Most Jehovah’s Witnesses live in fear. They feel the obligation to perform, knowing that their every move is under constant scrutiny to determine if they are “worthy enough” for acceptance among the brothers and sisters in the congregation. Meeting preparations, door-to-door field service, needing to put in enough hours and conduct enough studies to qualify for special privileges, every minute of a Jehovah’s Witnesses life becomes legislated by the Watchtower organization as they strive to perform to its every rule and standard. Continue reading “Emotional blackmail, part of the faith of Jehovah’s Witnesses”
.: A MORMON RESPONDS TO OUR DEFINITION OF A CULT:
“As a person with over 50 years of loyal experience with the Mormon Church, but has left it in spirit, if not in name, I thought you might be interested in seeing my reaction to your webpage that gives the test on whether your religion is a cult or not. I shared the following with a Mormon email group I’m on:
TITLE: So is it a cult or isn’t it?
Evangelical Christians call Mormonism a cult. Mormons cry foul at the label. So is the Mormon Church a cult or not?
I found this website that clearly believes so (like that’s hard to find). I took their definition of a cult and compared it to the Mormon Church.
First of all, let me go on record as saying that I think most evangelical Christian definitions of a cult are stacked to be sure they can exclude those denominations they don’t like. Yet, the behavior they describe in the definition is for the most part negative behavior, so whether it’s an accurate definition of a cult or not is rather secondary to the fact that any religion that conforms to the behavior described is one to be leery of. Continue reading “Is Mormonism a Cult? – A Mormon Responds to our “What is a Cult” Article”
ARE JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES (WATCHTOWER FOLLOWERS) AND MORMONS (LDS OR LATTER-DAY SAINTS) “CULTS”?
The word “cult” conjures up a variety of ideas in the minds of people. From the 80 Branch Davidians who followed David Koresh to their fiery death in a Waco compound in 1993 to the 38 Heaven’s Gate followers of Marshall Applewhite who drank poison, committing suicide in an attempt to catch a ride on an alleged spaceship of the 1993 Hale-Bopp Comet, people often think of cultists as weird individuals who isolate themselves into compounds and communes and practice strange beliefs. But, not all cultists and cult groups fit this stereotype image. Many of the most deadly cults are much more subtle in their tactics and present a respectable image to the public that often attracts thousands, if not millions to their ranks. Continue reading “Are Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormons Cults?”
3 REASONS WHY PEOPLE LEAVE CULTS – What You Should Know When Talking To Them
Why do people leave cults? Why are some willing to seek help from counter-cult ministries while others reject any form of help from ex-members or religious associates? Why is it common for ex-cult members to react defensively to any form of criticism of the group they left? Why do members remain loyal to the ideals of the group in spite of suffering mental and emotional abuse from cult leadership? To answer these questions, we must study the three types of people who leave cults. Continue reading “3 Reasons Why People Leave Cults”
WHAT IS A CULT? – Key Facts You Should Know About Cults and Mind Control
– A concise definition of a “cult,” Dr Robert Lifton’s 8 Criteria of Cultic Mind Control with Questions you can ask to test a group for cultic tendencies
A cult is any group that sets itself up as the supreme authority between God and Man. Cults claim the following:
- The Bible is seen as an insufficient guide for spiritual truth. Cult members are told to use the cult’s literature for the proper understanding of God’s truth.
- Group leaders are seen as God’s “channel of communication” to man. They equate loyalty to the group as loyalty to God.
- They foster a “we/they” mentality to the world, claiming that only inside the group can one find truth and ultimate salvation, and that outside the group is “Satan’s world.”
- Doubt and criticism of the group or leaders are disallowed. They often claim that “independent thinking” is evidence of “pride,” and is seen as questioning God and His arrangement for life.
- Adherents dispense personal identity for the group mold and take on the personality and characteristics of the totalistic environment of the cult. Continue reading “What is a Cult?”
IS IT LOVING TO TEAR DOWN SOMEONE ELSE’S BELIEFS? –An Open Letter To Those Who Oppose Our Ministry