Kingdom of the Cults / Edition 1by Walter Martin
Pub. Date: 10/01/2003
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Since the first edition was published in 1965, Walter Martin's The Kingdom of the Cults has been the leading reference work on the major contemporary cult systems. With an emphasis on the currently active, proselytizing cults, The Kingdom of the Cults continues to be a crucial tool in counter-cult ministry and evangelism. While remaining true to Walter Martin's… See more details below
Since the first edition was published in 1965, Walter Martin's The Kingdom of the Cults has been the leading reference work on the major contemporary cult systems. With an emphasis on the currently active, proselytizing cults, The Kingdom of the Cults continues to be a crucial tool in counter-cult ministry and evangelism. While remaining true to Walter Martin's original tone and text, this updated edition includes substantial new information. Relevant and accurate materials have been reintroduced from the original editions, preserving Dr. Martin's unique voice and defense of the faith. Scholarly yet readable and engaging, The Kingdom of the Cults evaluates each cult's history and beliefs, contrasting individual teachings with true biblical theology. Readers will find apologetics help in dealing with cults not only at home but also overseas.
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Table of Contents
|1.||The Kingdom of the Cults||17|
|2.||Scaling the Language Barrier||27|
|3.||The Psychological Structure of Cultism||35|
|4.||Jehovah's Witnesses and the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society||49|
|6.||Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormons)||193|
|7.||Spiritism--The Cult of Antiquity||261|
|8.||The Theosophical Society (Gnosticism)||281|
|9.||Buddhism--Classical, Zen, and Nichiren Shoshu||299|
|10.||The Baha'i Faith||321|
|13.||The Unification Church||371|
|15.||The New Age Cult||405|
|16.||Islam--The Message of Muhammad||435|
|17.||The Cults on the World Mission Field||457|
|18.||The Jesus of the Cults||469|
|19.||Cult Evangelism--Mission Field on Your Doorstep||479|
|20.||The Road to Recovery||495|
|Appendix A||The Worldwide Church of God--From Cult to Christianity||507|
|Appendix B||The Puzzle of Seventh-day Adventism||535|
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This book carefully examines the deeper history and theology of many popular 'Cults.' Martin also provides Biblical refutations to the errors of their theology. Most non-Christians can't believe what they read (especially those involved in the 'Cults'). Many have said that what Walter Martin wrote was 'made up' or a deliberate 'distortion of the truth.' This is not so and the evidence proves otherwise. Most people (since they can't seem to argue his Biblical apologetic of cultic theology) try to attack his character (which is a desperate sign of one backed into a corner). Some people invloved in the 'Cults' claim 'that is not what we believe.' These people who object are most likely relatively new to their 'religion-cult' and haven't been taught some of the 'controversial' doctrines as of yet. The great thing about this book is that Walter Martin doesn't just present his opinions, he presentes the documentation and citations (which no one can discredit) to back everything that he says. This is a great resource for those who want to learn about the 'Cults' and Christians who seek to defened their faith against the 'Cults.' Most of these 'Cults' have a beautiful outward (and sometimes Christian) appearance. But when one searches for the root of their theology it's not as beautiful and Christian as it seems. Those 'Christians' who flat out object to the data presented in this book are more than likely involved in a 'Liberal Theology' where they view the Bible as un-reliable or corrupted, probably deny the Deity of Christ, deny Salvation by Grace and not by works, and view all religions as other 'acceptable' ways to God (like the so called 'Christian' Steve does in his review). Martin also provides an apologetic on some 'main stream' religions (like Islam, Buddhism and Hinduisim) in the appendix of the book. If you love the Bible and appreciate the facts, then you'll love this book. If not, you'll be trying to convince yourself it's all just a lie!
Whether Mr. Martin was 'correct' in every single religous practice, Does not mean that the entire validity of his work should go out the window. It is very clear that LDS does not like the book, denouncing it as falsehood and incomplete. What matters the most is the unsaved in this world, to become aware that their is a loving creator that loves them unconditionally, and wants them to turn away from their sin. So that they can be saved and not die eternally away from God,and if religions out their really love their followers they would be willing to put their indifferences aside and just save them. If this book enlightens people about the false ways and practices Useing Jesus Christ as a cover for their own agenda, then I am all for it.I hope all truth seekers have their priorities straight and for them not to be waved for 'Freedom of religous rights'. The truth is not broad it is narrow, and not easily accepted for it shows us for who we really are:people in need of salvation and God can give it through Jesus:But will you receive it?
I have read numerous books containing information regarding the practices of people involved in the different forms of religion, and I can say without a doubt that the doctrines that are set forth in Dr. Martin's book, Kingdom of The Cults are pinpoint accurate. One only needs to cross-reference the various doctrines examined to the the actual quotations from the Cults themselves which is obviously the path that Dr. Martin followed. I personally appreciated all the research and facts that were stated and I might add, as a matter of record! Opinions about people such as Dr. Martin and their personal lives matter not to someone such as myself, who is more interested in the facts and not who delivers them. I loved the section in the back of the book, commonly known as the bibliography. Dr. Martin was very careful to list every single reference contained in the book pertaining to the doctrines of the cults examined and also added pertinent information about the founders and their known lifestyles. This book is a goldmine of information to the serious student of religion and continues to stand the test of time.
Your mistake was claiming to be a Christian. Working in Arkansas I learned to add 20% to my bid for anyone claiming to be a christian, because THEY were the only ones who wouldn't pay their bill! Jesus was a MAN. The orthodox Hebrew Jews had him killed and blamed it on Pilot. Then they made a martar out of him and began a new religion. I was babtized a Christian, but after YEARS of research I gave it up for my sanity.
Martin uses the Bible to defend the Bible against many of the new cults. IE, Mormonism, Jehovas Witnesses,etc.
A must have for anyone interested in the cults. This book has been one of the premier books on the subject since the 70's. Walter Martin covers a lot of ground and gives a lot of detail to the history and belief systems of many cults. This is a very good reference book. I have three editions of this book - the last one being the updated version which includes a CD. I have found this to be a good book to give as a gift to anyone interested in the cults. I recommend it to everyone.
Kingdom of the Cults is an excellent resource to have on your shelf. It breaks down the major cults and helps to understand the major tenets each subscribes.
This author has written many books, and all I have seen had had very poor documentation. He makes many claims in the past that have been proven to be totally false. A good reference book should have many references, but this book uses heresay more than facts. Case in point: In this book there is a place were he attack a founder of a religion, by asking ' the amazing facts that none of his friends and followers knew him'. From that he them only uses those quotes from them that spoke evil of the person, and the more evil the more credit the author give to the statement. Case in Point: In the mid 1980's the Mormon document bomber Hoffmann in the trial admitted that he Hofmann created false documents and event about Joseph Smith. But this author had a Radio Program call: 'The Bible Answer Man', after Hofmann admitted that the Documents were fiction, Walter Martin still told his audiance that the Hofmamm documens still painted a true Picture of Joseph Smith. Those who will rely on this book, and other like it, are those who are totaly not interested in finding the turth.
Let me say first that I am a Christian (although that label has taken on a semi-negitive connotation due to people like Walter Martin and his devoted readers). Then allow me to express how disgusted I am by Martin's ignorance when he claimes that solid and legitimate religons like Buddhism, Hinduisim (who both have been around hundreds of years longer than Christianity has)and Islam are no more than 'false-teaching' cults. The English Oxford Dictionary defines a cult as: 1.) A religion or religious sect generaly considered to be false under the guidence of a charismatic leader = [i.e.--The Pope, Jesus Christ. And, I hate to tell you, but Christianity is not regarded as 'TRUE' by everyone] 2.) A formal means of expressing religious reverence, ceremony and ritual = [i.e.--Christianity, Weekly Mass] 3.) Usualy a non-scientific method or regiment [beleif in the Trinity, Sacrements, Angels, Heaven, Hell] claimed by its origionator [Jesus Christ] to have exclusive power for its practitioners [Salvation]. Sound much like your religion , Martin?you need to re-revise your book and add all forms of Christianity to it.[Christians world wide can't even agree on the right way to practice and which bible translation to follow!] You need open your eyes and relize that your religion is no more valid than anyone else's is.