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Beware that Friendly Invitation

When offered an invitation like any of these - beware!

  • "You can increase your true potential by taking this special course."
  • "Come and see what miracles God is performing through so-and-so."
  • "Join us at a non-denominational Bible study."
  • "You can become more relaxed by using our techniques."
  • "Come on over for a free dinner and discussion group."
  • "Help us help mankind."
  • "It'll be the most valuable weekend of your life."
  • "You have to experience it to understand it."

While some of these invitations may be worthwhile and legitimate, always first seek outside information and criticism before joining a group or making a commitment to invest time, energy, or money.  If you are curious about some group that is giving a lecture or presentation, but suspect that something is askew, take this advice.

  • Bring a trusted friend, spouse, parent, or child and sit in the back.
  • Don't participate in anything.
  • Don't let anyone separate you from your companion.
If you feel uncomfortable, stand up and say, "I feel manipulated.  Does anyone else here feel manipulated?"  Then walk out.  Others may follow your example.