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Post  Admin on Wed 22 Apr 2009, 9:44 am

HOW TO IDENTIFY A CULT

Practically every cult has certain characteristics that can tell the
careful observer that something is wrong.

For instance, what does a group think about Jesus? Jesus Christ is
God, Lord of all, the only source of salvation. Invariably, a cult
will put something else on an equal footing with Christ. It will have
a ritual that is equal to Christ, or it will have a doctrine equal to
Christ, or it will have a leader who is equal to Christ. In other
words, even if it acknowledges Christ as Savior, it will say that you
need something else before you can get into heaven. Cults teach that
salvation comes through Christ, plus their little unique way. Some
cults do not acknowledge Christ at all. They may make Him co-equal with
their religious teachers or with certain great men of history. The
quickest way to recognize a cult is by its treatment of Jesus.

Second, cults frequently attempt to instill fear into their followers.
The followers are taught constantly that salvation comes only through
the cult. "If you leave us, you will lose your salvation," they say.

The third area has to do with the exaltation of the leader of the
cult. Cults often center around a man or woman who is trying to gain
power, money, or influence from manipulating people. This appears to
be the case in the Unification church with Sun Myung Moon. In the
Children of God, Moses David Berg is an autocratic leader. In the
People's Temple, Jim Jones drew attention to himself and asked his
followers to die with him. A true leader who serves Jesus Christ has
one goal, and that is to exalt and manifest Jesus. When someone says
he has unique insight into God or is the special one that God has
anointed to reach the world, you are dealing with cultic behavior.

A final mark of a cult is the unwillingness of the leaders to let the
people grow up. A true shepherd will do everything he can to bring
Christian people to maturity as quickly as he can. He will not seek to
avoid necessary teaching, nor will he try to keep people from
maturity. Many cults perpetuate spiritual dependence so that their
followers lose the ability to make independent, rational decisions.
Often techniques of brainwashing are used to create robotlike behavior.
Although there are other marks of cultic behavior, these seem to be
the ones that stand out.
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