Originally posted by whodey
After respoding to the LDS thread I got to thinking, some people refer to LDS as a cult and some do not. I am in no way singling out LDS but would merely like to explore the term cult in reference to religion.
What does it mean to you?
If you call LDS a cult, then I think you have to call all of xianity a cult. When other xians call LDS a cult, what they essentially end up saying is "They have different beliefs about Christ than I do. They have added more to our Bible."
Oddly, those Jehovah Witnesses who do not put faith in the Old Testament could say the same thing about Assembly of God types and Baptist types.
Almost every denomination in xianity today began by being called a 'cult' or a 'fallen away' group. In this way, most every belief could be called a cult as they are all offshoots of some former creed.
For me, if there is going to be any useful definition of 'cult' for me, it would have to include groups that through some use their religious program to seperate a person from their family and all non-faith friends and then making the person dependent upon the faith group. These groups have a way of sucking members in and then cutting them off from the outside world.
Edit: I wouldn't call LDS a cult under this definition.