When those claiming to be Christians, protect a belief system that is not based on the Word of God, this is an identification of a Christian Cult. When so-called Christian denominations follow after the teachers of fables, they are involved in a system of religious beliefs and rituals. This is the identification of a Christian Cult (2 Tim 4:3-4). There is no profit in this pretend game of playing church that so many succumb to. There is however great profit for the false teachers in the Church, who have convinced their congregation that the reality of Godliness that they present is the truth. 2 Tim 4:3-4 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables The true joy, wisdom and power that comes from a Spirit filled relationship with Jesus is never realized by those who are kept from the true Gospel of Jesus Christ. Many in the church as a result of false teachers, are generally unwilling or unable in most cases to think for themselves. They would rather listen to men that claim a god given right to have authority over them and the gospel. This is an identification of a Christian Cult. Declaring that god wants to bless us with everything we desire to satisfy the desires of our flesh is the new gospel presented by the false teachers in the Church, and it is very popular. Preaching about taking up ones cross and suffering with Christ has been replaced with the Pre-tribulation Rapture Deception. False teachers with self imposed exalted positions within the Christian Church - An identification of a Christian Cult. Deceptive teachers convince their followers that the position of authority they hold is God ordained. Suggestive words and emotional conditioning through lighting, soft music and or a teary eyed plea, are some of the tactics employed to manipulate people to respond in a certain manner. There are many other manipulative techniques used by false teachers in the Christian Church. A primary identification of a Christian Cult is realized through the use of manipulation to gain control of its members. 1-An identification of a Christian Cult leader is one who presents his own truths that are not spiritually discerned; this is also known as propaganda. 2- Another identification of a Christian Cult leader is one who uses a guilt trip as a favorite tactic. The manipulator suggests to the audience, that already is in a state of agreeableness that they are selfish, or do not care. The result is usually one where the person feels bad or unworthy, leading to self doubt. Ultimately the victim will wind up in a position of submission to the leader, thus allowing this control to continue. 3- Note that the submission is now towards a man, employing these tactics for power and financial control. 4- Subtle but effective shaming or put-downs are also an identification of a Christian Cult leader. This tactic is utilized to intensify the fear of ones actions as not being acceptable. This technique is widely used especially when the leader is questioned regarding his authority and doctrines, or when money is required. At this point the subject can be led to accept control by other means. 5- Seduction is a identification of a Christian Cult leader, and it is one of his favorite tools. He will use his voice, confidence and image to grab the attention of a crowd and keep it. After this charm has taken hold of an individual or group, flattery can be put into practice to lower their defenses. This will usually allow the manipulator to gain trust and possibly even loyalty, which is the goal. 6- The victim mentality method when used is yet another identification of a Christian Cult leader. He will make claims that the ministry is in trouble, and without immediate financial contributions many will suffer. People do not like to see or hear of sufferings, and if they are made to feel responsible, it is usually fairly easy to get them to cooperate. 7- The ultimate and end game of this manipulation, is one in which the false teachers in the Christian Church are seen as having the role of being God's ordained teachers, or prophets. Once they have obtained this cult like status, people no longer even think for themselves. With all the tactics above employed it is easy to masquerade using a disguising pretense, and thus cloak or hide a self-serving agenda, under the pretext of operating as the servant or spokesperson of God. Christian leaders and preachers should be the most humble of men. If they are truly called to be servants that are led by the Spirit they must direct all praise and adoration towards God. Likewise those being taught need to have their eyes and hearts focused on the spirit that gives man the understanding. Written by John Alexander All Rights Reserved An identification of a Christian Cult.