How to spot cults and false teachings

Cult: a group or movement exhibiting a great or excessive devotion or dedication to some person, idea, or thing, and employing unethically manipulative techniques of persuasion and control designed to advance the goals of the groupís leaders, to the actual or possible detriment of members, their families, or the community. Unethically manipulative techniques of persuasion and control include but are not limited to: isolation from former friends and family, use of special methods to heighten suggestibility and subservience, powerful group pressures, information management, suspension of individuality or critical judgment, promotion of total dependency on the group and fear of leaving it, etc.

Contemporary cults, then, are likely to exhibit three elements to varying degrees:
1) membersí excessively zealous, unquestioning commitment to the identity and leadership of the group; exploitative manipulation of members; and  harm or the danger of harm to members, their families and/or society.
2) Because cults tend to be leader-centered, exploitative, and harmful, they come into conflict with and are threatened by the more rational, open, and benevolent systems of membersí families and society at large. Some gradually accommodate to society by decreasing their levels of manipulation, exploitation, harm, and opposition. Others, however, harden their shells by becoming totalistic, elitist, and isolated. These groups tend to:
3) dictate--sometimes in great detail--how members should think, act, and feel; claim a special, exalted status (for example, occult powers, a mission to save humanity) for themselves and/or their leaders; and intensify their opposition to and alienation from society at large.

Because the capacity to exploit human beings is universal, a cult could arise in any kind of group. Most established groups have accountability mechanisms that restrain the development of cultic subgroups. Some religious cult leaders began their careers in mainstream denominations from which they were ejected because of their cultic activities. Cults are generally associated with newer, unorthodox groups, although not all new or unorthodox groups are cults.

If a group exhibits any of the following characteristics, then it is a cult:
Faulty interpretations of the Bible.
They question authority and accuracy of the Bible.
They tell you that you must work for your salvation.
Their god or gods are not the God of the Bible.
They look to books beyond the 66 book Holy Bible as being authoritative.
Saying one thing in public, another in private.
They think they are the only Christians serving God correctly.
Vigorously attacks Christianity.
Concept of Jesus is contrary to truth of Bible.
Head of the organization comes between God and man.
The exact date for the return of Christ is predicted.
They deny the personality of Holy Spirit.
Definitions of human nature and sin are different from the Bible.


Beware of those that do not confess Jesus as Savior, Lord, King, Messiah, and Son of God.
Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ?  He is antichrist,  that denieth the Father and the Son. 1 John 2:22

Beware of those that declare more than one way to get to God.
Jesus sayeth unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh to the Father, but by me. St. John 14:5

Beware of those that disregard the prophetic 'end time'  books of the Bible..
And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. Revelation 22:19

Beware of those that make teachings of men  equal to the Holy Bible.
If various other books and teachings were to be included in the Holy Bible and regarded as highly, then God would have made it so.  Remember, teachings of men are not equal to God's Word.

Beware of those that attempt to dictate your every step in life.
Pastors are to guide and be a help. God is to lead your decisions. Submit to God and give him the lead.  
"Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart and ye shall find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." Matthew 11:29

Men of God, you have been warned.
Woe  be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! saith the Lord. Jeremiah 23:1

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Goddess Worship
                                                   
New Age Movement
                                                       
  Mormonism
                                                          
Scientology
                                                           
The Occult
                                                            
Buddhism
                                                    
Jehovah's Witness
                                                
Masonry / Freemasonry
                                                        
Islam / Muslem
                              
Modern Liberal Christianity - The Apostate Church
                            New Reformation - (Liberal Christianity RePackaged)
                                                          Luciferianism
                                                              Satanism
                                                              Calvinism
                                                         Augustinianism
                                                     Seven Day Adventist
                                                               Unitarian
                                                               Interfaith
                                                           Aaronic Order
                                                               Actualism
                                                        Aesthetic Realism
                                                        Aetherius Society
                                                            Agnosticism
                                                                Atheism
                                                             Gnosticism
                                                               Hinduism
                                                  Native American Religions
                                                              Pantheism
                                                               Alchemy
                                                              Astrology
                                                       All-One-God-Faith
                                                             Shamanism
                                          Ancient Mystic Order of Malchizedek
                                                          Zoroastrianism
                                                           Yin and Yang
                                                         Womanís Circle
                                                              Witchcraft
                                                                 Wicca
                                                     The Way International
                                           Watchtower Bible and Tract Society
                                                                Taoism
                                                                 Subud
                                                          Anthropomancy
                                                          Arm of the Lord
                                                         Jewish Kaballah
                                                          British Israelism
                                                        Branch Davidians
                                                       Christadelphianism
                                                                 Deism
                                                                Dualism
                                                          Worship of Gaya
                                                 
Eastern Orthodox Catholic
                                                Episcopalian Church - USA


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