10 Signs That You’re In A Cult

1. Your sect has it’s own Bible translation

2. Your hierarchy of leaders claim to be God’s only channel/representative on earth

3. There is no salvation outside of your organization

4. Your group claims to be a restoration of Christianity

5. Your organization has inspired books (and study aids) which contain revelations/information that only your sect is “aware” of

6. Date setting concerning end times events has been an integral part of your organization’s history

7. Differing exegesis of scripture/doctrine is not allowed, uniformity is the order of the day

8. You need your organization to understand the Bible, independent Bible reading/study is not encouraged

9. Former members of your group are demonized, shunned, and off limits for association

10. Your standing/status in the organization is dependent upon works


About Razor Swift

Rich Christian who is the founder of Razor Swift, seeks to open hearts and minds through the platform of apologetics. It's his desire to approach Biblical, faith, and other issues from a different perspective rather than just preaching to the choir in the Christianese dialect. He maintains that faith and reason mustn’t necessarily be at odds with each other, but can be complementary. May no stone lay unturned.
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6 Responses to 10 Signs That You’re In A Cult

  1. splatblogger says:

    Yeah, I think my church is a cult. Particularly on points 7 and 8. its probably what I would call a Bill Hybel’s cult.

  2. splatblogger says:

    Oh yes, and point 10 is also very very common.

  3. I would modify #7 somewhat.

    There’s only one way to read the Bible correctly. Each verse only has one intended meaning, conveyed to a specific audience. But, there’s a wide range of spiritual meanings to any given passage. Within its given literal meaning, a passage might have a multitude of varying applications to everyday life.

    So I’d rephrase it to say that it’s forbidden to have a differing opinion on the practical application(s) of a given passage. Many cults seize on a particular verse or two, and ignore the context, given meaning, and established spiritual applications to come up with their own twisted version of what it means. Like Pentecostals and their dual-baptism idea. Or Seventh Day Adventists saying its a sin to celebrate the Sabbath on any day but a Saturday. All beliefs that come from out-of-context passages.

  4. Phil says:

    What’s the cut-off score? Even some of the larger mainstream denominations might score as much as 4 of 10.

    • razorswift says:

      Thank you for your comment. Can you please expound on that?

      • Arthur says:

        I’ll take a stab at it. I’ve been studying cults for about a year now, and there are several lists of warning signs that your church may in fact be a cult. But even the root religion, such as Christianity, Judaism, or Islam, meets some of the qualifications. For example, mainstream Christianity teaches that there is no salvation outside of Christianity. Christianity has its own version of the Bible. It’s called the New Testament. Point #2 above, about the church heirarchy being God’s only representatives on Earth, is espoused totally by the Catholic church. Protestants, not so much.

        Cults employ mind control techniques to recruit, retain, and discipline their members. This is true whether the cult leader(s) consciously design mind control into their tenets, or whether it evolves over time as part of a dominating, controlling environment. These techniques are a refined version of the same techniques used on prisioners of war in Viet Nam. They are even more effective now, having the benefit of psychological science with which to fine-tune the art.

        There are several excellent books written about mind games used by cults. Here’s one that stands head and shoulders above the rest. It’s called “Combatting Cult Mind Control” by Steven Hassan. Mr. Hassan was a former high-level recruiter in the Moonies. His work carries the weight of personal experience. He shows just how easy it is for ANYONE to be drawn into a cult. He makes it very clear that NOBODY is immune. He destroys the common beliefs that cult members were foolish to get involved, or that they must be weak-minded to believe that stuff, or that there’s no way that stuff could happen to me. It really is “must” reading if you suspect you are, or someone you love is, involved in what might be a cult.

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