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1 Is The Church of Christ A Cult?

2 Is the "church of christ" a cult? there's a church in my area that seems very controlling, meddling, and judgemental, they claim to have no denomination, but call themselves the "church of christ" and claim to have The right path. I've heard that they are considered a 'dangerous cult' by some... is this true? what do you think about them? 3 years ago Additional Details 3 years ago i ask because my mother has joined a church, and since hearing her "tales" about things, the church has driven out my father (for divorcing her), his mother, and have encouraged my mom to "disown" my brother (nothing to do w/ $$, he "no longer exists" to her and the church supports this) 3 years ago according to christianity, a cult: C. Claim to be The Only True Christians U. Unorthodox Extra-biblical Revelation L. Lying Leaders (History/Doctrine) T. THE Way (Salvation is found only in their organization) S. Salvation By Works (obedience to ordinances such as baptism) Yahoo Answers

3 Supposed Earmarks of Cults A Strict And Narrow View of Authority

4 Supposed Earmarks of Cults A Strict And Narrow View of Authority Practices Discipline

5 Supposed Earmarks of Cults A Strict And Narrow View of Authority Practices Discipline Believes They Are Right & Others Wrong

6 Supposed Earmarks of Cults A Strict And Narrow View of Authority Practices Discipline Believes They Are Right & Others Wrong Teaches Necessity Of Baptism

7 Supposed Earmarks of Cults A Strict And Narrow View of Authority Practices Discipline Believes They Are Right & Others Wrong Teaches Necessity Of Baptism Teaches Friendships/Marriages Should Be With Other Members

8 B. Street Church, Miami OK Christian marriage to Non Christian to Christian 76 marriages 64 marriages 57 left faith 5 left faith 25 divorced 2 divorced 22 faithful 59 faithful

9 Bridges Street Church, Wynne AR 1962-‘81 to Non Christian to Christian 76 marriages 28 marriages 61 left faith 4 left faith 23 divorced 4 divorced 15 faithful 24 faithful

10 Supposed Earmarks of Cults A Strict And Narrow View of Authority Practices Discipline Believes They Are Right & Others Wrong Teaches Necessity Of Baptism Teaches Friendships/Marriages Should Be With Other Members Is Counter Culture

11 JW’s And Thought Control If anyone lays aside “Scripture Studies”…after he has read them for 10 years-if he then lays them aside and ignores them and goes to the Bible alone…our experience shows that within 2 years he goes into darkness. On the other hand, if he merely reads the SS with their references, and had not read a page of the Bible, as such, he would be in the light at the end of the 2 years. Watchtower Magazine, Sept

12 JW’s And Thought Control The Watchtower being the means the Lord is pleased to use to transmit his message of truth to the people, it is a real comfort to the remnant and the other sheep of the Lord to have this given to them regularly twice each month Yearbook, pg 82

13 JW’s And Thought Control But if each of us were left to himself just because he has a copy of the Bible and were to direct his movements independently as he thought he understood the Word, what? It is likely, or possible, that there would be a great deal of confusion or working in competition among us. Hence, besides individually possessing God’s Word, we need a theocratic organization…

14 JW’s And Thought Control Yes, besides having the spirit of illumination, a Christian needs Jehovah’s theocratic organization in order to understand the Bible. WTM, June ; pg 375

15 JW’s And Thought Control The Bible is an organizational book and belongs to the Christian congregation as an organization, not to individuals, regardless of how sincerely they may believe that they can interpret the Bible. For this reason the Bible cannot be properly understood without Jehovah’s visible organization in mind. WTM Nov 1, 1967 pg 587

16 JW’s And Thought Control Avoid independent thinking…questioning the counsel that is provided by God’s visible organization …Fight against independent thinking. WTM Jan pg 27

17 JW’s And Thought Control If The Society told me that this book is black instead of green, I would say, “Y’know, I could have sworn that it was green, but if the Society says it is black, then it is black!” Spoken by Bart Thomson, WTS Overseer By Raymond Franz in Crisis of Conscience, pg 296


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