Research Term: Cults (General)
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Discerning Pseudo-Christian Religion
Discernment is a very important skill. It is definitely worth our time to develop good discernment skills. Discerning true from false religious claims can be difficult at times, and pseudo-Christian religions are legion (often they are called "cults"). In order to tell a true Christian religion from one that merely claims to be Christian, we have to have some standard by which to discern the difference. That standard for Christians is not political or social or merely psychological (though these elements may be very instructive in our analysis); but biblical and theological standards provide our sure basis for analysis and critique. As I have studied pseudo-Christian religions over the years, (with the help of others) I have developed a simple formula to discern the difference between true Christianity and those who would merely claim to be true Christianity. But before we get to the formula, we first need a working definition of...
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