I recently referred to extreme a fundamental Methodist group as a "sect" but this was challenged.
This is one definition of "sect". There are others but they seem quite similar to me.
1. A group of people forming a distinct unit within a larger group by virtue of certain refinements or distinctions of belief or practice.
2. A religious body, especially one that has separated from a larger denomination.
3. A faction united by common interests or beliefs.
As Methodism is, in itself a distinct unit of Christianity I thought this qualified. To be honest the group that has been described seems to have such extreme views, claiming to be Christian, even considering the Bible to be authoritative whilst manipulating the Scriptures to fit their own beliefs so I do not feel I would have been wrong in calling it a cult.
I think we are often blinkered when we look at these organisations, feeling that such sects or cults are only based on non-Christian beliefs and not seeing the overall issues from all groups that believe they, and only they know the absolute truth.
... but I could be wrong.
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