Margaret T. Singer, Cults in our Midst: The Continuing Fight Against Their Hidden Menace. Josey-Bass, 2003
Pg. xxv. Introduction to the First Edition
“Modern day cults and thought reform groups tend to offer apparent utopias, places where all humankind’s ills will be cured. The cult’s lure is, if you first come along, all will be fine, and everyone will live happily ever after.”
Cay & Judy’s rhetoric was an example of this quote. They spoke of the need to struggle and work against our base human natures, which involves some suffering, but that it was all in the pursuit of freedom from the sufferings we all experienced, and towards a utopian goal of living a happy, free, and fulfilling life. They spoke of service to God as being the highest form of satisfaction. They would often teach that all sufferings would drop away if you would only surrender your “self” 100% to obedience.
This captivated my desire to be a part of something bigger than myself, something that would warrant my efforts, and be worthy of giving my life to. I was too young and naïve to realize that there are people in the world who have grandiose visions of what they can accomplish, and do not hesitate to manipulate others towards their own ego fulfillment.
My family of origin had left me feeling unsatisfied, and looking for something in the world that was fulfilling. It did not occur to me that it was up to me to make my path in life. I thought it was “out there” somewhere and I only had to find it. Cay and Judy at The Community of Jesus promised to fill that longing. Their promises were false.