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Cult in this sense, is a counterfeit or serious deviation from the doctrines of classical Christianity.
Watchman Fellowship usually uses the term cult with a Christian or doctrinal definition in mind.
Sociologists and anthropologists sometimes use the term cult to describe religious structure or belief patterns with meanings (usually non-pejorative) unique to their disciplines.
In modern usage, the term cult is often used by the general public to describe any religious group they view as strange or dangerous.
Generally it refers to witchcraft, satanism, neo-paganism, or various forms of Psychic discernment (astrology, seances, palm reading, etc.). New Age is a recent and developing belief system in North America encompassing thousands of autonomous (and sometime contradictory) beliefs, organizations, and events.
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Aetherius Society, Sir George King: Clairvoyance, karma, reincarnation, psychometry, Great White Brotherhood, UFOs, alchemy, occult secrets of Jesus, mantras.
Affective Education: Also called value-free, or non-directive, education.
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.