What makes the Church of the Almighty God a 'cult'? If you murder someone whilst spruking for your clan does that make you a cult? I haven't heard anything about Scientology killing anyone yet it's regarded as a cult in the media here in Australia. If it's a fringe religion does that make it a cult? How nutty does your religion have to be in order to be considered a cult? Where is the line?
I keep using that word. I do not think it means what I think it means.
I don't really know, I initially thought that if your religion did stuff that was overtly bad (murdering people in restaurants, gassing folks on the subway, getting in a shoot outs with ATF agents) then it was a cult.
However, considering large scale subjugation of women, covering up sex crimes, ritual genital mutilation etc in religions that are not described as cults that kinda blows that argument out of the water.
I now think it is the age of the religion that is the line in the sand, a cult is an embryonic form that matures into a full blown religion when it's gestated in cultural conscious for long enough.
christianity started as being described as a jewish sub cult for the first few hundred years of its existence