Home
About Us
Search Library
Library Index
Whats New
Links
Training
Statement of Faith
About Us
Admin Login
Believersweb Header

What Is A Cult?

Written by: Unknown    Posted on: 04/29/2003

Category: Cults / Sects / Non Christian Religions and Topics

Source: CCN

      WHAT IS A CULT?

  What is a cult? The Bible tells us, "beware of 'Another Gospel'" (Galatians 1:6-9; II Corinthians 11:3-15; II Timothy 3:1-16 and 4:3-4; Colossians 2:8-23; Proverbs 14:12.)

The 'Marks' of a Cult (How YOU can Know One When You See One)

I. DEIFY MAN ...

Man may become a god. Man only needs to 'progress' (as defined by the cult and only with the cult's help) to become like God. (Genesis 3:1- 13; Isaiah 14:9-19 [the same sin Satan was guilty of]; II Thess 2:3-4)

II. HUMANIZE GOD ...

Deny that God is ONE eternally. Deny the Trinity. There are 'many' gods, and redefine God to Man's image. (Romans 1:21-25; Isaiah 43:10- 11 and 44:6-8; Psalm 90:2)

III. MINIMIZE SIN ...

Instead of man's very nature being separated from God, sin is only specific acts that through good works can be perfected. Hell is redefined into bland or non existent punishment. (Romans 3:23; I John 1:8-10; Gal 3:10; Revelation 20:14-15)

IV. OSTRACIZE THE SCRIPTURES ...

They will add additional scripture and claim that there is error in God's Word. Continual change of meaning in scripture. (Luke 21:33; Revelation 22:18-19; Isaiah 40:8; Acts 17:11)

V. A DIFFERENT JESUS ...

Jesus is not the Son of God, but rather a son of A god - or He was just a prophet - or a created god - or our elder brother - or just a good man or a teacher. (Isaiah 9:6-7; John 1:1-14; Col 1:15-20; Hebrews 1:1-12)

VI. A DIFFERENT SALVATION ...

Deny Salvation by Grace, by the shed blood of Jesus on the Cross at Calvary and by true repentance of sin by a sinner. Usually will not see a cross on the cult's structures. Salvation must be by works, and quite often by a system dictated by the cult. (Eph 2:8-10; Gal 3:1-26; I Peter 2:24)

VII. DIFFERENT SPIRIT ...

The Holy Spirit is changed into a 'good force' or impersonal entity. Deny God the Spirit. Spiritism is, generally, rampant by having visits from spirits, counterfeit miracles, etc. (I Timothy 4:1; Deut 18:9-14; John 14:17)

VIII. MODERN DAY PROPHET ...

Founded by man, followed by others, who claim to be God's one true spokesman on Earth. Accountable to no one but God. Gives revelation and scripture. (Jeremiah 23; Matthew 24:24; Hebrews 1:1-2; Deut 13:1- 10 and 18:20-22)

IX. THE ONLY TRUE CHURCH ...

Their group is the only true way to perfection. The word 'truth' used over and over. Unless you are an active part of their organization, you are lost. Deny the spiritual union of believers. (Col 1:18; Eph 1:22-23; Romans 12:1-8)

X. SECRETS .. CLOSED TO THE OUTSIDE WORLD ...

Secret rituals, temples and doctrines. Finances not public. No communion with Christian body. All others are outsiders. No one knows the truth as they (and their prophet) do. Persecution complex.

XI. CANNOT LEAVE ...

Always testing loyalty of followers. Obedience (blind) is primary. Leaders have all power - are followers intermediary with God - not Jesus. Only way to leave is by excommunication, threats. Spiritual bondage, fear and guilt most common. If you leave, you are cut off from all in cult.



Doc viewed 13415 times.

Related Content


This articles keywords/phrases are:

cults

The articles in the list below have 1 or more of the same keywords or phrases as the article you are viewing. If you wish to hone in on a single keyword, click on that keyword and you will see a list of articles that match just that keyword.



BEST SCRIPTURES FOR THOSE INVOLVED WITH CULTS   in Cults / Sects / Non Christian Religions and Topics

CATALOG OF THE CULTS- PART B   in Cults / Sects / Non Christian Religions and Topics

CULT CATALOG OF THE "OTHER" JESUS   in Cults / Sects / Non Christian Religions and Topics

CULT LEADER"S PROBLEMS GROW AS FOLLOWING SHRINKS   in Cults / Sects / Non Christian Religions and Topics

Cultic Conformity Is Not Biblical Unity   in Cults / Sects / Non Christian Religions and Topics

CULTS and KIDS   in Cults / Sects / Non Christian Religions and Topics

MILIEU CONTROL   in Cults / Sects / Non Christian Religions and Topics

INTRODUCTION to the CULTS   in Cults / Sects / Non Christian Religions and Topics

PATTERNS IN THE CULTS   in Cults / Sects / Non Christian Religions and Topics

Psychological Recovery From Mental Abuse   in Cults / Sects / Non Christian Religions and Topics

Scripture Twisting Methods Of The Cults   in Cults / Sects / Non Christian Religions and Topics

What do Churches and Cults Have in Common?...   in Cults / Sects / Non Christian Religions and Topics

Counseling the Former Cultist   in Cults / Sects / Non Christian Religions and Topics

THE OTHER JESUS of the CULTS   in Cults / Sects / Non Christian Religions and Topics

Picking Up the Pieces   in Cults / Sects / Non Christian Religions and Topics

Watchtower Dodges   in Cults / Sects / Non Christian Religions and Topics

WITNESSING TO THE CULTS: SOFT WITNESSING TECHN...   in Cults / Sects / Non Christian Religions and Topics

The World of Animism   in Theology

The Urantia Book   in Cults / Sects / Non Christian Religions and Topics

What do the Christadelphians Teach?   in Cults / Sects / Non Christian Religions and Topics

Development and hosting
for non-profits and more