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This presentation gives an insight into various religious cults that exist in the world & concludes showing how Christians(born-again children of God) can resist them.

This presentation gives an insight into various religious cults that exist in the world & concludes showing how Christians(born-again children of God) can resist them.

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  • CULTS
  • WHAT DO U MEAN BY CULT1. A system of religious veneration and devotion directed toward a particular figure or object.2. A relatively small group of people having religious beliefs or practices regarded by others as strange or sinister.
  • MAJOR RELIGIONS OF THE WORLD ARE NOT CULTSA CULT IS NOT JUST A RELIGION. THE MAJOR RELIGIONS OF THE WORLD LIKE CHRISTANITY, JUDAISM,ISLAM,BUDDHISM,HINDUISM ARE NOT CULTS
  • HOW DO CHRISTANS DEFINE RELIGIOUS cult• Christians define religious cults from a different perspective. Simply, a cult is any religious group that deviates from the fundamental teachings of the historic, Bible-based, Christian faith as confirmed through the ancient ecumenical creeds.• Generally, if a religious organization follows Jesus Christ, but denies or distorts essential Christian doctrines such as the Trinity, the resurrection, or salvation by grace alone, that organization is considered a cult.
  • CHARACTERISTICS OF A CULTC CUT OF FROM THE WORLDU UNDER NOURISHED POOR NUTRITIONAL INTAKE & SLEEP DEPRIVATION OFTEN CHARACTERISES CULT MEMBERSL LEADERSHIP IS AUTHORITARIAN & COERCIBET THEOLOGY OR BELIEFS OF A CULT ALWAYS INVOLVE SOME UNIQUE OR NEW PERSPECTIVES
  • SOME PROMINENT CULT GROUPS OF THE WORLDTHERE ARE MORE THAN THOUSANDS OF CULT GROUPS IN THE WORLD. PROMINENT OF THEM BEING:-• JEHOVAH WITNESS• SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST• CHRISTIAN SCIENCE• UNIFICATION CHURCH• CHURCH OF BIBLE UNDERSTANDING• HEAVEN’S GATE
  • JEHOVAH WITNESS• Jehovahs Witnesses is a millenarian restorations Christian denomination with non Trinitarian beliefs distinct from mainstream Christianity.• The religion reports worldwide membership of over 7 million adherents involved in evangelism, convention attendance of over 12 million, and annual Memorial attendance of over 18 million.• They are directed by the Governing Body of Jehovahs Witnesses, a group of elders in Brooklyn, New York that exercises the final authority on all doctrinal matters.• Jehovahs Witnesses beliefs are based on their interpretations of the Bible, and they prefer their own translation, the New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures.
  • SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST• THE SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH (COMMONLY ABBREVIATED SDA) IS A CHRISTIAN DENOMINATION WHICH IS DISTINGUISHED BY ITS OBSERVANCE OF SATURDAY, THE ORIGINAL SEVENTH DAY OF THE JUDEO-CHRISTIAN WEEK, AS THE SABBATH, AND BY ITS EMPHASIS ON THE IMMINENT SECOND COMING (ADVENT) OF JESUS CHRIST.• THE DENOMINATION GREW OUT OF THE MILLE RITE MOVEMENT IN THE UNITED STATES DURING THE MIDDLE PART OF THE 19TH CENTURY AND WAS FORMALLY ESTABLISHED IN 1863.AMONG ITS FOUNDERS WAS ELLEN G. WHITE, WHOSE EXTENSIVE WRITINGS ARE STILL HELD IN HIGH REGARD BY THE CHURCH TODAY.
  • CHRISTIAN SCIENCES• CHRISTIAN SCIENCE IS A SYSTEM OF THOUGHT AND PRACTICE DERIVED FROM THE WRITINGS OF MARY BAKER EDDY AND THE BIBLE.• IT IS PRACTICED BY MEMBERS OF THE FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST SCIENTIST AS WELL AS SOME OTHERS WHO ARE NONMEMBERS. ITS CENTRAL TEXTS ARE THE BIBLE AND THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE TEXTBOOK, SCIENCE & HEALTH WITH KEY TO THE SCRIPTURES BY MARY BAKER EDDY. IN THE TEXTBOOK, MARY BAKER EDDY DESCRIBES THE TEACHINGS AND HEALINGS OF JESUS AS A COMPLETE AND COHERENT SCIENCE WHICH IS BOTH DEMONSTRABLE AND PROVABLE THROUGH HEALING.
  • UNIFICATION CHURCH{MOONIES}• THE UNIFICATION CHURCH IS A NEW RELIGIOUS MOVEMENT FOUNDED BY KOREAN RELIGIOUS LEADER SUN MYUNG MOON.• IN 1954, THE UNIFICATION CHURCH WAS FORMALLY AND LEGALLY ESTABLISHED IN SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, AS THE HOLY SPIRIT ASSOCIATION FOR THE UNIFICATION OF WORLD CHRISTIANITY (HSA- UWC).• IN 1994, MOON GAVE THE CHURCH A NEW OFFICIAL NAME: FAMILY FEDERATION FOR WORLD PEACE AND UNIFICATION. MEMBERS ARE FOUND THROUGHOUT THE WORLD, WITH THE LARGEST NUMBER LIVING IN SOUTH KOREA AND JAPAN. CHURCH MEMBERSHIP IS ESTIMATED TO BE SEVERAL HUNDRED THOUSAND TO A FEW MILLION. THE CHURCH AND ITS MEMBERS OWN, OPERATE, AND SUBSIDIZE ORGANIZATIONS AND PROJECTS INVOLVED IN POLITICAL, CULTURAL, COMMERCIAL, MEDIA, EDUCATIONAL, AND OTHER ACTIVITIES.
  • Church of Bible Understanding• THE CHURCH OF BIBLE UNDERSTANDING (FORMERLY KNOWN AS THE FOREVER FAMILY) IS A DESTRUCTIVE CULT STARTED IN 1971 BY FORMER ATHEIST AND VACUUM REPAIRMAN STEWART TRAILL IN ALLENTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA.• THE CULT TARGETED TEENS AS YOUNG AS 13 BY DRAWING ON THEIR WEAKNESSES. THROUGHOUT THE 1970S, THE CULT EXPANDED TO MANY OTHER PARTS OF THE UNITED STATES.• TRAILL, BORN IN QUEBEC IN 1936 IS THE SON OF A PRESBYTERIAN MINISTER, WHO TEACHES THAT HE IS THE REINCARNATION OF ELIJAH, AND THAT HE KNOWS THE DATE OF THE RETURN OF CHRIST. MEMBERS OF THE CULT LIVE IN A COMMUNE AND DONATE 90% OF THEIR INCOME TO THE CULT.
  • HEAVEN’S GATE• HEAVEN’S GATE IS A DESTRUCTIVE, DOOMSDAY CULT CENTERED IN CALIFORNIA. 21 WOMEN AND 18 MEN VOLUNTARILY COMMITTED SUICIDE IN THREE GROUPS ON THREE SUCCESSIVE DAYS STARTING ON MARCH 23, 1997. MOST WERE IN THEIR 40′S; THE REST COVERED AN AGE RANGE OF 26 TO 72.• THEY FOLLOWED A SYNCRETISTIC RELIGION, COMBINING ELEMENTS OF CHRISTIANITY WITH UNUSUAL BELIEFS ABOUT THE NATURE OF UFOS. THEY INTERPRETED PASSAGES FROM THE FOUR GOSPELS AND THE BOOK REVELATION AS REFERRING TO UFO VISITATION.
  • CONCLUSIONYOU CAN RESIST THE CULTS AND HELP YOUR FRIENDS TO RESIST. THE GREATEST COMMAND IN THE BIBLE, ACCORDING TO JESUS CHRIST AND JEWISH RABBIES, IS TO LOVE GOD WITH YOUR HEART, SOUL, MIND AND STRENGTH. DON’T SURRENDER YOUR MIND OR SOUL TO THE UNDUE CONTROL OF THE CULT GROUP. YOU HAVE A CHOICE ; GOD CREATED YOU WITH THE ABILITY TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN ACTIONS AND DESTINY.