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17 November, 2009 / theexpositor

Top Ten Cults in America

This comes from as compiled by  Bob Pardon, Director of the New England Institute of Religious Research (NEIRR) in Lakeville, MA, and an AIIA Resource Associate.

The following are the ten most dangerous groups in America today.

  1. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormonism).
    A very subtle, spiritual deception started in 1830 by Joseph Smith. This aggressively evangelistic group contends that it is the only true Church, and that all Christians outside Mormonism are following a deficient Gospel and a false Christ.

    Learn more about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – GO

  2. The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society (Jehovah’s Witnesses).
    Militantly anti-historic Christian tenets. This group began in the 1870s with Charles Taze Russell. They not only deny the essentials of the Christian faith, but the control exercised over the membership is highly destructive.

    Learn more about the Jehovah’s Witnesses – GO

  3. The Church of Scientology.
    A do-it-yourself salvation, science fiction group that masquerades as the true Church, lightly sprayed with a thin veneer of Christianity. Seeks to destroy through litigation and character assassination those who speak out against the group.
  4. The Twelve Tribes.
    This group began in the early 1970s with Elbert Eugene Spriggs. They claim that salvation can only be found by giving all possessions to them and living in their community. All personal decision-making power is given over to the leadership.

    An open letter to a prospective member of the Messianic Communities (aka Twelve Tribes) – GO


  5. The Holy Spirit Association for the Unification of World Christianity (Unification Church).
    Founded in 1954 by Sun Myung Moon, this highly authoritarian and destructive group teaches that Jesus failed on the cross. Moon is now the mediator between God and man.


  6. The International Churches of Christ (Boston Movement).
    This highly evangelistic group which began in 1978 with Kip McKean embraces most of the main tenets of the historic Church. Teaches that it is the only true Church and is highly authoritarian, with immense control over members’ lives.


  7. The Family (Children of God).
    This communal group was founded by David “Moses” Berg. A strange mixture of basic Christian tenets and almost total sexual license. Very controlling and manipulative.


  8. Christian Identity Movement (Aryan Nations, Christian Identity Church, Klu Klux Klan, etc.).
    A loose-knit confederation of various small groups that are militantly anti-government and conspiracy driven. Each group holds differing, deviant Christian tenets. All hold to Caucasians being the descendants of the ten “lost” Tribes of Israel, God’s true people.


  9. The Nation of Islam (Black Muslims).
    Began in 1930s by W. D. Fard. Group teaches that the black man is good, the white man is the devil, and that Jesus was merely a prophet. Highly controlling group.

    Learn more about the Nation of Islam – GO


  10. United Pentecostal Church (UPC).
    A highly controlling, legalistic group that was formed in 1945. This group denies the Trinity and teaches that in order to be saved one must be baptized in the name of Jesus only.



  1. Allyson / Jan 21 2011 23 58

    I just want to let you know that I am UPC have been mojority of my life and it is by no means a cult! The definition written isnt completly truth either. Its not controlling at all lol we choose as a human being whether or not to do what we do. Its between us and God I’ve never been told I HAVE to do anything! 2nd yes we deny the trinity is 3 seprate persons. we believe it 1 in 3. God is the father the son and the Holy Ghost! ONE GOD!!! and according to many scriptures in the bible including acts 2:38 one must be baptized in JESUS name and recieve the Holy Ghost in order to be saved!!!!!!!! Just thought I’d let you know before you go and disrespect A Holy and sanctified religion and even more then that men and women of GOd!!! Thanks<3

  2. david b / Feb 6 2011 10 17

    are the seventh day adventists a cult?
    what about the roman catholics ?

    • theexpositor / Feb 8 2011 8 42


      I have written and produced numerous radio programs on the Roman Catholic Chuurch which I recommend to you, but to address your comment, there are certain doctrines and practices within Roman Catholicism that are heretical, while at the same time there are others that ‘resemble’ biblical teachings, which I consider the latter to be as dangerous if not more so that the former. However, I do not label the Roman Catholic Church as a cult but as being apostate, as having deliberately abandoned the truth of Scripture and stirred away from the historical orthodox Christian faith. So, I regard the Roman Catholic Church as neither a cult nor as a true Christian church but as being apostate; leading millions astray and very dangerous.

      Regarding the Seventh Day Adventist Church, I share the following from Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry, and I agree with it completely:

      Does CARM recommend the Seventh-day Adventist Church?

      No, CARM does not recommend attending the Seventh-day Adventist church. There are too many problems within Seventh-day Adventistism to recommend it as a safe church. Though there are Seventh-day Adventist groups that are within orthodoxy, there are too many of them that are not.

      One of the problems with Seventh-day Adventism is Saturday worship. They are certainly free to worship on Saturday. That is not unbiblical. However, the problem is when any Seventh-day Adventist group asserts that the proper day of worship is Saturday, not Sunday. The early church practiced worship on Sunday and the scriptures mention the church gathering on Sunday, the same day Jesus rose:

      The Christians also heard a message from Paul on the first day of the week (Acts 20:7).
      Note: the reference is until midnight which is not the Jewish method of measuring days, but the Roman system.
      Paul instructed the churches to put aside contributions on the first day of the week (1 Cor. 16:2).
      Furthermore, Romans 14:1-12 speaks of our freedom in Christ, particularly our freedom to worship on any day we choose.

      CARM cannot recommend any church which would openly deny the biblical doctrine of predestination (in contradiction to Eph. 1:1-11), deny the doctrine of the immortality of the soul (in contradiction to Luke 16:19-31; Matt. 25:46), and deny eternal hellfire (in contradiction to Rev. 14:11). Nor can we recommend a church that affirms that Jesus is Michael the Archangel,1 and that the wicked are annihilated (in contradiction to Luke 16:19-31; Matt. 25:46).

      1. The SDA church says that Jesus, as Michael the Archangel in the Old Testament, was not a created being as orthodox theology states of Michael the Archangel. Instead, the SDA church interprets the appearance of Michael the Archangel as the pre-incarnate Christ.

  3. Tania Palmer / May 17 2011 15 12

    I was raised in one for my parents are still part of it. It is called the EndTime Handmaidens out of AR….They still scare me to death and they always find were I moved. They taught us that our toys would come alive to kill us for they had demons in them. We had to fast for 21 days….Sister Qwen is over it and they have a valley for the people to work for free. Check them out!
    I would say the second is Morning Star in NC. You just go watch their videos on you tube. They cut people off from their friends and anything goes. I have friends in it, but thank God that I missed this boat. I left the first one with just the clothes off my back. If you go to their convention every July then you will know how dangerous they are. The money they have is amazing, but they hide it very well!

  4. Richard Dixon Riddle / Jul 19 2011 13 11

    Personally, I fear the zealous nature of our forefathers in preaching holiness via hellfire, has caused a deep mistrust of the United Pentecostal Church that must be undone.

    For example, one the oft cried “rules” of the UPC is that women must have long hair. 1 Corinthians 11 addresses this in a few different ways. The first is that a woman who prays with her head uncovered dishonors herself as if she were shaved. This implies that women should not shave their heads. In the cutting/trimming of hair, where might one draw the line to say that “beyond this point, your head is essentially shaved?” Do men in the New Testament ever get such an admonition? Yes. It says, men with long hair dishonor themselves, but for women it is glory.

    At my local assembly – – you find that we teach no more or less than what scripture states. It is the individual responsibility of a person to read and understand God’s word, and adopt those principles on their own.

    I don’t mean to argue or respond in all caps out of emotionalism, but rather would like to know your opinion on these scriptures.


    P.S. If you are interested in understanding our perspective on the oneness of God, might I suggest this read?: You seem very well read, it shouldn’t take you too long. 🙂

    • Richard Dixon Riddle / Jul 19 2011 13 12

      correction: although you do seem very well read, I meant, I do not think, for you, it would be a long read.

  5. The Kingdom of God is within you / Sep 11 2011 9 53

    ICC is a cult. Seriously stay away. They strip you of your freedom in Christ. The leaders are so controlling. Please, please, please stay away. They twist scriptures. They hate any type of autonomy for the simple reason that Kip wants control over everything.
    Your education will be compromised, your family relationships will be compromised, friendships.
    Their meetings of the body are compulsory. Think of this for your whole life you are FORCED, BOUND to a Wed, Thurs, Fri – service and Saturday ‘dates’ with other brothers from the church.
    Going on holiday out of the question. I was told going on holiday was defying God.

    If you join – they are incredibly loving to get you to do the bible studies ‘First Principles’ written by who their ‘Lord’ Kip McKean (who is idolized disgustingly) they will seem knowledgable but just like one of those Russian dolls pull back a layer and the doll gets smaller and smalller…they know nothing but the first principles.

    The moment you are baptized instead of practicing what they preach Matthew (Great Commission) they don’t teach you to obey what Jesus taught they just go and make you make more disciples.

    They just want you to go make more disciples to increase their number. They don’t care about your maturity in Christianity. Do you know what they claim to be growth in Christ…making disciples.

    Forget sin, forgetting getting to know God and taking the time to mature through scripture go and make a disciple – they say

    Because it is the only way to be fruitful.

    Please stay away from these people. They started to ruin my life make me live in fear.
    Do not let them do this to you. God is Sovereign and when you do leave the ‘church’ (I think it’s a joke they call themselves a church they are a straight up life sucking vampire cult) you will be fine. You will be it might take a couple of months but God will heal you. And bless you for standing up for righteousness and choosing not to be a servant of man, but a servant of Christ.

    Run, run from the ICC as fast as your legs will allow. Run from the international Christian church. They believe they are the one true church. Their arrogance is shameful. By believing they are the true church they see themselves as perfect.

    Run from the City of Angels Christian Church (CACC), run from the New York Christian Church. Run from the London International Christian Church (LICC). JUST RUN! Don’t even look back once.

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