Interesting points that you raised here.
Firstly, all the premies that I know (myself included until I became an ex last year) who proclaimed M to be the Lord in the 70's, and who now say that he is just a master or motivational speaker: THEY ARE JUST SAYING THAT!. In their hearts they still believe that M is the lord, but that a different image has to be projected for EV to become acceptable, and look fairly "normal" for the general public.
So they say one thing, but think and believe another. What a surprise - they're not being truthful! Amongst themselves, privately, they acknowledge that M is their Lord. And there's no way they'd all be treking off to India or Amaroo to get darshan if he wasn't - the external (actions speak louder than words) confirmation. Foot kissing. So in a sense, they are not denying it to themselves, they are just being "economical with the truth".
Secondly, "It is impossible to comprehend what goes on in some people's minds. It is futile to try." Yes it is futile to try! To be a premie, and to believe that M is the lord, you do have to suspend reality and objective thinking somewhat! We all did it ourselves, to varying degrees, but now we're out of it we can see it more clearly for what it really was.
I remember at a programme in Brighton, early 90's, a crowd of Christians gathered outside to warn all the premies (in the never ending queue) about false prophets etc. I remember thinking, "If only they knew who M really was!!!" There was no way those Christians could have changed my belief in M&K or could have caused me to even doubt that M was the lord.
What did change the way I thought was finding out the truth about M on EPO. Then I could make an informed decision (although I was very shocked, and it was a painful process at first).
And what I DO find totally incredible, is that when premies discover the real truth about M, how he lives and behaves and treats people. How they can STILL believe he is the Lard is utterly beyond my comprehension. Talk about being in denial!
My one question to premies would be, "Is there ANYTHING, anything at all, that M could do that would make you seriously question your devotion to him?" If the answer is "nothing at all", then this just proves how easy it is to persuade people to delude themselves, and no amount of common sense will get through to that person. They have to understand it for themselves.
That's my understanding so far!