Why We Left a Cult by Latayne C. Scott

24 Feb

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In a recent conversation with a close spiritual mentor l
mentioned this book and made an off-the-cuff remark about us
ex-cultists.” My friend. was shocked and told me so-he never
thinks of me as an “ex-cultist'”


‘WeII, I spent ten years as a faithful Mormon”‘ I responded’
And we would both agree that it is a cult’ right?”


He fidgeted for awhile before he replied’ – oh yes Mormonism
is a cult-but when I think of a cultist ‘I think of someone
who wears a robe and burns incense or acts strange'”


My friend’s reaction is not a bit unusual. In fact I imagine
that if you were to ask an average Christian to define a cult’
about the best he or she would come up with would be the conclusion
that cultists “are not like us'” In trying to define a cult, you can’t say that
the major cultic groups don’t use the Bible. In fact, some of them study it more rigorously
than a lot of Christians do, and they often base dis tinctive doctrines on specific Bible passages or phrases’ Many of them have the name “Christ” or “God” in their group’s name.

And, as for dedication and fervor, they often put most Christians
to shame.


Yet, they are not like us’ Sometimes we feel that difference
more than know it. On the other hand, unless we are able to
identify exactly why they are not-like us’ we have no basis other
than personal preference and background on which to condemn
their teachings. For a Christian, the standard against which we
judge error must always be the Bible, not our feelings.


Similarly, neither do cults just float around in the sea of truth
independently of each other. They all have a common heretical
base, which reflects their origin in the mind of the great liar,


-A redefinition of God, either as a former human or an
impersonal force


-A redefinition of Jesus, either as merely human, or just
an illustration of the “Christ principle”‘ or as one of many
prophrts or holy men, or is the brother of Lucifer or
Michael the archangel


– A redefinition of the Holy Spirit, either as a force without
personality or as a commodity to which only the cult has


-A redefinition of the biblical doctrine of the Trinity by claiming
that God, Jesus and the spirit are totally separate’ or that
one or more of them is either inferior to or absent from the


-Elevation of man to godhood, either by his earning that staus
or by his “becoming one with” God


-Devaluation of the Bible, either by claiming that it must be
translated or interpreted only by that group or by ranking
it below other writings of the cult


-A claim to exclusive revelation and guidance from God


-a proclivity toward prophetic predictions’ most of which
do not happen when or how the group predicted


-Use of biblical terms with “new” meanings’ derived neither
from context, original language sources’ nor historical


-A flexible theology that changes according to circumstances


-A charismatic founder and/or leadership that can and often
do place itself above the teachings it imposes on the


-A claim to “new truth,” or unique revelation hidden from
the world until brought forth by the group or a leader of
the group


-A claim that pleasing God and going to heaven are
achievable only by being a member of the cult


-Measurement of salvation by works


-Overt rejection of orthodox or mainstream Christianity and
other churches


-Strictly regulated and harsh treatment of apostates


-A connection between the group and either national or
world government in the future


-Male-female dualism (teachings about a mother god or
that the organization or leader is “mother,, to Father God).


-Use of deceased persons as “spirit guides


-Teaching that death is illusory or neutral in nature, or that
the soul is reborn into a different form or body in new lives.


-Use of mind-control techniques by leaders.


-Use of special ritualistic ceremonies, mantras, or high doctrines”
for the elite


-Extreme dependence on subjective feelings or personal
experience as “proof” of the validity of the group’s doctrine


-Use of altered states of consciousness achieved through
fasting, drugs, meditation, or other techniques to receive


-Use of Bible terminology or verses out of context as the basis
for nontraditional teachings or practices.


-Emphasis on authority and connection to the past, which
is disavowed when these would make the cult look bad in
the eyes of outsiders


-Repressive “discipling” techniques that require submission to others in such tangible matters as activities and dress, as well as in such “spiritual” matters as amount of time spent in prayer.


-Claims to special knowledge about the second coming or
end of the world.


-Aberrations of New Testament teachings on monogamy
and chastity: forbidding marriage, advocating polygamy,
or allowing unfettered sexual freedom.


-The teaching or implication that group leadership is “the
church” and that members thereof are merely a substructure


A cult is not biblical Christianity,

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