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How To Recognize A Cult by Johnson C. Phillip

24 Feb

False Cults are very careful to camouflage themselves to resemble normal groups. Often this resemblance is so deceptive that it becomes very difficult to discern or believe that a particular group could be a False Cult. However, truth would dawn only when one is able to penetrate under this veneer of deception respectability.

 
Christian Cults try their best to look as similar to Evangelical Christian groups as is possible. Non Christian cults try to present themselves as personality-development programmes, psychological societies, educational societies, or such socially acceptable movement. Just as it is necessary to sugar-coat bitter pills for making it agreeable, this deception is essential to make these groups safe from detection and isolation.

 
The methods of camouflage are tried and tested, and they work very well in deceiving most people. However, even with a little discernment almost any Christian can recognize False Cults. Once this is done, they can then themselves study the errors of these groups, or can seek help from knowledgeable believers. Here are some of the characteristics using which one can begin to assess the standing of any group:

 
1-Secrecy: Almost all Cultists know that the others brand them as Cults. They also know that Evangelical Christians have a vast network of people who regularly caution believers against involvement with these False Cults. Consequently, the Cultists know that if they reveal their identity in the beginning itself, then their potential “customer” would be alarmed and would resist all Cultistic attempts to trap him. This is one reason for secrecy.

 
2-Evasion: Almost all False Cults try to keep their identity secret as much as possible. Thus they are not only secretive, but also try to evade answering straight questions.

 
3-Inducement: A Bible-believing Christian never uses any kind of inducement (spiritual, material, or social) to encourage others to become Christians. On the other hand, the Cultists are here to “catch” unsuspecting people for his group. Thus he uses plenty of inducements that serve as baits.

 
4-Appeal to extrabiblical authority: Bible is the only source for all matters related to faith and doctrine. However, most cults derive their bizarre doctrines from the books of their founders. Thus no sooner there is a doctrinal discussion, these books come into the scene.

 
Summary: All Cult propagandists know that they are a group different from Evangelical Christianity. They also know that their potential customers have most probably been warned about False Cults by their leaders and teachers. Thus they know that revealing their identity would turn their “customer” cautious and even hostile, depriving the opportunity to trap him. Thus most Cultists project themselves as part of the great evangelical heritage. The art of this camouflaging has been perfected by many Cults, and thus it is often difficult to recognize them in the beginning. However, a probing mind along with a few probing questions would reveal the points mentioned above. From here onwards the believer can watch carefully and identify whether this group is a False Cult or an Evangelical Bible-believing Church.

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10 responses to “How To Recognize A Cult by Johnson C. Phillip

  1. Ashley Haworth-roberts

    February 24, 2016 at 11:43 pm

    Young earth creationists appeal to extra-biblical authority even if they don’t claim any other books or websites are ‘infallible’.

     
    • theologyarchaeology

      February 24, 2016 at 11:54 pm

      You do not understand what the term ‘extra-biblical authority’ actually refers to here. And you obviously didn’t read the whole comment under that section.

       
  2. Ashley Haworth-roberts

    February 26, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    If you continue to censor my further response, David, you will prove yourself to be the dishonest fraud that I describe here:
    ***you seem to forget who owns this website. I have the right to NOT approve comments if I wish. You are no longer welcome to comment here. Take you bad attitude and go

     
    • Mr. Gordons

      February 29, 2016 at 8:20 pm

      Hello is all right. Ashley Haworth-Roberts is known as a troll. He attacks creationists and has been banned from many sites including Answers In Genesis and Creation Ministries International. He stalks people and tries to make himself important in the cause of promoting evolution and ridiculing those who do not agree with it.

      Mr. Tee indicates that belief in creation necessary for salvation. He has also stated that people who believe in speciation may not be Christians. These two points are against what is taught by creation science organizations. I recommend that he examine their literature.

       
      • theologyarchaeology

        February 29, 2016 at 10:19 pm

        creation science literature does not replace nor over-rule the Bible

         
        • Mr. Gordons

          March 1, 2016 at 12:01 am

          Your opinion over what it says does not overrule the Bible. You are claiming to have better understanding of your Bible than all of those other professing Christians who are creationists. Ashley Haworth-Roberts also claims to have superior knowledge of the Bible and he refers to creationists as liars.

           
          • theologyarchaeology

            March 1, 2016 at 12:32 am

            Generalities do not fit the argument. Provide some specifics please and please use the post God created his way as these comments are off-topic to this post

             
  3. Ashley Haworth-roberts

    March 2, 2016 at 6:44 am

    The Bible says nothing about speciation. However speciation is REAL (even the bigot Gordons recognises that). Mainstream YECs do however add fictitious things to what the Bible says eg ‘massive undersea volcanism’ during Noah’s flood or a ‘post-flood rapid ice age’.

     
    • theologyarchaeology

      March 4, 2016 at 2:12 am

      I approved this comment just to show how erroneous it is. The Bible does speak on speciation but only in a few words– ‘after their kind’–. That is all that is needed to be said on this issue. The rest of that post is just pure garbage

       
  4. theologyarchaeology

    March 4, 2016 at 2:13 am

    Oh and this is a cult post not a creation one so off topic comments will not be approved any more

     
 
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