Fake pastors thrive on desperation, research finds

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Fake pastors thrive on desperation, research finds

Through the hallowed idea of a father figure and careful use of language, the flock is 'easily groomed'

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The idea and role of a father figure are what lures congregants to follow “men of God” even when their methods are harmful, research finds.

The thesis by Stellenbosch University student Simbarashe Pondani on “Prophets of Doom” unpacks why people are gullible and accept churches that thrive on the false pretext of healing through dangerous methods.

In a patriarchal setting, a man is looked upon as an authoritative figure who is not questioned, hence the notion of “man of God” holds a lot of authority...

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