A cult is here defined as that which looks to anything other than the living Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, righteousness, satisfaction, fulfillment, revelation, wisdom, power, or solutions or that is of any spirit other than the Spirit of Christ, the Holy Spirit. Often times, cults look to a "different Jesus." Cults are often identified as organizations, but they really are spirits or ideas, and they infiltrate organizations and churches to varying degrees. Cults do not want to be identified as cults, and rationalism, modernism, and liberalism are not exceptions.
Meaningless Definitions of Cult:
Merriam-Webster OnLine defines a cult as "a religion regarded as unorthodox or spurious; also: its body of adherents." Of course, this brings up the question:
To many ungodly Christians, born again Christians are regarded as unorthodox and spurious.
Another dictionary gives this definition: A religion or religious sect generally considered to be extremist or false.
Many Jews and Muslims consider all Christian Churches to be cults.
Some Christians consider any who do not accept the rapture theory as being a cult, while other Christians are suspicious of those who do accept the rapture theory.
Some consider any who do not belong to their particular organization to be a cult.
Some consider any who follow a Scriptural Church government to be a cult.
There are many definitions of the word, cult. Indeed, many people assign the label, "cult," to any who do not agree with their rationalized suppositions, speculative theology, or man-made orders and rituals. Many of these theologies and man-made orders are actually extra-biblical or even anti-biblical. Again, we define that which looks to anything other than the living Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, righteousness, satisfaction, fulfillment, revelation, wisdom, power, or solutions or that is of any spirit other than the Spirit of Christ, the Holy Spirit, as cult-like behavior. It is our belief that we need to trust in the Lord, Jesus, who is the Christ.
The tendency to easily classify an organization as a cult is a disorder in the Church. Often, competitiveness between denominations will cause one organization to label another as a cult. (Incidentally, competitiveness between groups of Christians is not part of the Church for which Jesus died. This competitiveness is actually part of the world.) While it is important that every shepherd warn the flock about the dangers of true cults, it is also important to be able to discern the Body of Christ as the apostle, Paul, exhorts us in First Corinthians. Of course, Satan loves it when Christians are divided and not getting along.
The list of meaningless definitions could go on, so how does http://www.SeekFind.net define a cult?
Anything short of perfection in following this Jesus is a tendency toward error, but, to my knowledge, no one has ever followed Christ perfectly. For that reason, this site draws a line in the sand at the point that people begin to depend on self-righteousness. All human goodness movements are thus considered cults by this web site.
All movements that exalt the human intellect--leaning on human understanding--are designated as cults by SeekFind.net. Considering raw human reasoning to have the ability to add to or take from Scripture is certainly considered cult-like thinking by SeekFind.net, though this type of thinking is a common, almost automatic, human failing.
Human efforts at righteousness as opposed to leaning on the power of the Holy Spirit are another example of depending on something other than Jesus.
Exalting an organization, a body of doctrine, a person, or any other thing--these are all alternatives to lifting up the living Christ.
Denying that Jesus Christ is the unique Son of the unique God the Father would certainly be the doctrine of a cult. Denying that Jesus Christ came in the flesh would indeed be the doctrine of a cult. Denying that it is Jesus Christ Who lives in every person who trusts in Jesus for deliverance from sin, sickness, death, and hell would also be the doctrine of a cult.
A word about equivocation
Cults, such as liberalism, atheism, or Naturalism, love to use a method known as equivocation to confuse and deceive. Equivocation muddies the meanings of words in order to deceive. A cult member will give a meaning for the word, "cult," such as: "The formal means of expressing religious reverence; religious ceremony and ritual," and then point out that a Christian Bible-believing Church fits that description so a Christian Bible-believing Church is a cult. They will do this knowing fully that it is a rare person who thinks of a cult as the local Christian Bible-believing Church. The sole purpose of this type of equivocation is to confuse and deceive.
A follower of liberalism will use the same equivocation technique. He or she will point out that there is a meaning of liberal that means to reach into one's own pocket and help the less fortunate. How different that is from what most people mean when they say, "liberal." As far as giving goes, a liberal in present-day terminology is a person who reaches into someone else's pocket and gives that person's money to the poor and then takes the credit for being compassionate. How different the two are!
The same could be said for atheists, naturalists, materialist, evolutionists. And we could give several examples for each of these, but that wouldn't cover the subject. Their ways are changeable so you cannot know them. They'll come up with a new story and deception next week.
A different Jesus:
Some create a pretend Jesus, one who is not God. The real Jesus is God.
Some create a pretend jesus that doesn't fit the Bible or that creates a story with the Bible as a backdrop. There is the Archangel Michael, the Satan's brother story, the intercourse with Mary story, etc.
Some speak of jesus as god and that we all can become gods. This, of course, denies the unity of the Triune God.
Some worship the god of forces, an impersonal force god like the one in Star Wars. This belief is incompatible with the God who wrote the Bible.
Some say that Jesus did not come in the flesh. They may say that Jesus is a divine principle, a Cosmic Christ, the bright white christ light, or some other thing. Whoever denies that Jesus Christ came in the flesh is an antichrist.
Some say that Jesus Christ is just human nature achieving at top potential. This is sometimes referred to as the human potential movement. They say that we all have "Christ in us" and our job is to "get in contact with it" and achieve our inner potential. There is, indeed, something inside every person even if they don't accept Christ as their Savior and Lord, but that thing that is in every person is not good; it is deceitful and desperately wicked, and no one can know it? We don't discover Christ within; we accept Him and invite Him in.
Some say that Jesus not historical, that is, they claim that He never really lived. This bold claim also says that Jesus has not come in the flesh.
Some say that Jesus not God, contrary to the Bible, which says that Jesus is God.
Some say that Jesus became the Christ when he attained Christ-consciousness at age 30. This is also contrary to the Bible.
There is the two-Jesus concept, which says there is the outer historical and inner mystical Jesus. This is not the Jesus of the Bible either.
There are some who say that Jesus is just one of many ascended masters, like Buddha and Mohamed.
Many cults say that Jesus was just a good man or a prophet or a teacher. That could not be true, because Jesus made claims for Himself that must be true. If they were not true, then Jesus would have been a liar, but they are true and Jesus is not only God, but He is the Truth.
Some claim that the Holy Spirit is not God but rather a force emanating from God.
Last updated: Nov, 2011
Toons & Vids
There are 84 sub-topics of "Faulty Conclusions"
Logical Fallacy of Naturalism
The Foolishness of Revenge
The Problem of Leaving the Christian Walk in the Spirit and Just Drifting
Why can't I just do things in my own way and live a good life as I think best?
The Problem Of Ungodly Counsel
Ungodly Friends And Failure to Make Godly Friends
Science as a Religion or an Object of Worship
Drugs, The Bible Does Talk About Them
Forms and Rituals
The Foolishness of Self-righteousness
The Human Goodness Cult
Accepting this lie:
What is wrong with being separated from God? Why should I care?
Agnosticism And Agnostics
Atheists And Atheism
Humanism Also Known As Secular Humanism
Materialism, The Cult That Is Based On Nothing Other Than A Bald-faced Lie
Naturalism, A Belief-System that Is Opposed To God
The problem is not with science, but with false science, distorted science, and labeling things that are not science as
Rationalism: Why Is It A Cult? It Makes The Human Mind Into A False God, Giving It God-like Qualities That Don't Fit Reality.
What is the basis of the condemnation of those who reject Jesus?
New Age Movement
Pantheism: All Is God--God Is Everything There Is.
The Cult, Modernism
Intellectualism. Leaning On One's Own Understanding. When Does It Become A Cult?
I'm Just Searching For An Honest Scoffer
Post Modernism, The Last-Ditch Effort To Defend Evolution And Atheism
Relativism Is One Of The Chief Precepts Of Many Cults Including Post-Modernism
Alien & UFO Cults
Gnostics and Gnosticism
Some People Say There is No Meaning of Life or Alternate Meanings of Life
Statism & Statists
What About Evolutionism And Racism?
It's Called The Culture War
Standing in Judgment: What About All the Things that Are Wrong with the Church?
The Human Potential Movement (HPM)
At Ease Christianity
Evil For Good Christianity
Young people leaving the church
Evolution Myths - The Myth of Evolution
What is Uniformitarianism?
An Attitude Toward Politics And Government That Is Not In Line With Scripture Will Cause You To Remain In Bondage and Frustration
Satan Wants To Discredit those Who Follow Christ
The Wide Way Leads to Destruction. The Spirit of Error: It Is Truth that Sets Us Free. Lies Bring Bondage.
What is Antichrist?
There Is Only One Sure Way To Avoid Being Deceived By Cults.
Questions and Answers: Christian Reader Questions the Meaning of the Word, Cult
Most Recently edited pages:
Answer to Critic
Appeal to Possibility
Argument to the Future
Love Between a Man and Woman
Righteousness & Holiness
Proof by Atheism
Scriptures About Marriage
The Reason for Rejecting Truth
Witness on the Internet
Flaky Human Reasoning
How Do You Know?
15-minutes to Understand Logic
The Real Purpose of the Church
The Real Purpose of Life
From Glory to Glory
REAL Faith--What it IS & IS NOT
REAL Love--What it IS & IS NOT
How to be Led by God
How to Witness
Wisdom: Righteousness & Reality
Holiness & Mind/Soul
Redemption: Free From Sin
Stories Versus Revelation
Circular Reasoning-Who is Guilty?
How Can We Know Anything?
Mind Designed to Relate to God
Answers for the Confused
Fossil Record Says: "Creation"
Avoid These Pitfalls
Public School's Religion
Public School Failures
Put a Link To This Page on Your Site.
SeekFind.net ~ Cults