Religious sex cults

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It was later renamed and reorganized as The Family of Love , which was eventually shortened to The Family. It is currently named The Family International. TFI initially spread a message of salvation , apocalypticism , spiritual "revolution and happiness" and distrust of the outside world, which the members called The System. In , [3] it began a method of evangelism called Flirty Fishing that used sex to "show God's love and mercy" and win converts, resulting in controversy.

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