so they fit the description of a cult.
1. they have the "ritual" of every member having to give a tenth of their wage to the church.
2.they follow a human leader "Joseph Smith"
3.what they teach is "unorthodox" because it conflicts with God's word.OpinionTithing is not a ritual and we don't have to give a tenth of our income. We give it because we want to and if we don't pay we won't get kicked out or anything like it.
Pretty much every religion has a human leader e.g. the Catholics have the pope. Our human leader is not Joseph Smith but is called Gordon B. Hinkley. Joseph Smith was the person who restored the Church of Jesus Christ to earth.
How can we we teach things that conflict with God's word if we use the Bible as well as other scripture. We use the King James version of the Bible.
If you classify a cult simply by these 3 points then every religion is a cult.
The reason why people consider us to be a cult is because they don't like what we teach and how we are and want to make us bad. If you want go and visit your local Mormon church and you will see that it is not a cult. * I'm not Mormon or LDS whatever you would like to call them, but yes I do live in Utah where I'd say 85% of the people that live here are Mormon. It's a ritual to give 10% of your wages to your church what about other Christian religions (yes Mormonism is a form of Christianity) that pass a plate around for donations, they even do it in the Catholic church, it's the same thing.
* When my Mormon friend followed the present Mormon Doctrine Tithing and stopped paying it, his Temple recommend was suspended. Temple recommend is needed to enter their Temple.
Tithing is part of the commandments for Mormons. You can choose whether or not to do it, just as you can choose whether or not to follow any other commandments. The temple is a sacred place, and only people who are following the commandments should enter. That's why his recommend was suspended.
Now back to cult;cult : A delusion held by one person is a mental illness, held by a few is a cult, held by many is a religion. --(source unknown to me) The term 'cult' expresses disparagement and is usually used to refer to unconventional religious groups. Because Mormons believe in Tritheism and the mainstream Christianity believes in Trinitarianism. Of course bad-mouthing of beliefs different than yours is a common character flaw since time immemorial..OpinionThe subject being discussed here is not "bad-mouthing of beliefs." It is why Mormonism is considered cult-like. The reasons are that Christians believe that certain doctrines are the "orthodox" beliefs, that they are what makes a church Christian or not. Having the name Jesus Christ in the title of one's church does not make it Christian. Using the KJV of the Bible doesn't even make a church Christian. Many cults use the Bible. The teachings that make a church Christian are: The deity of Christ, that Jesus is the SAME God as God the Father. The Trinity The existence of only ONE true God. The teaching that we can become gods is a teaching of the Mormon church but it is not accepted as orthodox doctrine, nor is it taught in the Bible. God Himself said He does not know of any other God: Isaiah 44:8 Fear ye not, neither be afraid: have not I told thee from that time, and have declared it? ye are even my witnesses. Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any. If God Himself does not know of any other god, then how can we become gods? Salvation by grace, through faith, completely apart from any works we may do. The Bible teaches that we are saved by grace through faith, and "that not of ourselves, it is the gift of God, not of works, lest any man should boast." Ephesians 2:8 and 9. The Mormon church twists the Word of God, teaching that one will be saved by God "after all we can do." This is not a biblical doctrine, and is one more reason that the Mormon church is considered to be cult-like. Mormonism does not agree with the Bible on these points and is therefore considered to be a cult by orthodox Christians. By the word "orthodox" I am not referring to the Eastern Orthodox or Greek Orthodox church, but to the word orthodox meaning accepted as being the standard beliefs of the Christian church. Opinion Well Mormonism is considered cult like cause by definition. However so is every other organized religion on the planet they were all started by one or more people. > Tithing well lets see you are required to give 10% of you hard earnd money other wise you can not acheive eternal salvation and you can not go into the Mormon temple without being a full tith payer. > The temple for Mormons. "The temple is a sacred place, and only people who are following the commandments should enter. That's why his recommend was suspended." I am sorry to say my friend the temple my be a sacred thing to some but not to others I was a former Mormon did you know that in the temple you get a new name that if you were to tell any one you were told you should disembowel yourself and that when you were married and seald to your husband you were permitted to give him your new name but your husband was not allowed to tell you his > The colection plate that is passed around, hummm lets see you are not threatened with eternal damnation for not adding to the collection plate your not called into an officiants office to have tithing settlement for not paying to the collection plate > As for Joseph Smith, He was a polygamist it has been proven I live with a decendant of old Joe and not Emma. Joseph Smith had 36 wives he also was a really good con man he created a bank and then ran off with the peopls money who depositd it into that bank. There is proof of that too but enough about old Joe who said that having more than one wife was bad but seceretly had many him self as well as married several others off the other men in the church at that time. Proven also. > There is a lot more to this but for so many people who follow the docterinc of the Mormon church they sure don't do research on the founders of the church MUCH like a CULT would you not agree > a cult Defined as : In traditional usage, the cult of a religion, quite apart from its sacred writings ("scriptures"), its theology or myths, or the personal faith of its believers, is the totality of external religious practice and observance, the neglect of which is the definition of impiety. Cult is literally the "care" owed to the god and the shrine. The term "cult" first appeared in English in 1617, derived from the French culte, meaning "worship" or "a particular form of worship" which in turn originated from the Latin word cultus meaning "care, cultivation, worship," originally "tended, cultivated," also the past participle of colere "to till". Thus in French, for example, sections in newspapers giving the schedule of worship at Catholic churches are headed Culte Catholique; the section giving the schedule of protestant churches is headed culte réformé. By extension, "cult" has come to connote the total cultural aspects of a religion, as they are distinguished from others through change and individualization. Well-known global cults include Islam and Christianity. The meaning "devotion to a person or thing" is from 1829, and from that connotation comes the modern meaning of "cult" as in a "cultist" or a "cult following". Cult and cultist have recently accrued negative connotations that are separately dealt with at the entry cult. In Roman Catholicism, cultus or cult is the technical term for the following and devotion or veneration extended to a particular saint. Some Christians make refined distinctions between worship and veneration, both of which are outwardly expressed in cultus or cult. Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy distinguish between worship (Latin adoratio, Greek latreia [λατρεια]) which is due to God alone, and veneration (Latin veneratio, Greek doulia [δουλεια]), which may be lawfully offered to the saints. These distinctions between deity and mediators are exhaustively treated at the entries for worship and veneration. Among the observances in the cult of a deity are rituals and ceremonies, which may involve spoken or sung prayers or hymns, and often sacrifice, or substitutes for sacrifice. Other manifestations of the cult of a deity are the preservation of relics or the creation of images, such as icons (usually connoting a flat painted image) or three-dimensional cultic images, denigrated as "idols", and the specification of sacred places, hilltops and mountains, fissures and caves, springs, pools and groves, or even individual trees or stones, which may be the seat of an oracle or the venerated site of a vision, apparition, miracle or other occurrence commemorated or recreated in cult practices. Sacred places may be identified and elaborated by construction of shrines and temples, on which are centered public attention at religious festivals (called "feasts" in some Christian communities) and which may become the center for pilgrimages. The comparative study of cult practice is part of the disciplines of the anthropology of religion and the sociology of religion, two aspects of comparative religion. In the context of many religious organisations themselves, the study of cultic or liturgical practises is called liturgiology. Opinion from fact: The only obvious information contained here is "How to debate religion and its meaning" Further, the information issued here is not from Mormons/LDS members and can not be taken to heart because they are the biased and cynical ranting of those who believe that "Christians" are the only true religion. Mormonism isn't a cult by definition. It is a recognized and accepted form of religion practiced in the world today. Arrogance through ignorance would have one to believe that because Joseph Smith brought the word of God forth in the manner and time that he did, It certainly couldn't be true. The same could be said for the Pope, the countless Evangelists and even the home town preacher, all of whom believe their versions of the "truth" are tantamount to all. Mormons DO NOT believe they will become "God Like" nor do they believe that they will become God. They do believe that they will become creatures of the heavens, angels if you will. But….The Christians WOULD have their followers believe they are God Like, hence the name "Christians" or Christ-Like, as in "The deity of Christ, that Jesus is the SAME God as God the Father" This completely exacerbates their idea of the Trinity. The loose use of the term "orthodox" does not apply to Christian religions. Orthodox is reserved for the original religions from which the Christian religions is based on. Also, having "Orthodox" in the name of a religion doesn't make it so either. Baptists have been around for only 400 years. I know this seems like a long time, but in the spirit of the "God Makers" this would qualify Baptists as a cult as well, further facilitated by the preachers of the 18th and early 19th centuries leading their "flocks" into underground caves and causing them to parish from cave-ins and starvation, all in the name of the Lord. I offer, speak what you know through investigation and through the members of a faith, not from your local bible thumper. He wants you by his side, even in the caves, in the dark so you can't see the truth! OpinionMormonism is considered cult-like because it bears the characteristics of a cult in a factual sense. No amount of insults by Mormons will change that fact. (For the record, I am not a member of any particular church)
Christians who know their Bible know that the Mormons do not follow Bible doctrines. It is frankly dishonest to use Bible terminology and invest it with a different meaning and then pretend that one is a Christian.
It must also be said that I am here dealing with facts. I bear the Mormons no personal animosity as I have always found them to be friendly and personable, whether a missionary or an ordinary church member, or a high official of the church. The often repeated idea that those who regard Mormons to be cult-like have some kind of grudge against Mormons must be laid to rest. It's just a fact. What they teach is not what the Bible teaches and what Christians have always believed and the Christian church has always taught from its inception. Slight Edit: In regards to the second paragraph of the above opinion, it should be noted that Mormons do actually follow Biblical Doctrine. Latter Day Saints find that mainstream Christianity does not follow Biblical Doctrine, abandoning the majority of the Old Testament (save it be Proverbs and Psalms) and changing commandments found in the New Testament, such as tithing, necessity of baptism, and the essential structure of Christ's church.
Many Mormon Doctrines can actually be found in the Ancient Christian church. For example, the Orthodox Christian Trinity is not a Biblical doctrine, it was actually accepted by the Nicene Creed of 325 in which Constantine (a non christian) decided the relationship between God, Christ, and the Holy Ghost.AnswerA cult is, as stated originally, is a belief system that emphasizes devotion according to prescribed ritual. Many cults follow a living human leader, and often their adherents live in groups apart from the rest of society. All religions began as cults: Christianity following Christ, Buddhism following Buddha, Islam following Muhammad. Once those leaders died, it no longer was considered a cult, if it survived. It then became a Religious Sect. This then evolved into an Established Sect, then into a Denomination, then into a Universal Church. Mormonism actually fits between the definition of a denomination and an established sect.
Mormons are often regarded as a 'cult' because they are outside of mainline Protestant Christianity (a claim that both parties agree with), however they are not a cult according to the popular definition - which is a small, secretive, insular religious group generally separated from society. There are over 15 million Mormons, they are eager to share their faith and beliefs with anyone who will listen, and they live and work in mainstream society.
The Presbyterian Church is not regarded as a cult. It is regarded as a mainline Protestant denomination.
"Mormons" are not a cult; they are a branch of Christianity and are properly refered to as The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
No, they aren't.
When Rick Perry was asked if he agrees with his supporter Pastor Robert Jefress' opinion that Mormonism is a cult, Rick Perry responded by simply saying "No." He has not layed out his specific thoughts and opinions about Mormons, so about all we know is that he does not consider Mormonism to be a cult.
The definition of a cult is "A system of religious veneration and devotion directed toward a particular figure or object." By that definition, nearly every religion or faith system is a cult. Mormons worship and venerate God the Father and Jesus Christ and are devoted to living their lives in service to God. Their worship practices are very similar to other Christians. So by this technical definition of a cult, yes, Mormons and all religions are a cult. However, groups that are considered a 'cult' are usually small insular groups that are quite secretive and are closed off from society. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the "Mormon" church) does not fit that definition. There are over 14 million Mormons worldwide (there are approximately as many Mormons as there are Jews). Mormons do not live in closed off communities but live in regular neighborhoods all around the world. They are very active in serving their communities, dress in everyday clothes, have regular jobs, and embrace modern technology. Mormons are not insular or secretive but strive to share their beliefs with anyone who will listen. They have over 50,000 missionaries worldwide going door to door teaching others about their faith and have extensive materials online so that anyone interested may research their faith. Mormons accept anyone in the Church and also allow anyone to leave. So by this common definition of a cult, no, the LDS Church is not a cult. You can check out the "Related Links" below to go to the Mormon church's official websites and decide if they are a cult for yourself.
Probably, Under the banner of Heaven is a book about the origin of Mormonism.
Well I know it is considered a classic, but I never ever heard it being regarded as a cult classic in the 6 years of me being a Star Wars geek
Neither. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is no more a cult than any other religion. It is not typically regarded as 'mainstream', but there is nothing about the conduct of the Church or it's members that is cause to say it is a cult or 'sick'.
By definition, all religions are cults. (a cult is defined as "a system of worship or devotion to a specific object or person") However, people commonly think of a 'cult' as a small group of people living outside of normal society, typically living a communal lifestyle inside a compound and cautious of outsiders. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the "Mormon" church) is a Restorationist Christian religion. They are not a 'cult' according to the popular definition. There are over 14 million Mormons worldwide - certainly not a small group. Mormons do not live on compounds or in communal societies - they live in regular neighborhoods and participate in regular society. They hold typical jobs, wear typical clothes, live in typical homes, and generally blend in with the culture where they live. Mormons are very vocal about sharing their faith, welcome everyone to their worship services, and have tens of thousands of proselyting missionaries traveling door to door around the world attempting to share their beliefs - they are not secretive about their faith or practices. Mormons are no more cult-like than Catholics, Presbyterians, Methodists, or any other Christian religion. You are welcome to learn more about Mormons and decide for yourself if they are a cult at the "Related Links" below.
The technical definition of a cult is "A system of religious veneration and devotion directed toward a particular figure or object." By this definition, nearly every religion is a cult. The common definition of a cult, however, refers to a small group typically regarded as having strange beliefs who live secretly on compounds away from normal society. Mormonism is not a cult by the common definition. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the 'Mormon' church) has over 14 million members worldwide. They live in regular neighborhoods, have regular jobs, attend regular schools, wear regular clothes, and participate in regular society. They are active in their local governments and communities, embrace modern technology, and freely share their beliefs with all who will listen. They are Restorationist Christians who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior. Check out the "Related Links" to learn more about Mormons, who they are, and what they believe, as well as see other Mormons answers to this question.
The Church of the Later Day Saints (LDS or Mormons) has no surprising church-based beliefs about medical science, and in fact Brigham Young University (BYU) Medical School is very highly regarded.
Joseph Smith? Joseph Smith, Jr. is considered a prophet by members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the "Mormon" church). He is regarded just as Moses, Abraham, Isaiah, and other Biblical prophets are. Mormons believe that Jesus Christ restored the truth and authority of the original New Testament Christian Church to Joseph Smith.
Billy Graham in the past stated several times that Mormonism was a cult, however, he has recently changed his mind and has gone through great lengths to change any references to Mormonism being a cult in his books or websites. He now states that Mormonism is a Christian religion.
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The technical definition of a cult is "A system of religious veneration and devotion directed toward a particular figure or object." By this definition, any religion that worships anything or anyone is a cult. (including all Christians, Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, and Hindus) The popular definition of a cult is a small group of people living on a compound or outside of normal society with a charismatic leader, usually having strange practices. Mormons do not fit this definition. Mormons live in regular homes and neighborhoods and participate in mainstream society. They have jobs, use modern technology, and wear the same clothing as everyone else. While they may be small in relation to the world population, there are over 14 million of them worldwide. Their worship services are open to the public and they work hard to spread their message. There are some splinter groups that left the Mormon church which many consider to be a cult. The most well-known is the FLDS church, which usually lives in closed compounds, wears 1800's style clothing, and practices polygamy. Check out the "Related Links" to learn more about Mormons and see other Mormons respond to this question.
A real "cult" has a charismatic leader (e.g., Jim Jones) who exerts mind control over his adherents. Unfortunately, some rabid "Christians" try to apply the term to denominations with whom they disagree. If you would like to understand, for example, why some Evangelical pastors call Mormons a "cult", read the following: http://MormonsAreChristian.blogspot.com
It is another word for 'cult' meaning something that can be regarded as fashionable by a particular group. The word also refers to a particular system of religious worship
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Mormons live in every state. The highest percentage of Mormons is in Utah, and the highest amount of Mormons in in California.
First, you must understand that according to the definitions, all religions are cults. A cult is defined as "a particular system of religious worship, a group bound by veneration of the same thing". Therefore, anyone who belongs to any group that worships anything is part of a cult. The popular definition of a cult describes a group which lives an unconventional lifestyle in a closed community and worships a charismatic living leader. Mormons do not do this. They live regular lives in regular homes and neighborhoods, and mostly blend in with the culture and society of their area. They worship God the Father and Jesus Christ. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (sometimes called the "Mormon" church) is a religious denomination belonging to the Restorationist Christianity movement. As a religion, it is also a cult. You can learn more about 'Mormons' at the "Related Links" below.
Of the 13,824,854 members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the "Mormon" church) worldwide, 7,785,947 live outside the United States. That is, 56% of all baptised Mormons live outside the U.S. Nations with quite a few Mormons are: Canada 179,801 Mormons (1% of Mormons are Canadian, 0.5% of Canadians are Mormon) Samoa 69,224 Mormons (0.5% of Mormons, 39% of Samoans) Tonga 55,173 Mormons (0.5% of Mormons, 53% of Tongans) Mexico 1,197,573 Mormons (8.7% of Mormons, 1% of Mexicans) Guatemala 220,296 Mormons (1.6% of Mormons, 1.6% of Guatemalans) El Salvador 105,501 Mormons (0.8% of Mormons, 2% of El Salvadorians) Hondouras 136,408 Mormons (1% of Mormons, 2% of Hondourans) Brazil 1,102,674 Mormons (8% of Mormons, 0.6% of Brazilians) Chile 561,920 Mormons (4% of Mormons, 3.3% of Chileans) Peru 480,816 Mormons (3.5% of Mormons, 1.7% of Peruvians) Philippines 631,885 Mormons (4.6% of Mormons, 0.7% of all Philippinos) UK 186,082 Mormons (1.3% of Mormons, 0.3% of all UK) Australia 126,767 Mormons (0.9% of Mormons, 0.6% of Australians) New Zealand 100,962 Mormons (0.7% of Mormons, 2.4% of all New Zealanders) To compare, the United States has 6,038,907 Mormons. That's 44% of Mormons and 2% of all Americans. But you can find Mormons in nearly every nation of the World! The "Related Link" below has a great population statistics map related to Mormon Church membership.
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This question is based on an incorrect supposition. Not all Mormons are liars; most Mormons are not liars.
A cult is a small group of people who follow their own religious beliefs. The leader of the cult is the leader who makes and enforces the rules of the cult.
The word 'sect' first appears in the works of the Jewish historian Josephus to describe a 'school' of Judaism. It was subsequently used in Acts of the Apostles, once again with the same meaning. Thus, a sect is a school of a religion and could be thought of as a denomination. A cult is a system of religious worship, easily definable from others. Thus, in the pagan Roman Empire, the worship of Mithras was a cult. In modern usage, a Christian group easily definable from, and rejected by, mainstream Christianity is often called a cult. For some, a religion that is not officially or widely recognised can be called a cult. On this view, Scientology could be regarded as a cult.