September 29, 2009

“What are the defining elements in taking a group of people and determining or classifying them as a cult?”

Welcome and God's blessing in the name of Jesus Christ and by the power of the Holy Spirit.

When we hear the word “cult,” we often think of a group that worships Satan, sacrifices animals, or takes part in evil, bizarre, and pagan rituals. However, in reality, most cults appear much more innocent. The specific Christian definition of a cult is “a religious group that denies one or more of the fundamentals of biblical truth.”

In simpler terms, a cult is a group that teaches something that will cause a person to remain unsaved if he/she believes it. As distinct from a religion, a cult is a group that claims to be part of the religion, yet denies essential truth(s).

A Christian cult is a group that denies one or more of the fundamental truths of Christianity, while still claiming to be Christian.

The most common teaching of cults are that Jesus was not God manifested in the flesh and/or that salvation is not by faith alone in the name of Jesus Christ such as with the LLDM and the Roman Catholic churches who teach that mankind must believe in either an apostle (Samuel Joaquin) or the Pope in order that we might have salvation through them than to the Father through Jesus Christ. So in other words their formula for salvation is (a man on earth + Jesus Christ = Salvation) and not the true (Jesus Christ = Salvation).

A denial of the deity of Christ results in Jesus’ death not being a sufficient payment for our sins. A denial of salvation by faith alone results in salvation being achieved by our own works, believing in someone other than Jesus Christ alone, something the Bible vehemently and consistently denies.

(Ephesians 2:8-10)
-8For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from
yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9not by works, so that no one can boast.
10For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do."

(Romans 4:1-3) Abraham Justified by Faith-
"1What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather, discovered in this
matter? 2If, in fact, Abraham was justified by works, he had something to boast
about—but not before God. 3What does the Scripture say? "Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness."
Other well-known examples of cults are the Jehovah's Witnesses and Mormons. Both groups claim to be Christian, yet both deny the deity of Christ (Jesus Christ is God) and salvation by faith alone. LLDM, Roman Catholic Church, Jehovah's Witnesses and Mormons believe many things that are in agreement with or similar to what the Bible teaches. However, this one all important fact that they deny the deity of Christ for salvation alone in his name and preach a salvation by works qualifies them as a cult. Many LLDM, Roman Catholics, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormons, and members of other cults are “good people” who genuinely believe they hold the truth.

As Christians we who believe with all of our hearts in the biblical truth of salvation in and only in the name of Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12) and he is God manifested in the flesh at the time of his birth (John 1:1-2 &14), our hope and prayer must be that many people involved in the cults will see through the lies and will be drawn to the truth of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ alone.

It is my hope in Christ Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit that this is of help to those who read it.


  1. Gabriel

    you do know that in the time of Christ the main religion in Rome was not Christianity! if you think about it, to the Roman Government back then Christ was a Cult leader!! just because you classify something a certain way like you do with LLDM does not mean you are being accurate! you probably would have criticized Christ, had you been a worshiper of Jupiter back when the Romans worshiped him. you would have said Christ is a brainwashing cult leader!


    1. Are u comparing Jesus Christ to LLDM?

  2. yes this was very helpful to me thankyou! i have went to la luz del mundo church in dallas two sundays already because my friend invited me. i usually go to catholic churches but want to discover other churches as well. a member of the church was explaining to me how samuel joaquin was the apostle of jesus christ, and i have to be honest i felt kind of weird when he was telling me this. i felt as if something was off and not quite right. i pray that god will show me the truth in wat to believe. i find it kind of weird also that la luz del mundo is the "only true Christian church". this may be true' or it may not' but i believe it doesnt matter wat church u go too' as long as that church worships god and Jesus christ' and u believe in them and try your best to live a good life, than jesus will see that- -.

    1. It does matter where you go and who you worship and where the truth is. Jesus said according to the Gospel of John:I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word. So why did Jesus have to manifest the name of God? Also, it clearly states that He manifested that name to the men God gave him out of the world. Then it must mean:But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who oncewere not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy. With this, the calling of God is very important,, but He will call you and set you apart for His Son if you obtain His mercy: For He says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whomever I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whomever I will have compassion.” So then it is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who shows mercy.