Someone recently objected to the statement that Harold Camping is a cult leader. Yet, when he and his teachings are compared to the standard definition(s) of a cult, he fits the bill. What are some of those main characteristics? See the short list below. I am indebted to Mr. Matt Slick of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry for outlining the basic traits of a modern cult.
1. Unorthodox, esoteric, with a devotion to a person, object, or set of new ideas.
2. Often isolationist.
3. Many cults have non-verifiable belief systems. In other words, they tend to have special beliefs no one else can know or verify, or special revelation no one else outside of the cult’s inner circle has.
4. The leader, who is often charismatic, is supposedly very special because he or she:
5. The ethics of a cult: