Cult Comparison Chart

This chart is a simplification of various groups and their beliefs. It is, to be realistic, an oversimplification. But it gives the reader an idea of where the groups stand.

Group NameFounderThe GospelThe ChurchGodJesusSalvationJesus ResurrectionScripture and writings associated with group
Christianity
(The Truth to compare against)
Jesus ChristThat Jesus saves from sinThose who are savedTrinity: 3 Persons in one GodGod in fleshby GraceJesus rose in the same body he died in.The Bible alone
ChristadelphianismJohn Thomas (1805-1871) founded 1848Faith in Christ and baptismMembers of their churchOne God as one personCreated being. A man with a sin natureBaptism is requiredYesThe Bible is inspired. Elpis Israel, Eureka written by founder.
Christian ScienceMary Baker Eddy (1821-1910)Religious beliefs of Jesus' teachings, not the atonement.A collection of spiritual ideasImpersonal Universal PresenceA man in tune with the Divine Consciousness, not the Christ.Correct thinkingNoBible, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Miscellany
IslamMuhammadFaith in Allah and worksn/aOne God: Allah. Non TrinitarianCreated being. A prophet. Not God.by Allah's grace and man's worksNo.Qur'an, Hadith
Jehovah's WitnessesCharles T. Russell (1852-1916) founded 1879Jesus opened the door for us to earn our salvationMembers of their churchOne PersonCreated being. Michael the archangel who became a manKeeping the commandments, being in their OrganizationNoBible, Studies in the Scriptures, presently the Watchtower and Awake Magazines
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day saints (Mormons)Joseph Smith (1805-1844) founded 1830Jesus' atonement plus the Laws and ordinances of the gospelMembers of their churchTriad - 3 gods.Created being. The brother of the devil and of all peopleResurrected by grace, saved by doing works.YesThe Bible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, Pearl of Great Price
Oneness PentecostalN/AFaith in Christ and baptismMembers of their churchOne Person modalismGod in fleshBy faith and baptism "in Jesus' name" in their churchYesThe Bible
TheosophyMadame Helena Blavatsky (1831-1891) founded 1875n/an/aGod is a principleCreated being. A great teacher*NoThe Secret Doctrine, Isis Unveiled, The Key to Theosophy, and The Voice of the Silence
UnityCharles Fillmore (1854-1948) founded 1889The overall principles of UnityA collection of spiritual ideasImpersonal Universal PowerCreated being. A man, not the ChristAdopting the correct Unity thought principlesNoBible, Unity Magazine, Metaphysical Bible Dictionary.
Way InternationalVictor Paul Weirwell (1917-1985)EarnedMembers of their churchOne PersonCreated being. A man, not God in fleshBy worksYesBible, Jesus Christ is Not God, Power for Abundant Living

 

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