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