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The Kingdom of the Cults: The Definitive Work on the Subject (2003)

The Kingdom of the Cults: The Definitive Work on the Subject (2003)

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This has been the definitive Christian reference work on major cult belief systems for 40 years. Now fully updated, The Kingdom of the Cults, continues to be a crucial tool in counter-cult ministry, apologetics, and evangelism.

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This has been the definitive Christian reference work on major cult belief systems for 40 years. Now fully updated, The Kingdom of the Cults, continues to be a crucial tool in counter-cult ministry, apologetics, and evangelism.
- Koorong

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.
- Publisher

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. Book jacket.
- Publisher

Table Of Contents

  • 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. Spiritism--the Cult Of Antiquity
    8. The Theosophical Society (gnosticism)
    9. Buddhism--classical, Zen, And Nichiren Shoshu
    10. The Baha'i Faith
    11. Unitarian Universalism
    12. Scientology
    13. The Unification Church
    14. Eastern Religions
    15. The New Age Cult
    16. Islam--the Message Of Muhammad
    17. The Cults On The World Mission Field
    18. The Jesus Of The Cults
    19. Cult Evangelism--mission Field On Your Doorstep
    20. The Road To Recovery

    appendix Section
    appendix A: The Worldwide Church Of God--from Cult To Christianity
    appendix B: The Puzzle Of Seventh-day Adventism
    appendix C: Swedenborgianism
    appendix D: Rosicrucianism
    bibliography
    scripture Index
    subject Index

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Brilliant book
5 stars By Steven, Feb 15 2016
If you want to know about the other religions and there dangers this is a great book. All christians should have this.
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Apologetics
5 stars By Daniel, May 07 2015
Walter Martin's book has helped me gain a thorough understanding of different religions and how they are similar or dissimilar to Christianity. Whenever debating cults I use this book as a resource. A great buy.
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A field manual for a Christian who is trying to witness to those caught in false religions
5 stars By Joel Radford, Jul 12 2012
In John's gospel Jesus taught that he is the only way to the Father. 

Yet many do not believe Jesus is the only way and have developed their own different ways to the Father.  Thus the Christian is left in great confusion about many of these ways, particularly when they seek to evangelise people from false religions.  Without knowledge of their adversaries, the Christians are usually poorly equipped to fight.

So how does one learn about the many false religions, cults and sects that are out there, particularly when many are secretive and not honest about their teachings? 

That's where the 'Kingdom of Cults' steps in as a helpful resource.  Walter Martin's work has become quite a classic, initially appearing in 1965, and receiving revisions in 1985 and 2003.  (Disclaimer: I have read the 1985 edition cover to cover and flicked through the 2003 edition).

Initially the book spends three chapters helping the reader to understand cults in general, including the psychological nature of them.

Then individual chapters are dedicated to:
(i) Jehovah's Witnesses;
(ii) Christian Science;
(iii) Mormonism;
(iv) Spiritism;
(v) The Theosophical Society;
(vi) Zen Buddhism;
(vii) The Baha'i Faith;
(viii) The Unity School of Christianity;
(ix) Herbert Armstrong and the Worldwide Church of God - Anglo-Israelism;
(x) Unification Church;
(xi) Scientology;
(xii) Eastern religions;
(xiii) Islam;
(xiv) Cults on the World Mission Fields;

Then three chapters at the end give advice on how Christians can evangelise those enslaved in cults. 

There is also an appendix examining:
(i) Seventh Day Adventism;
(ii) Unitarianism;
(iii) the Rosicrucian Fellowship;
(iv) Swedenborgianism.

The book is excellent. 

The research into the cults is often copious and evidence for what the cults teach is not paraphrased but quoted to assure the reader that Martin's views are not contrived. 

Moreover, Bible passages are regularly quoted throughout the chapters to show the inexperienced Christian how a particular cult's teaching is false in light of the Scriptures.

My only problem with the book is that it doesn't dedicate enough space to some cults.  This is understandable as in writing such a book one would have to choose which cults of the many to concentrate on and how much detail to give.  I'm guessing that Martin chose to spend more time on those cults that are a considerable challenge to the English-speaking Western Christian audience and so this decision is reflected in the book.  But as this book was first written in 1965 it shows its age.  For example, Islam may not have been more than a blip on the radar of Martin in 1965, but today it is of great importance to the Western Christian.  To illustrate, in the 1985 edition Islam receives only 4 pages of treatment compared to the 88 pages on Jehovah's Witnesses (the 2003 edition appears to try and rectify this problem by including 30 pages on Islam, but nevertheless this is in comparison to 100 pages in that edition on Jehovah's Witnesses).  Thus you should be aware that some chapters will leave you begging for more.

But as an introduction to many of the cults, Martin's work will help you lovingly bring many from false ways to 'the' way.
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  • Catalogue Code 195840
  • Product Code 0764228218
  • EAN 9780764228216
  • Pages 704
  • Department Academic
  • Category World Religions
  • Sub-Category Reference
  • Publisher Bethany House Publishers
  • Publication Date Oct 2003
  • Sales Rank #20810
  • Dimensions 234 x 162 x 54 mm
  • Weight 1.086kg

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