Cults of Christianity misinterpret and misuse the Bible in support of doctrines and/or practices which place them outside the boundaries of the Christian faith. Here are 20 ways that cults twist the teachings of the Bible.
the Global Country of World Peace is a world-wide fantasy land thought up by the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, founder of Transcendental Meditation It aims to promote world peace through mediation and yogic flying.
Christian science (The First Church of Christ, Scientist) is neither Christian nor scientific. This religious movement's denial and/or re-interpretation of key Biblical doctrines mark it as, theologically, a cult of Christianity. Nevertheless, in many U.S. states the Federal Government has granted Christian Science religious exemptions which, in the eyes of many, has led to needless suffering and preventable deaths as the church's followers apply its version of 'faith healing.'
"Dead Agenting" is Scientology jargon for a policy instituted by L. Ron Hubbard, the cult's founder, in which Scientologists attempt to discredit critics. Reportedly a prime example of the practice will be seen ahead of the premiere of Alex Gibney's documentary, "Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief."
Truth is not measured by the pleasant feelings it elicits and truth-telling is not determined by the pleasantness of the sentiments expressed. Whereas some Christians seem to think that the ultimate virtue is to be agreeable, God's, true spokespeople never sacrifice accuracy for agreeableness.
An old teaching has been recently reinvigorated. Its advocates claim the teaching is a “grace revolution.” But many critics see it as merely a fresh spin given to the rebellious, ancient heresy of Antinomianism.
Muslims believe the Torah and the Gospel have been changed and corrupted over time. Consequently, the Quran was needed to correct the errors in the corrupted books. It finalizes the truth from God as transmitted from the archangel Gabriel, recited by the prophet Muhammad, and written down into the Arabic language.
Mark Driscoll, dubbed the "Cussing Pastor" of Mars Hill Church, faces increasing opposition from people who question his controversial behavior. In the wake of recent controversies regarding plagiarism and apparent manipulation of the bestselling books list, many who consider his autocratic leadership style to be abusive -- spiritually and otherwise -- are now speaking out. Driscoll's lie that his critics are 'anonymous' has given new impetus to calls for his resignation.
The Rainbow Family is a leaderless, nomadic intentional community of individuals committed to principles of non-violence and egalitarianism. The movement, which has no official organization, is best known for its Rainbow Gatherings.
A brief, verse-by-verse look at 1 Corinthians 14 in which Paul addresses spiritual gifts and manifestations. Initially written in response to the increasingly odd teachings and practices in the Toronto Blessing and similar so-called 'renewal- and revival movements.'