Satanism: The World of the Occult Written by Russ Wise
What is a cult? What do I look for?
Generally, it is a group that is unorthodox, esoteric, and has a devotion to a person, object, or a set of new ideas. New Teaching - has a new theology and doctrine.
The word "cult" is from the Latin word cultus, which literally means to worship or show reverence to something.
A cult is a group of people basing their beliefs upon the world view of an isolated leadership, which always denies the central doctrines of Christianity as taught from the Bible. (McDowell & Stewart)
Only True Teaching - often considers traditional religious systems to be apostate and it alone possess the complete truth.
Strong Leadership - often an individual or small but powerful leadership group holds control of the group’s teachings and practices.
Asset Acquirement - often requires tithing and/or property transfer to the religious system.
Isolationist - to facilitate control over the members physically, intellectually, financially, and emotionally.
Controlling - exercises control over the members. Sometimes this is through fear, threatening lose of salvation if you leave the group. Sometimes through indoctrination.
Indoctrination - possesses methods to reinforce the cult’s beliefs and standards where opposing views are ridiculed and often misrepresented.
Apocalyptic - to give the members a future focus and philosophical purpose in avoiding the apocalypse or being delivered through it.
Experience - various practices including meditation, repetition of words and/or phrases, and ‘spiritual’ enlightenment with God are used as confirmation of their truth.
Depravation - sleep and food deprivation which weakens the will of the subject. This is uncommon, though practiced by more severe cults
Persecution - predictions of being persecuted and often combined with claiming any opposing views demonstrated against them as a form of persecution.
There are basically three classes of cults:
1) Western Cults - such as Mormonism, Jehovah Witness and Christian Science.
2) Eastern Cults - such as Transcendental Meditation, Hare Krishna, and The Church of Scientology.
3) New Age Cults - such as Theosophy, The Church Universal and Triumphant and Religious Science.
Alamo Christian Foundation ~ Anthroposophical Society
Astara ~ Children of God ~ Christadelphianism
Christian Family Fellowship ~ Christian Identity Movement
Christian Science ~ Church of Armageddon
Divine Light Mission ~ Eckankar ~ Est
Foundation of Human Understanding (Roy Masters) ~ Freemasonry
Jehovah's Witnesses ~ Hara Krishna ~ Life Spring
Megiddo Church ~ Mormonism ~ New Age ~ Oneness Pentecostal
Rosicrucianism ~ Self Realization Fellowship ~ Silva Mind Control ~ Swedenborgianism
The Farm ~ The Unification Church ~ The Way International
Theosophy ~ Two by Two's ~ Transcendental Meditation
Unitarian Universalist ~ Unity School of Christianity
Urantia ~ Mind Control & The Cults
Yoga: Exercise or Religion
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