It's not a stretch to say
that those who have been influenced are inundated with similar methods
employed by the major cults: (1) there is the general distrust of anyone
outside the circle. (2) The visible church majority is in the process of
falling away or has completely fallen away. (3) No accountability in
organizational structure. (4) A single charismatic leader who his
followers tout as being very unique and an instrument that God is
greatly using to bring the Gospel. (5) Scripture is filtered through the
interpretation of this one man. Members only find it natural to
"see" the same things while studying the Scriptures for
themselves. (6) A constant focus on the apparent huge doctrinal
antithesis between them and others.
FROM ANOTHER ESSAY
We could also add that cults have almost always begun with an individual claiming to have been given some special insight which the entire church has missed. One of the marks of a cultic group is the tendency to set itself up against the church. Yet, Christ promised to be with His church "until the end of the age" and that "the gates of Hell will not overcome it."