Is there a certain type of person who is more likely to join a cult? No.
Individual vulnerability factors matter much more than personality type when it comes to joining or staying in a cult or abusive relationship.
The Bible teaches that Christians ought to grow in discernment, the ability to distinguish truth from error.
Cafeteria Religion -- also known as Salad Bar Religion, Spirituality Without Religion, or Believing Without Belonging -- is popular among so-called 'nones.'
It is a form of religious pluralism, in which people pick and choose doctrines and religious practices to arrive at a customized, personalized spirituality.
Many Christians actually take a similar approach when they fail to learn or practice spiritual discernment.
The late Robert Vaughn Young walked away from the Scientology -- only to be talked into returning.
When he later left the cult for good, he rejected theories about 'brainwashing' and 'mind control,' but eventually found parallels between victims of domestic violence and those who leave other abusive situations.
Neopaganism has become one of the fastest-growing religious movements today. Christians are not immune from its influence. Witchcraft and occultism are knocking on the doors of American homes, gaining acceptance and prominence in media and advertising, and enticing people of all ages to dabble in deceptive and dangerous practices.
In his book Witchcraft Goes Mainstream Brooks Alexander offers lucid and enlightening descriptions of witchcraft today and our culture's acceptance of it. He concludes by helping Christians formulate a …
Research resources on Jehovah's Witnesses and their organization, the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society (Watch Tower Society; Watchtower Society)
Although the Church of Scientology claims its beliefs are not incompatible with Christian faith, an evaluation of what Scientology teaches in the areas of God, man, the creation, salvation, and death proves this is not so.
Scientology's teachings and practices are inconsistent with the beliefs of orthodox Christianity.
Unhealthy, authoritarian leadership encourages people to place their pastors on pedestals. This is illustrated by the comments of one ex-member of a church located in a major mid-western city. "Little by little this man became the standard by which we all sought to live. The wisdom that poured forth from his lips left us in awe."
An ex-member of an east-coast fringe group commented that her tiny church was believed to be the full expression of God and had …
Ruled by pastor Jane Whaley, the Word of Faith Fellowship (WOFF) in Spindale, North Carolina, is theologically a cult of Christianity due to its unbiblical teachings and practices.
Sociologically this church is a high-control, abusive cult as well.
The Followers of Christ Church is a church with members in Oregon. Oklahoma and Idaho.
The church's extreme faith healing
beliefs and practices have resulted in a many preventable deaths
While the state of Oregon has taken legislative action aimed at curtailing the church's deadly practices, the state of Idaho has been dragging its feet on the issue.
Jesus said to never swear an oath, but to simply let your "yes" be "yes" and your "no" be "no."
However, many churches nowadays require prospective members to sign a church covenant or membership agreement.
While some structure is necessary for a church to function, many church covenants include policies and stipulations that run counter to the teachings of the Bible.
Pastor Wade Burleson, in his book 'Fraudulent Authority,' describes why Christians should not …
Benny Hinn is notorious for his faulty theology, which has included his suggestion that there are nine persons in the Trinity, the assertion that Adam could fly, and his on-again, off-again position on word-faith teachings:.
Professor Stephen A. Kent researches new and alternative religions, combining perspectives from sociology with religious studies.
Kent is a cult expert who has written extensively about Scientology, polygamy as practised by Mormon fundamentalists, the Children of God/The Family, and other issues surrounding new and alternative religions.
C. Peter Wagner (August 15, 1930-October 21, 2016) was the founder of Global Harvest Ministries, and a leading figure in the so-called New Apostolic Reformation. Most recently he was the vice president (or, in his own words, "Apostolic Ambassador") of Global Spheres, Inc. -- which he described as "a new wineskin for apostolic assignment."
While nobody questioned his love for God, sadly he became a driving force behind countless extra-Biblical and un-Biblical teachings and practices.
Scientology's cruel disconnection policy breaks up friendships, business relationships, and even families.
This policy is one of the reasons that we consider Scientology to be a hate group.
The destructive cult denies the policy exists, but there are countless testimonies to the contrary.
Updated with a video that relates a father's story of how his relationship with his daughter is being held hostage by The Church of Scientology.