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But as you can see, the definition of a cult is NOT limited to simply definition 6. 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 4.
Like I said, my focus will also be on definition numbers 1, 2 and 4. a group or sect bound together by veneration of the same thing, person, ideal, etc.
The main reverence and focus of the IFB is their unique way of doing church which, according to them, is the right way and everyone else is wrong.
The IFB way of doing church has become the idol around which life revolves.
Upon HONEST inspection can you really read those definitions as say the IFB isn’t a cult according to those definitions?
If not you are either delusional, extremely self deceptive or so enmeshed with the IFB that you simply can’t see it.
The only reason I mention David Koresh in this context is to set apart what we typically think of as a cult.
The IFB has become so good at defending their way of doing church that people can no longer see past the deception.
We often see IFBers promoting the idea that we are to be “separate” (living outside conventional society), “independent” – not belonging to an over seeing body of leadership and following the leadership of the local church pastor (under the direction of a charismatic leader).
We can see that the IFB promotes misinterpretations of scripture as fact – as evidenced on this site and many others (religion or sect considered to be false).
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.
First, definition 1: The IFB has distinct rites and ceremonies that set it apart from all other denominations.