Second, definition 2: Many will read this definition and conveniently ignore the “OR” in it.
The veneration doesn’t necessarily have to be a person, although one could easily argue the IFB’s veneration of the local church’s pastor.
I often refer to the IFB as “cult like” or “cultish” and I receive great condemnation from IFBers as a result. a particular system of religious worship, especially with reference to its rites and ceremonies. an instance of great veneration of a person, ideal, or thing, especially as manifested by a body of admirers 3. a group or sect bound together by veneration of the same thing, person, ideal, etc. a group having a sacred ideology and a set of rites centering around their sacred symbols. a religion or sect considered to be false, unorthodox, or extremist, with members often living outside of conventional society under the direction of a charismatic leader. The term “cult” can be a bit ambiguous and is often open to individual interpretation.
This post is being written to set the record straight and to provide a little more detail about what I mean by “cult like” or “cultish”. As a result I will try to narrow down the definitions and streamline my focus.
The IFB way of doing church has become the idol around which life revolves.
The only reason I mention David Koresh in this context is to set apart what we typically think of as a cult.
The Branch Davidians characterized ALL the stipulations of definition 6 above so this is an easy one to spot.
In case you didn’t notice, the definitions are pretty broad.
any system for treating human sickness that originated by a person usually claiming to have sole insight into the nature of disease, and that employs methods regarded as unorthodox or unscientific.