From time to time we'll hear of someone labeling a church as a "cult." I've never heard anyone refer to Meadow Heights as a cult, but I'm sure those folks are out there. Perry Noble did some research on the definition of a cult, and he blogs about it here.
Here are the four main points he makes:
#1 - In a cult everyone is expected to talk, look, act and believe the same thing
#2 - In a cult people strive to keep things the way they are
#3 - A cult’s main concern are those who are insiders
#4 - A cult is passionate about man-made rules
What's interesting are the very "religious" claims that a cult makes about itself. These are the antithesis of what it means to follow Jesus. If you take even a glimpse at the life of Jesus and what He is asking the "big C" church to do, it looks totally opposite of the values of a cult. That sounds a lot like the "religious" leaders of the Bible- more focus on them than on God.
Is there anything in your own life that you focus on more than God?