by Berean Research

The Jehovah’s Witnesses go door to door, distribute the Watchtower and Awake magazines, deny the Trinity, the deity of Christ, and deny His physical resurrection. Are they Christian or something else?

by Biblical Discernment Ministries

Many of the core beliefs (anti-Semitic) that Wierwille taught should disturb true Christians -- such as Jesus Christ is not God; today's Jews are actually an impostor tribe from Siberia; the Jewish Holocaust is a myth; and that much of the Gospel doesn't have any real meaning today.

by Samaria Mission

The African Traditional Religion has no founder. It evolved through many centuries, before the westerner come to Africa. Different fathers played a role in the development of this religion. It is not documented. It has no sacred book or Scripture. It is written in the hearts, history and experience of the people. It is passed with the word of mouth.

by Nanci Des Gerlaise
July 19, 2016

Basically, shamanism is the belief system that utilizes shamans in order to make contact with the spirit world.  Traditional shamanism “is where the shaman functions as healer, spiritual leader, and mediator between the spirits and people.”  In Western society, Native Spirituality is the main venue, but it is not confined to Native Spirituality. The New Age movement began incorporating shamanistic rituals into their own New Age spirituality:

by Marlene Jones-Skurtu

What most people don't understand is that false prophets may have been true prophets, full-blown cults may have been cult churches, and cult churches may have been normal churches at one time.

by Rick Branch

The rediscovery of Goddess in the West in the late 1960s coincided with the women’s movement, the ecology movement, and the beginnings of the so called New Age movement.” She continues by citing one other religious movement which helped popularize this philosophy. “Perhaps one of the most visible arenas for the revival of Goddess is the neo-Paganism and Neo-Pagan Witchcraft nature religions.

by Paul K. Williams

Drums beat their monotonous single-beat rhythm announcing another ceremony of the sangomas (one of the Zulu words for "witch doctor"). Onlookers, both curious and devout, gather as the sangomas begin their ritual dance. Dressed in skins, feathers and beads they go through various gyrations, calling on the ancestors and working themselves into a state where they can commune with the spirits.

by Michael Houdmann

Satan has always sought to supplant God, and he uses lies about worshipping other gods and even ancestors to try to lead people away from the truth of God’s existence. Ancestor worship is wrong because it goes against God’s specific warnings about such worship, and it seeks to replace Jesus Christ as the Divine Mediator between God and mankind.

by Matt Slick

Because unity denies basic Christian theology it is considered an non Christian cult.

The true origin of Rosicrucianism is unknown. Today there are two groups which claim to be representative of Rosicrucianism, the Rosicrucianism Fellowship in Oceanside, Calif., and the rival organization, the Ancient Mystical Order Rosae Crucis (AMORC) in San Jose, Calif. The latter group is adamant about being the faithful Rosicrucianism order.

by Matt Slick

Of all the Biblically-based cults in America today, Christian Science is one of the most interesting. Not only does it deny the essential doctrines of Christianity but also it has completely reinterpreted the Bible. It drastically redefines the Bible’s culture and terminology and rips thousands of Scriptures out of their historical and Biblical contexts. The result is a non-Christian mixture of metaphysical and philosophical thoughts.

Pastor Jannie Viljoen

In the African context of spiritual matters, the honoring of dead ancestors play a vital role throughout a person's life. Not only are the dead honored by the living relatives, but the departed dead are seen as directing events from beyond the grave in the everyday life of the family. The dead are consulted concerning important matters in the family and the living must be careful not to offend the spirits of the ancestors. The spirits of the ancestors must also be appeased regularly by certain rituals and offerings.

by Michael Houdmann

Answer: The Way International was founded in 1942 by Victor Paul Wierwille as a radio program, then was renamed the Chimes Hour Youth Caravan in 1947. The name became “The Way” in 1955, no doubt a reference to Jesus’ statement that He is “the way, the truth and the life” (John 14:6). In spite of its name, however, The Way International is not a Christian denomination. By all rational tests, it fits the definition of a cult.

by Ergun Caner
2000

A comparison chart of Christianity and Islam.

by Bringing Truth

Rastafari is an Abrahamic new religious movement that accepts Haile Selassie I, the Ethiopian emperor from 1930 to 1974 as God incarnate and the Messiah who will deliver believers to the Promised Land, identified by Rastas as Ethiopia. It has its roots in black-empowerment and back-to-Africa movements. It originated in Jamaica and its followers continue to be concentrated there, although smaller populations of Rastas can be found in many countries today.

by Matt Slick

Cults are everywhere. Some are mainstream and widely accepted. Others are isolationist and hide from examination at great expense. They are growing and flourishing. Some cause great suffering while others appear very helpful and beneficial.

by Dean Robinson

According to the Bible, Allah is not God, Muhammed is not his prophet, and the Koran is not the Word of God. Islam is a false religion and utterly without power to save from sin because it doesn't recognize Jesus Christ as the Saviour.

by Michael Fackerell
March 9, 2007

I understand that paganism is a growing religious force in the world today. Also, there are quite a number of forms of paganism – Druidism, Wicca, Witchcraft  just to name a few. Perhaps you feel that your rituals and other spiritual activities will help to save the Earth from self-destruction. You may distrust Christianity for quite a few reasons. You can't stand the doctrine of eternal punishment, and you probably feel that most Monotheistic religions, especially Christianity, are a hindrance to spiritual development.

by Hank Hanegraaff
June 12, 2009 

What’s wrong with the “Faith” movement? Its leaders include many of the most popular television evangelists. Its emphases on faith, the authority of the believer, and the absolute veracity of Scripture could appear to be just what today’s church needs. And yet, I am convinced that this movement poses one of the greatest contemporary threats to orthodox Christianity from within. Through it, cultic theology is being increasingly accepted as true Christianity. This article will highlight several serious problems with the Faith movement by providing an overview of its major sources and leaders. Part Two will focus on the movement’s doctrinal deviations as represented by one of its leading proponents.

by Hank Hanegraaff and Erwin M. de Castro
June 12, 2009

Kenneth Copeland stands today as one of the Faith movement’s leading spokesmen. His voluminous material (in print and broadcast media), combined with his crusades and international outreach centers, attest to his vast influence. Copeland is responsible for spreading many of the Faith movement’s unbiblical teachings. He distorts the biblical concepts of faith and covenant. He reduces God to the image of man while elevating man to the status of God. He lowers Jesus to being a product of positive confession who took on a satanic nature at the cross. And he promotes the occult practice of creative visualization.

by Dave Hunt
February 1, 2014

One cannot even begin to “live by faith” while “dead in trespasses and sins”, which is mankind’s natural condition. One must be made “alive from the dead” by receiving God’s forgiveness in Christ. The Christian life of faith is only for those who are “in the faith”. Living “a good Christian life” is not the way to become a Christian. Only those who already are Christians can live that life. Nor is it lived in order to earn heaven, which is impossible, but out of gratitude to Christ for having paid the penalty for sin.

by Charlie Campbell

According to Scientology, practicing Scientology can help alleviate such things as unwanted sensations and emotions, irrational fears and psychosomatic illnesses (illnesses caused or aggravated by mental stress) as well as increase one’s spiritual awareness and ability and help one realize one’s own immortality.

by Africa Centre for Apologetics Research

The New Apostolic Church is a controversial sect that claims to be the only true Church, led by living Apostles. This claim, the group’s other doctrines, its record of false predictions about Christ’s return, and some of its unusual practices are cause for concern. This brief paper describes the origin of the sect, explains its teachings, and offers a biblical evaluation.

by Rabbi David Chernoff

Messianic Judaism is a movement of Jewish people who believe that Yeshua (Jesus’ original name in Hebrew) is the Messiah of Israel and the Savior of the world.

by Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Judaism, the first and oldest of the three great monotheistic faiths, is the religion and way of life of the Jewish people. The basic laws and tenets of Judaism are derived from the Torah, the first five books of the Bible.

by S. Michael Houdmann

Question: "What is Coptic Christianity, and what do Coptic Christians believe?"

By Mary Fairchild

Orthodox Christianity claims to have fully preserved, without any deviation, the traditions and doctrines of the early Christian church established by the apostles. This is why they believe themselves to be the only true and "right believing" Christian faith.

by S. Michael Houdmann

Question: "What is Roman Catholicism?"

by S. Michael Houdmann

Question: "What is the Baha'i faith?"

by S. Michael Houdmann

Question: "What is Confucianism?"

by S. Michael Houdmann

Question: "What is Sikhism?"

by BBC

There are 20 million Sikhs in the world, most of whom live in the Punjab province of India. The 2001 census recorded 336,000 Sikhs in the UK.

by BBC

The essence of Shinto is the Japanese devotion to invisible spiritual beings and powers called kami, to shrines, and to various rituals.

by Josh McDowell and John Stewart

Secular Humanis is a philosophy that regards the rational individual as the highest value, considers the individual to be the ultimate source of value and is dedicated to fostering the individual's creative and moral development in a meaningful and rational way without reference to concepts of the supernatural. - Peter Angeles

by Danie Haasbroek

Animism is one of the worldviews that believe in a God who created all things. A Supreme Being. The Lakota Sioux Native Americans call him “The Great Spirit.” Zulus call him Inkosi Yesulu or “The God of the Sky.” But, to Animists, he is no tdirectly connected with this world. He rules over this world by spirits.

by Contender Ministries

Anyone who has studied the global environmental movement has no doubt heard the term "Gaia".  Gaia is a revival of Paganism that rejects Christianity, considers Christianity its biggest enemy, and views the Christian faith as its only obstacle to a global religion centered on Gaia worship and the uniting of all life forms around the goddess of "Mother Earth".

by North American Mission Board
2013 

World religions have been classified into two categories: Far Eastern and Middle Eastern. Hinduism and Buddhism began in India, while Judaism, Christianity, and Islam originated in the Middle East. The major tenets of each of these faiths are listed below.

by Matt Slick

By Daymond Duck

The World Book Dictionary says, "A cult is a group or sect whose practices or beliefs are separated from generally accepted values and creeds." One of their most common traits is the fact that they look to a person or group other than the Bible for spiritual revelation. So by definition and trait Jehovah's Witnesses are a cult.

by Michael Gleghorn   

The chief object of philosophical Taoism "is to live in a way that conserves life's vitality by not expending it in useless, draining ways, the chief of which are friction and conflict."

by Patrick Zukeran

How do you know if a religious group is a cult? Jesus said that you will know false prophets by their fruits. 

By Rev. Paul Seiler

The New Age movement is not a cult as such, with a single cult leader. Rather it is a a general religious and philosophical approach to life that is shared by many cults and societies operating in the world today. The New Age movement is a common world view which is fundamentally Hinduistic in character. One of the primary ideals of this movement is oneness of mankind. Some New Agers see this in the eventual formation of a one world government and a one world religion.

By Rev. Paul Seiler

The New Age movement is not a cult as such, with a single cult leader. Rather it is a a general religious and philosophical approach to life that is shared by many cults and societies operating in the world today. The New Age movement is a common world view which is fundamentally Hinduistic in character. One of the primary ideals of this movement is oneness of mankind.

By Rev. Paul Seiler

The Unification Church is today a cult that exists in many countries of the world. It was founded by Sun Myung Moon. The Unification Church regard Moon as the Messiah and their Church as the true Church on earth.

By Rev. Paul Seiler

In recent year there has been an incredible growth in Buddhism in the Western world. Zen is among the more popular Buddhist sects operating in the West. Its popularity no doubt can be found in its experience centredness. It teaches that man through meditation can experience the ultimate experience - satori.

By Rev. Paul Seiler

Satanism is by no means a new phenomenon, it goes back hundreds of years and was first practiced in Europe in the Middle Ages. Satanism made a big come back in the mid 1960's and the thing which appears to have sparked it off was the Paramount Picture box office smash hit "Rosemary's Baby".

By Rev. Paul Seiler

Witchcraft has a very long history, it usually referred to someone who would caste spells and perform magic. Modern witchcraft while holding some characteristics of this ancient practice has its own pecularities which are exceedingly evil.

By Rev. Paul Seiler

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi onsidered that he had found the answer to the worlds problems. He believed that he had discovered a technique that would revolutionise the world, and put an end to warfare. Finding little response to his teaching in India, he decided to promote his teaching in the West. His cult was given a great boost in England when George Harrison of the Beatles came in contact with him and embraced his teaching.

By OMF

In Buddhist thought, there is no supreme being, no Creator, no omnipotent omnipresent God, no loving Lord over his creation. Ultimate reality is an impersonal void or emptiness (Sunyata). Only the void is permanent.

by goodnewspost

Buddhism is a very important part of the culture there. It is “engrained” in the habits and lifestyle of millions of Asian people.

by Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry

Wicca is an eclectic religious belief system centering around gods, goddesses, and nature worship.

by Michael Bradley

Jehovah's witnesses are also known as the "Watchtower Society" or "Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society." They were officially founded back in 1884 and were initially called the "Zion's Watchtower and Tract Society." They did not officially adopt the name of Jehovah's Witnesses until 1931.

by TA McMahon, The Berean Call

Who is the Dalai Lama and what is he all about? And why should The Berean Call even consider this Tibetan Buddhist “holy man”, whom Time magazine selected to top its list of the 100 most influential people in the world today? Well, he is a religious figure who has captured the interest – and in many cases the hearts – of millions of people, including multitudes who profess to be evangelicals.

by The online Bible school

Hinduism is the oldest religion in the history of human civilization. Unlike Buddhism, Islamic or Judaism, Hinduism has no founder, and it is the only major world religion lacking an adequate explanation as to its origin and its development. It is estimated that its origin could date back several thousands of years. It’s very beginning of time is unknown; however, some biblical scholars claim its earliest roots go back as far as the time of the Tower of Babel.

by gotquestions.org   

Scientology has gained popularity due to some Hollywood celebrities who have embraced it. Scientology was founded in 1953 by fiction author L. Ron Hubbard, just four years after he made the statement, “I'd like to start a religion—that's where the money is.” That is where he found wealth, also-Hubbard became a multi-millionaire.

by John Weldon

The Church of Scientology is a controversial new religion developed by L. Ron Hubbard as an extension of his earlier psychological theories of Dianetics. Drawing on ideas from Buddhist and Hindu religious philosophy, science fiction, and Western concepts in psychology and science, L. Ron Hubbard produced a religion that sees all human beings as immortal spirits (thetans) who have forgotten their identity and become deceived by the very universe they mentally emanated in order to amuse themselves.

by Matt Slick

Mormonism teaches that God used to be a man on another world and that he became a god by following the laws and ordinances of his god on his home world.  He brought his wife to this world, a woman he had married on the other world.  She is, essentially a goddess.

by Matt Slick

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, known as the Mormons, teaches that God the Father used to be a man on another planet, that he became a God by following the laws and ordinances of that God on that planet and came to this world with his wife (she became a goddess), and that they produce a spirit offspring in heaven. 

by Joy Magazine

a Universalist is someone who believes that every human being whom God has created or will create, will finally come to enjoy the everlasting salvation into which Christians enter, here and now.”