Brother Ron Barnes
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When Does Religion Become a Cult?
Dear Brother Ron
One of the titles commonly used by ministers is “Pastor”. This is the Latin word for shepherd. The implication is that the minister looks after the well-being of his flock. A minister is also one who helps people to grow in their love of God. Any person who claims to be a servant of God and does things which harm others or cause people to turn away from God is running a cult, not a church.
I believe the people in question crossed the line when they violated the laws against polygamy and child abuse. Freedom of religion does not allow you to break the law. I can show you passages in the Bible allowing a man to kill his wife if she is not a virgin and approving of slavery. The state would probably see fit to intervene if I acted on those beliefs and rightfully so.