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In most cases the group claims to be Christian, but because of their aberrant beliefs on central doctrines of the faith (God, Jesus, and salvation), the organization is not considered by Watchman Fellowship to be part of orthodox, biblical Christianity. The term, "occult" comes from the Latin occultus or "hidden." Generally the word is used of secret or mysterious supernatural powers or magical, religious rituals.
The word "occult" in this publication is used to describe any attempt to gain supernatural power or knowledge apart from the God of the Bible.
This Index contains brief definitions, descriptions or cross references on over 1,200 religious organizations and beliefs, as well as world religions (including Christianity) and related doctrines.
Abode of the Message, Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan, New Lebanon, NY: Sufism, alchemy, dowsing, meditation to lead to "inner attunement," Native American spirituality, sweat lodge. Academy of Religion and Psychical Research, Evanston, IL: Organization founded in 1956 to explore psychic occurrences and metaphysical experiences while evaluating the growing interest in occult phenomena in Christian churches. Adelphi Organization, Dallas, TX: New Age teachings on Atlantis, karma, seven planes of existence. Adeptco, Chuck Mc Donald, Omaha, NE: Yoga, crystals, reincarnation, karma and Kabbalah teachings.
See Spiritual Frontiers Fellowship, Spiritualism, Divination. Actualism: New Age teaching based on panentheism, according to which all human beings possess the divine Christ-consciousness and are united with the Mother-Father-Creator God. Acupuncture: Chinese system of healing using needles or hand pressure (acupressure) applied to certain points on the body, traditionally believed to balance the yin and yang energies in the body by opening blocked meridians (apexes in the pathways). Advanced Organization of Los Angeles (AOLA): Promotes Scientology philosophy. Adventism: Widespread trans-denominational movement inspired by William Miller's prediction that Jesus' "advent" (return) would take place in 1844.
Once the chakras (key points or intersections) are open, the chi, or energy, supposedly can then flow through the body bringing all things into harmony. Even after the Great Disappointment (the date's failure), many people in the movement continued to believe.
Thus, cult can describe religious leaders or organizations that employ abusive, manipulative, or illegal control over their followers' lives.
In addition to these usages, Christians generally have a doctrinal component to their use of the word.
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