This term has been used on TFF, and caused much upset. There are books written about it, and a LOT of people use the term, but what exactly IS a Cult? First of all, let us define further that we are NOT speaking of non-Christian groups. The purpose of this post is to define what a Christian cult is, not some non-Christian splinter group like the Unification Church The best short definition I have heard is this: A Christian follows Jesus Christ. A Cult follows some mortal human being. Wow, that sure sounds good, doesn't it? But let us dig a little deeper - I have books that say Roman Catholicism is a cult, because they follow the Pope instead of Jesus Christ. But - but - Baptists follow John the Baptist - Calvinists follow John Calvin - Lutherans follow Martin Luther (the original, not King) Almost EVERY denomination follows the teachings, leanings, or flavor of some mortal human being! So what the heck IS the actual definition of a cult? It is simple. My group is Christian. Your group is a cult. And a LOT of people follow that. In my entire life, I have NEVER found a single denomination in which every member is lost. And I have never found a single denominationo in which every member is saved, either. People choose a denomination based on many things. Some folks do not feel near to God without the somber tones of a pipe organ vibrating the air while they pray. Some feel near to Him only when someone is shaking a tamborine and someone else is shouting. Some need complete quiet while they commune in their pew. Others need excitement and "amens" being shouted all around. Some need the dignity of a leader speaking somber tones while wearing a robe. Some need a guy wearing a tee shirt and jeans pounding the pulpit with his fist as he makes a point. And Jesus Christ understands all those needs, and allows us to have a plethora of places to worship Him so that ALL might come to him. Look on the person, not the name above the door of their church. Look into their heart, not into the proclamations of the founder of the church they attend. In the final judgment, Jesus Christ will be doing exactly this.