drug addicts, services and nursing homes for the elderly, help for the poor, and free clinics. The leader inspires the disillusioned, the disenchanted, and those who have been rejected elsewhere. He is well-known and respected in the area, and the mayor gave him a position as director of the City Housing Authority. Would you join this group?
If you answered “yes”, you joined the church led by Jim Jones who led over 900 of his followers into a mass suicide murder.
“Stop judging by mere appearances, but instead judge correctly.” John 7:24