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Mormonism: The Book of Moses

From whence did all things arise? How can one know that? What is the purpose of all things? For thousands of years many men have sought to answer these questions to define the origin, existence, and purpose of all things. On the pages of holy Scripture, God gives unto man the answer to all these […]

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Apollo Quiboloy: Appointed Son of God

Sometimes we wonder how certain men rise up and manage to convince thousands and millions of people of their unique take on religion when it so obviously contradicts Scripture? Such a man named Apollo Quiboloy lives in the Southern region of the Philippines in Mindanao. He has preyed on the spiritual ignorance of six million […]

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Heaven’s Gate cult

The Heaven’s Gate cult was started by Marshall Applewhite and Bonnie Nettles in the 1970’s. Applewhite was born in Texas in 1931. He was gifted musically and had a great talent for public speaking. In 1952 Applewhite graduated college and got married. After attempting to become an actor in New York City in the early […]

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While the Christian finds their hope entirely in Christ and His cross and resurrection, there is no such confident source of hope in Islam. Christ died for the sins of His people. He rose from the dead in a bodily resurrection to guarantee their bodily resurrections, and Christians subsequently can hope for that future, where […]

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Mormonism: Why is it a Cult?

Mormonism is considered to be one of the four major cults. But what makes it a cult? On the surface, it seems that these are pretty valid religions and that they could be considered Christian. But when you look deeper you see how very far from Christianity they really are. Cults disagree with the fundamental […]

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The Cult of True Womanhood

In the middle to late 1300’s, a widely accepted view about women was the Cult of True Womanhood.  This was a middle class ideology which put women on a pedestal away from the filth of the world.  Women were also viewed as pure and uplifting creatures, who should stay home and take care of the […]

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Deceived by the Light of Darkness

In 1978, America was shocked to learn that 900 people took their lives for one man, Jim Jones.  In Billings, Montana, an infant girl was born dead because the religious group her mother belonged to refused medical aid.  Shirley MacLaine leapt to the headlines after voicing her belief in reincarnation.  Seemingly overnight, Eastern mysticism cults […]

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From Such Turn Away

In my own mind I must admit that I have a certain amount of respect and perhaps even some admiration for people who belong to certain cults. I could even venture to guess that, say a hundred years ago, there were very few, if any, of the members of the Christian churches who had anything […]

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Learning from a Tragedy

The article in the San Francisco Examiner wasn’t very big, nor did it command very much attention. It simply noted that Congressman Leo J. Ryan and several other people from California had left for Guyana, South America, in order to investigate the People’s Temple, a cult which had several members living in a settlement called […]

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The Threat of the Occult

In a recent interview, the Rev. Dr. Arthur F. Glasser, dean of the school of world missions at the Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, said, “Our generation has produced more new religious cults than any generation in the total history of the human race.” Another recent report indicated that 1300 new and sometimes “fly-by-night” […]

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Cults Gain Popularity

All of us are becoming more and more aware of the evils found in the world today.  One that we don’t know much about or pay much attention to is the growing cult movements. The cult move­ments are large groups who follow after one man and place his teachings on an equal basis or above […]

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Another Antichrist

“Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.” John 2:18 “Then if any one say unto you, Lo, her is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, […]

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Cults and Sects- Jehovah’s Witnesses

The religious system, currently known as Jehovah’s Witnesses, was originally known as Russellism and was conceived by Charles Taze Russell. Russell was born of godly parents and as a lad was possessed of a soul- haunting fear of hell. Russell was a self- styled pastor, who warned people to attend church and escape hell. The […]

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Cults and Sects: Seventh-Day Adventists

The Adventist movement originated with William Miller, a converted deist, who became a Baptist minister. He became a close student of the Scriptures, especially of the prophetic portions. He became convinced that Christ’s second coining was to be personal, premillennial, and that it was near at hand. The outstanding feature of his teaching was that […]

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Cults and Sects

  Since Beacon Lights intends to publish a series of essays on Cults and Sects, the purpose of this article is to introduce the subject, so that we may make our acquaintance with those groups that appear round about us as cults or sects.  We face the question:  What are cults?  And what are sects. […]

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