A cult is a group or movement exhibiting a great or excessive devotion or dedication to some person, idea, or thing.  It is a newly invented religion, either made up entirely or branched off of an older traditional religion.  These groups tend to dictate, sometimes in great detail, how members should think, act, and feel.  They assume a special exalted status for themselves and/or their leader(s), and intensify their opposition to and alienation from society at large.
(Adapted from Cults: Questions and Answers by Michael D. Langone, Ph.D., 1988, AFF)


         Aum Shinri Kyo: a destructive, doomsday cult centered in Japan.

         Branch Davidians: a sect that split away from the Seventh-Day Adventist church. Under their now deceased leader, David Koresh.

         The Family (Charles Manson): This group is unrelated to a faith group called: the Church of God, Family of Love and The Family.

         Heaven's Gate: Heaven's Gate is a destructive, doomsday cult centered in California.

         Jeffrey Lundgren: a small group of about 2 dozen members that broke away from the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (RLDS).

         Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God: The movement was founded by excommunicated Roman Catholic priests: Joseph Kibweteere, Joseph Kasapurari, John Kamagara and Dominic Kataribabo; two excommunicated Roman Catholic nuns; and Credonia Mwerinde, an ex-prostitute.

         The People's Temple (Jim Jones): This was a Christian destructive, doomsday cult founded and led by James Warren Jones (1931-1978).

         Solar Temple: The International Chivalric Order Solar Tradition was a destructive, doomsday cult founded by Luc Jouret in 1977.

         Concerned Christians: Concerned Christians is a group of at least 78 adults and children, led by Monte Kim Miller, (1954-1999?).

         House of Yahweh: The House of Yahweh was organized by Jacob Hawkins.  He believed that this was the name of a group specially selected in ancient times by God.

Copyright 2000 Originally written: 2000-MAR-18.  Latest update: 2000-APR-5.Author: B.A. Robinson

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