Leaning on extra books outside the Bible or relying on a specific group's interpretation of Scripture.

I'm going to be honest with you, most "Christians" consider Jehovah's Witnesses and Mormons cults, (as well as other less well known groups). So I am not going to hide this fact and beat around the bush, it won't do us any good to pretend there are no differences, but let's look at what those differences may be.

Here is a good definition of a cult that fits the general meaning I've always heard about in Church and through research:

A cult of Christianity is a group of people, which claiming to be Christian, embraces a particular doctrinal system taught by an individual leader, group of leaders, or organization, which (system) denies (either explicitly or implicitly) one or more of the central doctrines of the Christian faith as taught in the sixty-six books of the Bible.

You may not be aware of any central Bible doctrines that your group denies, but why then do most Christians consider it a cult?  If your group truly fits this definition, then there must be a core, essential teaching that the rest of historical Christianity believes in yet is denied through your group's teaching.  Now, if everyone else thinks it is essential and your group denies it, this is a pretty serious discrepancy!  It behooves you to find out what the differences are, and to be 100% sure you are right!!! 

Whether you were brought up in this group or introduced later, it doesn't matter; it is either right or wrong. 

Some differences don't matter, but the definition says it's a central doctrine (teaching); one that would be considered essential... Something that does matter.

Where are you really putting your trust?

Choose your response:

I really am banking on the Bible alone, I don't entirely trust other interpretations or books.  They may be helpful, but my trust is in the Bible mostly. 

I believe God has given special revelation to our founders and leaders that modern, traditional "Christians" do not have.