Maybe that's really the distinction between a cult and a religion. In a cult, you are not free to seek information, you are not free to leave. In a religion, you are free to seek information and leave anytime you want.
Leaving anytime you want is rather important. If you are not there of your own freewill, then your faith is not real, it's imposed.
The more I hear about scientology, the more grotesque it appears to me. To hear Tom Cruise talk like that, makes me think he has lost his mind. But I think he really likes it. He may not be free to leave, but it doesn't sound like he ever wants to.
I guess it feeds his overly large ego. Making him think, where ever he goes, he's always the smartest man in the room. After all, he has all the answers. To what I don't know, but he has all the answers, nonetheless.