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 Sodomites and Musical Worship
It is not uncommon in defending "civilian" homosexuality to ascribe the Biblical condemnation to cult or religious prostitution.
Therefore, Robbins is wrong and the cult prostitute does not define the INHABITANTS OF SODOM as religious homosexuals.
These cult prostitutes whose practice WAS LIKE THAT OF SODOM had "church houses" close by the house of the Lord: sure catch the temple people on their way to Jerusalem or other centers:
www.piney.com /Sodomites.html   (3333 words)

  
 IGF: Varnell, Paul. 'Homosexuality in Leviticus.'
The Old Testament explanation is that Yahweh condemned the male prostitution that was a religious practice of the rival Canaanites.
Referring to the supposed cult prostitutes or “qdeshim” mentioned in the Old Testament, Murray says, “There is no evidence that their sexual services were sold to men or that having sex with them had any religious significance” (p.
But its meaning is ambiguous, and it may have applied to a supposed practice — Canaanite religious prostitution — that never occurred at all.
www.indegayforum.org /authors/varnell/varnell124.html   (969 words)

  
 Anti-Cult Movement - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
As a result, it has been abandoned by the anti-cult movement in the USA, in favor of the voluntary, legal practice of exit counseling, which is, though, also a subject of controversy between sympathizers and critics of new religious movements regarding its basic assumptions and its relation to freedom of religion.
Opposition to cults and new religious movements today goes beyond a group of concerned parents, and includes individuals, ex-members, scholars of various fields, and organizations who attempt to raise public consciousness about what they feel are serious emotional, spiritual and physical abuses by various new religious movements or other cultic groups.
Within established religion, two basic reasons for opposition to cults and new religious movement can be discerned: one is mainly based on theological differences, the other is based on defending human self-determinism and targets mainly groups (religious and non-religious) with alleged cultic behavior according to the definition of the secular opposition to cults.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Debunking_of_the_anti-cult_movement_myths   (4931 words)

  
 The Watchman Expositor: Index of Cults and Religions
While many chiropractors are not engaging in alternative religious activities via their practice, critics claim that some chiropractors engage in chiropractic medicine in accordance with the Taoist principle of facilitating the flow of chi.
According to Kisser, between 1991 and 1996 CAN was the victim of approximately 50 lawsuits directly or indirectly sponsored by members of the Church of Scientology, an organization considered by CAN to be a dangerous cult.
On October 23, 1996, the Cult Awareness Network’s name, logo, and phone number were sold to a Scientology-related law firm as part of a $20,000 purchase of CAN assets in the federal bankruptcy court.
www.watchman.org /cat95.htm   (14256 words)

  
 Catholicism - Is It A Cult?
One significant consideration: any religious group that threatens damnation and/or excommunication to any segment of its membership for eating, drinking, marrying, or failure to attend religious rites is a cult.
Like other cults, the Roman Catholic Church teaches that the Bible is the inspired Word of God, and that is the basis for establishing truth, doctrine, and practice.
Perhaps the most cogent argument offered against the cults by true believers in Christ Jesus is that Scripture is the sole authority for all belief and practice for those who are in Christ.
www.truthquest.free-online.co.uk /isitcult.htm   (14256 words)

  
 Religious freedom, religious tolerance and religious intolerance
The practice of discouraging religious freedom and the freedom to express and/or promote all or certain religious beliefs - with repercussions ranging from discrimination and harassment to prevention and prosecution (by legal and/or illegal means).
The concepts of religious freedom and tolerance - allowing individuals to believe in, practice, and promote the religion of choice without repercussions - are legitimate and worthwhile.
Religious Pluralism The theory that there are more than one or more than two kinds of ultimate reality and/or truth - and that therefore more than one religion can be said to have the truth (way to God, salvation, etcetera).
www.apologeticsindex.org /r04.html   (1380 words)

  
 Cult (religion)
The cult of a religion, as opposed to its sacred writings (" scriptures"), its theology or myths, or the personal faith of its believers, has traditionally referred to the totality of external religious practice and observance, the neglect of which is impiety.
The comparative study of cult practice is part of the disciplines of the anthropology of religion and the sociology of religion, aspects of comparative religion.
"Cult" and "cultist" have recently accrued negative connotations that are dealt with at the entry Cult.
www.sciencedaily.com /encyclopedia/cult__religion_   (1380 words)

  
 ICRF Religious Freedom in the US
One major attack on religious freedom which should be noted is the attempt by enemies of new religious movements to label all such groups as “cults,&; and to pass various laws to deprive members of new religious movements of their constitutional rights under the First Amendment.
As numerous religious leaders denounced the efforts of “anti-cultists” to promote religious bigotry and subvert the First Amendment, and “deprogrammers” were inceasingly convicted of kidnapping and other crimes, the "anti-cult" movement changed their tactics.
Many of the early settlers were religious dissidents who came seeking a home where they would be free to practice their religion and worship as they desired.
www.religiousfreedom.com /wrpt/USrpt.htm   (3205 words)

  
 New Zealand Cults, Sects, Religions, Christian Organisations, and other groups
It brings to mind all the worst religious groups, where people commit suicide thinking they're going to meet a UFO, launch deadly nerve gas attacks in subways, or stockpile guns and ammunition fearing the end of the world, only to die in a blazing inferno.
Glossary - terms used to describe religious ideas and terms, and jargon used by religious groups.
Neutral: The group or belief/practice is considered spiritually neutral, or quite secular (most ecological groups and companies, for example).
www.cults.co.nz   (3205 words)

  
 Cult (religion) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In traditional usage, the cult of a religion, quite apart from its sacred writings ("scriptures"), its theology or myths, or the personal faith of its believers, is the totality of external religious practice and observance, the neglect of which is the definition of impiety.
Among the observances in the cult of a deity are rituals and ceremonies, which may involve spoken or sung prayers or hymns, and often sacrifice, or substitutes for sacrifice.
Cult and cultist have recently accrued negative connotations that are separately dealt with at the entry cult.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Cult_(religion)   (475 words)

  
 Apologetics research resources on religious cults and sects - Relativism, Renewal, Revival, Religious Movements, Etc.
In the USA, which tries to force other countries to comply with its views on religious freedom, religious intolerance often occurs under the cover of the constitutional separation of church and state, causing the nation's courts to outlaw certain religious practices (e.g.
However, cults and cult defenders often twist the term's meaning, suggesting that religious tolerance means the absence of any critical evaluation of beliefs and actions.
Reiki is not a religion, but rather a religious practice.
www.apologeticsindex.org /r00.html   (4453 words)

  
 Religious Ecstasy - Maharaji - Elan Vital - Cult
Religious ecstasy can be studied from as many points of view as there are disciplines in the scientific study of religion.
The spiritual practice of prayer, on the other hand, seems to have a lot in common with meditation.
Ecstasy-seeking religious movements have always existed, and they seem today to be as numerous as ever.
www.ex-premie.org /papers/religious_ecstasy.htm   (4453 words)

  
 Cult (religion) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In traditional usage, the cult of a religion, quite apart from its sacred writings (" scriptures "), its theology or myths, or the personal faith of its believers, is the totality of external religious practice and observance, the neglect of which is the definition of impiety.
The comparative study of cult practice is part of the disciplines of the anthropology of religion and the sociology of religion, two aspects of comparative religion.
Among the observances in the cult of a deity are ritual, which may involve spoken or sung prayers or hymns, and often sacrifice, or substitutes for sacrifice.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Cult_(religion)   (4453 words)

  
 Cult suicide - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Critics of this theory state that this means that any religious practice which leads to death, or that rejects apostasy, would taint the faith as having cult suicide.
Cult suicide is that phenomenon by which some religious groups, in this context often referred to as "cults", have led to their membership committing suicide.
The April 1993 deaths of the Branch Davidians near Waco, Texas was deemed to be a cult suicide by varied media sources.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Cult_suicide   (1840 words)

  
 Apologetics research resources on religious cults and sects - Relativism, Renewal, Revival, Religious Movements, Etc.
However, cults and cult defenders often twist the term's meaning, suggesting that religious tolerance means the absence of any critical evaluation of beliefs and actions.
In the USA, which tries to force other countries to comply with its views on religious freedom, religious intolerance often occurs under the cover of the constitutional separation of church and state, causing the nation's courts to outlaw certain religious practices (e.g.
Reiki is not a religion, but rather a religious practice.
www.countercult.com /r00.html   (4453 words)

  
 Apologetics research resources on religious cults and sects - Relativism, Renewal, Revival, Religious Movements, Etc.
However, cults and cult defenders often twist the term's meaning, suggesting that religious tolerance means the absence of any critical evaluation of beliefs and actions.
In the USA, which tries to force other countries to comply with its views on religious freedom, religious intolerance often occurs under the cover of the constitutional separation of church and state, causing the nation's courts to outlaw certain religious practices (e.g.
Reiki is not a religion, but rather a religious practice.
www.countercult.com /r00.html   (4453 words)

  
 Cult suicide - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Critics of this theory state that this means that any religious practice which leads to death, or that rejects apostasy, would taint the faith as having cult suicide.
Cult suicide is that phenomenon by which some religious groups, in this context often referred to as "cults", have led to their membership committing suicide.
In the beliefs of the cult, this was not an act of self-extermination; they believed that they were merely "exiting their human vehicles" so that their souls could go on a journey aboard a spaceship they believed to be following comet Hale-Bopp.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Cult_suicide   (1795 words)

  
 The Watchman Expositor: Index of Cults and Religions
While many chiropractors are not engaging in alternative religious activities via their practice, critics claim that some chiropractors engage in chiropractic medicine in accordance with the Taoist principle of facilitating the flow of chi.
Thus, cult can describe religious leaders or organizations that employ abusive, manipulative, or illegal control over their followers’ lives.
The absence of a religious movement from this index does not mean that Watchman Fellowship endorses the organization.
www.watchman.org /cat95.htm   (14256 words)

  
 Castration cult - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A number of religious cults have included castration as a central theme of their practice.
The cult of Cybele, in which devotes castrated themselves in ecstatic emulation of Attis: see Gallus.
Paul's Epistle to the Galatians, addressed to churches in the heart of Cybele's territory, warns against the practice (Galatians 5:12).
www.wikipedia.org /wiki/Castration_cult   (149 words)

  
 The Watchman Expositor: Index of Cults and Religions
While many chiropractors are not engaging in alternative religious activities via their practice, critics claim that some chiropractors engage in chiropractic medicine in accordance with the Taoist principle of facilitating the flow of chi.
Other religious leaders have historically claimed to hold the office or ministry of Christ including Unification Church founder Rev. Sun Myung Moon.
On January 18, 2000, the cult announced it was changing its name to Arefu (Aleph, in English).
www.watchman.org /cat95.htm   (14256 words)

  
 The Watchman Expositor: Index of Cults and Religions
While many chiropractors are not engaging in alternative religious activities via their practice, critics claim that some chiropractors engage in chiropractic medicine in accordance with the Taoist principle of facilitating the flow of chi.
According to Kisser, between 1991 and 1996 CAN was the victim of approximately 50 lawsuits directly or indirectly sponsored by members of the Church of Scientology, an organization considered by CAN to be a dangerous cult.
Other religious leaders have historically claimed to hold the office or ministry of Christ including Unification Church founder Rev. Sun Myung Moon.
www.watchman.org /cat95.htm   (14256 words)

  
 The Watchman Expositor: Index of Cults and Religions
While many chiropractors are not engaging in alternative religious activities via their practice, critics claim that some chiropractors engage in chiropractic medicine in accordance with the Taoist principle of facilitating the flow of chi.
Thus, cult can describe religious leaders or organizations that employ abusive, manipulative, or illegal control over their followers’ lives.
The absence of a religious movement from this index does not mean that Watchman Fellowship endorses the organization.
www.watchman.org /cat95.htm   (14256 words)

  
 Religious Movements Homepage: Falun Gong
"'Spiritual Practice or Evil Cult'?: Comprehending Falun Gong in the Context of China's Religious Policy." Paper presented at the annual meetings of the American Academy of Religion (Nov 11).
Since the Religious Movements Homepage seeks to promote religious tolerance and appreciation of the positive benefits of pluralism and religious diversity in human cultures, we encourage the use of alternative concepts that do not carry implicit negative stereotypes.
He concludes that instead of religious intolerance, the government's crackdown is motivated by a need to keep face, preserve predictibility and re-establish state control and order with this flagrant group flaunting surprise demonstrations in Tienanmen Square.
religiousmovements.lib.virginia.edu /nrms/falungong.html   (14256 words)

  
 'New' China: Same Old Tricks - Christianity Today Magazine
The State Department's 2001 International Religious Freedom Report on China said the "government seeks to restrict religious practice to government-sanctioned organizations and registered places of worship and to control the growth and scope of the activity of religious groups."
Li is also documenting the cases of 117 religious people who have died while in official custody, 700 who have been put in labor camps, and 550 who are wanted by the police but are in hiding.
In a speech, a local public security official in charge of religion quoted Hu Jintao, likely to be the next leader of China, on the proper approach to a “cult”: “Watch and follow its direction and deal with it by law at the proper time.” As the orders filter down, local leaders often act aggressively.
www.christianitytoday.com /ct/2002/003/11.38.html   (2479 words)

  
 THE CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST (CHRISTIAN SCIENCE)
Christian Scientists practice their religious teachings out of reasoned conviction of its truth - not from blind irrational feelings about Mary Baker Eddy.
Some has come from the Counter-cult Movement; other from some conservative Christian religious leaders.
She was raised in a strict, deeply religious home, from which she derived her lifelong interest in Christianity and the Bible.
www.religioustolerance.org /cr_sci.htm   (3144 words)

  
 THE CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST (CHRISTIAN SCIENCE)
Christian Scientists practice their religious teachings out of reasoned conviction of its truth - not from blind irrational feelings about Mary Baker Eddy.
Some has come from the Counter-cult Movement; other from some conservative Christian religious leaders.
She was raised in a strict, deeply religious home, from which she derived her lifelong interest in Christianity and the Bible.
www.religioustolerance.org /cr_sci.htm   (3144 words)

  
 Baha'i Faith & Religious Freedom of Conscience
There are, however, some cult-like elements in its governance: shunning, threats of shunning, prohibition on publicly criticizing leaders, prepublication censorship, surveillance and informing on adherents by others.
I say explicitly that prepublication censorship has been a Baha'i practice for almost a century, and note that while it is called "temporary" by Baha'i leaders, it appears to be being extended and widened, and to be envisaged as continuing for centuries.
In May, 1995, that body authorized the continued functioning of the list as legitimate, and characterized such email messages as private correspondence not requiring review.
www.fglaysher.com /bahaicensorship/Cole21.htm   (3144 words)

  
 Baha'i Faith & Religious Freedom of Conscience
There are, however, some cult-like elements in its governance: shunning, threats of shunning, prohibition on publicly criticizing leaders, prepublication censorship, surveillance and informing on adherents by others.
I say explicitly that prepublication censorship has been a Baha'i practice for almost a century, and note that while it is called "temporary" by Baha'i leaders, it appears to be being extended and widened, and to be envisaged as continuing for centuries.
In May, 1995, that body authorized the continued functioning of the list as legitimate, and characterized such email messages as private correspondence not requiring review.
www.fglaysher.com /bahaicensorship/Cole21.htm   (3144 words)

  
 BCMHE's note about cults
This page lists guidelines for recognizing a cult, and gives you advice on where to find help if you are involved in a destructive religious group.
Some destructive religious groups make a practice of approaching students both on and off campus.
The Reverend Robert W. Thornburg, former Dean of Marsh Chapel at Boston University, is a nationally recognized authority on destructive cults, especially the Boston Church of Christ.
campusfaith.org /pages/Cults.html   (3144 words)

  
 Personality Cult Encyclopedia Article, Definition, History, Biography
Often, cults or new religious movements defend this practice by comparing itself to mainstream religions like
In fact, some religious scholars consider cults as mini-dictatorships.
Cults of personality can collapse very quickly after the ousting or death of the leader.
somethingpersonal.com /search/encyclopedia/Personality_cult   (3144 words)

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