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All articles in category Cults and other religions

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July 2001
Cults and other religions

Concerning Cults – Reflections (3)

To date, our reflections on cults have been restricted mostly to the definition and usage of key terms like 'sect', 'cult' and 'new religious movement'. While all these terms are somewhat ambiguous and limited in their usefulness, yet it is the term 'cult' that is more often used in modern parlance and by the…

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June 2001
Cults and other religions

Concerning Cults

'Do you belong to that cult?' That was the question thrown at me unexpectedly as I visited some houses in North West Wales. Before I could answer, the man continued: 'Do you belong to those who go around with a Bible, refusing blood transfusions for their children when they are dying?' He thought I…

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May 2001
Cults and other religions

Concerning Cults – Reflections

It is time to pause and reflect. But let me first explain why. Over the past months, some readers have responded positively to my articles on cults. That has been encouraging and enlightening. Quite often, readers have confirmed from their own experiences what has been written about a specific organization and also provided me…

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May 2001
Cults and other religions

Jesus and the JWs

Does the Bible teach in Proverbs 8 that the Father created Jesus? According to the Jehovah's Witnesses, the answer is 'yes'. In their encyclopaedia Aid to Bible Understanding, under the section, ‘Wisdom Personified’ (1971 edition, p.918) we find the following: ‘Many professed Christian writers of the early centuries of the Common Era understood this…

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November 2000
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Concerning Cults – Universal Pentecostal Church (4)

Two years ago a respected pastor in the UPC died. His name was Pastor C. K. Lazarus. Years earlier, as a young man, he informed his UPC leaders that he had decided ‘to do the ministry remaining unmarried’ (The Voice of Pentecost, February 2000, p.6). He received a positive response: ‘The gospel workers of…

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October 2000
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Concerning Cults: Universal Pentecostal Church (3)

Private revelations. That is what we concentrate on in this third article on the Universal Pentecostal Church (UPC). Having outlined the history and theology of this cult, we now need to discuss some of their distinctive but erroneous teachings. And their claim concerning private revelations is given prominence within the UPC. Visions ‘Revelations’ refers…

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October 2000
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Belief and morals among the Taylorites- A personal reflection (2)

Last month, I wrote of my experiences among the Taylorite Exclusive Brethren and began to consider their teachings.  These teachings had their origin with J. N. Darby, a former Church of Ireland clergyman whose rejection of that church's authority led to the formation of the Brethren movement. Darby was preoccupied with purity of doctrine…

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October 2000
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Done in a Corner

Corners can be dark places, requiring artificial light, and with only one way out. Christians are not usually found inhabiting them, for they are journeying along the narrow way, heading for a brilliant destination. Yet there may be occasion for Christians to pause and pay attention to the activities of some who frequent such…

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September 2000
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Concerning Cults – Universal Pentecostal Church (2)

In terms of biographies, it is far from being a classic. Nor is it particularly well written. With an unattractive cover and format, this paperback has been produced cheaply in the Third World to make it available to a wide readership in Asia, Africa and Europe. The biographer is anonymous but is, I suspect,…

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September 2000
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Belief and morals among the Taylorites

If the Taylorite Exclusive Brethren (‘the Exclusives’) were just a harmless Evangelical sect, seeking to be faithful to the gospel, they would deserve our respect and might be left to work out their own salvation. But this description will not fit. First, they have no consistent evangelical mission but are resolutely private, admitting no…

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July 2000
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Concerning Cults – The Family of Love [2]

Imagine the scene. A young Christian is surfing the Internet. He is eager to visit as many Christian websites as possible. His purpose? To be more aware of what the Lord is doing through Christians. He also wants to discover some helpful resources for learning more about the Bible. Quite early on, he visits…

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June 2000
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Concerning Cults – Family of Love [1]

This cult has been described by the Daily Telegraph (24 March), as 'a British-based sex cult', but at present it could be causing problems in East Africa. In late March, Kenyan government officials placed all government-run schools and children's homes on alert. The reason? Members of the 'Family of Love' were believed to be…

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