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The Random House Dictionary defines a cult as: As a result I will try to narrow down the definitions and streamline my focus. I would like to focus on definitions numbered 1, 2, 4 and 6. We all know of the particular cults that have come and gone.
Basically, David Koresh lead a group of people to their deaths because of a false ideology and set of beliefs that was unorthodox, extremist AND with members living outside of conventional society under the direction of a charismatic leader, see definition 6.
The only reason I mention David Koresh in this context is to set apart what we typically think of as a cult. The Branch Davidians characterized ALL the stipulations of definition 6 above so this is an easy one to spot.
Just think about the way Jesus must have been portrayed in his society during the time of his ministry.
Do you think unorthodox, unscientific, charismatic, extremist, etc. You bet they would. Today Christianity is one of the largest religions in the world, but I think that in its early stages people might have looked at Christians as members of a cult as defined by definition 6 above.
But as you can see, the definition of a cult is NOT limited to simply definition 6. Like I said, my focus will also be on definition numbers 1, 2 and 4.
Let me repeat them in case you forgot. We can see that the IFB promotes misinterpretations of scripture as fact — as evidenced on this site and many others religion or sect considered to be false.
We see that the IFB promotes the idea of fundamentalism extremist in many ways such as women wearing skirts, not going to movies or dances, etc unorthodox these are simply to provide examples and are not by any means all inclusive. This is too significant to ignore. Now, again, I play word games here, but for good reason there are times when arguments of semantics are relevant.
The IFB has distinct rites and ceremonies that set it apart from all other denominations. The main reverence and focus of the IFB is their unique way of doing church which, according to them, is the right way and everyone else is wrong.
The IFB way of doing church has become the idol around which life revolves.
The IFB has become so good at defending their way of doing church that people can no longer see past the deception. Again we see here that the IFB is a group or sect that has very strong bonds to a particular way of doing church. The IFB fits the definition of a cult by its regard for and reverence towards particular traditions, beliefs and teachings that are currently considered by most in Christianity to be unorthodox and extreme.
After writing this article and getting a few comments and some rather nasty emails, I realized that a little more clarification would be needed to help avert misunderstandings. Please read thoroughly before you make such an accusatory comment.
It is up to the reader to determine if their church has such characteristics. I simply urge you to read with an open mind and consider the possibility. Please consider the following aspects of a cult as I try to help you understand their fit among the IFB.
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