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What Is A Cult And A Sect

What's the difference between a cult and a sect in religion? How would you define them? Some true explanations, pls.Thank you.God bless you.

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sects are offshoots of mainline religions that disagree with theologies taught. cults are groups that teach doctrines and lies of satan, devised to mislead many. baptists, lutherans, J.W's, anglicans, church of God, pentacostle could all be considered cults in the eyes of many. why. because they teach false doctrines of man to deceive many. beliefs are designed to promote a false security, teaching doctrines not found in the bible. members indulge in every sin imaginable and then say they are saved.
---ashley on 5/21/07


2- I know many will disagree with what I wrote. it is presented to have people open their eyes. many profess Jesus Christ with their lips, but their hearts are far from him. Look at the blogs here. Many are born again christians, catholic, etc and look at the abominations in God's eyes many indulge in. These negative blogs would not exist if people practised what they preach. It is ironic that many condemn people that live as an example of Jesus seven days a week, but never condemn themselves.
---ashley on 5/21/07


A cult is usually referred to as a group of people who have an unnatural devotion to leadership that interprets itself to be the only true source.Getting involved with a cult would decrease your relationship with God and increase your dependancy on man.A sect could be just a division based on disagreements to certain doctrines but not leading people away from the Lord.Neither are desireable in my opinion.
---john on 5/21/07


Craige writes: "Roman Catholicism and Lutheranism are both sects of Christianity, just as Shiites and Sunnis belong to different sects of Islam. Cults have little to do with genuine religion
There's a good book called: "The joy of sects." which explains all of this in great detail.*

Sounds like a real *cough* scholarly tome. LOL
---augustal on 12/31/06


A cult is a form of religion that does NOT line up with the Bible. A sect is a part of that cult broken off to form a new cult (ie: Wiccin or Witchcraft is a sect broken off of the cult of Satanism).
---Leslie on 12/31/06




some call sdas a cult group, legalistic in their ways because they go strictly by the law of God and live holy lives which is very hard for many to accept even tho the bible says so..being legalistic means going legally according to laws/rules etc. a sect is the same
---jana on 8/20/06


Definitions i have heard;
Cult- religions I dont agree with.
Cult-religion that hurts people.
Cult- what a religion in its first few generation is called.
Cult-a religion that has followers focused on a chrasmatic leader.
Sect-a branch of a religion that broken we are on friendly terms with, as opposed to a cult where we dont get along.

Anyone thought of using Websters definition?
---len_k on 12/3/05


Eloy, now you are telling jokes with a mind like mine....better watch out. A mind is a terrible thing to waste (and a waist is a terrible thing to mind).
Studying this Campbell WILL turn your spiritual mind into noodle soup.
---Elder on 11/30/05


Elder, is Joseph the maker of low-calorie cambel's soup?...i jest.
---Eloy on 11/30/05


Woha! Was it Paul's word or God's Word through Paul?
If we reject Scripture Inspiration it makes no difference who wrote what. Would you rather be a Paulite or a Joseph Campbellite?
---Elder on 11/29/05




That is an interesting question, Cliff.
But if I quote James about faith being dead withou works, does that meke me a Jamesite?
You seem to suggest that nothing later than the Gospels should be considered scripture.
---alan8869_of_UK on 11/29/05


Ulrika; If you notice ,I didn;t say the N.T!I said 12/13 books(no one is sure who wrote the book of Hebrews)that Paul wrote.If you are a follower of his word,aren't you a Paulite?
---1st_cliff on 11/7/05


1st Cliff what do you call the books in the NT, if not the Word of God?
---Ulrika on 11/7/05


Roman Catholicism and Lutheranism are both sects of Christianity, just as Shiites and Sunnis belong to different sects of Islam. Cults have little to do with genuine religion
There's a good book called: "The joy of sects." which explains all of this in great detail.
---craig on 11/7/05


A sect is a dissenting group which has broken away from the main body of religion. The puritans were a sect of the Anglican church, which is itself a branch of protestant christianity. Sect is symonymous with denomination, meaning: any subset of a major religion.
---craig on 11/7/05


El, Keith has it. Sect is an off-shoot, like the Baptists, there are over 200 types of Baptists, these are sects. Cults - Anything that adds to or takes away from the Word of God is a cult.
---Nellah on 11/6/05


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1st Cliff, thanks for the correction. And I will leave the definition of "Paulites" to another.
Although I DO like his writings - I used to teach law, and his legal process and reasoning is impeccable. Just a real pity that so many people read him without understanding.
David
---David on 11/6/05


Cults are any religious movements that are nonChristian, these are all false religions. A sect could be a section or branch off from a main body of a denomination, or a branch off of any mainstream religion, including christianity.
---Eloy on 11/6/05


Hi again. This is what I meant when I told you that people may not know the definition of a word and say what they think it means. If you use your computer search engine you will get probably ten perhaps twelve different dictionaries responses.No one so far has correctly answered your question.
---Lee on 11/5/05


Cults and sects are words used (in my opinion) too often to describe things we really don't understand. Jesus was called the leader of a cult by some, and Christianity a sect by others. Even the name you use asking the question "el" means god, so that could be mis-used. I think the "proof is in the puddin'". Our walk is hard enough lest we stumble.
---mike_fl on 11/5/05


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David; Just a correction here,Mary Baker Eddy wrote Science and Health,key to the scriptures,of the "Christian Scientists" Not JWs. While were on the subject; Paul wrote 12/13 books of the NT,that some call "God's word" are they then not "Paulites?" (do I hear Pandora's box opening?)
---1st_cliff on 11/5/05


David...Mary Baker Eddy had nothing to do with Jehovah's Witnesses. She founded the Christian Science. But the JWs have their New World Translation bible
---joe on 11/5/05


Further to my above. A cult will have writings extra to the main scriptures, e.g. Mormons and the Book of Mormon, Jehovah Witnesses and the writings of Mary Baker Eddy, Roman Catholics and papal statements ex cathedra. Sects may be limited in their approach to scripture e.g. The Holy King James Bible. Often limiting the source or translation of Scripture (what books belong in the Bible). Also the different approaches to translation (do we translate words, or meaning and intent?)
David
---David on 11/5/05


SECT
A subdivision of a larger religious group
A dissenting clique

CULT
Adherents of an exclusive system of religious beliefs and practices
An interest followed with exaggerated zeal
A system of religious beliefs and rituals

keith
---keith on 11/5/05


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A sect is a religious group such as a jewish sect. A cult is a group that often has a charismatic leader. Often they deny the deity of Christ. they are usually exclusive, believing that they alone have the truth.
---taylor on 11/5/05


A cult is a limited group with a common belief, usually nearly main-stream, but a dominant leader. Essentially, the group follows the leader, nothing else. A sect is more or less main-stream, but usually rather different doctrines. Often, it will be based on a particular interpretation of just one scripture. Neither follows the main doctrines of the organised church. The sect may even be right, particularly if the mainstream has moved from the truth. The disciples were called a sect.
---David on 11/5/05


The best way to find out the correct definition of a word is type "define:cult" into your search engine. Do the same for sect. Many people distort the meanings of words by changing the meaning of the word to their own perception of what it should be. Webster's dictionary has a very interesting definition. Always, to get an idea of the meaning of any word or subject utilize your Internet resources don't depend on people's opinion of a definition.
---Lee on 11/5/05


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