Imagine a famous person who delivers dogma that other people follow too closely. A follower might study and take as the whole truth everything he says or references. The follower might obsess and second guess his own independent thoughts in favor of this other person he trusts more than himself. Is there an english word to describe the action of being blind to independent thought and handing over the reigns to another persons ideas?
I am trying to succinctly describe the importance of NOT doing that thing. So a word(s) that would make sense in the blank would be the ultimate goal.
"Its important to not ___________ [pledge allegiance to] another man or his ideas"
Pledging allegiance is the best I could come up with, perhaps there is another word to describe the person or specific action I am looking for.