Introduction to the Cults
A one part introductory teaching to the cults, identifying the key characteristics and hallmarks of a cult. Please click on the PDF link to read the article in full.
The 19th Century has been rightly been identified as the spawning ground for the cults. Many of the major cults that are with us today were birthed in the later end of the 19th century which saw a literal explosion of false prophets and teachers which has carried right through to the last century. Joseph Smith, Charles T. Russell, William Miller and Ellen G. White are just a handful of such false teachers and prophets to rise out of the 19th Century – The cults that they forged and founded; namely Mormonism, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and Seventh Day Adventists have influenced millions for the cause of Satan!! Jesus warned His disciples when asked about the sign of His coming and the end of the world, saying ”…many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many” (Mat. 24:11).
In this teaching we look at the definition of what constitutes a cult. We look at the warnings given in the Bible of the rise of such groups who would secretly bring in damnable heresies. We too look at the emotional and psychological strongholds that cults have on their victims.
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