[LISTEN] How to spot if your church is a cult or not

Dr Dion Forster from the University of Stellenbosch says people who often join cults often find themselves cut out from society.

Speaking to Bongani Bingwa on the breakfast show, Forster says these people think society is moving on from where their values are.

Churches are generally quite open to society so they invite members of the public in and offer care; there is often some moral or spiritual formation. Churches mostly generally encourage members to do is to integrate their lives more fully and more holy into society.

Dr Dion Forster, Systematic Theology and Ethics lecturer at Stellenbosch University

One of the primary aims of a cult is to cut them off from society as they know. So in other words to set them up in a combative relationship against society as they would know it.

Dr Dion Foster, Systematic Theology and Ethics lecturer at Stellenbosch University

READ: 'We never had warning of activities at 'sex cult' ministry: MEC

Dr Forster says cults are more of a psychological rather than a religious phenomenon.

There has been an outrage following the rescue of more 100 'sex slaves' from the Mancoba Seven Angels Ministry.

The church was raided by police which was followed by a shootout between the church leaders, its congregants and the police.

Reports emerged that the Mancoba Seven Angels Ministry was not a church but a cult and the CRL commission had warned parliament about it.

We really need a relationship between the religion and the State. If you think about it the State can also overstep its bounds when it begins to make rulings on things of a theological nature.

Dr Dion Forster, Systematic Theology and Ethics lecturer at Stellenbosch University

READ: Community gave up life savings including pensions to join EC cult: Commission

Listen to Foster explain how you can help your loved one if you think they have joined a cult...

Watch video (0:30 seconds) of how Mancoba leader tells CRL Commission how he isn't a pastor, but an angel....

Listen to more from Forster as he spoke to CapeTalk's John Maytham about how these cults work:


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