Nearly all false doctrines taught today by Christians and cultists alike can be traced to the distortion of the meaning of Biblical words. This article highlights eight rules that are the center of all grammatical interpretation. Accepted and used by scholars from Socrates to the present, they are equally applicable to legal, historical, and other such language.
Andrew Wommack has a number of aberrant and heretical teachings. According to him, God has no authority on earth, the spirit of a Christian is completely perfect, and faith is a force by which words create reality.
Black Hebrew Israelites (also Black Hebrews, African Hebrew Israelites, and Hebrew Israelites) are diverse groups of people mostly of Black African ancestry who believe they are descendants of the ancient Israelites. Black Hebrews adhere in varying degrees to the religious beliefs and practices of mainstream Judaism, but are not accepted as Jews. Many of the groups espouse a racist, Black Supremacy attitude. Updated!
On April 3, 2009, the Worldwide Church of God officially changed its name to Grace Communion International. Throughout most of its history, the Worldwide Church of God - founded and led by Herbert W. Armstrong - was, theologically, a cult of Christianity. However, starting in the mid 1980’s under Joseph Tkach Sr, and later his son, Joseph Tkach Jr. – the church’s current leader – the Worldwide Church of God underwent major changes in doctrine to the extend that is …
Cults come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Not every person’s experience will fit neatly into these following categories, but this list should provide some idea of the range of cults and their reach into every walk of life.
Pastored by 'apostle' Bill Johnson, Bethel Church in Redding, California is an influential church in the so-called New Apostolic Reformation (NAR). The NAR is a heterodox movement in Protestant Christianity in which people follow present-day apostles and prophets who claim to govern the church and give new divine revelation that is needed to set up God’s kingdom on earth. Bethel's teachings and practices also identify the church as part of the equally problematic Word-Faith Movement.
The term ‘cult of Christianity‘ is used of a group, church or organization whose central teachings and/or practices are claimed to be biblical or representative of biblical Christianity, but which are in fact unbiblical and not Christian in nature. What are the things you should look for in determining whether or not a particular group is truly Christian in nature?
Fancy performing weddings, funerals, baptisms and other functions of the clergy? Well, you can: The Universal Life Church in Modesto, California, will ordain anyone as a minister — online, and for free.
Research resources on the 'Twelve Tribes,' an international 'community of religious communes.' Considered to be theologically a cult of Christianity, sociologically Twelve Tribes has cult-like elements as well.
Narconon is a residential rehab program aimed at treating substance abusers. The problem? Its approach is based on the medical views of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, considered by most to amount to nothing but quackery. TIME magazine has referred to Narconon as "a classic vehicle for drawing addicts into the cult." Updated: added the Narconon Lawsuits website, operated by a lawyer who is currently being threatened by a Narconon attorney for doing so. Read stories by people who allege …