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What Is The Definition Of A Cult

Please give your definition of a cult.

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 ---Mima on 12/6/07
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Few use a consistent standard to judge what is or isn't a cult. O.T. Jews did animal sacrifices (which most now consider "cultish"), Christians pretend to drink Christ's blood and eat his flesh (which also seems cultish), Paul claimed Christ appeared to him, but if someone claims Christ appears to him today they would be labeled "cultish" or crazy
---stephen on 1/3/08

A minority group with non-mainstream religous beliefs.

Literally speaking most all faiths start as a cult before they become "mainstream".
Example: The Israelites were cultish to the surrounding nations.
---AG on 12/27/07

Any group that makes the leader and his/her teachings equal with or above the teachings of Jesus is a cult.
---shirley on 12/26/07

Cults will often take some Biblical 'truth', convince people of its veracity and then after the person joins introduce other doctrines that are unbiblical. Adventists for instance will convince people that they need to honor the Sabbath ( & everyone has high regard for the 10 commandments), and then introduce the aberrant teachings of Ellen White.
---lee on 12/7/07

For Presbyterians Mormonism is a cult. For Mormons Presbyterianism is a cult. 'What is a cult' is entirely relative to where you stand.
---InimicusStultitiae on 12/7/07

Andrea, why do you always speak for other groups? What you say they say isn't what they say thus it demonstrates your ignorance.
---robin8683 on 12/7/07

A cult, by modern standards, is any group that incorporates mind control to deceive, influence and govern its followers. One identifying element dealing with the leader of a cult, is that the leader will always focus the attention of the members upon himself or herself, a very self-centered and self-seeking person. God Bless!
---Cynthia on 12/7/07

Just ask the Mormons, JWs or Seventh Day Adventist what makes them special. They will explain that they have a special way to get to heaven. It is a way different then anyone else's and it is the only way - this is a cult. If they have a special baptism or set of beliefs - run do not walk away from them.
Protestant churches differ in statement of faith but not in baptism or salvation
---Andrea on 12/7/07

---Eloy on 12/7/07

The wikipedia has a good definition of cult:
"Cult roughly refers to a cohesive social group devoted to beliefs or practices that the surrounding culture considers outside the mainstream... In common or populist usage, 'cult' has a... negative connotation for new religious, extreme political, questionable therapeutic, and pyramidal business groups. For this reason, most, if not all... groups that are called cults reject this label."
---robin8683 on 12/6/07

Webster has the correct definition, look it up. The fundamentalist mean all those 'not of them' are in a cult.
---MikeM on 12/6/07

As of all false religion, it is a lie from the devil that a physical act of any kind can bring power.

Special diets, any spiritual system that holds if you do something physical and ... It's the doing of something physical that gives false religions their power.

Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft.

There is no power in a special diet or physcial act.

The only means for power that man has ever had is to submit and obey God.
---lovable_linda on 12/6/07

Anyone who does not beleive exactly what I beleive?
---alan_of_UK on 12/6/07

Any [demon-in-nation] which "Twists and Distorts the Direct Revelations given by the Direction of the Holy Spirit Inspired Word of God, and adds to it, or takes out of it to manipulate, and hold in bondage people to meet the ends of a mere "mortals doctrine" instead of the auther and initiator of our faith, and knew us and formed us in our mothers womb. {blatant disrespect and blasphemy are what I deem to be cult, for our LOVING GOD}
---Whisper on 12/6/07

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