Yep...to the T. Ben would hit on all the male friends that i brought around. LOL...what was funny (but also a disgrace to the gospel and the word) was that Ben would recruit young men to go out and preach the gospel to their friends and bring them back to his house for a dose of Bible Study. Only to later make passes at them and lure them into having Sex...a true Sick man if there ever was one.Hi Sbelle,
Well i knew Ben S. very well. He was a very depressed man when i met him in 1978...and shortly thereafter he tried to commit suicide. He attempted to bump himself off with sleeping pills when his brother Angelo found in bed with his tough hanging out of his head. He was spared...only to go out and proliferate his brand of dysfunctional Religion again.
Ben had a personality disorder called Grandiose Narcissism. He actually believed he was "God's last Prophet." He was so convinced that the world was coming of what was written in the book of Revelation...that he was able able to convince many others of the same.
A good actor BELIEVES in his role...
The term for this has been established by the mental health field and is called "Transpersonal Identity Disorder."
I suspect that the numerous psychotropic drugs and his background of growing up in a boys home all culminated into the man he became.
Its all part of the personality disordered of Dramatic individuals.
And yes...these types must have NAIVE and DESPERATE people to join them and help proliferate their web of deceit to be successful. They pull their followers from a pool of kids who's common background is from broken and dysfunctional homes where drugs and alchohol were prevalient. These types are best for re-indoctrinating into their system. The followers are welcomed into their surrogate family with the hopes of finding a lost love...but in the end are betrayed by the very people whom they trusted.
This is a tactic used by the Communist leaders of totalitarian governments where one of the chief goals is to keep the populous dumbed down...tear families apart by separating at youth...and SUBSTITUTING Real knowledge with a Fake Belief system that APPEASES the spirit insuring against rebellion.
Its all very diabolical...and MOST people never figure it out. IN fact...if you go back and read some of the posts on this thread you can hear the residual ignorance from the time of false hope planted long ago.
As a spin off of 70's psychotropic drug era ...Many Cults and Churches sought to separate from the world and live with great expectancy actually BELIEVING they were chosen by God and instilled with an esoteric knowledge while the rest of the world was just ignorant and damned to hell...this was their only means of self-esteem.
Whoever devised this plan...was very smart...A Brilliant plan!
He had some good qualities but they were far and few between. He was just a Homo-sexual who really wanted to cure himself of his evil's (like the rest of us). BUT HE DEFINITELY had a Ego problem and when challenged on his authority and the word got very offended and defensive. Hopefully, he's now a better person (or being) in the Next Life. A lot of us wish we had never met him....including myself.
You people who follow the gospel preached by this man have numerous emotional issues (as we did). It took years and decades to recover from the pain caused by this preaching. It is truly Evil and not the truth. Sapio left a bad mark on the True Gospel.
God's last profit Ben Sapio...an Ego Maniac and his passive "sheep" followers.