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Using Fear to Control Herman Langston dominates the isolated South Carolina community of believers enforcing rigid behavioral laws and meting out harsh punishments for transgressions This journal will discuss how he wrongly uses fear to govern and ultimately control the community of the church of Fire and Brimstone The tribulation according to Grandpa Herman founder of Fire and Brimstone will be an ugly time He said that wed run out of food That big bugs would chase us around and sting us with their tails He said wed turn on the faucet in the bathroom and find only blood running out He said evil multitudes would come unto us and cut off our limbs and that we wouldnt die Reynolds 65 Such talk of damnation weighs heavy on the mind of Ninah Huff the 15-year-old narrator of Sheri Reynoldss novel The Rapture of Canaan Ninah even tries to avert her sinnful thoughts about her prayer partner James by sleeping on nettles and walking on pecan shells in her shoes simply because she is afraid that the wrath of God will strike her down or Grandpa Herman whoever reaches her first Fear is the main tactic that Grandpa Herman uses to keep his religious followers in-line especially children He is the ultimate power in the community and he criminally uses the Bible in a most unmerciful way to keep his dictatorship-like rule in-tact I guess you could say the church doctrine came from Grandpa Hermans own sensibilities He used the Bible of course but only the parts he liked He had a habit of altering the verses just a little to make them match his own beliefs Reynolds 14 After his multiple-hour long speeches on sin and how a sinful person will be left behind in the rapture to suffer hed mention But you dont have to be left behind You can go straight to Heaven with all of Gods special children if youll only
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