Definition of a cult
As a very brief follow up to last week’s post on helping to find a genuine spiritual guide or helper. Here is a definition to help discriminate between a cult and a genuine organisation for spiritual or pastoral care. See also the link below for further details.
Uses psychological coercion to recruit, indoctrinate and retain members.
Forms an elitist society.
Founder/Leader is self appointed, dogmatic, messianic, charismatic and unaccountable.
Believes ‘ends justifies means’ in raising funds and recruitment.
Its wealth does not benefit its members or society
Source : Cult Information Centre.
Further details here