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Conformity

The last form of programming we will discuss is called conformity. With conformity, cult members are programmed to believe in the same things and act in the same way, as if they are of one body and mind. With conformity, the cult has an influence in everything you do, from what you think about, what you believe, what knowledge you are taught, how you dress, how you eat, and many other things. Conformity is important to the cult, because not only does it help other techniques of programming, but it makes it easier to program others due to the fact that it is easier to program one collective rather than many individuals. Also, it greatly strengthens the power of the cult.

Imagine a whole army working together who act in unison, as opposed to a group of many persons doing their own thing. With conformity, every sense of individuality is attempted to be stripped away from every member, and you are now one part of one larger collective, similar to the Borg in Star Trek. In fact, not only are you encouraged to think and act the same way, but you are taught that your strength comes from your unity. When other fellow cult members are happy, you're supposed to be happy. When others hurt, you hurt as well. Conformity makes it easier for the cult leader to control his servants. When he achieves conformity among his cult members, they are like bees in a hive protecting the queen.

As with every form of programming we've discussed, conformity is easier to achieve with those who are young and with weak minds. Because such minds are so open to influence, it is more likely that they will mimic all that the cult leader wants them to. This is why it is so important to start this kind of programming when persons are young. Cults know that if they raise a young child from the beginning to believe in their nonsense, then the chances are that they will grow to accept this, along with all of their fellow cult children.

4th Watchers

Of course, the first step to achieving conformity among members is to teach them all of the beliefs and doctrines of the 4th Watch. This includes all of the false and incorrect teachings and all of the lies that they tell, along with using logical fallacies in their teachings. Everyone is taught the exact same thing, and this is the beginning of conformity. Even things which define us as individuals, such as how we feel about God in our hearts, what we believe is the best way to pray, our interests in things like social activities like dancing and singing, and what music we like. Among other things, Christian music is the only music that is encouraged. Dancing is frowned upon. Modeling is sinful. The list goes on. Nobody is to be an individual. Everyone is to be one cultic collective of the leader.

A very effective way of achieving conformity is to force all members to dress the same way. By being required to dress the same way, you are already automatically conforming in some way, and this only helps to make you conform even more. In the 4th Watch church, all members are required to dress in what most might consider "nice, dressy, Sunday clothes, or business casual". They are not assigned specific attire such as uniforms, nor are they required to wear exactly the same thing. If any of these were the case, the cult would probably not have as many members. Still, all members are expected to dress in this "nice, dressy" kind of way. Supposedly, the pastors instruct their members to dress this way because they feel that everyone should dress their "best" for God.

In actuality, there is nothing wrong about dressing nice to social events, and there are certainly situations in which it is most appropriate, but church is not necessarily one of those situations and in the case of the 4th Watch, doing so is nothing more than a conformity technique. And once again, 4th Watch cult members don't even know that they're carrying this out. And besides, given the fact that God is a stereotypical "caveman" male who has no respect at all for females, he'd probably rather prefer that all the females in the church be naked. Just saying.

One of the ways conformity is mostly achieved is through extreme peer pressure. Your cultic peers will always be on your back to conform to the cult, to be like everyone else. When your mentors and friends around you constantly push you to become part of their team, you often cave into their will and unknowingly get sucked into their trap. If you don't give in to their standards and practices, you will be considered to not be a true member and of course threatened with hell and all that good stuff.

To strengthen and enforce conformity among cult members, it is important to engage in group activities. This is also a very effective method in achieving conformity. This way, persons can see what everyone else does and they are made to feel comfortable in the way that they act. Take for instance, acting like you are in some crazy trance, and jumping up and down and crying while you're praying to God. Most persons would consider this to be questionable and abnormal behavior, and a new member might refrain from doing this. But seeing when other persons do this, it begins to seem okay and gradually becomes normal within the cultic family. Of course, you are strongly encouraged and pushed into joining these group activities, otherwise they attempt to make you feel bad or guilty.

4th Watchers

Among all of these techniques, dependency and brainwashing are also very important and effective tools to cause cult members to conform. Dependency makes cult members depend on each other, so conforming to each other becomes natural. Brainwashing forces everyone to think alike by having their individuality erased and made to think of themselves as part of a much larger collective, forcing them to conform with the cult.

Another way to help conform you is to employ a tactic called "guilt bombing". The cult wants you to engage in church activities and to say and do the things they want you to. You are expected to comply. If you do not, then they will do what they can to make you feel guilty for not doing so. Sometimes, all they do is give you disappointed or nasty looks. Sometimes, they will remind you about how sinful your life is and how horrible of a person you are without Jesus, and by not being in accordance to the one true church, you are not with Jesus. If the cult can make you feel guilty, then you will feel bad inside if you don't do what they want. Many do not give into this tactic, but it works well on some.

Conformity is further helped to succeed through reward and punishment. The 4th Watch promises its members that they will be "right with God" if they believe in everything the 4th Watch teaches them and if they partake in the same activities as they do. But if you don't, then God does not love you and you will be tortured forever after you die. The pastors might even tell you that God tells them this directly. Further more, additional punishment is made within the cult itself. Examples might include being denied communion, not being allowed to go on "fun" outings, and being shamed in front of the whole congregation. Further more, it can be made even worse if you are a child and the parents punish you as well. It is not uncommon in cultic organizations where a parent will not let their child eat unless they pray correctly or participate in a church activity. Parents in the 4th Watch are very insisting on their children conforming to the cult.

4th Watchers

Just as dependency and brainwashing also help cult members conform to the cult, it should be no surprise that mind control is also very effective in forcing members to conform. Obviously, by being able to have control over persons' minds, you can make them do whatever you want them to, and the 4th Watch does practice mind control in getting their members to conform.

As is evident in group activities, group reinforcement is key in making 4th Watch members conform with the cult. It is a vital part of conformity, as being around everyone else who you are supposed to be like, helps you to mimic them. And just as well, repetition of all of these techniques will help achieve conformity. The more all of these methods are carried out, the more 4th Watch members will conform.

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