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Top 10 Cults

Cult roughly refers to a cohesive social group devoted to beliefs or practices that the surrounding culture considers outside the mainstream, with a notably positive or negative popular perception. Many cults are destructive or suicidal though others, whilst being controversial, do not commit extreme acts. This is a list of the top ten cults. In no particular order:

1. Church of Bible Understanding

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Stewart Traill

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. Traill amassed a fortune and owns four planes and a half million dollar mansion. According to former members, Traill controls every aspect of members’ lives through harsh criticism, shame, and public humiliation.

Ron Burkes, a staff member at a residential treatment center for former cult members says this:

“[Traill] has one of most effective means of shutting down critical thinking I’ve ever seen. Of the hundreds of people I’ve treated, COBU is definitely in the top five in terms of harm and psychological damage.”

The cult also runs a mission in Haiti, where some former members claim Haitian children are indoctrinated in exchange for food and clothing. According to an article originally appearing in the Manassas Journal Messenger, COBU receives government funds for its Haiti Mission as part of President Bush’s Faith Based Initiative.

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2. Manson Family

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The Manson Family was a cult started by Charles Manson. Manson was born to Kathleen Maddox, an unwed sixteen year old girl, in 1934. It is said that his mother, an alcoholic, sold him to buy beer. When he was returned to her she had him sent to a boarding school. After a number of years living with his religious aunt and uncle, he returned to his mother who rejected him. After a number of robberies, he was put in jail for the first time. One month before his parole hearing in 1952, he raped a boy in jail by holding a razor to his throat. Two years later he was paroled. Manson began to pimp a young woman he met and eventually took her, and a second woman to New Mexico to work for him as prostitutes. He was caught and tried under the Mann Act (a 1910 act that prohibited white slavery and trafficking for immoral means).

In 1967 he was released (having spent more than half of his life in institutions). Upon release, he requested permission to move to San Francisco which was granted. When he arrived he became part of the Hippie movement centered around the Haight-Ashbury region and he set himself up as a guru. He moved in with 23 year old student Mary Brunner and convinced her to allow other women to join them. Eventually eighteen other women were living with them – this was the beginning of the family.

By 1968, Manson had established a home for the “family” at a ranch owned by George Spahn. Manson convinced one of the family members, Lynette Fromme, to sleep with Spahn in order to get free rent. Manson began teaching his followers that social uprisings were coming – using the assassination of Martin Luther King as evidence. He also told them that the social turmoil he had been predicting had also been predicted by The Beatles. The White Album songs, he declared, told it all, although in code; in fact, he maintained, the album was directed at the Family itself, an elect group that was being instructed to preserve the worthy from the impending disaster.

In 1969, on August 8, Manson told Family members at Spahn Ranch, “now is the time for Helter Skelter.” That evening the family, under the direction of Manson, would commit the famous murder of Sharon Tate, leading to other murders over the two day period.

3. Aum Shinrikyo

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Aum Shinrikyo, is a Japanese religious group founded by Shoko Asahara. The group gained international notoriety in 1995, when it carried out a Sarin gas attack in the Tokyo subways. In 2000 the organization changed its name to “Aleph” (the first letter of the Hebrew and Arabic alphabet), changing its logo as well. In 1995 the group had 9,000 members in Japan, and as many as 40,000 worldwide. As of 2004 Aum Shinrikyo/Aleph membership was estimated at 1,500 to 2,000 people.

The movement was founded by Shoko Asahara in his one-bedroom apartment in Tokyo’s Shibuya ward in 1984, starting off as a Yoga and meditation class known as Aum-no-kai and steadily grew in the following years. It gained the official status as a religious organization in 1989. It attracted such a considerable number of young graduates from Japan’s elite universities that it was dubbed a “religion for the elite”. Aum’s PR activities included publishing. In Japan, where comics and animated cartoons enjoy unprecedented popularity among all ages, Aum attempted to tie religious ideas to popular anime and manga themes – space missions, extremely powerful weapons, world conspiracies and conquest for ultimate truth.

Aum Shinrikyo had started as a quiet group of people interested in yogic meditation, but later transformed into a very different organization. According to Asahara, he needed “to demonstrate charisma” to attract the modern audience. Following his decision, Aum underwent a radical image change. The rebranded Aum looked less like an elite meditation boutique and more like an organization attractive to a broader, larger population group. Public interviews, bold controversial statements, and vicious opposition to critique were incorporated into the religion’s PR style. The cult started attracting controversy in the late 1980s with accusations of deception of recruits, and of holding cult members against their will and forcing members to donate money. A murder of a cult member who tried to leave is now known to have taken place in February 1989.

At the end of 1993 the cult started secretly manufacturing the nerve agent sarin and later VX gas. They also attempted to manufacture 1000 automatic rifles but only managed to make one. Aum tested their sarin on sheep at a remote ranch in Western Australia, killing 29 sheep. Both sarin and VX were then used in several assassinations (and attempts) over 1994-1995. Most notably on the night of 27th June 1994, the cult carried out the world’s first use of chemical weapons in a terrorist attack against civilians when they released sarin in the central Japanese city of Matsumoto. This Matsumoto incident killed seven and harmed 200 more. However, police investigations focused only on an innocent local resident and failed to implicate the cult. 11 cult members have been sentenced to death, although none of the sentences have been carried out, nor the time and date for the executions to take effect has been publicly established.


4. Restoration of the 10 Commandments

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The full name of this cult is the Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God. The Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God was a breakaway group from the Roman Catholic Church that formed in Uganda in the late 1980s. As the name implies the group strongly emphasized the Ten Commandments. This emphasis meant they even discouraged talking: out of fear of breaking the commandment about giving false witness. They also believed that their strict adherence to the Ten Commandments would be advantageous after the apocalypse.

This proved significant as the group had a strong emphasis on the apocalypse, highlighted by their booklet A Timely Message from Heaven: The End of the Present Time. New members were required to study it and be trained in it, reading it as many as six times. They also taught that Mother Mary had a special role in the apocalypse, and communicated to the leadership. They saw themselves as like Noah’s Ark, a ship of righteousness in a sea of depravity.

The group tended to be secretive and as mentioned above, was literally silent. Therefore it was relatively unknown to the outside world until 2000, although in 1998 the school they ran was sanctioned by the government due to unsanitary conditions and violation of child labor statutes.

In March of 2000, around 300 followers died in a fire in what is considered a cult suicide. Investigations conducted after the fire discovered mass graves, raising the death toll to over 1,000. This may mean it was larger than the Jonestown murder/suicide in 1978, but some speculate the death toll was around 800. There are also allegations that the event was more of a mass murder by the leadership.

5. Raëlism

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Founder, Claude Vorilhon (right)

Raëlism or Raelian Church is a UFO religion founded by a purported contactee named Claude Vorilhon, who is known recently for supporting Clonaid’s claim that an American woman underwent a standard cloning procedure, which led to the birth of her new daughter Eve in December 26, 2002. National authorities, mainstream media, and young adults have increasingly investigated the church’s activities as a result of controversial statements by Clonaid’s head Brigitte Boisselier the day after.

Members of the Raëlian Church consist of people who have been baptized by Raëlian clergy in quarterly ceremonies, and among the converts are members of Raëlian-founded free love groups such as the Order of Angels and Raël’s Girls. The organization—which preaches a sensual philosophy and a physicalist explanation of the origin of life—could have as many as sixty-five thousand members.

Raëlians emphasize secular and hedonistic ideas, rather than worshiping a supreme metaphysical deity.[30] The Raëlian Church members follow a UFO religion that favors a strong version of physicalism – the belief that everything consists only of physical properties. Raëlians deny the existence of the ethereal soul and a supernatural god, and believe that the mind is a function of matter alone. This ties into their belief that mind transfer is possible and that it will be possible to create an identical human clone in terms of mind and personality—as long as the clone and the original are not alive at the same time.

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6. Scientology

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The Church of Scientology is a cult created by L Ron Hubbard (Elron) in 1952 as an outgrowth of his earlier self-help system called Dianetics. Scientology and the organizations that promote it have remained highly controversial since their inception. Journalists, courts and the governing bodies of several countries have stated that the Church of Scientology is an unscrupulous commercial enterprise that harasses its critics and abuses the trust of its members. Journalists, governments, religious groups and other critics worldwide have often referred to the organization as a cult.Reports and allegations have been made, by journalists, courts, and governmental bodies of several countries, that the Church of Scientology is an unscrupulous commercial enterprise that harasses its critics and brutally exploits its members. In some cases of US litigation against the Church, former Scientologists were paid as expert witnesses and have since stated that they submitted false and inflammatory declarations, intended to be carried in the media to incite prejudice against Scientology, and deliberately harassed key Scientology executives, by knowingly advancing unfounded opinions, either to get a case dropped or to obtain a large settlement.

Although Scientologists are usually free to practice their beliefs, the organized church has often encountered opposition due to their strong-arm tactics, directed against critics and members wishing to leave the organization.

7. Order of the Solar Temple

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Joseph Di Mambro

The Order of the Solar Temple also known as Ordre du Temple Solaire (OTS) in French, and the International Chivalric Organization of the Solar Tradition or simply as The Solar Temple was a secret society based upon the new age myth of the continuing existence of the Knights Templar. OTS was started by Joseph Di Mambro and Luc Jouret in 1984 in Geneva as l’Ordre International Chevaleresque de Tradition Solaire (OICTS) and renamed Ordre du Temple Solaire. It is believed that other members were also involved who have remained unknown to the public.

In October 1994 Tony Dutoit’s infant son (Emmanuel Dutoit), aged three months, was killed at the group’s centre in Morin Heights, Quebec. The baby had been stabbed repeatedly with a wooden stake. It is believed that Di Mambro ordered the murder, because he identified the baby as the Anti-Christ described in the Bible. He believed that the Anti-Christ was born into the order to prevent Di Mambro from succeeding in his spiritual aim.

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A few days later, Di Mambro and twelve followers performed a ritual Last Supper. A few days after that, apparent mass suicides and murders were conducted at two villages in Switzerland, and at Morin Heights — 15 inner circle members committed suicide with poison, 30 were killed by bullets or smothering, and 8 others were killed by other causes. Many of the bodies when found were drugged, possibly to prevent the members from objecting. The buildings were then set on fire by timer devices, purportedly as one last symbol of the group’s purification.

In western Switzerland, 48 members of a sect died in another apparent mass murder-suicide. Many of the victims were found in a secret underground chapel lined with mirrors and other items of Templar symbolism. The bodies were dressed in the order’s ceremonial robes and were in a circle, feet together, heads outward, most with plastic bags tied over their heads; they had each been shot in the head. It is believed that the plastic bags were a symbol of the ecological disaster that would befall the human race after the OTS members moved on to Sirius.

A mayor, a journalist, a civil servant and a sales manager were found among the dead in Switzerland. Records seized by the Quebec police showed that some members had personally donated over $1 million to the cult’s leader Joseph Di Mambro. There was also another attempted mass suicide of the remaining members which was thwarted in the late 1990s. It is believed that The Solar Temple group continues to exist, with thirty surviving members in Quebec at the St-Anne-de-la-Pérade center, with from 140 to 500 members remaining worldwide.


8. Heaven’s Gate

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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. Two months later, two additional members, Charles Humphrey and Wayne Cooke attempted suicide in a hotel room a few miles from the Rancho Santa Fe mansion; Cooke succeeded. Humphrey tried again in the Arizona desert during Feb 1998 and was successful.

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. In particular, they emphasized a story in Revelation which described two witnesses who are killed, remained dead for 3 1/2 days, were revived and taken up into the clouds. They look upon earth as being in the control of evil forces, and perceived themselves as being among the elite who would attain heaven. They held a profoundly dualistic belief of the soul as being a superior entity which is only housed temporarily in a body. Applewhite said that bodies were only “the temporary containers of the soul…The final act of metamorphosis or separation from the human kingdom is the ‘disconnect’ or separation from the human physical container or body in order to be released from the human environment.”

Members called themselves brother and sister; they looked upon themselves as monks and nuns; they lived communally in a large, rented San Diego County (CA) home which they called their monastery. Most members had little contact with their families of origin or with their neighbors. Many followed successful professional careers before entering the group. Some abandoned their children before joining. They were free to leave at any time. They dressed in unisex garments: shapeless black shirts with Mandarin collars, and black pants. They were required commit themselves to a celibate life. Eight of the male members, including Do, submitted to voluntary castration. This seems to have been a form of preparation for their next level of existence: in a life that would be free of gender, sexual identity and sexual activity.

Thirty-eight group members, plus Applewhite, the group’s leader, were found dead in a rented mansion in the upscale San Diego community of Rancho Santa Fe, California, on March 26, 1997. The mass death of the Heaven’s Gate group is said to be one of the most widely-known examples of cult suicide. In preparing to kill themselves, members of the group drank citrus juices to ritually cleanse their bodies of impurities. The suicide was accomplished by ingestion of phenobarbital mixed with vodka, along with plastic bags secured around their heads to induce asphyxiation. They were found lying neatly in their own bunk beds, with their faces and torsos covered by a square, purple cloth. Each member carried five dollar bills and a few quarters in their wallets. All 39 were dressed in identical black shirts and sweat pants, brand new black-and-white Nike tennis shoes, and armband patches reading “Heaven’s Gate Away Team”. The suicides were conducted in shifts, and the remaining members of the group cleaned up after each prior group’s death.

9. Branch Davidians

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The Branch Davidians are a religious sect who originated from a schism in 1955 from the Davidian Seventh Day Adventists, themselves former members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church who were disfellowshipped during the 1930s. From its inception in the 1930s, the splinter movement inherited Adventism’s apocalypticism, in that they believed themselves to be living in a time when Christian prophecies of a final divine judgment were coming to pass. They are best known for the 1993 siege of their Center near Waco, Texas, by the ATF and the FBI, which resulted in the deaths of eighty-two of the church’s members, including head figure David Koresh. However, by the time of the siege, Koresh had encouraged his followers to think of themselves as “students of the Seven Seals” rather than as “Branch Davidians,” and other Branch Davidian factions never accepted his leadership.

Some former members of Koresh’s group alleged that he practiced polygamy with underage brides, physically abused children, and stockpiled illegal weapons, legal authorities investigated these charges. On February 28, 1993, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) conducted a raid on Mount Carmel, a property of the Davidians. The raid resulted in the deaths of six Davidians and four ATF agents after a firefight broke out. Following this confrontation, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) laid siege to Mount Carmel for 51 days, during which time the FBI and ATF conducted around-the-clock operations including psychological warfare (psyops) on the occupants of the complex.

The government’s siege on the Branch Davidians ended on April 19 when federal agents released CS tear gas into the compound. During the assault, several fires broke out and spread quickly through the buildings, killing approximately 79 Branch Davidians, 21 of whom were children. Autopsies confirmed that many of the victims, including David Koresh, had died of single gunshot wounds to their heads.

The government put some of the survivors on trial. All were acquitted of conspiring to murder federal agents but some were convicted of aiding and abetting voluntary manslaughter.

10. Unification Church

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The Unification Church (Mooneyism) is a new religious movement started by Sun Myung Moon in Korea in the 1940s. The beliefs of the church are explained in the book Divine Principle and draw from the Bible as well as Asian traditions and include belief in a universal God; in the creation of a literal Kingdom of Heaven on earth; in the universal salvation of all people, good and evil as well as living and dead; that Jesus did not come to die; and that the Lord of the Second Coming must be a man born in Korea early in the 20th century who must marry and have children.

In the United States in the 1970s, the media reported on the high-pressure recruitment methods of Unificationists and said that the church separated vulnerable college students from their families through the use of brainwashing or mind control. Moon dismissed these criticisms, stating in 1976 that he had received many thank-you letters from parents whose children became closer to them after joining the movement. Moon and his wife were banned from entry into Germany and the other 14 Schengen treaty countries, on the grounds that they are leaders of a sect that endangered the personal and social development of young people. The Netherlands and a few other Schengen states let Moon and his wife enter their countries in 2005. In 2006 the German Supreme Court overturned the ban.

In 1993, Chung Hwa Pak released the book Roku Maria no Higeki (Tragedy of the Six Marys) through the Koyu Publishing Co. of Japan. The book contained allegations that Moon conducted sex rituals amongst six married female disciples (“The Six Marys”) who were to have prepared the way for the virgin who would marry Moon and become the True Mother. Chung Hwa Pak had left the movement when the book was published and later withdrew the book from print when he rejoined the Unification Church. Before his death Chung Hwa Pak published a second book, The Apostate, and recanted all allegations made in Roku Maria no Higeki.

Bonus. Jonestown

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On 18 November 1978, more than 900 people died in the largest mass murder/suicide in American history. Most of the deaths occurred in a jungle encampment in Guyana, South America, where members of a group called Peoples Temple lived in a utopian community and agricultural project known as Jonestown. Most died after drinking a fruit punch laced with cyanide and tranquilizers, although some may have been injected; two residents died of gunshot wounds. Earlier that day a few other residents of the group had assassinated a U.S. congressman along with three members of the media and a departing Jonestown resident. And in Guyana’s capital city of Georgetown, yet another member of the group killed her three children and then herself after receiving word of the deaths in Jonestown. In all, 918 Americans lost their lives that day.

Since that time, Jonestown and its leader Jim Jones have entered American discourse as code for the dangers of cults and cult leaders. The expression “drinking the Kool-Aid”—which means both blindly jumping on the bandwagon, and being a team player—is one manifestation of this. The story of Jonestown, and of its parent organization Peoples Temple, however, is more complicated than sound-bites comparing strict parents to Jim Jones, or pundits relating religious violence (such as the suicide air strikes of 11 September 2001) to Jonestown. Instead, Jonestown serves as a lesson in how a combination of media, government, and citizens can create a climate of persecution and fear. It also provides an example of how uncritical acceptance of the status quo and social and geographic isolation can lead to violence and even death.

Notable Exclusions: The Children of God, Mormonism, Jevhovah’s Witnesses, Seventh Day Adventists

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  • JT

    Good list, but it is sorely missing the Children of God (or The Family). I saw a documentray on them and they openly practice paedophilia, including daughters being raped by mothers, orgies involving 5 year olds. Absolutely disgusting stuff. The sad thing is the way they actually hi-jack christianity to justify their beliefs and claim that Jesus promoted such acts.

    • jc3

      what else can you expect from christians lol? they're truly awful people.

      • Yeah, almost everything we have in our modern world – the arts, science, economic development, health care, human rights, printing, communication – stems directly or indirectly from christians lol!

        Yeah, truly awful, awful people. Where would we be without them?

        • ondego

          You forgot all about the persecution of people & wars done in the name of God that hindered scientific development. For instance, not believing the earth was the center of our solar system or early exploration of the human body.

          • Cass

            And what about all the terrible things that have been done in the name of science? Experimenting on animals, ingnorance that has lead to loss of life…
            Just saying.

        • wow

          only because their beliefs are followed by the masses and people are afraid to think for themseves, was everything done by christians. The colonists did not come over for religious freedom. They brought over their own small cult. As the population grew, so did the belief system. They forced others to believe the same (or at least say they did) or they killed them. Of course our country is run by “christian men” who only use the belief to highten their self-esteem and make them look better to the general public. Are you kidding, christianity is they most vague term that could be used for a cult. Has no one paid attention to the running theme of the majority of “awful suicidal/homicidal cults” base their twisted belief system off some type of christianity? Anyone?!? It’s all interpritation, of god, the bible, and heaven because we are to afraid to believe or accept that there may be nothing out there. There may be no reason to be a “good” person, that when someone dies you’re never going to see them again, or that all of the pain and hurt of this world is all there is. Believe what ever’s going to get you through the night, but don’t call other’s ignorant when the proof is in the kool-aid!

        • Nopo

          dont forget the founding of America.

        • jake

          seen as the christians were responsible for the prevention of all those things, and whether they brought good things or bad things is irrelevant because the concept of a diety is ridiculous.
          your a mong!

      • Gramma2Many

        Your ignorance is appalling, not a single one of these cults have anything to do with Christianity.

      • Gramma2Many

        Your ignorance is appalling, not one of these cults have anything at all to do with the Christian Faith.

      • poooopp

        im pretty sure christians are appart of a cult there great kind people, who beleive in something! dont be soo judgemental :(

        • Brad

          Atheists are a cult…they actually think they know something. None of these are Christian that’s why they’re cults. Judgmental?? same goes for you. God Bless!

      • casesensitive

        that is an idiotic comment. what about these cults has to do with christians? these are “people” who have exalted themselves above God.

      • Brad

        How’s that?

      • Mills

        no i know many Christians who are wonderful people

    • deannamaria

      I think thats the one that River Pheonix Parents belong to. OMG they are a terrible group, you’re so right. Most of the children from that group have since committed suicide.

      • bjorg

        your damm right.
        for if god made us in his image then he made a line, a bleak and miserable line.
        line is demonstrated below
        live -> die

        a while back a scientist put a cat in a box, then add a poison releasing gadget.
        he then tried to figure out if he opened the box again wether or not the cat would be dead (because he did not know when the poison would be released).
        and so came to the conclusion that the cat is dead and alive. why? because even if the poison wasn’t sprayed the cat would die anyway so he left the box.

        • Angry Person Who Reads Books

          That is the most wrong and idiotic description of Schrodinger’s Cat I’ve EVER seen.

          Schrodinger NEVER put a cat in a box. It was a thought experiment intended to critique the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum physics. Nothing more.

          Have you heard of Wikipedia? You could have learned all of this in seconds, yet you chose not to. Why?

  • joe smith

    Shouldn't christians be in there somewhere? They are a group who believe that a jewish man who lived a couple of thousand years ago was god. They also have adopted as the symbol of their religion a device of torture.

    • clare

      Dont comment if you do not know fully what christians believe. People like you is the reason the world is how it is.

      • Alexander Zhurkov

        apparently you don’t know much about your religions history…
        as a former christian it is obvious most “christians” don’t believe the bible whatsoever. most using excuses like “its metaphorical” or “jesus died so we don’t have to follow those laws” when in reality your book preaches hate bigotry genocide and destruction and has been used for thousands of years to do these things it preaches….

        • Thunder

          Everything coming out of the western so called ‘advanced’ world is fake “fabricated plastic” world, including new fake religions & cults… the more cults the weaker you are.

          They are building a “heaven on earth” – the US as a base – and you have no clue what they have been doing for the last ‘300’ years !!!

          In your brains, they’ve planted memes, mind control language patterns within all the movies, songs, magazines and books, etc… you are now sleeping – in a very heavy unshakable hypnotic trance :)

          joe smith and Alexander Zhurkov and other ignorant mind manipulated people, obviously you’ve been blinded & illusinated by the so called illuminated & their brothers the Gnostics… you’ve started to love the ‘simulated world’ that they’ve ‘designed’ for you, and that blinded you to the truth, that even reached your bones and every cell in your body, it can be deactivated nevertheless!

          for the last 100 years you’ve been bombarded by lies, (they control your mind from the very first moment you come to this world), they want you to stay happy, dumb, entertained & blinded from the truth… all the knowledge of the poor humans are nothing, they are literally nothing…

          once you know the truth – not the fake truth illusinated ones believe they know like the new agers, or ‘Gurus’ or Freemasons or the Illuminati freaks or any other secret or non-secret society – but the truth that will OPEN your EYES…
          you WILL SEE the REAL TRUTH like the master who came to this ‘visible universe’ 2000 years ago…

          if you want to stay blind & sleep forever then go for it. they own your mind & brain already :) :)

          • Andreena

            AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA This is so funny I bet you got a ton of hateful comments!

        • Seek Peace

          Well said Alexander. I agree entirely

        • John

          Apparently to you only the past matters, not the fact that present Christians don’t do nearly any of these things. I’m sorry, what I remember in the Bible is Jesus preaching stuff like to help the poor, consider everyone your family, turning the other cheek, and peace. I’m a Christian, not a Bible-ian. The word of Christ is what I listen to and only what is consistent with Christ’s message. I’m sorry if you were one of those Christians who thought that following the letter was important and not following the spirit and meaning behind his messages. So please, go back and read what you’re so against: the gospels which are what we as CHRISTians should read. I would love to see where CHRIST said we should wipe out an entire race, when he seemingly did the opposite and embraced Samaritans. If you think Jesus saying to destroy the temple was an example of him embracing destruction, learn to read more into it.

          Also, to joe smith: What’s your point about the torture device? We’re not praising the torture device or its use. Jesus died on it, that’s not exactly something good that we wish. It serves as a metaphor for the sacrifice people have to make. Because, you know, treating your enemies as friends is a sacrifice. Giving up possessions to the poor is a sacrifice.

          And funny enough, I barely consider myself a Catholic. I don’t agree with a lot of things, but when people are so blatantly wrong they wish to marginalize and generalize an entire group of people, I’m going to prove them wrong despite my own beliefs.

        • Name

          Let me guess you’re an atheist…?

        • jade

          it is actually the exact opposite

    • Ravak

      That in no way whatsoever fits under the definition of a cult.

      • itwouldhappen

        fuc*ing christians

    • noname

      No Christians shouldn’t! The definition of a cult is: followers of an unorthodox, extremist, or false religion or sect who often live outside of conventional society under the direction of a charismatic leader. Christianity isn’t unorthodox! It doesn’t teach people to do horrible things to each other or that one race is better than another or that someone is the “reincarnation” of Jesus or Elijah or someone like that. Christians don’t live outside of a conventional society. We don’t force our beliefs on everyone else or teach that we need to kill everyone who doesn’t believe then same as us. It’s not a cult or anything terrible at all!

      • Dave

        Actually, here is the definition of cult straight from dictionary.com:
        1.
        a particular system of religious worship, especially with reference to its rites and ceremonies.

        2.
        an instance of great veneration of a person, ideal, or thing, especially as manifested by a body of admirers: the physical fitness cult.

        3.
        the object of such devotion.

        4.
        a group or sect bound together by veneration of the same thing, person, ideal, etc.

        5.
        Sociology . a group having a sacred ideology and a set of rites centering around their sacred symbols.

        So, Christianity actually fits into everyone of those descriptions and therefor is a cult.

    • Brad

      How so?

  • I actually consider political parties and other similar organizations to be cults. This opens the door for organizations like Hilter's Nazi Party, Stalin's Communist party, Bin Laden's Al Qeada. Torqumeda's Spanish Inquisition

    All of which leave the organizations listed in the original post as very minor league players.

    You would have to be responsible for hundreds of thousands, if not millions of deaths to qualify.

    • Ron

      You forgot to mention the Tea Party.

  • JT: Thanks for mentioning them – I have added them to the notable Exclusions list.

  • oldfart

    You forgot to mention these are all branches of the largest cult of all: the Roman Catholic Church and its many subcults (Lutherans, Baptists, Methodists, etc)

  • oldfart: I didn’t, but I am glad you have had the chance to say so yourself :)

  • Kelsi

    Good list, I enjoyed reading it. What qualifies as a cult, since we’re on the topic? A belief system outside the mainstream? What about the amish?

    • wes

      " What qualifies as a cult ? "

      I think " Islamic Sharia Law " qualifies as the worlds largest " CULT "

      They control every aspect of their followers lives, using the religious koran.

      They make all other cults look like ' SLEEP-OVERS'

    • Danny

      A cult is a group of less than a million people who believe in one thing very avidly. The Amish had million+ people, so they're not a cult.

      • Amelia

        @Danny
        What is your source that says a cult is fewer than a million followers?
        I am interested in finding out more.

  • zombiejorge

    wow. in the case of scientology. Images speak louder than words.

  • LI_Mom

    I second what Sickmind Fraud says & would mention groups such as the KKK, White Supremacist factions and gangs themselves.

    • brad l stemple sr

      the same one's that call there org; black panther's and muslum's , jessie jackson. and then there is old al sharpton thug. and thief's

  • christian

    hey great man, I remember mentioning this as a possible subject some time back. I was doing my own study on the leaders of a number of these cults along with “false gurus” and the diferent factors of authoritative powers. a facinating field.

  • Molly

    why does it go 1,2,3,4,5,,6,5,4,3,2,1?

  • I saw your previous lists with mentions of Scientology. I found this Time article a few years ago, and if anyone has the time, I would highly recommend reading it. It will probably give you a new-found disgust for the cult.

    http://www.zipperfish.com/rants/time-article.php

    Your site is probably the greatest time-killer ever. Keep up the good work.

  • Joe rosson

    I think it all boils down to people wanting to be accepted and “taken it”, people are forever looking for the reason as to why we are here and will resort to some pretty f’ed up thoughts and deeds to feel they are on the right path.I still go with the age old saying of live and let live. I go to work come home, pay my bills, go out to eat on occasion, enjoy my programs, have some close friends over,love my wife and kids and call it a life.

    • ondego

      agreed. Live & Let Live. Taking this a step further, it is also why I became a vegetarian 4 yrs ago

  • Molly: Thanks for pointing that out – I have corrected the ordering.

    stugy: thanks :)

    Joe: I think you are right about that.

  • nice list.

  • Well, the first and fifth cults named are not as dangerous as the sixth… but it’s a good idea to make such pages. Bravo

  • Manson video is brilliant. It is a perfect example of how people need to believe in someone or something. There were people that gave their lives away for him and he admits to being a perfect idiot. Unbelievable. That video should be mandatory viewing for the public, I tell you.

  • All religions are cults – burning bushes? Eating and drinking the flesh and blood of Christ? Thinking doomsday will occur and the good people will ascend to heaven and the sinners (including babies who haven't been dipped in water) will burn in hell?

    Orthodox Jews religion interferes with their ability to function – on Saturdays they can't turn on their radio or run their dishwasher – their habits are definitely outside of mainstream.

    And finally, Mormonism. Oh geez and Jehovah's Witness – they deny themselves medical treatment.

    • gary

      actually if you read the bible you would know that all children are innocent in the eyes of God because they have not reached the age of understanding yet

      • ondego

        When I was around 8, my mother took me to a Missouri Synod Lutheran church that believed in babies that weren't baptized going to hell. Like George Carlin would say, I've matured & since became agnostic. I don't know if there is a god or gods or supreme beings that placed us here. If they're aliens that made us I'd like to meet them someday as they'd be much more advanced (and probably a helluva a lot more civilized) than we are.

      • bethany

        "actually if you read the bible" I'm sure this woman has, she seems to know her stuff, unlike you. Pre-Industrial revolution, before secularisation had even begun, it was widely believed that children un baptised would burn in hell, so much so, that if a child died before being baptised they would be buried in unmarked graves, next to rapists and murderers. Do you think that's fair Gary? So actually if you read at all you'd know what this lady's saying is true.

    • Jonathan Norman

      Burning Bush- Sign from God that it was Holy ground.
      Eating and drinking the flesh and blood of Christ- You don't sound uneducated and so I'm sure that you can recognise that it is symbolic and since Jesus said that whilst alive and, presumably, not dismembered, I think that it is safe to say that it fits with all of the symbolism from the OT. As for 'good people going to heaven and sinners going to hell', the whole point is that no one is worthy and that through Jesus our relationship with God can be restored. No gain for anyone else. The unbaptised babies argument is null and void.

    • Tom

      You did not describe Christianity. You described a false view of Christianity. Last time is checked, bushes CAN catch on fire. Is nothing possible? And the body and blood of Christ is symbolic, as stated by someone else. EVERYONE is a sinner, therefore we all deserve hell because of our sinful nature. But there is forgiveness in Christ. You don't need baptism, nor the Eucharist to be saved. Only faith.

    • cassy

      FYI
      Biblically, God never says that Babies have to be dipped in water. Accepting Christ is a spiritual baptism, and we can never be for sure as to what will happen to babies and such
      I believe, as a Christian, that as small children are to oyoung to truely understand the acceptance of Christ into their lives that they would go to heaven.

    • Brad

      Umm where did you get your erroneous knowledge about Christianity? Don’t be like every other ignorant atheist and bring us down to the level of a cult.

    • maud

      Well said beautiful, I could’nt have said it better. They also need to be stopped urgently.

  • Mr Ed

    You can take Raëlism right off the list. About 10 years ago some friends and I saw an advertisement for UFO Land, so while up in Montreal we went to see it. After the tour there was a sign up list to become more involved, the Acolyte how had taken us around took it away from us and said it wasn’t for us. Rejected.

    • ondego

      While still a cult, the philosophy of the Raelians is something we should all live by: self-respect, love & respect for others, & womens' equality.

  • dagroo

    Jehovah's Witnesses do not deny themselves medical treatment. They do not have blood transfusions, instead opting for bloodless surgery techniques and treatments that many mainstream doctors are advocating as a safer alternative, due to the risks involved in using blood (such as trasmitted disease, etc). …It's always good to know the details before generalizing on stuff like that.

    • Name

      So you are saying the only reason they do not take blood is because of the risks involved and not because of scriptures? I know for a fact if you partake in blood transfusions you will be shunned and disfellowshipped. There is enormouse amount of pressure on the people to not take blood and they even give you no blood cards to put in your wallets accept in Bolgaria, the Witnesses have a contract with the Government that if the witnesses decide to have a transfusion there will be no sanctions on that person from the society… Can you say hypocrite? I will say our family had very good friends when I was young that had two beautiful girls both inside and out, they were angels with natural black hair with natural blue tints. Very sweet and presious. Both of the girls were born with holes in their hearts both of them had surgeries in the eighties and died because of lack of blood. It you read the scripture dirrecting the gentiles to not partake of blood or drink the blood of the animals you will see it was refering to being respectful of the Jews displeasure and not doing so in front of them. Would you drink a couple of beers in front of your friend that just stopped drinking, no it wouldn’t be kind. You people have blood on your hands. Innocent people dying as a sacrifice to back interpratation of a cult that must be the authority on what is right by all means they are the one true religion. But then again new light is shed all the time. Tell me about 1914. My whole life I was told Armageddon would come before those alive during 1914 would pass away, now you cannot get a Revelation book that shows these teachings because you change the teaching and put the book out of print (I have it!)…. tsk tsk, you know the truth and yet come here to stand by a lie. Please Wake Up.

      • Well said!!! Anyone who doubts any of this for a second should check out jwfacts.com. Awesome post

  • Mr Ed: really? That must be a first for a cult!

  • Mr Ed

    jfrater Really. I tried to be respectful because I realized that this is what people really believed but maybe I didn’t do a good enough job.

  • Mr Ed: it is definitely not stereotypical of cults that’s for sure.

  • hgaratie

    Wow! Fascinating list! The scientology video is amazing on how Tommy ( I think that was his name ) just pops up all over the country where ever that reporter was! I wonder what all they are hiding! And I agree with Joe Rosson…sad lonely people looking for acceptance. Or just plain insane.

  • This was very good. I have been interested in subject of cults/sects for many yrs. I would have added the benign appearing group of Dr. Depak Chopra & the folks in IOWA affiliated w/the Maharishi Meditation groups (scuse spellings). Their spa/resort, The Raj is a fascinating place. Dr. Chopra has left the Iowa group; but his influence is felt. Chopra has gotten into some mighty deep controversy. He was so popular, it’s a classic example of when a cult gets mainstreamed into being a non-controversial religion.

  • I never thought Mormon's were a cult. What wrong thing have we done? I guess being one of the fastest growing christian religions could make use one. But the definition of a cult doesn't really state that does it.http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&defl=en&am
    has a good set of definitions. I could see a lot of religions that fall into these frames.

    • ondego

      All religion is cult. The people of all religions need to believe in a higher being(s) to tell them how to behave & brainwash their children since before they can reason for themselves into believing they must act in certain ways & perform rituals & songs. It's absurd and these people feel they must live on either through reincarnation or by going to heaven.

      • cassy

        Well actually all Biblical principals are highly valued into society today, even if they don’t have the “bible” stamp, and historical accounts found there are being proved by Science today. There have been numerous spiritual movements in the natural world, and spiritual world, throughout the ages. I for one have struggled since a very young age to believe in what i cannot see, and have come to terms with a real and loving god. I think people like you only see what “christians” do, and since someof them are less than ideal, you write off the whoel notion of a loving god. So here is a hard fact:
        God is real, and is awesome. He saves, he loves, he cares. Not a lot of people who believe in him understand all that there is to him, and they make mistakes.
        Thankyhou.

        • Warren T. Smith

          Good thinking: God bless you. To let facts make decisions not emotions or opinions check out calvaryhomemissions.com

      • Brad

        You really should learn about Christianity before you lump it in with all other belief. Actually, Atheists are being brainwashed…evolution? no proof. The bible says that, “they will be sent a strong delusion to believe a lie”. God bless!

    • brad l stemple sr

      christian i no everything you teach and believe' dont even go there jason was in the mormon. church for thirty years you really dont want me to go there i have been in your temple;s cult yes sir' that is what anybody is that dont believe in the cross and the blood christ shed. not some 14 year old retarded yung boy named joesph smith. ex momon for JESUS brad l stemple sr

    • shanniell

      thats true i dont seeanything wrong with it

    • Cornelius Weldon

      a few reasons that mormonism is a cult, is not how fast it is growing, but (1). the bible teaches that there is only one God, mormonism teaches that that are thousands of gods, every male mormon becomes a god after death. The Bible clearly states that there is only one God (Isaiah 43:10-13;44:6-20;45:6-25;46:1-13;KJV (2). The mormons teach that the blood of Christ does not cover all of our sins, but the bible states other-wise ( I John 1:1-10) KJV. So then Either the bible is right or mormonism is right. The choice is your. After reading all of this, before you make your decision, remember that the Bible teaches that God can not lie (Titius 1:2; Numbers 23:19) JKV king James version.

  • flower

    Osho and HARE RAMA HARE KRISHNA shoulda been here. But then, Rafter is probably Australian, if he was an American, OSHO would have got all the limelight!

  • Jim

    The biggest cult of all was left off. You forgot to mention the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

    • brad l stemple sr

      you got that right jim these people believe you can work yourself up to become a god and godess and get your own planet with all these women and they have spirit babies to fill there planet . and when you look at the sky on a clear night at the moon that big bright star you see there they say that's planet KOLOB where god live's they just think with the wrong HEAD. ex mormon for jesus

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  • Elizabeth

    Why are Seventh Day Adventists listed in the notable exclusions? I was baptised at 16 after joining the church once I was able to understand the teachings. I know they have some different views but none of them are cult-like in my opinion. They follow the bible… Too bad that Waco, Tx had to drag their name into all that…

  • Hunter

    Regarding the LDS church, I live in the heartland of the mormons and they are the largest group of hippocritical,judgmental, and otherwise strange people you’ll ever meet.(note this is a generalisasion and you can find mormons that can think for them selves, but its rare.)
    secondly no one has mentioned Paul Schäfer Schneiderthe german pedofile who started a cult in chile or argentina im not sure exactly. the cult was called Colonia Dignidad (“Dignity Colony”)—later renamed Villa Baviera. It was like a religous based work camp and the man used electric shock as punishment for adults and as a sick form of sadism on the private parts of young boys and girls. the twisted perversions of this man make him one of the worst cult leaders ever I think.

    Sorry its so long but I hope you take the time to read the whole thing :P

  • Hunter: thanks for the comment – I will certainly do some research on the cult you mention – I have not heard of it before.

  • Marvin

    nice work. Pretty educative and cautionary.

  • Marvin: thanks – people need to well aware of the dangers of these groups.

  • Menynten

    yea, Schafer is a messed up guy, he was a child molestor who established a South American orphanage to fulfull his needs. And had a compound in which people were basically held as prisoners.

  • Lindsay

    Okay, Mormons may be strange, judgmental, hypocritcal, and a lot of other things…
    But they are not a cult! If Mormonism (LDS) is a cult, then Christianity is. They’re a valid religion who worship God and the Savior.

    • brad l stemple sr

      and believe they can become a god and a goddess and get there own planet and have spirit babies for eternity wow now that is far out. ex mormon for JESUS brad l stemple sr

  • Hunter

    http://www.godandscience.org/cults/mormdiff.html

    here is one of many sites explaining the differences between christians and mormons

  • Mystern

    Wow. Here I am twice on the Notable Exclusions. I was born and raised LDS (Mormon) and my wife was born and raised 7th Day Adventist. I've never found anything too cultish about either of them, not more than any other religion that is. I think the confusion comes from the lackadaisical attitude of most religions' doctrine versus the mandatory adherence of strict (nonstandard) doctrine in those two religions. In both SDA and LDS religions there are many hypocritical members who look down upon nonactive/non-practicing members thus leading to much resentment and eventual exodus from the religion.
    Mormons consider themselves "Christian" in that they worship Christ.
    The claim that the LDS religion is "the fastest growing religion in the world" is complete and utter bullshit, but it should be noted that it has increased dramatically in popularity recently. It currently counts it total members at about 15 million worldwide though only 40-60% of those are active.
    I will be the first to admit that there are some odd doctrines in LDS theology (i.e. no coffee/tea/drugs, God having a physical form, living prophets), but no more so than, say, Catholicism (i.e. the Godhead, prayers to saints, forgiveness granted by priests), or SDA (most notably, belief in following the laws of the old and new testaments).
    Yeah, I no longer practice any specific religion but I'd still be wary of putting the LDS and SDA religions into the cult category. The only thing cultish about either of them is the mandatory adherence to strict doctrine. But if you think a mandatory 10% tithe (Mormon) or no activities on Saturday (SDA) is harsh, then you should lump in not eating unclean animals (Jews) and tithes paying clergy (Catholicism, Lutheranism, SDA, dozens of other religions)(Mormons are an exception to this as no Mormon clergyman is paid, not even the prophet).
    I'd also like to note that the majority of hypocritical Mormons are found in Utah and Idaho. Everywhere else they are pretty accepting.
    As a last word there are always break-off groups who give various religions a bad name, try studying their doctrine before labeling them as a cult. You'd be surprised how your doctrines are viewed to them.
    I think I'll make a few lists of the top 10 religious misconceptions for various religions.

    • bethany

      What you're trying to prove is that LDS theology is a lesser of all evils- where religion is concerned? If so, why follow it at all? Do you really believe that 'god' wishes us not to consume tea or coffee? I understand you no longer follow a religion and I respect you for that, but I don't believe that claim is 'utter bullshit' I think your past beliefs are, why not believe in equality and kindness, because if there is a God, I'm sure as hell that he'd prefer me to be nice to people, not conform to some religious crap that is the root of all racism and evil in this world, and I'm sure he'd even allow me a cuppa before bedtime.

      • TiredOfIgnorantAtheists

        Oh, good God, I just had to comment, even though this was an old post.

        Religion is the root of all racism and evil in the world? I really hope that you clicked to be notified of follow up comments, because you are one of the most ignorant pieces of wasteful skin on his planet.

        Yes, preaching peace between all, loving your fellow man, not killing or stealing, etc. etc. is so racist and evil.

        You are a moron, pure and simple. One of the true definitions of the word.

        Oh, and stop giving me the “wars committed for religion” crap. That was MAN starting those wars. False prophets using religion as a scapegoat. Religion never started the wars, HUMAN BEINGS did. Fact, end of story, cannot argue fact.

        Let me put it into a context you might be able to grasp. A person can blame the winds of the 5 geese for breaking their video game controller, but the fact of the matter is that the stupid bast*rd that threw the controller on the ground (and, subsequently, blamed something else for it) is the guilty party. Understand?

        • me again

          correction: *this* planet

        • Have you never read the original religious texts of… well MOST religions? Or heard of the certain passages? Even the Bible says slavery is ok at one point.

    • MewMew

      There is no such belief, teaching, or practice among SDAs as “no activities on Saturday.” Absolutely none.

  • God

    Ye humans are weird.

    Did I really createth thee?

    Musta’ been busy and y’all just kinda’ snuck in there.

    Will be more careful next time.

    • seek peace

      Some comic relief!!! Thank the lord, or aliens, or charles manson, or whatever you may or may not believe in. This blog was getting to heated.

  • Anya

    International Churches of Christ is also a possible contender, having been banned from over 200 college campuses worldwide.

    By the way, ICoC contracted a professor from a Texas university (both the name of the prof and the uni escape me at the moment) to try to prove they aren't a cult. He set about administering personality tests and concluded that they *are* a cult, largely in part because in most mainstream religions, adherents display diverse personality types. In cults, however, members tend to change their personalities over time until the types all converge into one type – usually that of the cult leader's. Say what you will about organized religion, but most mainstream religions don't do the psychological damage that cults do.

    • Jonathan

      I would second that call. The ICoC are a cult, came over to the UK from Britain. I went along to one for about 6 months and was heavily discipled along with my girlfriend. Thanks to our firm foundations and education we could leave and recognise the nature of their organisation. I feel sorry for those that don't recognise it.

      • Miscoof Stroginoff

        You really think “undereducated” individuals would miss seeing negative and poorly addressed situations? Your argument makes little sense, education doesn’t allow someone to move away a church group.
        Not saying that ICOC isn’t a cult- but on the opposite side its a religion that people follow the bible…if you don’t want to follow the bible then its not the place for you. Education has nothing to do with that–along with the fact that ICOC participants are usually highly educated.

  • ANEW

    Anya : ” Say what you will about organized religion, but most mainstream religions don’t do the psychological damage that cults do.”
    I forget what channel its on but there is a t.v. documentary/mini series called gods children or somthing to that effect, anyway its this lady training kids to be gods army. crazy $#!% if you ask me.

  • Anya

    Anew: I have heard about it, and it [i]is[/i] frightening. For what it’s worth, though, I did qualify my statement with the words ‘most’ and ‘mainstream.’ There are always zealots and extremists who will corrupt a theology or doctrine for their own purposes. My main point was that it is possible to quantify what makes a cult, and as far as I’m concerned, people will have a hard time convincing me that [i]all[/i] organized religions do as much damage as cults do.

    I am biased, of course – a very close friend of mine committed suicide after being severely undertreated for schizophrenia and becoming involved with ICoC.

  • Anya

    Poop. I guess I can’t html in comments. :(

  • Anya

    Poop. I guess I forgot the difference between square brackets and angle brackets. *sigh*

  • fishing4monkeys

    Scientology and Heavens Gate should be #1 and #2 in my opinion…

  • Hunter

    “This is a list of the top ten cults. In no particular order:”

  • sue

    i’m ugandan,so no.4 in particular creeps me out.i remember that story vaguely,it caused quite a stir in my country.

  • Tardly

    Fun fact about mormomism : They believe that the angels who fought against god became demons, that the angels who fought along side god became white aryans, and that the angels who didn’t fight at all became black people. Oh yea, they also believe that Jesus hung out with the native americans.

  • Tardly: the “Jesus lived in America” thing is hilarious.

  • Mystern

    Tardly: Woah. Don’t go spreading hearsay about Mormons just cause it makes a good story. Technically, they believe angels to be spirits. The spirits who fought alongside God were given bodies and sent to earth (i.e. you and me). The spirits who fought against God were cast down to the earth without bodies (along with Lucifer). And the mark that was placed upon Cain and all his descendants was dark skin.
    As for hanging out with the Native Americans, yeah, they do believe that. But only during the time after the resurrection.

    • bethany

      so exactly what 'Tardly' said then? Most religion is racist drivel, and I don't just argue against this because I'm one of the oppressed. I'm a middle class white girl, but I can still see that all this is rubbish.

  • SocialButterfly

    Wow, I had no idea that the mormon religion was based on such racist claims!

  • Mystern

    You want to talk about Mormon racism? Let’s talk about the fact that black men were not allowed to have the priesthood until 1978.

    Tardly: I owe you an apology, you are correct that Mormons claim those who were “less valiant” in the “pre-existence” were born black people. But they also believe that there were no bystanders in the war in heaven.

  • SocialButterfly

    I never said that other religions are not or were not racist what I said is that I had no idea that the Mormon religion was as well… that is ALL I meant.

    See this is exactly why I do not believe in organized religion…

  • Mystern

    SocialButterfly: Sorry for the tone of my comment. It was not directed at you. And I can see how that could be misinterpreted. I meant that Mormon black men were not allowed the Mormon priesthood until 1978

  • SocialButterfly

    Oh… I am very sorry Mystern. I thought you were defending Mormonism.

    Please accept my apologies.

  • Mystern

    I don’t know why you’re apologizing. It was my fault. Just so we’re on the same page I’m very disillusioned by religion in general right now and especially the Mormon religion. If you insist though, apology accepted.

  • Hunter

    anyone ever hear of the F.L.D.S.? they are the shiites of the mormon religion. Warren Jeffs is insane, he was recently arrested for his outlandish beliefs.

  • Satori

    Good point Hunter! And that’s pretty recent too.

  • Hunter

    speaking of the mormons they recently lost their president Gordon B. Hinkley.

  • Rayvin

    and they lowered the american flag for him

  • Melissa Kay Beeline

    I like the list, I think it makes for great conversation … but I gotta make a suggestion: what if there were TWO lists: one for religion-based cults and one for non-religion based cults? As in “Human Potential” groups like ESP/NXIVM, Landmark, Sterling, PSI, etc. Some would say Scientology falls into that category except for the fact that they SAY they are a religion, I guess Dianetics is the Human Potential part of it?

    Anyway this is just a suggestion! And check out
    http://www.rickross.com (I am in no way affiliated with the website, just have learned a lot from it) for LOTS of info on all types of cults!

  • Polly Odyssey

    Hey, my best friend is Mormon. :( I don’t consider Mormons cultists.

    • Bethany

      So racist drivel is just fine and dandy then? Oh okay.

  • Mystern

    Polly: I was a Mormon. They may not be a cult but they come close.

    Melissa: I went through Landmark. I will certainly say that it is a cult. But at the same time I don't really regret it (ties though it may have to CoS)

    • Hi Mystern. I do see that Mormonism is a cult. They put Joseph Smith as the major prophet. He is high up as God on the totem pole. Joseph Smith was a drunkard. He saw visions, as he was high on alcohol. He has since had extreme growth within his belief. He claims that if you have seven children you will be a spiritual angel in heaven. They baptize for the dead using the theology by proxy. The Branch Dividians also idolized David Koresh as the final profit. With this all doccumented I see quite a coorelation between the two cultish groups.

  • xoxo

    i dont think you can consider one mainstream, or not mainstream, religion i guess, to be a cult without considering them all a cult. if mormons are, then so are christians, its the same damn stuff in a different package. all religion is a cult in one manner or another. all of it. it doesnt matter if they preach love and peace, people still join it to feel needed and loved, which is the same thing that those who joined these top 10 needed.

    • bassbait

      "Cult pejoratively refers to a group whose beliefs or practices could be, reasonably or unreasonably, considered strange."

      I'm sorry, is it just that Atheism is the basis for what makes something a cult? You pretty much said "if you believe in religion, you are in a cult", but by the definition I just took off of wikipedia, Atheism is too. No matter what you believe, you are believing something that someone else considers strange. Atheism occupies only 2.3% of the world, so it is definitely a "cult" by numbers. It doesn't matter whether or not you consider it strange anymore, because if so, then you would have to put EVERYONE on the list, regardless of what they believe. So what's the solution? Only include cults based on their "potential to harm". For example, Scientology, The Manson Family, and Jonestown. Otherwise, it's just blind criticism of a set of beliefs that people aren't even willing to try to understand.

  • Hunter

    I agree without a shadow of a doubt

  • Vodie

    I smell a sequel! You did well, JFrater, and Mormonism, Roman Catholicism, Freemasonry, any Amish and Amish-like ‘religion’, and Pentecostalism (e.g. ‘Jesus Camp’) should be in a future list. (That is, if you plan on making one)

    Cults are just extreme forms of mass indoctrination.

    Regarding the moonies: My friend’s going to Korea for a year to teach English…I should tell him to beware of them.

  • Schiesl

    how about Dr. Bob Dobbs “Church of the Subgenius”?? that one is weird

  • Stratus

    just reading through all the “well if THIS is a CULT, then surely THIS should be one” comments.

    I think people are comparing the broad definition of New Religious Movement with the more specific definition of Destructive Cult.

    Destructive Cults are often incredibly authoritarian, use psychological coercion techniques to control the behaviour of members, employ high secrecy about the inner workings of ‘the organisation’, promise dire consequences for anybody wanting to leave… and are.. well.. destructive – you know.. Charles manson.. not a nice guy.. jim jones – 900 followers dead…

    I think people should be allowed to believe in and give their money to any old weird thing they like – The flying spaghetti monster creating the world with the touch of His Noodly Appendage is no weirder than any of the hundreds of other beliefs in even the most popular and recognised of world religions.. but neither the Church of the Sub Genius nor the Pastafarians meet the criteria for destructive cult. (And in the case of the church of the FSM, they start out by stating their ‘religion’ is satirical protest ;-) )

    h-stratus

  • messiah

    Everyone should be aloud to believe what they desire, although in my opinion there are no leaders or rulers, we were put here for a reason, but what that is we do not know. but isn’t that what makes it so interesting.
    However i don,t condole cults that are based around murder or rape. these acts are a violation of our human rights. And yes everyone has rights. BELIEVE WHAT YOU WANT TO BELIEVE, BUT DO IT WITHIN THE LAW.

  • Stratus

    messiah – I agree.. believe as you like.. but do it within the law..

    Where this starts to get a bit less straight forward is beliefs are in direct conflict with local laws. For example – some cultures believe in arranged marriages and both partners are not always willing – when does this become forced servitude/slavery or rape??

    What of all the religions who talk and teach openly anti-gay beliefs – how loud do they have to get before local hate-crime, or anti-discrimination laws are broken.

    But it’s easy to see how difficult it gets – I’m glad I don’t have to write the laws –

  • stayFITbikeco

    christianity

    • bethany

      is shit

  • ATN

    Hi jfrater
    Interesting set of choices for a top ten list. And to list
    COBU first was curious to me. Were you ever part of COBU?
    You surely must have had a personal run-in of some sort to
    even know who they are. COBU was not well recognized, I think.

    • worraps

      COBU ran the largest independently owned carpet steam cleaning company in the United States at one time; even Seinfeld had an episode about the kids who came and cleaned the carpets, so COBU was well known at least on the East Coast; many sensational headlines about them and their leader in the 70s were front page news, again, on the East Coast. I was there for 10 years, from 20 yrs. old to 30 yrs old. Not too many people leave there without suffering severe damage…there are still many "leftovers" from that mindset after 25 years out!

  • Hunter

    Have you guys been keeping eye on Texas lately? If not all of mormoninsm I think that the FLDS or fundamentalist church of jesus christ of ladder day saints,needs to be another honerable mention. The church’s ranch was recently raided and the kids taken away because of a girl calling on a child abuse claim. The police then discovered beds near the alter of the temple for get this “deflowering” (when a young girl hits puberty the older members of the church would deflower her infront of the other members.

  • Steve2

    a couple of others that are on the wacked out list:

    Strong City
    The Roberts Group

    There could be a whole lot more added, sad to see so many people so unhappy and weak-willed to be taken in by so many cults

  • Cath

    Hunter, just to mention that the FLDS church is not the same as, or have the same beliefs as the LDS church. it is a break off group, and I, being an LDS member, am disgusted by what those men have done. as is everyone im sure.

    and about what Tardy said:
    “47. Tardly – January 23rd, 2008 at 9:09 am

    Fun fact about mormomism : They believe that the angels who fought against god became demons, that the angels who fought along side god became white aryans, and that the angels who didn’t fight at all became black people. Oh yea, they also believe that Jesus hung out with the native americans.”

    Just because you saw a silly “banned” cartoon on youtube, doesn’t make what its saying true. we DO NOT, i repeat DO NOT believe that “the angels who didn’t fight at all became black people” that is just a whole load of rubbish. if you are going to post something like that, please be more informed than something you saw on youtube. most of that cartoon is untrue, just like most of the anti-mormon stuff, little bits of truth with a whole load of lies. it is not fair to make false comments like that. say as many nasty things as you want, just make sure its the truth.

    • RSS

      I totally agree, thanks for putting it better than I could.

  • Hunter

    yes I am aware of the difference notice I said “if not all mormonism” perhaps I should have been more clearon what I meant. By the way did you notice they escorted the children out on Baptist buses, I found that quite entertaining

  • Riya B.

    Ok, whoever said flds isn’t a cult really hasn’t been watching the news lately…

  • Reyairia

    Lawl, sorry mormons, but I’m pretty convinced that you started out and still are to a degree, part of a cult. It’s quite clear if you know how cults work. Just because it’s been a few hundred years since a leader dies does not mean that it isn’t harmless anymore and that’s what pisses me off; people seem to think that any religious movement that hasn’t been around for 2 centuries is a cult, moreover anything that has been around for more than two centuries cannot be a cult.

  • Mom424

    Hunter; I hate to split hairs, but geez. Its Latter Day Saints not ladder day. What they’re firemen? or they play internet games? Latter, like following. or later.

    I’m getting a headache. Slamming my head against the wall with incredulity.

  • Hunter

    lmfao

  • dark mage

    you forgot the Skull and Bones society.

  • Teacher

    How the hell could you not include the lyman family??or the process church of the final judgment??come on man!

  • Road Runner

    Great list! But you failed to include the most devastating three cults of all: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The world would’ve been a much happier place if they never existed! Well, you can thank the “Hebrews” for planting the seed and there so-called messiah and for destroying the world…

    • Jonathan

      Just because terrible things have been done in the name of Christianity, Islam and Judaism it doesn't mean that they themselves are devastating. If I go and kill someone because I think it will honour you and make you love me more it is surely a reflection on my psychosis and megalomania, not on you yourself being evil that I have done that. The message of the Christian gospel is Love, not to mention that there are hundreds of Christian charities and hospitals and mission doctors that work overseas.

  • Lizzy

    If Christianity is a cult then so is paganism.

  • Hunter

    they both are… cults are an aspect of everyday life. just some are more extreme and therfore draw more attention and negative feedback

  • excult1972

    Great reporting and thoughtful questions. My opinion about cults is that the word has too many meanings which could be applied to any sub-CULTure…

    But, when I think of a destructive cult, what I am thinking of is the groups that 1) use mind control techniques, 2) discourage or limit contact with outsiders and 3) believe themselves to be the ONLY way to heaven or peace or truth, etc.

    I was in the Boston Church of Christ, International Churches of Christ, etc…. whose leader, Kip McKean has now broken away from to form the Los Angeles City of Angels International Christian Church. It is a damaging group- although no murder-suicides- but damaging in that it discourages members from thinking for themselves and believes itself to be the ONLY way to heaven. Which means that members can only leave by losing all their friends in the church and believing that to leave means going to hell. Therefore they will put up with just about any abuse from church leaders for fear of going to hell otherwise. It's sick, actually.

    • ea9

      I totally agree. I’ve experienced it. I used to be part of the UCKG (Universal Church Of The Kingdom Of God), and on the exterior it just looks like a harmless church/organization/charity (they are a registered charity by the way) which is out there to help people. In fact they are known as the ‘Help Centre’ in many branches, so most times from the exterior you wouldn’t even think it’s a church. I was part of the youth group (Victory Youth Group) and from the exterior you think your just going to attend a typical youth club but it’s very different once you get into it.

      Having been a regular member, I realised that when trying to recruit new members we would never really reveal our main motive,which was to make them become a member of the UCKG. That was the problem because we would pretty much deceive them pretending we just wanted them to enjoy a good old day at the youth group, or just to get counselling or help.
      But one of the major aspects is the change of lifestyle that the leaders dictate to members once you join. A leader once told me that “the Internet is The Vomit Of the Devil”, as I had found a video on youtube which made me doubt the church. This is the type of manipulation which makes members fear the outside world as if it was “the Fiery Hell” itself. In fact it is such statements like, “If you LEAVE the Church you will go to HELL” that keeps people in the oppresive system which takes so much time out of your life. I realised I was spending more time with my new church “Friends” than my own family and had almost completely abandoned my loyal friends of old.
      And guess what, when I left, these so called “friends” at the UCKG pretty much ceased contact with me, obviously unless they were using it as a tactic to try and recruit me back there. By the way no leaders exactly said that going to this exact church is the only way, but they might as well have said that because intense fear was constantly being used to keep people attached (eg. such and such has died when they left the church, u wont go to heaven if u dont pay tithe, u will go to hell etc.) and submit to everything the would tell you to do, until your mind was conformed to the UCKG. Bear in mind offerings play a major part and the leader of this church is apparently a billionaire. People THINK and do RESEARCH before you believe or commit yourself to anything. Religion, Church or Organisazion etc.

  • geo

    where are the mormons? talk about mind control! and old joe smith not any different then the crazies mentioned above! Men 10 ft tall wearing amish clothing on the moon! or my favorite kolob the planet of god himself! and the magic garments! what a f–king joke

  • rushfan

    Did you ever wonder what makes someone so gullible that they can be lured into a cult? I like to think my BS detector is strong enough to keep me out of a situation like these, but think about it, relatively smart people can end up in totally rediculous cults. Is it the alure of being part of something unique and mystical? Or is it a testament to the abilities of the cult leaders? I think it’s a great reason to try to raise free thinking children so they won’t be vulnerable to shit like this. If you raise kids to never question authority, they’re more vulnerable.

    • worraps

      You are more cult like than you might want to admit, friend! Picture yourself in an elevator, frozen into suspended animation until your car reaches its floor…no one talks, everyone just falls in line frozen, staring. Just an example of "group pressure" that happens….try living that 24/7 sometime and let's see what you do against your better judgment!

      • cris

        Actually, your average "cult"-member is usually smarter than your average average person.

        Also, you're assuming that everyone in a cult necessarily joined it…some people were born into it. Take me for example, I'm a second generation moonie. I'm also a former Valedictorian, a MENSA member, and a successful engineer. "Cult" does not mean what you think it means. All religions were cults at one point or another – "cult" just means a new, small religion. I actually don't think that Scientology technically still falls under that moniker because they are now quite large (although I do not think them any less weird and dangerous), and Unificationism is borderline…and harmless, I laugh at people who think we're dangerous – the only real danger is that you'll visit someone's house who has a Korean mommy and get a tummy-ache from all that delicious kimchi.

  • MPW

    the need to feel needed or a smooth talkin cult leader

    • cris

      nah…Rev. Moon is Korean. Meaning if you aren't Korean, you'll need a translator to understand him. Nothing is smooth when translated.

  • rushfan

    hey, buddy. good answer. go to the forums!!! i’m bored!!

    • ade

      good day i don't know if world i am asking from you may be giving for now i am not involve in any cult but i am willing to join your cult just to have money,i know you can .help me, i am ready for any condition you would give, i am weighting for your reply as soon as possible; good bye. Ade eugene

    • ade

      good day i don't know if world i am asking from you may be giving for now i am not involve in any cult but i am willing to join your cult just to have money,i know you can .help me, i am ready for any condition you would give, i am weighting for your reply as soon as possible; good bye. Ade eugene

  • joseph

    you forgot the end of the world cult you also forgot westborobaptist church and the worst of them all SATANISM

  • Hunter

    satanism isn’t so much of a cult as it is a mockery of christianity.

  • sdggrant

    Do you even know what Satanism is, Joseph? It is a belief (religion, as you might call it) that we as human beings should take full advantage of our lives on earth because it is all we have. I am not an official member of the Church of Satan, but I am a firm believer in the words of Anton LaVey, and the Satanic Bible puts to rest all preconceived notions you might have of “Satanism.” I suggest you pick up a copy of the Book and read it before you put down a belief that isn’t nearly as violent or destructive as Christianity.

    • cris

      If what you say is correct, sdggrant, then Satanism technically is a cult. It is the very definition of cult – "religion" or, in more modern terms a relatively "new, small religion". Seriously, people, get a dictionary – it will keep you from looking like a idiot one day.

  • joseph

    sdggrant you are an idiot here is my email and i will PROOVE TO YOU that levay worships satan as an entaty i herd this “satanists dont belive in anything” shit before anton was a devil worshiper he worshiped satan and did some things bad things anyway my email si [email protected]

    ALL BUT THE 3 ABRAHAMIC RELIGIONS JUDAISM, CHRISTIANITY AND ISLAM ARE CULTS ONLY THESE 3 RELIGIONS ARENT CULTS

  • coolvibe

    Joseph, you are the idiot here. And sdggrant, you are right. And yes, all the abrahamic faiths are cults. The older cults get, the more socially acceptable their delusions become.

  • Hunter

    I agree with coolvibe and sdggrant, joseph are you positive in what you are saying or is it what you were trained to say through years within the influence of your religion and popular media

  • sdggrant

    You need a chill pill, Joseph. Would Jesus appreciate you calling me an idiot?

    I did NOT say that LaVey didn’t believe in Satan. Please quote me where I said that? I said that Satanism is the belief that humans should take full advantage of their time on earth. Also, near the end of LaVey’s life he clarified that he believes in a “Satan” that is not an entity or individual, rather, he believed that “Satan” is a force or somesort of power that just Exists. And also, the only reason he named his new ‘religion’ “Satanism” was because it was the only name that would case the water to boil, if you know what I mean. Here is a quote from The Devil’s Notebook, a collection of essays written by LaVey.

    “I have termed my thought ‘Satanism’ because it is most stimulating under that name….Satanism means ‘the Opposition’ and epitomizes all symbolsof nonconformity. Satanism calls forth the strong ability to turn a liability into an advantage, to turn alienation into exclusivity. In other words, the reason it’s called Satanism is because it’s fun, it’s accurate, and it’s productive.”
    That was taken straight from the Foreward of the book.

    I’ll dig through my books later and find the quote of LaVey stating he doesn’t believe in Satan in the biblical sense. Also try to be certain you are correct before you name call, otherwise you just sound like a jackass.

  • sdggrant

    For you, Joseph

    “we have made no grandoise promises of infallible enlightenment and emphasized that each must be his or her own redeemer. The the extent of one’s superiority(if any) is governed by one’s human potential. That “Satan” is a representational concept, accepted by each according to his or her needs. That is the way it was in the beginning, that is the way it is now.”
    “We have defied categorization, confounded labelers, knowing that the one label we bear -Satan- is controversy in itself”

    Straight from an essay written by Anton LaVey. The name of the essay is ‘The Church of Satan, Cosmic Joy Buzzer,” just incase you wanted to check it up yourself.

  • Flag

    It’s flagging time!

    Church of Scientoloonies have a new youtube account. Aww!
    Tell them what you think of them by flagging their videos. I suggest flagging them under “harmful, dangerous content”, that sounds about right. Enough flags will get the account deleted.

    http://www.youtube.com/user/churchofscientology?ob=4

  • Martin

    Interesting. Please include Jehovah’s Witnesses. Was with them for 13 destructive years after being procured aged 13 which left me with my brains scrambled.

    • Deb

      Agree wholehearedly!

  • Alex

    You can clearly see the direction of which different cults are heading by seeing the fruits they bear. Murder/suicide, sexual abuse, sexual immorality have been a result of these most notorious ones. By getting to know the members of whichever group of people you meet, you will clearly see what kind of lives they live.
    The Unification church, without a doubt in my mind, has made it so very clear that there is only true love between one husband and wife for each other. Premarital sex or adultery is the most terrible thing to destroy real, true devoted love. And think of the children born from irresponsible sexual practice. Youth should keep their sexual purity for the sake of marriage later. I have seen so many Unification members leading a life on these basic, and yet vital morals and principles that strengthen the family. Living for the sake of others, as brothers and sisters under God, no matter what religion or race you’re from, is another.
    The Unification church upholds these morals and ideals. There is nothing wrong with that. Anyone is capable of practicing these morals. It’s those who do and who don’t, in which you can see the difference.
    So I say one should meet the members of a group or cult and see for themselves, by the way of life they lead. Follow your God-given conscience. Also, look at the fruit which it bears. Then you’ll have a better idea of what it is.

  • Christianbeliever

    “thanks” to everyone who calls Christianity a cult!
    I am a Christian, and it doesn’t matter about your religion but about your relationship with Christ. There’s a big different. In true Christianity you don’t HAVE to go to church or anything, you just have to believe and have faith. It’s none of this ritual stuff that people keep talking about, and it is NOT a cult. I have tried relgion before and it didn’t work out, but now that I have a relationship with Christ, it’s pretty amazing.

  • toriie

    What is the cult name that some of the presidents are known to have been in, including George Washington?

    • cris

      Although I'm not sure you are necessarily correct in your description, I think the term you are searching for is "Freemasons".

  • toriie: it is a secret society called Skull and Bones. It is on the top 10 secret societies list.

  • Sarah

    Ive noticed that alot of these discussions and comments seem to be about mormonism. So as someone who grew up in a mormon family please let me knock some some sense into some of you ignorant people who obviously dont have the decency to actually get the whole story before assuming stuff. First of all if any of you watched the banned cartoon on youtube and actually think mormons believe that your stupid. Its a load of crap. They dont wear magic underwear yes they are allowed to use technology. Mormons do not worship seagulls or kill cats. These are just some of the crazy things ive heard..yes they dont drink coffee or tea or do drugs or drink they dont have sex before marriage but honestly is there ANYTHING cultish about that? If taking care of your body and having some self respect is cult like then i guess mormonism is a cult…but its not. I mean they have never committee mass suicide/murder, burned down churches, committee any illegal and heinous sexual acts. There are so many other religion out there that could be considered cults. Have you ever heard anything about mormon bishopric or prophet engaging in sexual acts with minors and the money mormons pay for tithe actually goes to what its supposed to go to. Oh yes mormonism has its share of inactive members who claim to be member but dont follow the rules JUST LIKE EVERY OTHER RELIGION! Please before you make any assumption just cause you dont agree with someones beliefs get your head out of your butt actually take the time to learn and dont go around bashing someones beliefs. Its childish and very rude. P.s uh Cath..thank you for being one of the few people on here to defend THE RELIGION not the CULT mormonism

  • Anna

    You know my mom taught me that two things you should never discuss are politics and religion. After reading some of these comments i must say i am appalled. Yes you are entitled to your opinion but some of those opinions should be kept to yourself. Going around bashing other religion is just awful. People should be able to believe what they want without others saying its wrong.

  • beldew

    I am glad someone mentioned the International Church of CHrist. I was sucked in by them when I went to California all by myself and didn’t really know anyone. I was trying to get away from my boyfriend and he found me and was abusive. I knocked on doors in my apartment building and the only people that would help me were members of the church. They seemed nice enough and invited me to their Easter celebration. I was raised catholic and the Christian, so I thought it would be no problem. Fast forward about 3 months and they were baptizing me, telling me all of mys hsirts had to cover my bottom and I couldn’t date anyone outside of the church. Theya lso would show up at my apartment at 6 am so I could go to bible study at starbucks. Finally they told me that I should leave my apartment and move in with other sisters from the church. I got out of there quick. i moved to another town. They found where I was but by then I was in Berkely, bartenting and was able to tell them to shove off. I had found a great group of firends to hang with and I didn’t feel lonely. One of them was my maid of honor in my wedding two years ago and is my son’s godmother. I credit her friendship for keeping me away from this crazy group of people. They truly are a cult.

  • Jon

    I believe in enlightenment, and that any religion that teaches otherwise is a cult, because it is only through the light that God can be understood.

  • FACTS56

    Reading thru various coments about other churches branded as cult ets, I have come to one conclusion.

    You people dont know at all what you are talking about.Has any of you ever asked God what is cult? Do you people TRULLY PRAY?
    Why do go around asking for opinions about God’s churches? However, I agree there are out-right bonafide cults out there.But what about churches that truly preach about God,Jesus and the Holy Ghost(eg the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints)?????

    Most people run-with-the-pack and criticise because they can not keep up with God’s laws of life.They dont pray,dont go to church-they are confused about life.

    Let me give you advice:Do not put yourself in direct confrontation with God by blindly criticising churches that endeavour to save lives.Ask yourself this: Why are there so few critics about people who carry knifes and guns??
    Also answer this:There is a lot against christians and churches than against drunkards and drug users-why???

    lets grow up and teach our children about God.

    If you dont understand it, ask God not me.

  • Hunter

    . FACTS56
    my answer to your questions
    one: There are few critics to those who carry tools. many people who have knifes use them for every day use or even to make a living. others use knifes and guns for self defense only.
    granted there are those who brandish these items only as weapon and with malicious intent.
    the reason this issue is less pertinent than that of cults is that cult are actively seeking individuals to harm, where as the gun carrier is an individual entity and not a large organized group.
    Secondly where the fuck are you getting that information dude?….http://www.gunowners.org/fs0302.htm here is a list of anti gun groups celebrities and organizations all of which criticize these people. oh and have you ever heard of a movie called bowling for columbine?

    2: again individuals vs. groups and yes there are groups out there that criticize these actions as well… MAAD one prime example

  • cult-uralist

    What is it with Texas, the Branch Davidians, the FLDS compound and I just heard of the House of Yaveh, a group of polygynists who are jewish-christian, belive the world was going to end in june 07 by nuclear war, and the guy is obsessed with STDs. One more thing, as a woman I am pissed that most cults are anti-women, and that is most noticable in the way they dress women, long dull skirts, boring shirts, no cutting hair and no make-up. Come on, if they’re going to opress women, at least let them look nice.

  • rayk

    some cults are good, others bad and pretty evil. thanks

  • Whatever

    Christians are not a part of a cult, unless you concied that everyone belongs to a cult of some sort… In this case Christians are not destructive. Please don’t be judgemental because you have met a few radicals. Also I would like to just make mention that it’s a healthy thing to wounder how we got here. It’s bad when you use mind control and cause massive amounts of people to comit suicide.

  • Lyn

    theres not near enough space available to list all occultic practices but to name a few. We have freemasons. And they are prevalently crammed into leadership positions in the church. We have christians that participate in martial arts. Some meditation techniques used by Zen Buudhist. A clearing of ones mind. that is not biblical meditation. We meditate on the word. The practice of Yoga is occultic. The list goes on and on. Pharmakia is the greek word meaning occult. The very word that our modern day pharmaceuticals derives from.
    Beware lest any man decieve you with philosophy after the tradition of man and after the rudiments of this world rather than on Christ. Coll:2:8
    freemason how can you be active in a secret society that demeans the Lord Jesus Christ. Why isnt there anything in freemasonry that offends a jew? Are you so simple minded that you cant see that you are being decieved? So what if freemasonry had christian roots. Hell lucifer did too. You have to be kiddin me. I dont pity you for your ignorance. I blame you. Make your calling and your election sure. And Christian we dont need to spend inordinate amounts of time and money preparing for personal attack. The Lord is my helper I will not fear what man shall do unto me. Trust God in time of trouble. NOt Zen Buudhist meditational techniques. there are a number of ways to protect yourselves without having to turn to violence and false doctrine. The Word of God is suffecient. If you want to know more about the occult good for you. As christians we shouldnt be ignorant to his cunning devices. But stand for the defence of the gospel and expose all occultic activity

    • cris

      Careful of confusing the word "occult" with "cult", they are not interchangeable and they do not mean the same thing.

  • gelatinousGod

    What about Wal-Mart? I work for Wal-Mart and there are people who defend Wal-Mart like it was their god, and then there are the 3 Wal-Mart “Commandments” and the Wal-Mart chear, just like Mary Kay, which is actually on some cult lists.

  • Parker

    If there wasnt a variety of beliefs … there would be no conflict.. but also life would be boring and people would be so sure of themselves would it still be a belief? These people just believed what they were told to believe.. just like most people do. If your mother takes you to church every sunday you were brought up on beliefs that was passed down.

  • Parker

    and yes #68 I agree with you on that.

  • Parker

    ALSO!
    what about the Mauerova family of Cannibals. they are concidered a cult.. and what the mother allowed to happen to her children was disturbing.

  • Bov

    The saddest thing about this, is one religous group believes the other is a cult and vice versa.
    Does an adaption of say Christianity really mean it is a cult? Surely it is purely just a new religion. Bhudism, for example, believe in all the good things of Christianity, but obviously not Christ himself. We don’t call Bhudism a cult, merely another religion.
    Assemblies of God could be called a Cult because they state how wrong the Mormons, Catholics, JW’s etc…but they believe they are right!!!
    I would prefer a Cult be a group who lead “their flock” via authority and control. Make people fear that they will die if they leave. That sort of thing.
    The truth is, there are too many groups stating they are the right Church….or at least telling the other Church their faults. By whose authority do they do that? Seriously, both Churches believe they have the authority. The worshippers of each Church believe it with all their heart.
    The whole thing is a very interesting topic.

    • cris

      Cult means religion…so yes all factions of christianity can, in certain context, be considered "cults". Doesn't mean anything bad…just means religion….or in other contexts "small religion". Cult does not mean anything more. Christianity is another way of saying "cult of Jesus Christ"…meaning a religion in which the teachings of Jesus Christ and the artifacts of his life (e.g. the cross, the Bible) are venerated". Cult did not take on a negative connotation until the fairly recently, when episodes like the Waco disaster were connected with the "cult" of David Koresh – the Branch Davidians. This does not mean anything except that it was a religion that followed the leadership of one, David Koresh. But most people were and still are unfamiliar with the term and assumed the negative connotation. Just because something can be called a cult does not make it inherently dangerous…it all depends on the dangerousness of the cult-leader's teachings or the dangerousness of interpretations of the object of the cult. For instance, there can be some crazy guy who thinks Christ is telling him to slaughter young women, but that doesn't mean that Christianity or a veneration of the teachings of Jesus Christ is, in itself, dangerous.

  • joseph

    ok i changed my mind EVERY FUCKING RELIGION except for buddhism ARE ALL CULTS but buddhism isnt THE REST SHOULD BE MADE ILIGAL

  • Beardo

    The philosopher Hume made an important contribution to reason when he asserted that if we can’t relate our beliefs to what we have actually experienced with our senses, we have no good reason for believing them. The nature of both cults and religions is that this rule is not adhered to: people must believe as an act of faith, rather than because it makes any reasonable sense. Seeing as we can’t make quantitative judgements about whether any of these beliefs are better than others (because they all require completely unfounded belief) there can’t be a distinction between religions and cults here.

    In my opinion, the only difference between ‘religions’ and ‘cults’, then, is that the beliefs suggested in ‘cults’ are less familiar to our society. We have been so desensitised to the ideas of Jesus, Angels, Reincarnation etc. that we do not realise that they are equally unfounded as ideas of the flying spaghetti monster or that mass suicide is somehow a good idea.

    In short: God? I don’t believe it because I’ve never experienced it. You say you have? I can’t see inside your mind so am sadly confined to the view that you are equally a victim of a cult as others on this list (though obviously without such disastrous consequences!)

  • of-christ

    All this talk about cults is only necessary to reveal the devils works. To put it plainly there only two religions, one is of God through Christ and the other of the devil. Believe me this truth will be revealed and soon. And then those who think they have the right to believe whatever they want will have to answer for the choice they made to the one true God. the truth speaks for itself: it is not foolishness that the bulk of humanity is christian or that other religion are strongly compelled to attack christianity and much less others. The difference is that with other religions it is pipo reaching out to God through strange practices whereas with christianity it is God reaching out to His people. Its sad many have rejected Him for outlandish doctrines. Having said that there are many who come in the name of God but contradict the bible in deed or doctrine. their classification? CULT or the devil’s bunch or whatever you want to call them. Do not be decieved there is only one way to God and that is christ.

    • cris

      Careful, a lot of "cults" believe in Christ. In fact, even Muslims highly venerate Christ and believe in one God, only they call him Allah (which is just another name for "God" which even Arab Christians use). Also, the Christian Bible is mostly made up of Hebraic texts. I think you are trying to say that Christianity is the only truth, which is fine and you are perfectly entitled to your beliefs – just be careful with how you support that view. You may undermine yourself.

  • I actually reseach this stuff…

    Great list and info- But I have to correct “oldfart”

    Learn the definition of a cult.

    Read this please
    http://www.carm.org/cults/cultic.htm

    You may learn something about cults

  • Kevin Gage

    Scientology should be at the top of this list. By sheer numbers, infiltration of governments, tax exemptions and celebrity backing; Scientology is the most dangerous cult in the world.

    • cris

      I agree. I was kinda flattered that we beat the Scientologists but in reality, we're nowhere near their numbers and we are nowhere near as imposing. We wish we were, haha, but we're really quite harmless. Don't hate the flower sellers!

  • me

    Go me! yay!!

  • christianity the rel

    here are few biblical verses which prove that the bible is a load of BULLSHIT

    2 Kings 8:26 says "Two and twenty years old was Ahaziah when he began to reign…" 2 Chronicles 22:2 says "Forty and two years old was Ahaziah when he began to reign…"

    2 Samuel 6:23 says "Therefore Michal the daughter of Saul had no child unto the day of her death" 2 Samuel 21:8 says "But the king took…the five sons of Michal the daughter of Saul"

    2 Samuel 8:3-4 says "David smote also Hadadezer…and took from him…seven hundred horsemen…" 1 Chronicles 18:3-4 says "David smote Hadarezer…and took from him…seven thousand horsemen…"

    1 Kings 4:26 says "And Solomon had forty thousand stalls of horses for his chariots…" 2 Chronicles 9:25 says "And Solomon had four thousand stalls for horses and chariots…"

    2 Kings 25:8 says "And in the fifth month, on the seventh day of the month…Nebuzaradan…came…unto Jerusalem" Jeremiah 52:12 says "…in the fifth month, in the tenth day of the month…came Nebuzaradan…into Jerusalem"

    Matt 1:16 says, "And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus…" Luke 3:23 says "And Jesus…the son of Joseph, which was the son of Heli"

    • cris

      Careful. There are inacurracies, yes, but they are perfectly harmless and pretty usual for ancient texts IMO. Doesn't take away from their immense power…especially when you take into account all that went into preserving them….the bible is pretty epic. I've seen more inaccuracies between Star Trek cannon and the new Star Trek movie. I'd take confusion about how many stalls Solomon had over a conveniently altered timeline and stupid lenseflares any. day.

      O, and don't even get me STARTED on Spock N' Uhura. Psssh. One word – KALIFEE !!!!

    • Name

      I have to say the geneology of Jesus is of masive great importance!

  • BeatleMorgan

    almost thought you forgot scientology, but you didn’t let me down =]
    well done. nice, informative, and descriptive.

  • alutheran

    Looks like there is a bunch of smart alexs on this blog. I am a Lutheran, not a cult member. Besides what if you you are wrong about the Trinity? At least you know where you are going. I do too, and it’s not there. If it is not in the Bible, it’s not worth discussing. EOS

  • anatheist

    While I agree that the bible is a load of horseshit, one must also agree that people should be allowed their freedoms, whether we agree with them or not.

  • John

    Great list. Keeping clear of cults can be a full time job especially when attending Health and Wellness shows like I did this past weekend. Cults like Scientology like to use these venues as recruiting opportunities with their electronic gizmo’s which are designed to take advantage of your weaknesses whatever they might be by telling you your problems and then what you have to do to fix them which usually means buying their books, enrolling in their courses, attend their seminars. And then of course, if you want your life to have meaning, then you also have to become one of their auditors or recruiters. Sorry Tom. I like your movies but your cult is twisted and dangerous. (I think he dislikes Youtube as does the Headquarters for Scientology.)

  • tommy

    you left out the jews man, protocols of zion .

  • DW

    I heard that the University of Bridgeport in CT is controlled by Rev. Moon. I think the current president, Neil Salonen, is a member of the church. I can’t believe an accredited American university is being influenced by a group many believe to be a cult.

    • cris

      Actually, it's true. We saved the university from going under and it's doing quite well now – has a pretty good engineering program. Not really "controlled" by Rev. Moon though…that's like saying the Pope "controls" any number of Jesuit-run universities. Perhaps true in some context, but kinda arbitrary.

  • zack

    It looks like the criteria for judging some of these groups, particularly non-mainstream religions like Mormons, Seventh-Day Adventists, and Jehovah’s Witnesses as “cults” can be boiled down to more or less the following:

    – Devotion to a leader or leaders whose orders must be followed exactly.
    – Strong adhesion withing the group and exclusion of outsiders.
    – Members are strongly discouraged from leaving the group, and are often ostracized for leaving.
    – Members often follow certain dietary and health codes and wear special clothing.
    – Membership often includes participation in rituals and acts that most “average” people don’t participate in.
    – Cults often form bitter rivalries with other, comparable groups.
    – New converts often must pass through unusual initiation procedures.

    If this is the case, then I would say that the biggest and most pervasive cults in America today are high school sports and college fraternities.

  • haha me and my best friend went into the Church Of Scientology in Manchester last week.
    We were told that we were both mentally ill and MUST read Dianetics in order to get better…

  • alucard tepes

    Will those of you who are saying satanism is a cult try actualy opening your ears and listen for once. There are two groups that are often bundled together satanism and luciferianism. Satanism is the act of self worship and belief aswell as respect in the greater arcana. While luciferians are your run of the mill baby raping, goat sacrificing, devil loving SOB’s you are thinking of.

  • alucard tepes

    Hey socca playa

    How does it feel worshiping santa claus and waiting for his retard son to come and save you, because life is too hard? Maybe you need to get your own fork out of your ass, and stop judgeing me and judge yourself.

    • Name

      LOL…. that is great! You should of play with that and told them you were doctors and actually you would like to see him and the entire congragation in his office!!! LOL… That is a hugh egotistical religion!

  • A baptist

    God is basically in every religion, just with a different face or belief. Cults are lead by sex craving child fucking fags that say they are God because they decide that their life sucks and that maybe if they lead a group they might just possibly get laid for the first time in their horrible miserable life. For all you atheist out their, say what you want about God, but when the end of the world comes and your crying for help, watch what you say because you might say Oh My GOD!!! and guess what???he won’t help because ,obviously since your an atheist, he was never yours. I am a Baptist but I don’t have a problem with other religions because at least in some way we are all praying to the same God.

    • cris

      Do your parents know you're on their computer?

  • Soccerplaya

    HEY alicard tepes!!!!!Do You like sitting on the end of the Devil’s pitchfork????I hear he doesn’t use lube????

  • cloud 9

    It's sad that people are so manipulated by these cult leaders that they have no control over there lives anymore.They need to stand up and tell these sick and twisted cult leaders to take a hike!

    • cris

      The pope is technically a cult leader. Nuns and monks let the Catholic church have complete control over their lives – nuns even ritually marry Jesus, and priests marry the church (Roman Catholic). Does that make any of these players are sick or twisted? No. If the pope told everyone to ritually sacrifice their first-born children by tossing them into flaming pits -THAT would be sick and twisted. Do all cult-leaders say things like that? NO. Do not generalize.

      • Name

        The bible says do not worship idols, religion is an idol. I love God and Jesus but as for religion who knows who is false or not, some are convincing other down right wrong.

  • alucard tepes

    Have you even read salazar Le vay's bible? If you did you'd know that we do not condone the use of satanic rituals, but we also don't force our beliefs on others, unlike you fanatic bastards who refuse to accept others beliefs and think everyones else is condemed to pain and hellfire! And I say bring it! You think your so pure and you will reach salvation, but your the first people you and the catholics to rape little choir boys, you think if you god hates faggots that he won't just damn the lot of you?

    Thou shalt not kill? HA! You butt fucks have killed thousands in your little crusades just because they deny your god? Your kind are pathetic little maggots not even worthy of climbing through my shit.

    I would threaten to kill you because of our differences, but I'm not a christian.
    I am a Le Vayin satanist and we don't allow our kind to hurt the mentaly retarded so why don't you go find a nice coloring book and leave this discussion to the adults.

    • Name

      So, you worship evil because it suits you or are you a grown adult still rebelling against your parents or the system. I do know most satanist regard themselves as Gods and worship themselves. Isn’t it just a power and control issue. I mean who created Satan? Who is your creator?

  • Soccerplaya

    Are you shitting pancakes because you ride the fork so much…..does it just burn ass when you take a shit!!!!Why don’t you read the bible for once so you can get God and Santa Clause straight….Ohhh yeah life is soooo hard….Im not the Satan follower that settles for the devil because God hasn’t helped me yet….HO HO HO MOTHA FUCKA!!!!!

  • Soccerplaya

    And your Pagan Bastards fight in our little wars and kill right along with us so your wrong there buddy boy……How would you know if we accept others beliefs or not???have you ever been a baptist or catholic?Were you one of the little choir boys who was touched and raped by a priest? Im pretty sure an adult would come up with a better come back than “we don’t allow our kind to hurt the mentally retarded” so if you are an ADULT like you say you are then GROW UP DUMB ASS and find some happiness instead of staying home reading that bullshit book and playing with your self!!!!Im not forcing shit on you but I am going to stand up against anyone who disses what I believe in….Im pretty sure your group isn’t so innocent either when it come sexual crimes…..I’d threaten to beat you with a pitch fork but you might like that….Im not pure and I know you can’t say you are I’d watch what is said there too….I dont think the Baptist ever went on crusades so I guess your wrong there as well….Man….your fucked up beliefs have screwed with thought process bad cause you don’t know your history very well.

  • Mark

    141. Soccerplaya : “…your Pagan Bastards fight in our little wars and kill right along with us so your wrong there buddy boy…”

    Yes, but unlike you, we don’t call it “wrong” to do this. Whereas by all Christian reference materials, killing is wrong – although even the Bible has some trouble following through with that so…

    I can understand how you’d be a bit testy, but just back off. Alucard did *not* try to force his belief on anyone, and LaVeyan Satanism doesn’t “dis what you believe in”. Read about it before you assume the word Satanism means that he worships a fallen angel.

    And stop telling him to grow up, your best call so far has been :

    “…’d threaten to beat you with a pitch fork but you might like that…”

    Wow, mature :|

  • Soccerplaya

    You don’t call it wrong to kill in your little beliefs???OOO wait…I forgot thats all your devils and demons do….Im soory my bad…..Wow yall are awsome!!!!Lets also go and worship demons and other things that are said to harm others and cause trouble!!!Thats a great idea!!!Let’s all just run around saying how awsome the devil is and kill our neighbors and others we don’t like because it ok, right????The bible mentions that there is a time to fight…look it up or better yet have a priest point it out for you and then also no christian is perfect, we all sin just as much as the next….are yall really that perfect???

  • Mark

    I guess you're a troll, I'm done with you. Good day.

    • Name

      Mark, I know you feel powerful because I see it in the way you are speaking but I have to tell you, you are not and I do not mean that to hurt your feeling or make you feel picked on, and I know you are thinking I cannot possibly anyway but, we are all human and if you are a satanist and are dealing with demons you are being fooled and tricked into feeling powerful. It is a snare! You are being used as a puppet by satan. He does not love you and you have no power. How much free will do you actually have? If you were to take an entire day and pray to God and decide you want him in your life you would see you would be under attack and that you are desposible. Try it for yourself. The truth is God is real he never leaves us we walk away from him. He is there for you, he loves you and much stronger and way more powerful than you, me or Satan. I wish love and light and not of the dark kind for you.

  • Soccerplaya

    by the way I was mocking him when I said the thing about beating him with a pitch fork but I guess satanist don’t believe in sarcasm either

  • Soccerplaya

    “Im done with you”…HAHA!!!nice man..Peace out Satan!!!!

  • Soccerplaya

    hey joseph you like touching a fat man who thinks he is God???wow…what kind of sick shit is that…your almost like alucard tepes #140 who sits on pitch forks and believes all religions are forcing themselves on him cause he thinks hes that important.

  • alucard tepes

    No I said I hate people who do force their religions on others like those missionaries. I have actualy tried to run away from them and they chased me down till I ran out of breath.

  • Soccerplaya

    I agree with you there then because if I was in your place I would feel the same way….and by the way I am sorry for the little rant that I went on and for the teasing….i shouldn’t have dissed you like that because it is not my right to judge….and Mark I am sorry as well….I just wanted to put this out there for you to see….I don’t know what came over me…

  • Jamie3039

    isn’t ignorance a cult?

    • cris

      Not unless there is an object to that cult. Perhaps TMZ? Nevermind – that the cult of TMI.

  • Teen

    In regards to Charles Manson and The Family a movie about it has been made called Helter Skelter. I am unsure whether all the events in the movie are accurate but from what I’ve seen on the real Charles Manson they seem like they could true.

  • jiohdi

    people admire CONfident MEN because they with to become CONviNcED about their B.lief S.ystem.
    Experiences are facts, B.lief S.ystems about them are usually B.S.

  • bitch

    bahahha, love this site?

  • Brandon

    @dagroo (24): You sound like a copy machine. It might be wise to seek information from more places than the Watchtower. There are only about 400 hospitals worldwide that can perform bloodless surgery. Also, the average accident victim requires about 300 pints… do you think they can replace all their blood with a substitute? Basically the average Jehovah's Witness in an accident will either accept blood or die. Until the 80's organ transplants were not allowed either… but now they are. They predicted Armageddon 5 times in the past 100 years. Obviously they're not infallible. Would you bet your life or your families life on them being right when it comes to a life or death situation like a blood transfusion? Of course you would, because you're a complete tool.

    Only a Jehovah's Witness would think it's not a cult. Read anything on cults and mind control. –Ex JW

    • Name

      If you read the scripture that the JW’s get that from you will see God is telling them do not drink blood in front of the Jew’s it is insulting to them. It is simular to if you are with a friend that is no longer drinking or an alchohlic you don’t sit with them and get plastered it is out of respect for your brother. It does not mean to die rather then insult your brother. JW’s are firmly taught to only do research in the JW’s publication. It is a cult I know for a fact. There is always truth in a lie and that is a dangerous fear based control cult.

  • Heather

    #126: I am completely lost how that is evident that the Bible is false and “BS”. I looked up several of those verse references and the inconsistencies simply were not there. The reference would always match the original verse. So I’m sorry, but that nullifies your argument.

    #26 – Unfortunately Mormonism IS a cult. A cult doesn’t have to be on the extreme end (mass suicides and the like) to be a cult. A definition of the word from Merriam-Webster is this: “a religion regarded as unorthodox or spurious ; also : its body of adherents” Mormonism is unorthodox. Mormonism is not true Christianity. The Book of Mormon alone is sufficient support of that. God says in Revelations 22:19 that no one is to add to or take away from the Bible. The Book of Mormon is not a part of the Bible.

    I have more to say but no time in which to say it.

    Technically though, to avoid all the hate mail I could receive – many “Christians” and even conventional/orthodox “Christian Denominations” are not true Christians either – so don’t feel bad.

    • cris

      Christianity itself is unorthodox Judaism. Technically the Protestants took books out of the originally cannonized Bible, and even then at the time Revelations was written there was no "Bible" as we know it today – it took the Church some time before the final cannon was accepted. This is nothing against Christianity – I consider myself Christian – I am just attempting to offer a different vantage point.

      Cult does not mean "not orthodox CHRISTIAN". That is extremely self-centered thinking (not meaning you are a selfish person, I am sure you are a very nice person, I am just saying it appears you are centering the definition on your own viewpoint). Be careful, logic is catholic. (see what I did there?)

  • mantisdolphin

    Mormonism is cultish for sure. To clear up some of the FUD from previous comments: Just as with Catholics and other groups, Mormon Bishops and Stake Presidents have been in the news before for sexual abuse crimes (@Sarah, Comment 104).

    As a converted Mormon (plus eight years now), my opinion is that “the Church”–such is how it is called by its “members,” itself another common appellation among the LDS to refer to those on the rolls of the Church–is cultish at the least.

    Note: Jan Shipps, one of the foremost non-LDS historians of the LDS Church, also refers to it in its origins as a “cult” (Shipps, Mormonism, pp. 47-51). Unfortunately, Shipps’ definition of “cult” is entirely academic, sociological, and external: She sees successful cults as those that develop and become dominant or mainstream traditions ("good" in the parlance of this thread), a fate she sees as shared by the LDS Church. Thus she refuses to judge her subject and proceeds with her narrative with archival pleasure.

    However, living the faith is another matter: Being in a “part-member” family really brings the cultish character of the faith into relief. If children are involved, then one parent not being “active,” i.e., going to church regularly, can easily end a marriage and divide a family. (This seems more destructive to me than what one finds in mainstream Christianity.)

    The whole emphasis on being “sealed for all time and eternity” to one’s spouse and children (creating “forever families”), and the heavy indoctrination of youth through all manner of expected activities outside of the three regular Sunday church hours, lends great force to the bind that the Church keeps “weak” members in: to split from the Church creates a serious threat to one’s family and great pain and confusion to one’s children for not having a parent of “integrity”–I’m quoting all the buzz words here.

    Add to this the expected annual “tithing settlement” with the Bishop (he–always he–is like the head preacher of a given “ward” or church community–usually numbering from 300-400 people). One must go with one’s family to answer the Bishop’s question, “Do you pay a full tithe?” As invasive as this may sound to mainstream protestants, this “interview” setting is quite common in the Church, extending to regular “worthiness” or “Temple” interviews with youth and adults. Waywardness is watched for vigilantly, and to me this seems cultish. In fact, now the Church puts barcodes on “Temple recommends” and the Bishop of each ward gets a weekly report of who in the ward has been faithful in going to the Temple (another expected outside-regular-Sunday Church meeting activity from “active members”).

    Connected to “Temple worthiness” (imagine being a member of a church where you are formally considered a less "worthy member" than someone else), there also are levels of acceptance and prestige in the Church as well: If one has a genealogy that goes back to the original members of the Church (1830s), that is quite special (and this is a mark of a cult–setting off some people for special consideration over the "converts").

    If one has ancestors who were part of the 19th century “Pioneers” who traveled across the US to Utah, then one is certainly pedigreed. Being a relative of one of the Church leaders in Salt Lake is certainly a way into the Church aristocracy, and there are various other ways to ascend in this informal Church hierarchy, the principle one begin the attending of BYU or one of its satellite campuses in Idaho or Hawaii, and most certainly serving a full-time mission when between the ages of 18 and 25: a very large percentage of church leaders from the local level all the way to Salt Lake went to BYU and served missions, not all, but a large percentage.

    The time outside of Sunday activities deserves special mention, including home teaching, visiting teaching, service projects, weekly activity night for the youth, various "assignments" one might be tapped to do…. I don’t have time presently to talk about the importance of “sacrifice” and “service” in the Church. Suffice to say that the emphasis on these can be quite overwhelming in terms of (voluntary) time commitments from the faithful. (If you refuse a calling or to serve, then that is a mark against you and you are considered "selfish" and as someone who is "not progressing.")

    • Name

      Get out they are coming inbetween your relationship with God! Any religion that places these stringant comands and requirement but then tells you it is voluntary and then you are punished for not volunteering is a cultic mindset. You will lose yourslef and God in the middle of it. And may become bitter toward God. It is not healthy. Put God first and everything will be added to you. Not put the church first and jump through hoops and bring in more followers. Are you feeling joyful and wanting to share what you know about God or is it an asignment you must proform to advance with God? JW’s are the same way there is much pressure for them to preach putting in hours and hours door to door and school and work. Anything that is consuming is not healthy. Pray about the situation from your heart and talk to God not in the pretrained voice but your own voice.

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  • Spencerwcp

    I’m just coming out here to say that the LDS Chuch (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) is not a cult. I am a member and have been a member for the duration of my life so far. I was baptized at the ae of 8 by immersion, I was not forced to be baptized. It was my own choice to be baptized. There was no pressure.
    Throughout my time as a member of the LDS faith there have been instances where I was upset with organized religion in general and wanted to quit attending weekly Sunday meetings. Whenever this came about, I remembered the lessons that I learned in Sunday School (As stated in the Epistle of James 1:5 “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; it shall be given him.”) Many times I read that scripture, and many times I fell to my knees and prayed to the Lord that he would give me the knowledge that this was His true church restored to the earth in th latter-days. Everytime I asked, I recieved an undeniable sense of knowing. Knowing that I was lucky enough to belong to the true church. I am not forced to do anything in the LDS faith. I have my own choice as to what to and not do. I would also like to let you all know that the Book of Morman is another testamant of Christ. If you read it with a contrite heart and pray about it. It will be made known unto you that it is the only true Church of God, our Heavenly Father. I can promise this to all of you.

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  • Michael

    First: RE: #132 (Zack): Right On! (ROFLMAO … very funny).

    Second: As a practicing and believing Mormon, I will say that Mormonsim IS a cult. (GASP! I knew it! Straight from the mouth of a Mormon!!). Seriously though, this whole thread and all its comments are a good illustration of how meaningless and useless that term, “cult”, has become. A “cult” is “a system of religious veneration and devotion directed toward a particular figure or object” (straight from my dictionary). My religion certainly fits that definition — is a system of religious veneration and devotion directed towards Jesus Christ. OOOHHH SCARY CULT-LIKE BELIEFS!!!! So yeah, I’m a member of a cult. And so is the Pope. And the Dalai Lama. And Stephen Colbert. And every single person whose beliefs are different from yours. And don’t forget Jesus Christ himself — he’s definitely a cult member!

    The word “cult” has become a convenient word to belittle the beliefs of anyone whose beliefs you don’t agree with.

    Finally, a few words about Scientology: I don’t accept any of the tenets of Scientology, and there are a number of disturbing things about the way Scientology responds to critics and dissenters, and in general the way their business is handled. HOWEVER, I will NOT engage in criticism of anyone who is a Scientologist simply because of their affiliation, nor will I make criticisms of things I’m not well-educated about, unlike so many commenters here. It’s amazing to me how many of the “facts” about Mormonism in this thread are completely wrong, distorted to the point of being totally misleading, or based on gross generalizations. That is very typical of any “information” one finds about Mormonism on the internet. This is precisely the reason that I taken anything I hear about Scientology with a big grain of salt; most likely, the people who are spreading the “facts” are not very well inormed themselves. I respect the right of Scientology and Scientologists to consider themselves a religion, and I don’t think it belongs on the same list with tiny suicide-cults like Heavens Gate. There’s a fine line between religious bigotry and this kind of pseudo-scholarship.

  • marsha2

    I personally think that any church or organization that come up with their own way of worshipping GOD is a cult. The Bible is our guide and we should depend on it solely to get to heaven when we stick to the bibile we take the safe and in fallible course. Some ppl are going to churches that are cults and have not clue!!!

    • cris

      Careful…by your definition Christianity is a cult. The Bible was put together by committee. That committee may very well have been guided by God, I personally believe it and it does not take away from it's meaning and power, but it does undermine your logic quite a bit.

  • The Music Hearer

    I think alot of people don’t really understand what a cult is. Sociologically speaking, a cult is just a new religion. When a religion is small, they often have something that makes them different from everyone else. as they get more members, they become more diverse and become an Ecclesia, then a church, and then a full-fledged religion. Christianity started as a cult, Mormonism is probably an ecclesia by now, and from what I understand, Scientology is still a cult.
    At least that’s what I was taught in my sociology class.

  • TINK

    For # 148 your pretty dumb huh, they did not chase you down, lol ha ha ha ha your the biggest liar ever!!

  • Mike

    I see no mention of “the Truth”, or “Two by Twos” as they are sometimes called.
    I was introduced to this cult in 1962 in Washington state,
    when a couple of their preachers or “workers” set up a tent in a vacant lot down the street from where we were living at the time, to hold their gospel meetings.
    My Grandmother had been a member of this so called religion for years and my Mother and Father soon “professed” and became members.
    My Sister is still a member, and won’t speak to me anymore.

  • Mike

    "My Sister is still a member, and won’t speak to me anymore"

    This is not only because she has been in and out of "the Truth" over the coarse of her life and I have NEVER chosen that lifestyle, but also because our 9o year old Aunt who recently died left her sizable estate to me and my Wife, and nothing to my Sister.

    My Aunt was also in the cult, but chose me, a non-believer over my Sister.

    So, there is some animosity towards me on my Sister's part.

    • Name

      I understand were you are with “The Truth” I have family that are in that as well and I was as a child, my family went to great lengths trying to deceive me into this cult. Your sister like all of them are prob afraid to leave because they will be shut off from friends and family. My family knows it is a cult they broke it down in different conversation infront of me as a child it wasn’t until rescently I put it together. It sucks badly because you relize the Truth has been a lie all along. Some people cannot handle leaving they have been very supressed with fear and are inticed with being the only True religion. The sad thing is they do teach some truths and it is deceiving, their target people to bring into the Truth are single women, young people, people that are down and out. They have writen rules, unspoken rules, they bind people with their words, chastise, torchure with fear… for crying out load I was a young girl sitting in meetings with a step mother showing me photos of destruction and people being killed in their publications and was told, my mother and siblings would also be destroyed if they were not witnesses when the time comes. She would also point out scarey faces in the pictures in clouds and within the art work, then when I was outside playing enjoying nature tell me to come here and point to the sky and ask me if I can find any faces in them and laughing I was terrified. The abuse was unreal mentally and physically and it was not only me, this was a shock to hear storys years later that they had the same experiences. They lived their lives in public with other witnesses as if they were living in paradise and Gods chosen people and behind closed door it was a Nazi SS no exaggeration. There were hidden rapes and women and young children were told they did not have a witness so therefore it is not substantiated and they just need to pray. You tell me? How many rapes have witnesses? The people remind me of the movie the body snatchers it they see something or someone doing something the governing body deamed wrong they would go to the elders right away and tell on one another. The people walked around the hall, trained, filling one another out to see what they were up to. It was crazy! There is so much more! They teach the only way to God is through them, if you are not a witness you will not live in the Paradise on earth you will be destroy, there is the ressurection where those that have died and never learned will be awoken and they will have the oppurtunity to learn the truth and if they do not want it they will be put to death. They have a Jewish mentality of being Gods chosen people and honestly they seem to dislike the Jews on a certain silent level yet speak highly at meetings and when they are acting. Many of them pretend they are illuminati and the step monster brags they are part of the Rockefella family. It is a joke. Their minds are trained in these meetings thru marketing, targeting their souls and faith to belive this is the society of truth. They will go to great lengths to protect their soceity and feel it is ok to lie to someone if they are not witnesses, because something good might come from it. It can be dangerous and terrorfying. Even though the bible says Satan is the father of the lie. They are powerless sheep following an organization and are liers. If you are a JW I would love to hear your dispute, I’m aware you are trained how to respond, basically how in sales you are given objection as well are trained on behavior and speach patterns. Do not come at me and speak to me as if I’m a child I’m very aware of that one, they are taught in the minersty school on stage how to manipulate words instead of being straight forward and honest, they practice on one another roll playing constantly. Now that I think of it I went to business school as a child. LOL….

  • WebSurfer

    i guess this list is pretty interesting. cults scare me because a lot of them prey on people who just want to have a purpose in life. not many religions have positive values in them, and if they do then someone of that religion has contradicted the religion at least once in history. although buddhism hasn't(as far as ive known)but im not endorsing buddhism. (no one give me a negative response please, if you dont like it, just tell me what you have to say about it)

    • cris

      I am having a great deal of trouble following your logic – please explain what you mean by "not many religions have positive values in them, and if they do then someone of that religion has contradicted the religion at least once in history." Please use capitalization.

      • Name

        Use caps, come on now?

  • CJHD

    This list excludes the Hare Krishna movement best known as ISKCON which many people say is a cult.I personally think that these people just want to give ISKCON a bad rap.

    • cris

      I love Hare Krishnas…they're the only people besides tourists who will talk to you in NYC – and invite you to dinner! I wonder, though, they must get a lot of homeless people coming to their dinners. Any Hare Krishnas want to respond? I'm really curious and I'm sure you must have some hilarious stories!

  • kabita

    wow great list thanks for posting, i just had to do a world religions project on cults and this site really came in handy, im doing it on aum shinrikyo, but i found myslef reading about all the others cults as well
    great job

  • viki

    What is obvious in cults is dominacy of one man which prefers to present himself as a God. Where there are mind controle and fear,than we can consider some belief as a cult.Where one man wants to overtake role of God there is evil and destruction.This is satanism since their god is Satan who wants to separate men from God.

    • cris

      Jesus got a lot of flak in his day by saying he was the "Son of God". I'm just saying…

  • anonymous

    If SDA is not a cult why are there websites for EX-SDA members?

    http://www.exadventist.com/

    as far as the Waco incident:

    Matthew 7:20 (King James Version)

    20Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

    The Branch Davidians were a branch from SDA or the “fruit” of SDA.

    • cris

      There are websites by ex-christians against christianity too. Just saying….

      Heck, people who hate Miley Cyrus have websites too….does that mean that Miley Cyrus is Satan incarnate?

      Wait a minute….

  • Brocky

    @joe smith (6): Well thats not entirely true. Jehovahs Witnesses are still regarded as christians. But they neither beleive jesus is/was god or died on a cross (rather a stake or upright pole GREEK: Stauros) at all according to the translation of the LXX version of the bible.

  • I. Barreto

    Most of these cults are in it for the business. Even religions are in it for the money. All of these so called gurus, pastors, ministers, representatives of God, etc. make millions of dollars out of the ignorance of people. They know what they want: money and control. They are in it for the profit. Read Osho Rajneesh’s books and you’ll see. It’s like a spiritual Mafia!

  • Ashe

    On Mormonism: I’ve only known one Mormon personally, that I know of. She was my high school debate teacher. One day she warned the whole class that AIDs was transmittable through the air and if we so much as entered a room where an AIDs infected person was we would catch it.

    Also, I once answered the door when some Mormon boys came and extolled the virtues of Satan to them. That didn’t go over very well. >:D (P.S. I don’t worship Satan. I was bored, and opportunity literally came knocking!)

    And that’s all I have to say about LDS.

    On Jehovah’s Witnesses:
    I went to school with a girl who was a JW. She was very nice and quiet. I always felt badly when I thought of how she never got birthday or Xmas presents.

    I also know a guy who lives out of his car in the WM parking lot. He tried to convert me once while I was on a smoke break.

    Another freaky cult to make fun of: The Word of Faith.
    They’re a “church” based in my home county (Rutherford Co. in NC)who have many entertaining rituals, such as:

    “Blasting”: Tying people (mostly children) to chairs and screaming the demons out of them.

    Self induced vomiting, also to release demons. Most of the women sound like they have emphysema from so much purging.

    Signing over all wealth and possessions to the “Church” upon joining.

    Working only in authorized (the makeup counters in Belk’s), or “Church”-owned businesses, such as The Cafe at the Mall.

    Conjugal visits. Married couples live separately in communal housing (“Church” owned). They have to obtain permission from their pastor to have relations.

    Group shopping. (I learned this one while working at Hell-Mart.) Wordy women shop in groups and each individual woman usually shops for several other families, having 3 or more orders paid with different cards, checks, or cash. This one’s not that weird, just annoying.

    Always lookin’ good. Wordy women always look like it’s Easter Sunday. I’m talking hair, makeup, nails, and fancy dresses or pants suits. They’re easy to spot in a county where the unemployment rate is 13% and rising.

    Flocks of kids that are rarely seen in public. Apparently conjugal visits are not that hard to obtain. I met one Wordy Woman at a baby shower who had 8 kids. She brought her oldest (25 years) and youngest (5 years) daughters with her. Until informed otherwise, I thought #8 was #1’s child.

    #8 was extremely well-mannered and adorable. She sang cult songs to my baby for 10 minutes, and was not allowed to run and play with the other little kids.

    Their gift was a gorgeous cherry wood 4-in-1 crib, btw. During the mom-to-be’s first pregnancy, Wordy Woman gave her several large bags of fancy rich people baby clothes, most of which still had the tags on them. Those that had been worn were described as “play clothes”, even though normal people would classify them as “Sunday Best”.

    There are probably plenty of other weird Wordy facts, but it’s 4:00 AM, and I wanna go to bed. For more info, just google ’em.

  • Ashe

    I’m out of bed. Here’s an article: http://www.watchman.org/cults/spindale.htm

  • Breezie

    What about JZ Knight and Ramtha?

  • Bailey

    A new “cult” is http://www.GodSaveMyMarriage.com

    It’s guise is to grab desperate couples (via the internet) in hurting marriages, and the hook line is “Outrageously Happy Marriage”

    This ministry proves that you don’t have to live at a compound, to be a member of a cult. It’s members are all over the United States and they are joined together through weekly hosted national conference calls and the internet. Their leader they pledge allegiance to, lives in the state of Florida.

    The founder Joel Davisson and his wife Kathy, have no accountability whatsoever. No board of directors, or anyone to answer to. His book is self-published and proper legal rights to referencing another ministry in Colorado is questionable. He is also the pastor of his own Independent church….with no affiliation ties or anyone to answer to. Their vision is for couples to move down to Palm Coast and help them with this ministry 24/7, but these couples have to attend their church too. Hum??

    It is suppose to be a Christian ministry, which is what makes this so very scary for new couples. The founder is a genius in how he’s taken the age of “Information” to make it work for him. The spiritual abuse coming out of this place “in the name of God” is horrible.

    Members find out quickly that if they disagree with the founder Joel Davisson and his wife Kathy, they will e-mail male members back with sarcasm, insults, and sometimes cussing at them and/or calling a hurting wife and telling her she has a “Jezebel Spirit.” If you don’t believe “THEIR” way is the only way, you are banned from their forum and you are excommunicated…and the posts that were left, will then be “re-edited” to read as the Founders wish. SCARY!!!! They rule with fear and control.

    “When you have a healed marriage for 10 years like us, then YOU can talk” is a classic statement. They make no bones that this is “their” ministry and “their” forum and they can say and do as they wish. Nobody can argue back with that statement, as obviously, people would never stumble onto their ministry or website if they weren’t having marital difficulties.

    They elevate people to “helper” status on their forum and groom them for leadership in their ministry, to host weekly national conference calls. (Never mind that these couples are not healed themselves.) Divorced females stay there long after a divorce and worship the leader.

    They slowly indoctrinate newcomers into their teachings until these brainwashed members can walk around like robots and no longer think for themselves. They want everyone to read their books, actively post on the forum and become a good member to the ministry, attend their Marriage Intensives, pay monthly fees for mentoring…and the same teachings and “catch” phrases are repeated OVER and OVER and OVER. They use repetition at it’s finest.

    At the end of their Intensive they give homework and ironically, much of the homework cost money and then attendees get passed another piece of paper to sign up for automatic monthly drafts. They get $400.00 from each couple for the Intensive, and they desire to get $100.00 more a month (automatic draft) from each couple that attends for more mentoring.

    It’s members are bitter to the very end. If you or anyone you know has their books or teachings, please get them out before it’s too late!!!

  • Wana Believe

    Did anyone mention Sathya Sai Baba. He’s the guy that materializes Ash and Rings, Watches etc.
    He produces Eggs from his mouth.
    Of course this is all Tricks. He has fooled Thousands of Gullible people. People want to Believe and he provides the Means by Trickery. He is also a know Pedofile and small town Hustler. He can separate your money from yourself.

  • Anon

    There is a new cult.

    The “Animal Protection Party” formerly known as SPEAK Political. They are an animal rights group who beleive that the pharmaceutical are run by aliens or the “unseen”. They advocate bombing and have been taking out rivals such as SHAC with violence, fit ups and informing.

    They are using methods of isolating potential recruits and enemies [who are therefore recruits…] using violence, ridicule, public humiliation, sexual violence etc.

    Their supporters / members have infiltrated organised crime and have recruited drug dealers. In Camden, London UK, one of the groups / group members uses the name “Camden Sanity Brigade”.

    One of their supporters poses next to a sign stating “BOMBERS”. Despite being a”political party” few of them use full or real names. They are behind the anti SHAC blog “SHACWATCH”.

    These people are dangerous are being underestimated.

  • JB

    @Mystern (37):

    Mormons not a cult? After living around Mormons for most of my life, I would say they are very weird. And as far as being a cult, I would say a resounding, yes. Ok, it’s right to do a baptismal for somebody that was not “Right” with the lord. Give me a break! Just look at how the Mormon (or is it morons) have stolen pieces from almost every religion.

    Why do you think Joesph Smith was killed; it was because he revealed Masonic secrets. Which these were integrated into the Mormon religion! Now, look at The Book of Mormon: nearly 25,000 (yes, 25,000) words were plagiarized from the bible. You should also remember that some of Joesph Smith’s original writings were stolen. He told the people that he should rewrite these differently. More BS and lies.

    Also, look at how the Mormons use shame as a way to control. This is a way that cults keep people in line. The other thing is how Mormons don’t believe in the “Cross”, as it symbolizes the suffering of Jesus Christ. I thought that was the point of Christianity! Remembering that Jesus payed for our sins is the key to being a Christian. To deny the “Cross” is not being a Christian.

    I could go on for hours about Mormons, but I hope you get the point.

    JB in Nevada

  • Tiff

    the Roman Catholic Church is NOT a cult! If you truly believe that it is, then WOW! There sure are a lot of them out there!!!! Oh, and I DO believe we have a sacrament called confession where God forgives his sinners….tell me, please, how is that bad? Just because some of you out there don't have any faith you automatically go and group all religions into being a cult. Then you call us hypocrites…well sorry, but everyone makes mistakes and yes some people take it extreme but it doesn't mean that ALL of us are like that! When you do that isn't that being hypocritical on your end by labeling us? THAT'S WHAT I THOUGHT! Know the FACTS and may be go to church before you label people!

    • cris

      http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cult

      Technically, all religions are cults. Being a cult is not a bad thing, it just means you are a believer in something – in your case Jesus Christ. No worries, I love Roman Catholics – went to Catholic school for 13 years and I partially blame my deep faith in God on the many loving mentors I had throughout those years.

    • Name

      Jesus tells you in your bible that no one goes to the father unless they go through me, not a man. I guess that really is a big deal to some people. You don’t have to get soooo angry….! And please don’t think that people do not know the facts. You may be intelligent but so are many on this Blog.

  • Woyzeck Uber Alles

    @Tiff (178):

    In response to most of your comment, look up the definition of cult. That’ll be a real “WOW!” moment for you. Also, why is it a bad thing that God forgives confessors of their sins? Because a loving and merciful God should not have to hear “confessions” in order to not torture people for all eternity. WOW!

  • Garrett

    The words that came out of the mouth of your Creator.
    Matthew 7:13-14
    13″Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

    Matthew 7:21-27
    21″Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ 23Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

    24″Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

    This is what I know to be true. It seems most of the people that have commented on this site are lost. There is one way to be saved and it is by faith alone in Jesus Christ. Turn from sin and believe. The bible says all have sinned and fallen short of Gods standards.I know I have. God is perfect and holy. If you are not perfect than you have fallen short of his Glory. God cannot be with sin and thats what man kind is guilty of. God said the penalty for sin is death (physically and spiritually)You are dead spiritually and thats why you care nothing for God nor understand your sin against him. God is merciful though. Instead of casting us aside into eternal punishment he has given us a second chance. He became a man and lived a perfect sinnless life. Taught us his ways and the truth and laid down his life as a sacrifice for the sin of this world. This was Gods plan so that by this we would not look to our own effort for salvation but to Jesus Christ who is God and who loves us and died for us and rose again. He now sits at the right hand of God awaiting his second coming. Jesus Christ paid the price that was suppose to be placed on us. He was the son of the true God. The son has always existed with God and when he became sin in our place, God the Father poured out his wrath on him. We will never understand all that Jesus truly went through on that cross. It was more than a beating and some nails. Jesus Christ paid the price for your sin. If you reject this payment, there is no other way and if you die this way you will die with your sins unforgiven. Dont be foolish. Stop listening to all the stupid beliefs that make no sense. If you study the Bible you will find it to make total sense and there is history and records to back it all up. No other religion can do this nor do they have a savior. Its your choice though. We have a good God and he wants you to be saved but if you’re so stuck on yourself and your own wisdom that you wont even take the time to read the Bible so you will understand, well then there’s nothing to help you unless God intervenes in your life. Protestant churches are the only ones that have not gone to other beliefs outside the original Holy Bible. Some protestant churches are Baptist, methodist, non-denominational, presbyterian, and there are more. Catholics and Mormons have gone outside of the original bible by adding to it. Sorry if your catholic or Mormon but its true and jesus warned about doing this. Jesus also said that his next coming would be unmistakable and everyone would know. He said that if anyone says here is the Christ or that he has come dont believe them (Matthew 24:23) and Mormons say that he apearded to Joseph Smith. This would contradict the original bible. Joseph was deceived by a fallen angel. The bible says that Satan can apear as an angel of light to decieve (2Corinthians 11:14) So believe in the Original Bible and stop living in the ways of the world. Even if you dont believe just get a bible and check it out. Cry out to Jesus and ask him to help you so you will know the truth. I know how that sounds to someone who doesnt believe but its what I did and God transformed my life. But you have to understand and admit to God that you need his forgivness for your sins and that you accept his Son Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. there are very few real Christians in the U.S. Many say they are but they are not. when God changes you you really change and you desire to follow jesus Christ. It doesnt mean you are perfect but you will desire to turn from all sin. If you claim to be a Christian and you still habitually live in open sin with no brokeness or fear of God because of it, then you have not been born again spiritually, and its because you havent truly made Jesus your Lord. You still want the worlds sinful pleasures instead of following God. At the end of this life nothing you lived for will be worth it if you dont have Christ. Nothing in this world that you loved will be there to save you when you slip into eternity except Jesus. Put your faith in him and follow him…Im done.

    • cris

      Be careful when you say "original bible". Technically, if you are reading a translation then you are not reading the original bible. Even then, the bible is a collection of many different works that were created at different times. That does not make the teachings of the Bible any less powerful or true, I'm just saying that your logic is coming off a little fuzzy.

      Also, Jesus himself said that he had more to reveal several times in the New Testament scriptures.

  • Jeannette

    180 Garrett
    November 24th, 2009 at 10:26 am

    Watching these videos and reading makes me happy to be in your company. Well said. I know I am a sinner. I know I’m saved. I know where I will be after this life is over. To everyone else … Happy Holidays & God Bless all of us. ENJOY LIFE BE KIND TO ALL YOU MEET.

    • cris

      I like you :)

  • poo dog

    LDS = CULT
    Of course people who are in a cult don’t know that they belong to a cult. That’s what makes it a cult.

  • ritareplies

    I have read about 80 percent of the comments on this topic
    of “cults” and can see that a lot of people are confused
    as to “what a cult is”. The definition of a cult is: Any
    organized religion that bases its teachings on anything
    other than God’s word, The Holy Bible. Ex: Mormans; Seventh Day Adventists; Jehovahs Witnesses; Catholics etc.
    THERE IS NOTHING IN THE BIBLE ITSELF THAT SUBSTANTIATES THEIR RELIGIOUS TEACHINGS IN THEIR “OTHER” BOOKS THAT THEY REFER TO ALONG WITH THE BIBLE. The bible says, do not add or take away from the scriptures and the bible is also clear about how Jesus felt about organized religion and about false prophets. It doesn’t mention David Koresh, Moses David, L. Ron Hubbard or from over 100 years ago Ellen G. White to name only a few cults a/o false prophets. Christianity is not a religion. Jesus only asks us for personal relationship with him and to love others and to spread his good news.

    • cris

      No, that is not the definition of a cult.

      This is the definition of a cult: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cult

      Has nothing to do whether or not a religion is CHRISTIAN. In Japan, Christianity is considered cultish and weird. Whereas in Christian America, we regard Shinto as cultish and weird. In fact…technically speaking…both are.

      Also…technically the Catholic Church first put together the main cannon of the Bible…than hundreds of years AFTERWORD, Martin Luther removed some books of the Bible. The first bishops were some of the same people that Paul wrote to in the New Testament epistles – if you are against the Catholics, you are technically against those same people who wrote the words that you are using to support your argument. Be careful about the logic you are using – it is unfounded.

  • Michael R.

    I was randomly listening to tool while reading this and the song The Pot came up and hearing it(mainly the part where it goes you lie alow your mirrors show me the difference) made the contexts of the song click for me more then previously which i mention because the song deals with these things.

  • MJKsFan

    Michael R (184): The lyrics are “Liar… lawyer… mirror show me, what’s the difference…”

  • nice

    i like tool

  • Celeste

    This was extremely interesting.. Thank you.

    As a Christian I find it so heart breaking to see so many people suffer/die all in the name of “God”.

    When i was a child and my father was still living with us we were being brought up as Christadelphians. I have since heard that they are looked upon as a cult. Do you have any information on them?

  • cynix

    WRONG PHOTO about the order of the solar temple. You posted a photo of Luc Jouret, not Di Mambro!

  • brandojoe

    Your mom’s a cult

  • Dragonfly

    I thought this was a very interesting piece. Although it did leave out quite a few cults. I have stumbled across many of these lists and they all have a different opinion of who the top ten were. As far as the debate as to weather or not Mormonism is a cult I believe the following.
    1. Absolutley
    2. They are not alone, all those who claim that the world was created in 7 days and poof there was Adam and eve standing in a magic garden with a talking snake is clearly BRAIN WASHED!
    3. All organized religion in any form or fashion is by definition a CULT! thanks for reading. Fossil.

    • Who Made Dem Fossil?

      Ok, let’s get a few things straight. The world wasn’t created in 7 days. It was created in 6. Adam and Eve were not created by a poof, they were made from the dust, which fits in accordance with your beliefs as well remember. Before there was life on earth, there was abiotic matter, so at some point this abiotic matter must have become living. Explain to me how non-living matter can become living matter without a life-giver? The garden was not magic, and there is nothing in the Bible to suggest it was. There was no talking snake, remember the devil can take many forms. Not all organised religion is a cult, there are lots of religions with just as much freedom of choice as in the secular world. Peace out Fossil!

      • Name

        I think religion was created by the Elite for entertainment lol… see above comment. I’ve had no sleep sorry:)

  • climber88

    I know everyone has talked about Mormonism a lot but I thought I’d have my say because I was born, raised, baptised, and married in the LDS church and after really extensive research, I have left it.

    Mormonism is a cult.

    For those of you who are Mormon who disagree with me, think about it. Would any member of any of the above cults admit that they are in a cult? No, they wouldn’t.

    If you say that Mormonism isn’t harmful, you are also wrong.
    What keeps Mormonism going so strong is the fact that they keep their members in the dark. Mormonism, has an ugly history that the majority of Mormons don’t even know about. Joseph (the founder of Mormonism) was not the innocent guy that the LDS church makes him out to be. Joseph Smith did not die as a martyr, but in a gun battle in which he fired a number of shots. He was in jail at the time, under arrest for having ordered the destruction of a Nauvoo newspaper which dared to printed a true exposure of his secret sexual liaisons. (some of which were with 14 year old girls!) At that time he had announced his candidacy for the presidency of the United States, set up a secret government, and secretly had himself crowned “King of the Kingdom of God.” All that sounds a lot like a cult leader to me. The whole church has a history of murder and lies.

    I left after I went through the secret temple ceremony. Which back in the 80’s included “death oaths” if you were to reveal the secret passwords and hand signals you learned.
    Mormon’s do believe in magic underwhere (I even wore them for a few months) they just call them “sacred” not “magical.” They believe they are protected while wearing them.

    I believe the biggest thing that makes mormon’s a cult is the temple. You are not allowed in unless you pay 10% of your money, obey all the rules (such as no drinking coffee) and if you are wearing your special underwear. Family members are not even allowed to watch other family members get married if you are under 18, not a member, or if you aren’t living by the codes I listed above. If yo usay Mormonism doesn’t hurt, you are wrong, this hurts MANY families. I wasn’t even allowed to see my own brothers wedding because I refused to wear the underwear.
    Since I have left the church my husband has left me and many friends wont even speak to me. I know many ex-mormons who have had a lot of stuggles in their lives due to leaving the church.
    It’s a cult people.

    For more info on Mormonism go here:
    http://www.exmormon.org/tract2.htm

  • myluckiday

    FYI.. If someone reads and believes in the Bible, it does NOT mean that THEY belong to a cult. it means that they are simply smarter than all you unbelievers. A cult is anyone who believes anything contrary to what the Bible teaches. All these people who are invovled in cults claim to be of the Bible but if you were to read it then you would know two things..1) they're wrong and are not of the Bible and 2) you wuld know your Savior and not be polluted by this world's sinful mindframe. As a firm believer In Jesus Christ the Almighty God who was, and is, and is to come, i can say that it will postively be hell for you when you die if you hold firm to your belief that true Biblical Christains are a cult.

    • cris

      Unfortunately, you are arguing on syntax. Here is the technical definition of a cult. It is not religion specific -i.e. it does not refer to whether or not something is "Christian". Be careful.
      http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cult

    • Name

      This is a completely untrue statement. Not all translations are the same and believe there are many cults that use Gods Word and distort it, don’t be another statistic like many of us and be fooled thinking what you just said there.

  • myluckiday

    to climber 88: i am so glad to hear you were able to escape the cult. you are so brave and strong and dont let anyone tell you otherwise. may God (not the false god of the mormons, rather the True God that you can always go to in prayer and find comfort in by reading a Bible) continue to guide you in all you do! :)

  • myluckiday

    to Garret and alutheran and all others who stood up for their faith:
    See ya in eternity praising God ALmighty! :D

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  • I think a cult can be defined on the basis of the level of control it exerts on the individual member and its level of openness towards the rest of society. I would not call a mainstream church a cult because this would destroy a useful distinction between open and free religious groups and religious groups that are closed and exploitative. Some mainstream congregations may exhibit cult-like tendencies without being cults in the proper sense of the word.

  • nicoleredz3

    One word: Disgusting.

    But, informative. Cool list…

  • trentcook

    Why Are They All Churches.? And That Junk Are There Not Cults That Have Nothing To Do With A Church, Honestly Religion Is Not Really The Type Of Cults I Care About.! Just Saying

  • bassbait

    I'm serious when I say that Atheism is a cult as well, as well as Agnosticism. If you have a set of beliefs, and someone else has the same, you are in a cult, regardless. The reason why is because Cults are just groups of people that believe something that is considered strange by others. So saying "Islam and Christianity are cults" is a cult thing to say, because people who don't believe that will probably consider it strange. Cults must be defined by their harmfulness. Christianity is not harmful, regardless of what you say. Christianity wasn't the cause of the harm, but the rationalization for the harm. It's just as the KKK blames Black people on their problems, and just as you doing bad at something makes you blame other objects or people (a carpenter blaming his shoddy tools). Scientology, however, takes this dangerous act of murder a step further. They actually believe in the freedom to kill members, and to go on the offensive against claims about their church. And same with the Manson Family. There is a death toll to the Manson Family, which is caused by the beliefs of the Manson family. The Bible doesn't say "go kill the nonbelievers", but REAL cults do. Of course, if someone starts a cult in which they use the bible as a weapon, that is much different then, say, the spanish inquisition. The reason being because they based their beliefs around the harm that they cause. Christianity wasn't made to harm people, that was just the effect. The harm is the CAUSE in cults.

  • Anonymous

    I was a Jehovah's Witness for most of my life. However, I didn't find them to be a cult at all. They are caring people who genuinely believe they are doing what God commanded them. Why is that any different than other devout religious groups? A cult is generally a small group of people who follow the teachings of one leader. Jehovah's Witnesses believe the exact same thing, worldwide. However, there is no one head of a church that brainwashes people in to believing things. Tithes are not required. All donations are voluntary. Neither are people paid for services. Yes, some of their beliefs are very different from mainstream Christianity, however, they do belief in the sacrifice of Jesus for the forgiveness of sins. They're ultimately a Christian religion. The 18 years I spent being raised as a Witness gave me a good background to love all, not judge, and to be honest. Where are the harmful cultish teachings in that? The only problem I had was the belief that all other religions were false, which is something most organized religions teach, and the reason why I have issues with most organized religions. Please do research before labeling a worldwide religion as a cult.

    • annous

      i to was jw and it is a cult because of the watchtower society

      • Name

        Sweetie, i don’t think you were once a Jehovah’s witness or else, you would not make such a stupid comment by saying “it is a cult because of the watchtower society”. You must be delusional. Such Nonsense!!!

        • Name

          A stupid comment? Oh yes they teach you to bully people when someone disagrees, well you are not in the kindom hall sweety you are in the real world, just more proof that the witnesses are manipulating. Such Nonsense? Did a strong sister teach you that line? Word for word and mannorisms and speach tone of voice too, come on!Matthew 7:20 (King James Version) Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Let me ask you, are you stupid? Are you engulfed by the organizations MARKETING and fear, so much fear that you much be abusive to your sister to save her or bring her back from a terrible mistake? (Cult) Or is this the only thing you know and you feel other people are sub-human because they are not witnesses. Hauty… pft. The whole thing is a mindtrip! Wake UP!!! I’ve spoken with three professionals, doctors that have explained exactly your mentality and the dangerous of you society (Regime). Your secrets are out! Delusional are the beliefs that you know more then the rest of the people on this planet. I will say the bible does say Matthew 7:20 (King James Version) “Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.” No sales magic is going to hide who you really are for long the truth is always revealed! Nice Christian attitude by the way (Yes I know all your tricks and they are not good)!I hope you truly do wake up and have a change of heart. Something to think about who do you really put first God, or the Society? Would you lie to protect your brother, do you think it is ok to lie to none Witnesses? Your not even the Lost Tribe of Dan! I think you are a witnesses that knows it’s not the truth and has grasped the evil. Good luck, may God free your soul from the bondage that has been placed on you, if you are not a demon.

    • shalonda

      So true!!!

    • Name

      This is only half of the truth which makes being a witness tolerable, knowing truths and pasify it to make it ok. I was a witness for many years and many of my family members including my father and step mother and many siblings were and are as well. I’m sorry to say this and I’m not trying to be offensive but I’m going to be straight with you. You are either very naive or the wool has been pulled over your eyes. There are many caring people in the organization but they are being mislead. Many know this and will tell you “It’s a good way of life” As witnesses you are taught manipulation on how to handle a sale. You are sales people working for an organization that tells you (1 cult red flag) you are the only true religion, Gods chosen people. Side note there are many Jewish traditions that have been adopted by the organization. Since I was a small child I was told all those turning away the Witnesses are turning away the one true God and they will surely die! I think you are being very kind and sweet or are you being condensending? Your statement: A cult is generally a small group of people who follow the teachings of one leader. JW’s believe that the holy spirit sends down information directly to the Governing Body and they are the ones that hand that info to the congragtion. Do you dispute that? The group of men in New York are a direct channel with Jehovah? Does being told there is a special assemble or new light has come to the Governing Body there will be a special anouncement ring a bell? It is a cult. They do not go from door to door telling people that Jesus is the only way to the father, (Here is the trick) They believe Jesus is Gods son but was the Arc Angel Michael not God himself or not much more important then the angels. They down play his roll and you know this is the truth they suppliment themself in Jesus place. Why would you not go door to door and tell people right off the bat what guidelines and writen rules, unwriten rules, unspoken rules you follow. I know them! I know it is emphasized daily the progress of your witnessing and it is a worldwide religion but there are many other worldwide cults and religion that doesn’t make them special. “The only problem you have” is in fact a huge issue “the truth is the truth and that is not the truth. If you have been a witness as long as you say and you have not stopped to think of the importance of that you are being directed and lead astay. You cannot let others think for you that is not going to cut it when it comes down to excuses when meeting you maker. I do know it is a very scary situation when you are a witness for so long and are use to having an organization run your life and make it appear you are in control. You know you are not. The fear of being told there is nothing out there for you outside of the kindom hall that you are bound to have very bad things happen to you living in the world that witnesses are protected by Jehovah. That you will positively die! You will not because God does not leave you when you walk away from an Organization. It is a cult! Tell me about 1914? As long as I can remember Armagadom was right around the corner. That fear keeps you there and the hope for being the only people to live in a Paradise on earth gives you something to look forward to. It’s a cult. Please do some honest research on the origins of this and other religions. Galatians 1:8 But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned! Ephesians 6:12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
      2 Corinthians 11:14 And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.; It is most devasting to be mislead and abused and to be manipulated with the truth. There is hope of happiness and a happy future with God outside of that darkness. Also I know you are told not to do research outside of the organizations publication so that right there is mind control and brainwashing and is not far off from Hitler wanting to burn books. You are living in a Regime and you have your whole life, you don’t know any different. Donations are voluntary by at meeting if the bills are short the scripture inregards to giving a percentage of your earnning to the church is read, it is enforced that it is biblical and they would like you to do what you can to donate(Very suttle manipulations are used. I am not an apostate! I believe in God YWHW and his son Jesus. Apostate is only another way of installing fear and have you not listen to anyone dispute anything handed down as truth by the Governing Body. There are so many circles, much psychological usage, study the brain and psychology. Pray to God to dirrect you not through the church but through Jesus. The ego and pride of being the only true religion is not going to allow you to live a full life and your soul should not be left in the hands of any man.

  • Hattie Davies

    What does anyone know about the cult of Human Development. This advocates no longer sleeping with your loved partner to give yourself space, making all your decisions based on what makes solely YOU happy and to hell with everyone you hurt. Comments welcome by anyone connected with this wicked path. I am losing a friend to it.

  • Nat

    Hi, I have heard the United Pentecostal Church is a cult.. Is that so?

    • ANNOUS

      nat no it isnt a cult pentecostals are the people of GOD the true people of jesus the ones that have the holy ghost that is the spiritof GOD

  • Erica

    I stumbled upon your post while searching for info on the fastest growing cults in America. I thought this other site might offer folks insight into what a cult actually is and is not: http://www.culthelp.info/index.php?option=com_con… Anyhow, thanks for your interesting work!

  • BreakerofEvil

    So, You wanna talk cults.. this is the mother of all wicked satanic cults….Illuminati………Scientology……Masonics
    In that order some googling….How about Rothschilds ???….How about children being tortured as young as 3 months old.

  • cris

    Hey wait, I'm a Moonie. To all you haters out there, who picked on me in middle school because I didn't date because I was going to have an arranged marriage, I've got three words for you…

    We're number one!
    We're number one!

    (O, and my husband is REALLY HOT and arranged marriage sex is AWESOME – I win!).

  • bill wilson

    Go to any library, find the section on cults, and you will find AA mentioned in almost every book. Why? See http://www.orange-papers.org

  • Zoe

    I’m a christian (penticostial or also known as assemblies of god)
    I’ve been to many diffent churchs of many religions/beliefs for my own “Research” since i have a interst in “cults” abnormal psychology and The most evil.
    In my oppinion, dont rely your research on just the articles/books you read, go out and find your own thoughts on beliefs..

    Unfortunetly in my own experiance i have been to many other christian churchs and have found them to be “cult like” it is not what is based in the bible but how they exercise the word. Some churches change the meaning of chapters some focus mainly on one part of the bible some even change 80% and still call themselves christians, then doing something that lands on the headlines and gives actual christians a bad name.

    I believe, if you dont belive in the bible 100% and equaly then your not a christian.

    it also states in the bible that wwe must not follow religion. And it is said that Cult means religion then that obiously shows to the dumbest of person that christianty is not a cult.

    • Jay

      Believing in the Bible 100% and equally is difficult. It's hard to find good show bread these days. Also you have to be careful when murdering witches. A lot of people frown on that these days.

  • KennedyC

    People are stupid. Regarding comments on Mormonism: If you don’t know of what you speak, don’t speak at all.

  • Albert

    Call me a troll, but wasn't the Manson family a commune of sorts? I mean, the 60's was pretty much people getting together in radical free harmony, but these guys just joined up over a bunch of drugs, went nuts, and killed a few people in the process of the group getting too big for their britches.

  • Jay

    Yes, I think the Manson Family would definitely qualify as a commune, Albert.

  • Robin Jackson

    Jehovah’s Witnesses should rank up there with the top ten.As a former member I have witnessed and experienced their destructive teachings and influences first hand. They have caused countless and needless deaths of their members due to their blood transfusion policy.
    http://robinjackson.co.za

    • Name

      Amen!

  • Ruru

    after all is said and done Jesus warned us about judging others. My advice to all of you will be to pray for our families and friends, that we may all be saved come judgement day, remember we are not perfect but we all trying our best to please the Lord. Let us pray that the truth be revealed to all of us, Catholics, Methodists, Anglicans, SDAs, Witnesses, Branhamites etc.

    The end is near so lets focus on pleasing our Creator and pray for one another.

    May the peace of our Lord which passes all understanding be with u all and with the world as a whole

    • annous

      Ruru i like not judging others too hope you have the HOLY GHOST to make heaven our home there is nothing but religion on this earth we need salvation

  • me

    I just want to say. Done excellently! I was born and raised Catholic; so brainwashed it had taken a terrible tole on me and my life for many years; was married to a very abusive man; even had his four children who I love very much. The priests and nuns would tell me “this is the cross you have to carry”; almost died from him choking me. Finally, I couldn’t underdstand—a new priest in our church said “it’s time now” I asked time for what? He said if you don’t get a divorce now you’re going to get killed by him, and who will take care of your 4 children???? I was that brain washed that it I ALMOST DIDN’T BELIEVE WHAT HE SAID…….IT’S BEEN AWFUL HARD-getting un-brainwashed, and it’s been 20 years now, and still some of the “old” deceptive thoughts still pop up, but I know better now. I certainly can understand how some of these people that join these cults sure can get messed up.******HAS ANYONE HEARD OF “NOW” ? PLEASE LET ME KNOW, as my daughter has been talking to me quite strange, and that she lives for now; not yesteray, or tomorrow. I hope she is not in a cult. She lives in California……Thank you!

  • Non Robot of Society

    Just because a religion is strange or unordinary doesnt mean its a cult. Christianity should not even be mentioned. If you believe its a cult you must be out of your mind. That is the only God based religion that actually makes sense. Maybe you all should quit being so closed minded.

  • Que

    Jehovah's Witnesses don't belong as an exclusion. Cults are defined as groups that have a man as leader controlling every aspect of their lives living in secluded area away from public scrutiny. You can go anywhere in the world and find a Kingdom Hall close to where you live. Witnesses base their beliefs on the bible. They are the most peaceful people I have ever met most public officials will tell you that and they are wonderful friends. And they have helped doctors see the need for bloodless surgeries. They are teaching bible based truths in mostly every land in the earth. Not qualifications as a cult sorry.

    • Name

      you couldnt have said that any better.

    • Name

      Explain this “belong as an exclusion” The Governing Body control the congragtions world wide…. and yes they are a cult.

  • Diva

    Is there any films which show how cults work?

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  • Amelia

    question:
    under Aum Shinrikyo it said that his group “gained the official status as a religious organization in 1989.” how does that work? who is it that says what is official and what is not?

  • sebastian

    I’m interested in finding out more about cult in the world what is it about the pirates of the Caribbean?

  • snozza

    I am amazed that the biggest and most dangerous godgobbers cult in the history of Planet Ours is not heading this list.

    I am talking about the brutally sick cult of catholicism.

  • snozza

    It’s a pity that all godgobbers aren’t on the endangered and near extinct list.

    Especially the filthy cult of catholicism

  • Reggie

    The Seventh Day Adventist Church is far from being a cult. They have over 16 million adherants from all across the globe and hundreds of hospitals, schools and universities. They are very well spoken on social issues, and are strong advocates for healthy diets. I don’t understand how they could be labled a cult, when people are given as much free will within the denomination as any other. The elders and church leaders are voted on democratically. No cult here, I’m afraid.

    • mar(akamom)

      I agree. I’ve been an SDA since 1972. I’ve studied the Bible and seen that the SDA belief system is very harmonious with what the Bible teaches. But I’ve also seen that people are just people, and make plenty of mistakes. Many times in the name of religion. People give up any faith they may have because they watch other people’s mistakes, and then they think religion doesn’t work, or is a farce. But their becoming agnostics or atheists is their choice.

      That’s one thing that may not have been mentioned here. Everyone is born with the freedom of choice. As we grow up, our lives are bombarded with all kinds of mental and emotional garbage. Whether it’s from men manipulated by evil forces, or direct assaults from the enemy of all mankind (Lucifer, alias Satan, alias the devil, alias the dragon). We choose what we’re going to believe. Yes, I believe Satan is for real. That he’s manipulated his way into our lives, our religions.

      In spite of that, God has kept the Bible from being entirely disregarded and destroyed. It is the roadmap to get safely through this life; through this maze to eternal life. And Jesus is the way; there is no other way. Let the Bible explain itself. Study with prayer. If you don’t know God, trust that He exists and He will increase your faith. The old testament tells of the impending first advent of Jesus, the Redeemer and Lamb of God. The ceremonial laws pointed to Him, the true sacrificial Lamb, and therefore they ended at the cross. The new testament points to His second coming. We observe the 10 commandments which were not “nailed to the cross” as many believe, because they are a transcript (written by God’s own finger on tables of stone) of His character.

      We can’t keep the 10 commandments without faith, which God gives to us through prayer and trust in Him. He is preparing a people to survive this world that Satan is in the process of destroying. They are not going to survive by violence, suicide, murders, hate, blaming, accusations, or any of the methods that these cults and/or cultish leaders harbor. Satan has mixed a lot of good with just enough evil to make the blend tasteful, but it’s still deadly. He claims ownership of mankind; wanted to usurp God’s authority in heaven, and still wanting God’s throne now.

      Our only Hope is to hang on to God for the length of the ride. It’s going to get rocky. :)

  • michele

    I think you people are all crazy. Nobody knows which religion is correct. One thing we all agree on is that there is a higher being. We need to focus on kindness for all of mankind. That would be the general Christian way.

  • Ramel Carumba

    Did you know that Christianity started as a cult? and all other religions?

    The word cult pejoratively refers to a group whose beliefs or practices are considered abnormal or bizarre

    “…if you believe in it, it is a religion or perhaps ‘the’ religion;
    and if you do not care one way or another about it, it is a sect;
    but if you fear and hate it, it is a cult.” Leo Pfeffer. A humorous quotation, but one that is uncomfortably close to reality.

    Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Article 18)
    UN Article 18. – Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.

  • Aliyu

    pls i want to know about the permasonic & how 2 them

  • blabberball

    me likey

  • Jessica

    Religion/Cults lead to death and destruction. Just sayin.

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  • John

    You name all the Cults except the biggest one Roman Catholism why did you leave it out?

  • sipho jacobs ka khumalo

    Perhaps the Jum Jones mass murder, followed by the Fulon Gong cult subway killings in Tokyo were the most bizarre and brutal.

    Again, this goes to show how Christianisty has messed people’s brains up because of the very base and liquid manner in which it has been presented to society as a religion.

    I think it is time that this (christian aspect of) faith which is rampant and dominant in the minds of people with weak moral and religious convtions is tackled differently in its presentation.

    SjK

    • Name

      As a Jehovah’s Witnesses at a young age until present through family I’m told that if witnesses are to be put in concentration camps to go willingly. Older people bragged and joked they were ancestors of Rockefeller and Rothschild and that they are illuminati. They are pawns. It is very sad.

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  • nunya

    you missed ISLAM, that is a nothing more than a death cult full of hatred and murder, as well as justifying rape, paedophilia, inbreeding and corruption, dont believe me? go read the koran

  • jim

    There are many more popping up all over the place. But one that I got caught up in is called “Fusion.” There main base of operations is located in Tasmania (Australia). They teach one in thing there training, but when it comes to practices it is something very different. Be warned, stay away from these people. They also have bases all over Australia and round the world.

    • Bill

      Fusion is a CULT!!!!!
      Fusion Australia is a CULT!!!!!!

  • Roland47

    Mormonism (The Cult of Joseph Smith) should be on this list too.

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  • Semi

    i dont know how you come to believe in all this shit

  • Unrendundus

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  • Cass

    Yah some of the people are. Some of them. I am not- and I am a Christian. You may have forgotten that there are a lot of people out there who are terrible, and are not Christians.
    JUST SO YOU KNOW, just because the people are dicks, doesn’t mean that the whole religion is. DUH. Especially Christianity- alot of Christians out there are mean, judgemental, etc. But the whole meaning and message of Christianity is to love everyone as you would yourself. So before you go and knock another person’s faith, please remember that your limited amount of knowlege can be snapped in half quite quickly.

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  • nino

    pls i we like to join the most powerful cult in the world i like dem

  • blabbatcrycle

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  • jimmy

    i want to join a cult or start a new branch in mansons name

    • Name

      You should be locked up for the betterment of society.

  • jimmy

    i miss you daddy manson

  • What the?

    Not wishing to make a statement, but those with interest in cults may do well to research A.A.
    Do or do not, up to you.

  • PC

    in the section about the order of the solar temple, you have the picture labelled as joseph di mambro, when actually it’s luc jouret. just thought id point that out.

  • kwg

    Well, I guess if you’re going to go by the bastardized definition of cult, the list is interesting. Glad to see it wasn’t entirely focused on christianity-based groups.

  • Name

    Jehovah’s Witnesses should be at the top of the list! They are a terror based religion that claims to be the one and only true religion. It is a very damaging cult! They may appear to just be a little annoying knocking on the door unexpected but it is much darker and deeper than that. I lived it!

    • Ryan

      You’re also describing mohummadism.

  • JimABD

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  • Patrickm

    what about the thuggee cult?

  • vincent

    its funny… there are 2 kinds of people in this world. leaders and followers. the weak and stidpid peple who dont have brain and listens to what people tell them (brainwash), use your logic. U rather be a leader in life and lead your ownself.
    Religion is the cause of all this. Please Visit. http://www.godisimaginary.com < this site will help you turn yourself into a leader.

  • Ryan

    I live near a Raelian. He’s a charlatan, a hukster and a slave. He’s also bald. He probably has no penis.

  • qreformaf43

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  • Roze

    Why do I not see Yahweh bin Yahweh on this list?

  • Gina

    Is the church of Jesus Christ and Latter Day Saint a cult? Can you tell me more information about this church? This is my email adress:[email protected]

  • Reid

    All of these people are real butt heads. super werid people

  • Sandy

    I just found this new book – it’s fiction but it seems like a pretty accurate view of a cult

    http://alturl.com/xja5p

  • Freedom

    It can be crazy as long as it is the social norm.

  • Name

    i haz nothing else to say http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3E-khYKXMhw trololol must watch it

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  • Hazman

    What about freemasonry ?

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  • Nona

    Clearly you do not believe in documented materials that attest to Christ being here on earth. When people believe in everything from Crystals to Psychology what does it matter if someone is willing to believe in Jesus Christ and truly understand that his message is one of loving one another? Maybe the evil and ugliness in this world is the only thing people can believe in. For all the education and freedom, things have not gotten better but worse. I’d rather have the hope, joy and love of Jesus Christ than all the other things that are available.

  • Juliann Gorzynski

    There are some interesting points in time in that article but I don’t know if I see all of them middle to heart. There is some validness but I will take hold judgment until I look into it further. Good clause, thanks and we want more! Added to FeedBurner likewise.

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  • Gail

    Question: Have you heard of the Concordant Literal Translation of the Bible? Is it cultish?

  • Gopher

    THERE ARE 12 TOTAL INCLUDING THE PHILIPPINE IGLESIA NI CRISTO (CHURCH OF CHRIST) OF FELIX MANALO, WHO CLAIMED TO BE THE MESSENGER OF GOD, AN ANGEL COMING FROM THE EAST, CLAIMED TO BE THE BIRD OF PREY, AND APOLLO QUIBOLOY IN MINDANAO SOUTHERN PHILIPPINES WHO CLAIMED TO BE THE ONLY SON OF GOD…

  • Travis Murphy

    The catholics should be at the top of the list, after all they where the first “religion” started by Satan. They clam to be Christians, they are the most deceitful people out there. Any Catholics have an opinion?

  • joedrywall

    I think the most telling sign that an organization is a cult is by its means of indoctrinating its members into really believing things that are false.

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    neeee

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  • jonathan

    repent to christ….coz HE will save every1 from hell….enough with the complains, dont follow your own heart….and repent and honor christ for He has died for us all, satan is lying to every1, he will take evrything away from you, he will kill children…he will tell people to sell there souls and to give them everything but in the end satan will torcher you and kill your family….ONLY CHRIST WILL SAVE US>>>REPENT REPENT for the day of the coming of the Lord is near., 2000 yrs ago wassnt a joke it is real…theres not much time left…the Lord is coming and will judge all!!

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  • Rocky

    Baptist / Southern Baptist are CULT!!!

    • reasoningdoubt

      Yes, I agree. They have damned me to hell several times, and I do not even attend their church. I am a deist. I do not attend any church.

  • tessa shaw

    When you are born again are you a true christian ther are those who go about in sheeps clothing seeking whom they may devour those people are of the devil and not born again children of the true GOD JESUS CHRIST search out the truth for your selfs and youll see. JESUS is my LORD GOD

  • ANL

    the church of christian science should be on this list….its some crazy shit!!!

  • kamjosky

    I would like to see some more recently started cults, like Eric Pepin’s Higher Balance Institute. No matter what anybody says, that is a cult and he is a monster. I lost one of my best friends to the cult. He certainly didn’t invent half of the meditative practices he builds his cult around. The real gold, as with all cult leaders, is the power he exudes over others.

  • Uncle Ronnie

    Enter your comment here. And how aboot those who are NOT In Christ Jesus. Etnerity is a long time to be mistaken. YUP Christians were not choosen because they were/are good or even truthful… He did it own His own for His own good pleasure… no one is able to bost… not even you my friend. He makes change within each of who He has Elected before the foundation of the earth. Does this help???

  • wow

    wow some peoples ignorance never ceases to amaze me.

  • Preacher Of The Gospel

    You forgot Catholic.

  • stef

    anyone considered about what we drink and what is in our water supply accordingly it is flouride which has an effect on our brain look it up research ha shown someone that has drank it for many years and someone who has only drank distilled water i no to you lot it might mean nothing but maybe every single one of us is a victim there are all these beliefs and religiouse things that we soo called believe in when realistically its all bollox only the small minded and those that dont have any self worth would proudly put themselves in a category …. im not in any category other than me myself and i, i do things for myself nowone else …. we was all put here to choose our beliefs and religiouse views and now we can all see whats happening atheists like myself cant stand those that are relgiouse and the religiouse cant stand those that dont have anything to believe in soo eventually there will be a war over beliefs just like it happened thousands of years ago its a viciouse circle if anything people should stick together and fight those that are killing our troops nothing fighting our own english or american good people….. ohh and as for those people that stand in a church and shout gods name i.e preachers they seemingly have alot of money dont they… hmm yes i wonder why instead of helping the poor they would rather take there money any donations accepted and they believe they can heal people if thats the case then they would all be hired and sent to afghanistan to heal our troops…. so fucking do one you lying scum !!!!!!!

  • stef

    bible is years old and has been re- written probably over and over and over again soo how can anyone believe it seriouse questions and want a seriouse answer please !!

  • PRO

    These people are using the name of Religion and God for their own benefits. I don’t blame any religions, just the people who use that as a base for this crap above… Cults should be destroyed, just about all cult leaders have a messed up background and there is no real depth in what they say…

  • Concerned about the legitimacy of these assessments

    Maybe you just get your information from Wikipedia, but your articles are just perpetuating stereotypes about Unificationists. There are second and third generation children who are not raised in the church and choose to freely study the theology, no brainwashing just intellectual study. Reverend Moon encourages everyone to study other religions and attend other churches, and his own son and future successor even became Buddhist for a time. He also encourages people to reconcile with their families, not to convert them, but to create an ideal family- kind of goes against the “isolating college students form their families” claim. Families who disagree with their childrens’ choices are pretty condemning about their reasons why, fueling other parents’ accusations of brainwashing. In fact, the only people doing the brainwashing now are “deprogrammers” in Japan who are paid by disgruntled Unificationists’ families who torture and starve them to try and “deprogram” their brainwashing. http://stopjapanabductions.org/
    As for the “six virgins,” the book was retracted for a reason. If it was really true she would never have rejoined a church whose leader did that while at the same time teaching about abstinence until marriage. It is very easy to accuse a leader or a religion of inappropriate behavior when you are bitter or resentful. As for the comments about your appalling ignorance because “these cults have nothing to do with Christianity,” Unificationism is a form of Christianity. Despite many people’s bitter disagreement, it is. Unificationists believe in the Fall and other Biblical stories, abstinence is stressed very highly, conservative family values are the norm, and the success rate of the marriages are about 83%… much higher than the national average. The biggest “non-christian” things that Unificationists believe in are Evolution and that Jesus was not a God, highly opposed Christian teachings yet many Christians actually believe in evolution and struggle to explain it. Not only that, the belief that Jesus was a man and that there was not immaculate conception are also explained in the Divine Principle, another thing many Christians struggle to explain. Unificationists believe that the universe operates according to scientific laws that God created. Before condemning something you do not understand, study it. In fact, the more you disagree with something the more you should study it so as to know what you do not agree with it rather than blindly oppose it because of hearsay or ignorance.

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    Yep lols here entered and shared… are we to take some with a grain of salt… or take all serious. Boy “truly awful, awful people” does decribe us… for 40+ years I lived in my life of addiction/self medicating… then someone did things for me I could never do -or- want to do for myself. More than awful… bad of the bad… just awk those I worked my addiction/self medicating life with. YEP… a lot to [email protected] in deed. Never have I found ingorance to be the best way, for me, to live… it took so many years and by the grace of God to come to ubderstand. I do wish you all well… for each there is either Hell or Jesus… make your own choice. Uncle Ronnie In Christ Jesus

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    There is a so called church in Michigan called the Church of God. The minister is an admitted murderer and decided to become a pastor while serving time in prison. He somehow brainwashes and convinces sick parishoners to kill themselves and give all their money to the church. This is an evil organization. They killed my brother after he mistook the church for a church and not a cult. His wife was a cult member and would not buy his medication and would not allow him to seek treatment. Her name is Shanaynay and I believe she has killed before.

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    don’t for get the Catholic church is an evil cult if you study your history you will find they killed more true bible believing Christians then any other evil cult like the Islam true Christians believe that if a person rejects Gods WORD IN THE BIBLE THEN JUST WIPE THE DUST OF YOUR FEET AND MOVE ON AND LET GOD DEAL WITH THEM but Islam says if they reject moohamad and the Koran that in the last days the rocks will say there is a Jew or infidel hiding here come and kill him (Yusuf Ali excepted English translation) and just as we speak this is going on in Muslim country where they are a majority news just in from syria Iraq Libya Christians are been raped and murder for there faith . The catholic would like to do the same but they are worried that it would back fire for them if they went back to their old ways of doing away with any christian who believe in the bible and not in the organised religion like there’s.

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    Enter ydon’t for get the Catholic church is an evil cult if you study your history you will find they killed more true bible believing Christians then any other evil cult like the Islam true Christians believe that if a person rejects Gods WORD IN THE BIBLE THEN JUST WIPE THE DUST OF YOUR FEET AND MOVE ON AND LET GOD DEAL WITH THEM but Islam says if they reject moohamad and the Koran that in the last days the rocks will say there is a Jew or infidel hiding here come and kill him (Yusuf Ali excepted English translation) and just as we speak this is going on in Muslim country where they are a majority news just in from syria Iraq Libya Christians are been raped and murder for there faith . The catholic would like to do the same but they are worried that it would back fire for them if they went back to their old ways of doing away with any christian who believe in the bible and not in the organised religion like there’s.

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  • Somerset Francis

    Under “notable exclusions” you mentiobed Jehovah’s Witnesses. I have a respect for the work you put into this page, but Jehovah’s Witnesses is not considered a cult.

  • Tommy Gene Lanman

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    I have to say this article is pretty informative at first – until you get to the Scientology section. Either your a member, you were too lazy to do the research or this was published before people we’re catching onto the Cult’s censorship strategy (one of the many interesting details you failed to mention). The repeated description of different generalized groups coming to a generalized conclusion about the cult oddly doesn’t match up with the other detailed dates, names and facts you provide for the others. You basically handed people a pamphlet with that “this one time, in this one court room where there were these people who were considered a cult, didn’t get in trouble because those people lied” dismissive BS.

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  • agnostic

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  • SCR

    Numbers 1, 2 & 3 should be Christianity, Islam and Judaism. 1000 deaths is nothing compared to the millions these cults have caused not to mention the brainwashing, abuse and torture.

  • Jacob Overla

    Forgetting of course that this is not in the least bit true. Many of the people who made all of those were secular, agnostic, or deists. Plus that whole dark ages thing that put us a 1000 years behind, yeah that was christianity’s fault. What about all the terrible punishments for things that we would consider misdemeanors? You need to re-examine christianity. Without religion we would more than likely be off this fragile rock exploring the limits of our universe instead of fighting over who has the right to get married.

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