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All articles & reviews tagged with cult

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April 2020
Articles > Cults and other religions

When evangelical churches become cult-like

I received a sad email from a friend a little while ago. For many years he had served a small gospel church sacrificially as pastor. His eighteen-year-old son had recently left home to go to university and was attending a church in the university town.  He had been admitted very quickly to the membership and…

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January 2002
Articles > Cults and other religions

Islam – the world’s largest cult?

Islam is rarely critiqued by journalists because it can be dangerous to do so. This has been less true since 11 September 2001 because people are interested in Islam and are searching for answers. However, it is still risky to write anything that may impugn Islam and especially the founder, Mohammed. This is one…

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November 2001
Articles > Cults and other religions

Concerning Cults – A closer look (2)

Last month I began a closer evaluation of the theology of cults by using two criteria, namely, the reality of revelation and the relationality of revelation (God is revealed in relation to his creation). This month I want to introduce two further theological criteria. Redemption Our third criterion is what I will call the…

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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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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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February 2001
Articles > Biblical/theological

Willow Creek – Worship and worldliness

Last month we considered the pragmatism that underlies the church-growth and Willow Creek movements; that is, the idea that 'if it works it is right'. We saw that the consumerism employed by these movements may 'work' in the sense that they draw crowds to church. But it became clear that is does not work…

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March 2000
Cults and other religions

Concerning Cults: Cults and the M15

Can you find a link between the following: MI5; police chiefs; senior government officials; the Millennium Dome; San Diego; a Tokyo underground station; and Armageddon? You have probably guessed correctly. They are all linked in various ways with cults. But what has MI5 got to do with cults? Evidently, MI5 was interested because of…

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