The Merriam-Webster online dictionary lists five different definitions of the word "cult."
In the opinion of Benjamin Zablocki, a professor of Sociology at Rutgers University,
groups that have been characterized as cults are at high risk of
becoming abusive to members. He states that this is in part due to
members' adulation of charismatic
leaders contributing to the leaders becoming corrupted by power.
Zablocki defines a cult here as an ideological organization held
together by charismatic relationships and that demands total commitment.
--We are asked to commit to our Father in Heaven's plan for us, but we are always given the agency to make decisions for ourselves. If someone leaves, we mourn for them, but we'll never force anyone to do anything.--
According to Barrett, the most common accusation made against groups referred to as cults is sexual abuse. See some allegations made by former members. According to Kranenborg, some groups are risky when they advise their members not to use regular medical care. Barker, Barrett, and Steven Hassan
all advise seeking information from various sources about a certain
group before getting deeply involved, though these three differ in the
urgency they suggest.
All religions are 'cults'
My favorite is... "Dyslexics of the world untie!"
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