“HOW TO SPOT A CULT”
ONE: A REJECTION OF ONE OF MORE OF THE CARDINAL CHRISTIAN DOCTRINES
Any group that rejects the virgin birth of Jesus, His atonement for sins, the bodily resurrection of Christ, His second coming, the existence of heaven and hell, the inspiration and authority of Scripture and the holiness of God’s word, is cultish. Recognition of these fundamental doctrines is a must.
TWO: EXTRA BIBICAL REVELATION
Any group that believes it possesses a book superseding the authority of the Bible is cultish.
THREE: THE “SOLE INTERPRETER” SYNDROM
This is the belief that the cult or its leader has been given an “inside track” to Biblical interpretation.
FOUR: A LATTER-DAY PROPHET WHO SUPERSEDED JESUS CHRIST
A belief, by any group, that Christ was simply one of a succession of God’s prophets, but not God’s final revelation to man, must be judged as error.
FIVE: SUBMISSION TO THE CULT
Any group that calls for its followers to submit totally to its leaders, no matter what, is cultish in nature.
SIX: CLOSED MEMBERSHIP
This, members only, is a rule whereby outsiders are forbidden to attend certain services. Before one becomes eligible to attend, he/she must first submit his/herself to special indoctrination classes.
SEVEN: A DEFECTIVE CHRISTOLOGY
All cults reject the humanity or divinity of Jesus Christ. Some religious sects believe Jesus was an angel or some other type of created being, but not a man