Is Your Religious Organization Free From Cultic Tendencies?

Gillie Jenkinson

Gillie Jenkinson

  1. Are your leaders fully accountable to a board
  2. Is loyalty to yourself and your family placed second to loyalty to your R/S
  3. Are questions and suggestions encouraged
  4. Does your leader/s readily admit errors
  5. Does your leader/s imply they have special powers or are specially chosen
  6. Are the practices of your R/S deemed more important than the individual members
  7. Would outsiders understand the language or is it cliquey
  8. Are you expected to dissociate yourself from all your experience gained before joining your new R/S
  9. Do you feel that those outside your group are less valuable than members of your R/S
  10. Do you view those who have left negatively
  11. Does your R/S see itself as the most important R/S
  12. Are teenagers and young people respected and loved even if they decide to leave behind their parents R/S
  13. Are individuals encouraged to follow their own career path rather than one expected of them
  14. Are pleas for money rare and unemotional
  15. Are you expected to live in a communal house or specific area
  16. Do your children enjoy participating in your R/S
  17. Is there a diversity of class, race, dress styles, ages and occupations in your R/S
  18. Do individuals express different personality types or do all the members seem to have similar personalities
  19. Are people allowed to come to their own conclusions about R/S issues
  20. Is there a single behavioural standard for all members
  21. Are you free from fear
  22. Are you allowed to leave whenever you want and still be in contact
  23. Is there pressure to lend money to leaders for personal or business use
  24. Is there pressure to have sex with others
  25. Are you able to say no to practices you do not agree with
  26. Do you comply with practices that you do not agree with
  27. Do you have sex with people you do not want to have sex with
  28. Do you feel you have lost yourself
  29. Are you restricted in what you are allowed to read, watch on TV etc.
  30. Does your leader seem both brilliant and irrational
  31. Are ex-members harassed, stalked and threatened
  32. Is being emotional treated as weakness and neediness rather than respected
  33. Are you encouraged to ‘drink of the spirit and don’t think’
  34. Is your spiritual leader the only route to God or a higher spiritual plane
  35. Have you become dependent when you used to be independent
  36. Has your self esteem and confidence reduced since joining your R/S
  37. Do you feel you were pressured to join your R/S initially
  38. Were you recruited by being ‘love bombed’
  39. Were you offered free services only to discover you had to pay high prices later


Score 5 or less and you are ok

Score 5-15 – there are areas you should watch out for

Score 15-25 – serious problems get help fast

Score 25+ - leave now for your own sake and encourage others to leave too


Put together by Gillie Jenkinson – www.hopevalleycounselling.com with inspiration and thanks to Larry Pile, Wellspring Retreat and Resource Centre and Rosanne Henry and Sharon Colvin, www.cultrecover.com.