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The Cult Church by Marlene Jones-Skurtu

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The Cult Church by Marlene Jones-Skurtu
Special Son Mentality
A Spirit of Control
Sins and Hurts in Life
The Walking Wounded
Scripturally Lacking
Involved in a Cause

by Marlene Jones-Skurtu

Cults seem to be the scourge of the nineties.  Though they were existent in the seventies and eighties, an estimated 5000 cults in the United States hunger for our youth, worship, and money.  One in twenty people are somehow involved in cult activity.

Visions of David Koresh's Compound burning down or of suicidal hundreds in Jonestown may come to mind when the word "cult" is mentioned.  Or, one may connect cults with witchcraft, covens, and blood sacrifices.

There is, however, one type of cult that is often overlooked.  This one is hidden down the block, under a steeple, and behind a pulpit--The Cult Church.

What most people don't understand is that false prophets may have been true prophets, full-blown cults may have been cult churches, and cult churches may have been normal churches at one time.  David Koresh and his Branch Dividians started out as Seventh Day Adventists.  David (Moses) Berg of the Children of God started out with the Missionary Alliance Church.  And Jim Jones with his "People's Temple" used to be a Bible-thumper.

Scary, isn't it? This puts new meaning to what Jesus said, "For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ, and shall deceive many." (Matt.  24:5) A person can proclaim Jesus as Christ and still deceive his followers.  Many Christians are being and will be deceived.  And the victims of this "spiritual abuse" have more life-long bad effects than that of physical or sexual abuse.

How does this happen? Let us first look at the Christian leader, gone astray.