Mormon Truth Podcast #9-Is Mormonism A Cult?!!-Part 1
In this podcast, I go through the cult checklist to once and for all, decide if Mormonism is a cult or not. I'm using the list from the ICSA (International Cultic Studies Association). Here is a quote from the website of the ICSA:
"The International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA) is an interdisciplinary network of academicians, professionals, former group members, and families who study and educate the public about social-psychological influence and control, authoritarianism, and zealotry in cultic groups, alternative movements, and other environments. Founded in 1979 as AFF (American Family Foundation), ICSA took on its current name in late 2004 to better reflect the organization's focus and increasingly international and scholarly dimensions."
The list that I'm using is entitled "Characteristics Associated with Cultic Groups" and was written and created by Janja Lalich, Ph.D. & Michael D. Langone, Ph.D. I'm sure that Mormons will find a way to discredit this website, this list and these people because Mormonism and the Mormon Church just couldn't possibly really be a cult, right? In fact, most members, as I once did, find it extremely offensive to be labeled as a cult and/or cult member.
On the ICSA website, it is also states that:
"ICSA does NOT maintain a list of "bad" groups or "cults." We nonjudgmentally list groups on which we have information.
Groups listed, described, or referred to on ICSA's Web sites may be mainstream or nonmainstream, controversial or noncontroversial, religious or nonreligious, cult or not cult, harmful or benign.
We encourage inquirers to consider a variety of opinions, negative and positive, so that inquirers can make independent and informed judgments pertinent to their particular concerns."
So, with that being said, this group is not "out-to-get" the Mormons or "persecute" them as Mormons seem to love as it just further proves that the Church is true is some twisted, jacked up cognitive dissonance. I encourage everyone to listen to this podcast and decide for yourselves, "is Mormonism a cult?"
Other recommended reading for everyone, regarding cults and whether Mormonism fits into that category, would be "why bad beliefs don't die." I also strongly recommend reading "Warning signs of a destructive cult" and also an opinion by Tal Bachman regarding the Mormon cult and the affects that it has on a person and the reasons why he knows that the Mormon Church is a cult.
Additional links from Podcast for more personal reading and research:
Post including temple recommend question #6 and a picture of what a temple recommend looks like.
Famous Mormon Prophet's/Apostle's Quotes, including the Joseph Smith's entire "I'm greater than Jesus quote" and "I've never been a polygamist or adulterer quote."
Listing of all of the things that the Mormon Cult will accept as donations, including other great info on what they are invested in.
Temple ceremony homepage, with links to audio, complete transcripts and comparisons between the 1984 and 199o ceremonies.
Samuel the Utahnite