The Kingdom of the Cultsby Walter Martin
Pub. Date: 10/01/2003
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
The authoritative reference work on major cult systems for nearly forty years. Working closely together, Ravi Zacharias and Managing Editors Jill and Kevin Rische (daughter of Dr. Martin) have updated and augmented the work with new material. This book will continue as a crucial tool in countercult ministry and in evangelism for years to come. Among cults and… See more details below
The authoritative reference work on major cult systems for nearly forty years. Working closely together, Ravi Zacharias and Managing Editors Jill and Kevin Rische (daughter of Dr. Martin) have updated and augmented the work with new material. This book will continue as a crucial tool in countercult ministry and in evangelism for years to come. Among cults and religions included are: Jehovah's Witnesses, Mormonism, New Age Cults, the Unification Church, Baha'i Faith, Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, and more.
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KINGDOM OF THE CULTS
TABLE OF CONTENTS
1. The Kingdom of the Cults
2. Scaling the Language Barrier
3. The Psychological Structure of Cultism
4. Jehovah's Witnesses and the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society
5. Christian Science
6. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormons)
7. SpiritismThe Cult of Antiquity
8. The Theosophical Society (Gnosticism)
9. BuddhismClassical, Zen, and Nichiren Shoshu
10. The Baha'i Faith
11. Unitarian Universalism
13. The Unification Church
14. Eastern Religions
15. The New Age Cult
16. IslamThe Message of Muhammad
17. The Cults on the World Mission Field
18. The Jesus of the Cults
19. Cult EvangelismMission Field on Your Doorstep
20. The Road to Recovery
Appendix A: The Worldwide Church of GodFrom Cult to Christianity
Appendix B: The Puzzle of Seventh-day Adventism
Appendix C: Swedenborgianism
Appendix D: Rosicrucianism
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Those who argue that Dr. Martin had anything derogatory in mind when he called his book Kingdom of the Cults, in reference to his study of various religions, have either purposely disregarded Dr. Martin's own direct statements in the book, or simply didn't read the book carefully. Despite false allegations about Dr. Martin's doctorate ('degree mill') education and other unsubstantiated assertions about people 'lambasting' him for 'inaccuracies,' the Kingdom of the Cults remains a perennial classic in its field. What Dr. Martin attempted to do, as he clearly stated, was to evaluate various belief systems as they compared with the doctrines of the historic Christian faith. All the cults, and many major religions like Islam, deny certain historic Christian doctrines: The trinity, the deity of Christ, etc. With scholarly information and exhaustive documentation using mainly primary source material, Dr. Martin evaluates, in about 20 chapters, religious traditions from The Jehovah's Witnesses, Christian Science, Mormonism, and Spiritism, to Islam, Seventh-day Adventism, and Unitarianism, to name a few. It should be noted that although Dr. Martin includes the Adventists in his book, he clearly says that he does not consider them to be a cult religious system outside of orthodoxy, but a Christian sect with some heterodox beliefs, such as soul sleep and soul annihilation. Since the exhaustive nature of this book and limited review space does not permit a review that does justice to Dr. Martin's work, I will only give a few examples of how he evaluated some religious teachings in comparison to historic, orthodox doctrine, focusing on how Dr. Martin contrasted the Jesus of orthodoxy with the 'Jesus' of the cults. Explaining Jehovah's Witness doctrine using their own works in context, Dr. Martin wrote: 'For Jehovah's Witnesses, their Jesus is an angel who became a man. He is a god, but he is not God the Son, second Person of the Holy Trinity' (p. 379). Earlier in the book, Dr. Martin demonstrated how the Watchtower Society purposely mistranslated John 1:1 so that Jesus becomes 'a god' instead of God, which is pointed out as simply bad Greek grammar and exegesis (pp. 85, 86). Quoting Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of Christian Science, from her 'Science and Health' book, Dr. Martin demonstrates that her 'Jesus' is also an unorthodox one: 'The Christian who believes in the First Commandment is a monotheist. Thus he virtually unites with the Jew's belief in one God, and recognizes that Jesus Christ is no God as Jesus Christ Himself declared, but is the Son of God...' (p. 378). Dr. Martin also demonstrated from primary sources that Mrs. Eddy plagiarised from many sources to produce her 'Science and Health' book. The plagiarism is obvious when you see it as it reads in Dr. Martin's book in parallel columns, as it was reproduced prior to his book in the New York Times of July 10, 1904. This was not something Dr. Martin invented, but a fact publicized in a well-known newspaper prior to his work. And finally, Dr. Martin deals with the Mormon view of Jesus from their own literature, which he quotes as saying, 'Each of these gods, including Jesus Christ and his Father, being in possession of not merely an organized spirit, but a glorious body of flesh and bones...' (p. 380). Dr. Martin then goes on to further explain their position by stating, '...in fact, the Mormons have a full pantheon of gods. Jesus, who before His incarnation was the spirit-brother of Lucifer, was also a polygamist, the husband of the Marys and Martha, who was rewarded for his faithfulness by becoming the ruler of this earth' (p. 380). The sad fact is, most who criticize Dr. Martin's work either have not really read the book, have not thoroughly researched behind his information, or simply are not really qualified to make sweeping charges of 'pseudo-scholarship' and so forth that they make in classic ad hominem style. Apparently those who are within the cults D
As time passed over the last 2000 years, we have seen movements claiming to be christian. All with one or more things in common. The rejection of the bodily resurrection of Christ, of the Deity of Christ, or rejection of the doctrine of the Trinity. All which can be proven to be believed by even 1st century Christians like Ignatius or Polycarp. This book calls these cults out and challenges anyone to compare and see for themselves.
"kingdom of the cults" is a very remarkable book. it gave me a better understanding of many of the cults that are hidden and very dangerous out in the world today and take people money. each chapter has a very indepth write up on a certain cult along with their leader and literature and how they stay hidden and try to take in people with their deceptive beliefs. this is a wonderful book and would be great for a Bible study and a gift idea for a friend or family member most important it will let people be aware of those who come to your door some of these groups live right near by kingdom of the cults is very helpful.
This volume is considered the definitive book on cults ¿ not only those that are allegedly ¿Christian,¿ but also the overtly non-Christian, all of which deny the deity of Jesus Christ and the all-sufficient atoning power of His death on the cross. Dr. Martin covers them in depth in this outstanding book, which also taught me a great deal about true Christianity along the way.
I originally bought this book 20 years ago. It was very helpful to me in helping me understand the cults (I was 15). I still think this book is very relavent. I recommend it to anyone interested in knowing what Mormons, JW, and others believe.
Wonderful scholarship, and a heart for evangelism. This is a great reference tool for everyday evangelism, keeps you from putting your foot in your mouth.
Most cults covered well . everything said about SDA's is true , but not complete ( I used to be one) Cult of ROMAN CATHOLICISM not covered. Its by far the WORST Why go to the source? they just lie to cover their mistakes , as with freemasonry---they are TOLD TO LIE TO everybody , INCLUDING THEIR MEMBERS bBEST TO TALK TO SOMEONE WHO HAS " come out from among them--then get a second and third opinion for comparison . Be a good Berean--check it thouroughly ANGELFIRE
This is arguably the best reference work in one volume giving comprehensive details of each of the non-Christian religions. Worth every penny.
Dr. Martin (and, most importantly, his body of work) has survived the assault of character that usually accompanies non-confrontative disagreement, with references. His even-handed, scriptural treatment of ALL denominations (including his own, Southern Baptist) is always fair, and never resorts to name-calling or emotionalism. Indeed, I don't agree with all of his points, but he forces me to 'hit the Book' and prove my own opinions (read that:disagreements) to myself. Isn't that the sign of well-docmented and referenced argument?
If you want to know the truth about something, do you not go to the source? If want to know the truth about any religion, mainly Jehovah's Witnesses ask one of them.