Holy Deception: How Religious Leaders Are Weaponized for Manipulation Pt. 1

Narcissists often employ a manipulative tactic known as “flying monkeys” to further their agenda and control others. This term originates from the movie “The Wizard of Oz,” where the Wicked Witch of the West sends her flying monkeys to do her bidding. In the context of narcissism, the flying monkeys are individuals who are influenced or recruited by the narcissist to carry out their desires and engage in manipulative tactics on their behalf.

Narcissists strategically select people who are easily swayed, loyal, or have a vested interest in supporting them. These individuals may include friends, family members, colleagues, or even members of the five-fold ministry: 1) apostles, (2) prophets, (3) evangelists, (4) pastors, and (5) teachers. The narcissist manipulates them by spreading false information, distorting the truth, or painting themselves as victims, thereby gaining sympathy and support.

The flying monkeys serve as a network of enablers, attack dogs, or spies for the narcissist. They may engage in tactics such as gaslighting, spreading rumors, undermining others, or initiating smear campaigns against the narcissist’s targets. By using flying monkeys, narcissists create a web of influence and control, making it difficult for their victims to defend themselves or find support.

It’s important to note that flying monkeys are often unaware that they are being used by the narcissist. They may genuinely believe they are supporting a just cause or helping someone in need. However, their actions ultimately serve the narcissist’s agenda, perpetuating the cycle of manipulation and abuse.