Whether it's a particularly creepy church or a multi-level marketing scheme, it's not always easy to recognize that you've joined a cult until it's too late.
But some people realize it in time to leave. A recent Reddit thread asked former members of cults what made them realize it was time to go. Here are 16 of the most interesting responses.
I never joined, but I attended a church for a while that turned out to be a cult. The moment that really made it clear: I told someone I wouldn't be there that coming Sunday because I had work. She asked "Do you really need that job?"
I don't remember this church's name anymore. It was something very common and innocuous sounding. They weren't a full-blown cult, as far as I know, because I don't think they cut people off from the rest of the world. But they were definitely a small-fry cult. - Marise20