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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.
Yes, I know that I’m partially playing a semantics game here, but that’s why I use the term “cult like” or “cultish” instead of calling the IFB a cult outright.
In the BROADIST sense we could certainly see how the IFB ACTS like a cult, in some ways, when looking at definition 6.
The IFB as a whole, has distinct features, traditions and beliefs that set it apart from other denominations (I know some of the IFBers reading this will object to the IFB being called a denomination, but that isn’t the focus of this article so please read the article on Independent Deception for more information about that topic).
The simple fact that IFBers considers themselves as “Independent” and “Fundamental” (separated from all else in Christianity) lends credence to this definition.
However, understanding that the IFB does indeed fit SOME of what definition 6 refers to and understanding that definition 6 is NOT THE ONLY DEFINITION that’s given for a cult we must logically conclude that not all cults can be boiled down to just ones that fit definition 6.
We still have seven other definitions, four of which mention the terms “religion” and/or “sect”. Now, again, I play word games here, but for good reason (there are times when arguments of semantics are relevant).
Just think about the way Jesus must have been portrayed in his society during the time of his ministry.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.We see that the IFB promotes the idea of fundamentalism (extremist) in many ways such as women wearing skirts, not going to movies or dances, etc (unorthodox) (these are simply to provide examples and are not by any means all inclusive).However, in the TRUEST sense of the word the IFB doesn’t ESACTLY fit the definition of a cult and if definition 6 above were the ONLY definition we had then I think I would have a harder time convincing people that the IFB is cultish or cult like.