When I was a teenager, a friend of mine sort of fell off the planet, and stopped reaching out. It was about four days before the whole town would find out why.
Turns out his sister, who had moved out west following her high school graduation some years prior, committed suicide as part of the Heaven’s Gate cult. I haven’t heard from this former friend since his sister’s death. News trucks camped outside his house for weeks. It was so fucked up.
Cults are tough. Most fly under the radar. Most aren’t apocalyptic, and most aren’t stockpiling weapons. But cults are dangerous, especially if they employ mind control tactics and rely on fear, intimidation, and sleep deprivation to make their members more susceptible to suggestion.
In this blog post, Mike Reynolds, the former guitarist for that Christian metalcore band even Jesus would hate, For Today, suggests his ex band’s frontman, Mattie Montgomery, is a member of a cult.
Reynolds claims that Montgomery is involved in a church affiliated with F. Nolan Ball, a self-appointed “apostle” who has been telling his followers since 1986 that he is the “oracle” God employs to impart wisdom and truth.
It could be true. I am not saying it is. You always have to consider the source.
Reynolds suddenly left the band in 2013, after publicly calling homosexuality “a sin” against God.
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