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.

Founder The
The Church God Jesus Salvation Jesus' Resur-rection Scripture
and writings associated
with group
(The Truth to compare against)
Jesus Christ That Jesus saves from sin Those who are saved Trinity: 3 Persons in one God God in flesh by Grace Jesus rose in the same body he died in. The Bible alone
John Thomas (1805-1871) founded 1848 Faith in Christ and baptism Members of their church One God as one person Created being. A man with a sin nature Baptism is required Yes The Bible is inspired. Elpis Israel, Eureka written by founder.
Christian Science Mary Baker Eddy (1821-1910) Religious beliefs of Jesus' teachings, not the atonement. A collection of spiritual ideas Impersonal Universal Presence A man in tune with the Divine Consciousness, not the Christ. Correct thinking No Bible, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Miscellany
Islam Muhammad Faith in Allah and works n/a One God: Allah. Non Trinitarian Created being. A prophet. Not God. by Allah's grace and man's works No. Qur'an, Hadith
Jehovah's Witnesses Charles T. Russell (1852-1916) founded 1879 Jesus opened the door for us to earn our salvation Members of their church One Person Created being. Michael the archangel who became a man Keeping the command-ments, being in their Organization No Bible, Studies in the Scriptures, presently the Watchtower and Awake Magazines
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day saints (Mormons) Joseph Smith (1805-1844) founded 1830 Jesus' atonement plus the Laws and ordinances of the gospel Members of their church Triad - 3 gods. Created being. The brother of the devil and of all people Resurrected by grace, saved by doing works. Yes The Bible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, Pearl of Great Price
Oneness Pentecostal N/A Faith in Christ and baptism Members of their church One Person modalism God in flesh By faith and baptism "in Jesus' name" in their church Yes The Bible
Theosophy Madame Helena Blavatsky (1831-1891) founded 1875 n/a n/a God is a principle Created being. A great teacher * No The Secret Doctrine, Isis Unveiled, The Key to Theosophy, and The Voice of the Silence
Unity Charles Fillmore (1854-1948) founded 1889 The overall principles of Unity A collection of spiritual ideas Impersonal Universal Power Created being. A man, not the Christ Adopting the correct Unity thought principles No Bible, Unity Magazine, Metaphysical Bible Dictionary.
Way International Victor Paul Wierwell (1917-1985) Earned Members of their church One Person Created being. A man, not God in flesh By works Yes Bible, Jesus Christ is Not God, Power for Abundant Living






About The Author

Matt Slick is the President and Founder of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry.