On another forum of social media someone asked the question “What’s the line between denomination and cult?”
Here’s my quick reply:
I see denominations as referring to certain group of churches that have something in common and decided to associate with themselves since they are like minded in theology and/or how they do church and affiliations of churches. I think there are denominations that are Christians and biblical as far as what the fundamentals of the Christian faith is concerned (of course they have distinctives different from others). Example of various Christian denominations that comes to mind include Missouri Synod Lutherans, Southern Baptists, Orthodox Presbyterian Church, etc. While some denominations are Christians, some denominations teaches doctrines that are heretical; that is, they are contrary to the fundamentals of the faith that is the essence of Christianity. These “denominations” we call cults. By “cults” Christians often mean theological cults since that term sometimes is used to described sociological cults (religious groups that are high pressure, authoritarian and manipulative, etc). Example of theological cults include Mormonism and Jehovah’s Witnesses since they deny the fundamentals of the faith such as the Trinity, salvation by God’s grace alone, etc.
Hope that helps!