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 the mind …
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.
The term 'cult' is used so often, it would seem that everyone knows what a cult is. Yet classifying a group as a cult is not as simple as it sounds. This article -- a chapter from the 1994 book "Prophets of the Apocalypse: David Koresh and Other American Messiahs" -- takes a look at the history and usage of the term.
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 sign such contracts.
Don't have enough money? Word-Faith teacher and purveyor of the 'Prosperity Gospel' scam Marilyn Hickey wants you to speak to your wallet telling it, "You, checkbook, you've never been so prosperous since I owned you. You're just crammed full of money." Are you sick? Hickey claims that your condition is caused by demons. Her solution is to lie: "Say to your body, 'You're whole, body! Why, you just function so beautifully and so well. Why, body, you never have any …
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.