Reason Six:


Nobody wants to be in a cult. Those who are in cults don't even know they're in them, but they're sure that everyone else is in a cult. Everyone is pointing. Everyone is in a cult except the people who are pointing. But everyone is pointing. 

I am here to stop all this pointing. There is now an easy and sure-fire method of telling whether or not you or your loved ones are in a cult. Simply buy a book called Larson's New Book of Cults, written by Bob Larson and published by Tyndale House Publishers of Wheaton, Illinois (Copyright 1982 by Bob Larson).

Larson is a noted Christian radio and television personality, and Tyndale House publishes Christian books. And so Christianity, with Larson as its representative, has made itself an authority on identifying cults. This is a lucky day for the rest of us, because Larson and company have saved us a lot of work. We're just as lucky as first-century Israelites whose leaders told them: "You people just relax. We'll tell you when the Messiah arrives."

Bob Larson has unfortunately made his religion the standard of truth, the Mother of All Cult Detectors. By doing this, he has deflected suspicion from his religion. This is not a new trick. By setting themselves up as The Official Messiah Detection League, the Pharisees of Jesus's day deflected all suspicion that they, themselves, could have missed the Messiah. 

You are about to see a list of things that characterize a cult. The list is very thorough. It is detailed, specific, undodgeable. This list comes from Bob Larson, who represents the Christian religion. I want you to see this thing for yourself. You are about to see things with your own eyes and smell them with your own nose. This list does not originate with Martin Zender, his wife, his children, his sister, or any of his associates. Martin Zender is only going to quote Bob Larson, then shine the light all around and leave.

The hallmark of the Christian religion is contradiction. It hugs you, but it can't look you in the eye. It promises you illumination, but it can't give you straight answers to your deepest questions. It advertises a loving and all powerful God, but ultimately can't deliver Him. It guarantees you peace, but gives you worry. It claims to have the light, then shrugs and says, "God is a mystery".

I wonder if any of these things characterize a cult?

Copyright 2002-2006 by Martin Zender. All Rights Reserved

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