What are Cults and why should Chrisitans stay away from them?

Our English word “cult” comes from the Latin word cultus which literally means “worship.” However, modern people don’t have worship on their minds when they use the word “cult.” In the broadest sense of the word, a cult is simply a religious system with particular rites and customs. In a Christian context, the definition of a cult is, specifically, “a religious group that denies one or more of the fundamentals of biblical truth.” Some well known cults are the Mormons, Jehovah's Witness, Christian Science, The Church of Almighty God (also called Eastern Lightning), Children of God ( renamed to Family International), Unification Church. Cult leaders will usually claim that they have a direct pipeline to God—even if it is in contradiction to the Bible. This would include adding new Scriptures or teachings as equal or even above the authority of the Bible. Cults almost always exclude themselves from legitimate Christian churches. Cults claim to be innovative and exclusive. In cult groups, one will often hear the language that their group is “the only way” to God. Against this view, Paul writes that even the apostles themselves were subject to the doctrine of the gospel message. Galatians 1:6

I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel,


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