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One of the greatest concerns that religious people have today is the invasion of new religions or as some refer to them cults First I would like to define what a cult is in order to better understand this subject matter Harpers Bible Dictionary gives the following definition Cults are systems of worship centering in devotion or homage to a person or an object Harpers Bible Dictionary p 120 Another definition is A cult is a religious perversion It is a belief and practice in the world of religion which calls for devotion to a religious view or leader centered in false doctrine It is an organized heresy Braden p 6 Now that were a little more clear on what exactly a cult is Id like to go more into detail about why people join cults what types of people join cults and what kinds of cults there are out there So what types of people join cults This is answered simply by common sensevulnerable people Who is Vulnerable The vulnerable person is someone who lacks something very important That something can be a network of supportive people like family and friends It can be someone who has suffered a significant loss like the death of a loved one or a marriage or a job The sense of loss causes a person to seek something to fill the void The college freshman who may be homesick or out of contact with family and friends is a good example of someone who is vulnerable The motivations to find friends who will relieve the feelings of isolation are very strong and can overcome good judgment about finding the right kind of friends The cults recognize this One group that specializes in college student recruitment is the International Church of Christ aka Boston Church of Christ and Crossroads Movement If the sense of loss is from the death of a loved one the recruiting cult may
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