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Cults?

I have been hearing from some that Jehovah witnessses and Mormans are sometimes considered cults. Is this somewhat true, can someone please enlighten me?

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 5:45 PM on May. 22, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • JWs and LDSs are no more a cult than any other Christian denomination. It's just the extremists you gotta look out for.

    MamaK88

    Answer by MamaK88 at 5:53 PM on May. 22, 2009

  • I am LDS (Mormon) and always roll my eyes when people say we are a cult. It really depends on your definition for a cult. By a lot of definitions of the word, every denomination of Christianity is a cult. :)
    soccerchik8287

    Answer by soccerchik8287 at 6:15 PM on May. 22, 2009

  • Pretty much any religious faction can be considered a cult in one way or another.

    anetrnlov

    Answer by anetrnlov at 6:18 PM on May. 22, 2009

  • My opinion is that they are both cults. Simply professing to be a Christian religion is not enough to make you one. Both of these religions contain beliefs that go against mainstream Christian doctrine, and the JW practice shunning of those who leave their faith and hinder you from being involved with others who are not a JW- even family members.

    Mormons also are forbidden to contact family members. When missionaries, mostly 19 year old boys serve their mission for 2 years, they are sent far away from home into a military like strict environment where they work 74 hours a week. In their handbook, it explicitly states they are not to contact friends, family, even people in the small district the work in. They are allowed to write letters once a week, and even then letters outside their immediate family is discouraged. Twice a year they are allowed to call their family.
    IhartU

    Answer by IhartU at 6:23 PM on May. 22, 2009

  • Personally, I feel that if you feel something is "cultist" then it probably is. In my opinion, cults are groups that believe only one way or thing is possible with dire results if you believe otherwise.
    rune2319

    Answer by rune2319 at 6:26 PM on May. 22, 2009

  • Cults add their own rules, distorting the Bible’s message.
    Cults distort God’s rules, changing the Bible’s message.
    Cults change the Bible text, distorting the message.
    Cults follow a false teacher.
    Cults follow false “sacred writings”
    Cults give the same authority to another writing as they give to the Bible.



    IhartU

    Answer by IhartU at 6:28 PM on May. 22, 2009

  • From an orthodox Christian perspective, a cult is a group of people who follow one man or the group's spiritual teachings and practices that, when compared with orthodox Christian doctrine always contradict them, as well as exalt the group's own unique religious perspective as the only way to truly serve God. From a purely Biblical perspective, 2 Corinthians 11:4 gives us the clearest and most concise description of how cults may be discerned. False teachings, the apostle Paul warned here, will introduce three major errors to the unsuspecting in the name of Christianity. First they will preach their own determination of who Jesus Christ is, denying his Biblically revealed identity as God the Son and exchanging it with another. They'll point to "another Jesus." Secondly, cult teachers will proclaim a "gospel message" that is ultimately is a message of works-centered salvation, in sharpest contrast to the Good News of saving
    Shaneagle777

    Answer by Shaneagle777 at 6:48 PM on May. 22, 2009

  • grace through faith in Christ (Ephesians 2:8-9). They'll preach "another gospel." Thirdly, the revealed spiritual nature of the work of the cult claims to be, but actually is not, inspired by God the Spirit. Instead, a chilling reference is made to spiritual entities who lend tremendous spiritual power to their natural human puppets to preach deceptive gospels. They'll be empowered by "another spirit." This is the work of demonic agents in allegiance with Satan, the opposer of God throughout history.In short, a cult will energetically claim to follow the Bible and be the only group to be found anywhere who really are interpreting it correctly (hence the rationale for some countercult workers calling some groups "Bible based"). Ultimately, once examined, a questionable group's doctrines will always deny orthodox Biblical truth in one way, shape or form.
    Shaneagle777

    Answer by Shaneagle777 at 6:48 PM on May. 22, 2009

  • more where that came from ... http://www.spiritwatch.org/cultdef.htm
    Shaneagle777

    Answer by Shaneagle777 at 6:49 PM on May. 22, 2009

  • By definition, a cult is nothing but a religious denomination with fewer members than others. Christianity (meaning Catholicism) was a cult until it became the largest religion in an area. Then when the Protestants broke off the protestants were a cult until they gained more members. As each Protestant denomination broke off, they were each cults until they grew larger. As it stands today, any individual non-denominational congregation is a cult.
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 6:57 PM on May. 22, 2009

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