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Thus, cult can describe religious leaders or organizations that employ abusive, manipulative, or illegal control over their followers' lives.
In addition to these usages, Christians generally have a doctrinal component to their use of the word.
The term "New Age" is used herein as an umbrella term to describe organizations which seem to exhibit one or more of the following beliefs: (1) All is one, all reality is part of the whole; (2) Everything is God and God is everything; (3) Man is God or a part of God; (4) Man never dies, but continues to live through reincarnation; (5) Man can create his own reality and/or values through transformed consciousness or altered states of consciousness. Aaronic Order, Maurice Glendenning, Murry, UT: Splinter group from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS), founded in 1942 by Glendenning after he was excommunicated by the LDS Church for receiving and publishing revelations later known as the Levitical Writings.
Abaddon: (Hebrew for "The Destroyer"; in Greek, Apollyon) A demon described in the Bible as "the angel of the bottomless pit" (Revelation ).
Sociologists and anthropologists sometimes use the term cult to describe religious structure or belief patterns with meanings (usually non-pejorative) unique to their disciplines.
In modern usage, the term cult is often used by the general public to describe any religious group they view as strange or dangerous.
This Index contains brief definitions, descriptions or cross references on over 1,200 religious organizations and beliefs, as well as world religions (including Christianity) and related doctrines.
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It is based on a farming term in Latin meaning cultivation.Cult in this sense, is a counterfeit or serious deviation from the doctrines of classical Christianity.Watchman Fellowship usually uses the term cult with a Christian or doctrinal definition in mind.If the term is listed, it will be followed by a brief definition.Most of these definitions contain highlighted words that are linked to the definitions for those words; clicking on the highlighted word will take you directly to that definition.