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Unity & Conforminty: Why on Cults Seem to Achieve It.

Article Index
Unity & Conforminty: Why on Cults Seem to Achieve It.
What Paul Is Really Saying
Noble Beginnings, Sad Endings
Cultic Unity
The Watchtower Claim to Unity
In Conclusion

Reprint of the Nov/Dec 1991 Bethel Ministries Newsletter

by Randall Watters

What do Jehovah's Witnesses, Mormons,  The Way International, the Boston Church of Christ and the Moonies all have in common? What do these organizations offer new converts that even the best of the churches cannot offer? Furthermore, what makes it so hard to leave these organizations and to start going to a Christian Church? The key is UNITY.

No, I am not talking about the type of unity spoken of by the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 1:10:

"Now I exhort you brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all agree, and there be no divisions among you, but you be made complete in the same mind and the same judgment."

This passage is often used by the cults to prove to others that they are the one true Christian congregation.  New disciples are shown certain "unique" marks of unity among the organization that supposedly demonstrate that God is supernaturally blessing their particular organization.  The new disciple is unaware, of course, that many other religious organizations (i.e., the cults) use the same identical argument to prove their organization is the only true church.

Cults do have a form of unity not obtainable in the churches, but the question is, how is this unity achieved, and is it desirable? Also, is it the same type of unity that Paul speaks of?

I am amazed when I hear pastors and Christians in leadership position complement the cults on their unity and ability to accomplish so much in such a short period of time.  Many pastors have even embarked on programs to achieve similar results in their own churches.  But the truth of the matter is, using the same techniques as the cults will eventually produce many of the same effects on the members of mainstream churches as do the cults on their disciples.