Eric asked a good question that I didn’t want to get lost in the comments of Is Young Life a Cult .
“does Young Life employ cultic tactics, or do cults and cultish organizations instead use legitimate techniques and manipulate them to accomplish what they want to do?”
The short answer, is that Young Life employs tactics common to cults in many (not all ) instances. Of course, this is just my own opinion. But it is how I see the issue.
Friendship, enmeshment, and then indoctrination.
It’s a cultic tactic no matter how you slice it. It doesn’t mean that you or other leaders are not good people or that you don’t really love teens (I’m sure you do).
But, it is dishonest if you are not upfront with someone about your motives for befriending them (in Young Life’s case-to share Christ’s love and present the Gospel from an Evangelical/Fundamentalist perspective).
- Young Life: A Sad Story of Sexual Abuse (christianagnostic.wordpress.com)