Why Do You Call Shepherd’s Chapel a Cult?


During my time working with this blog there has been an immense hue and cry from Shepherd’s Chapel students. Many say to me, “Why do you call them a cult? I would call Jamestown and Jim Jones a cult. Murray always encourages his students to think for themselves… I wouldn’t consider that a cult!”

Point well taken. The term “cult” is a “culturally charged” word with strong negative connotations. Nobody wants to be a brainwashed drone with no mind of their own, right? Murray knows this, that’s why he encourages them to study and think for themselves.

So when I use the word to refer to this ministry I realize that it will be perceived as inflammatory. But I think the terminology fits perfectly…

I would also like to add in their favor Shepherd’s Chapel is not a cult in the typical sense… here’s how Webster defines “cult”:


  • a small religious group that is not part of a larger and more accepted religion and that has beliefs regarded by many people as extreme or dangerous…
  • a situation in which people admire and care about something or someone very much or too much…
  • a small group of very devoted supporters or fans…

Lately I have really been keying in on how Murray teaches that there are essentially TWO bodies of Christ, the “elect” and the “free will” church… the following video segment from the Chapel’s teaching, “Elect” demonstrates perfectly why I call them a cult. It starts around 25 minutes, but listen to what he says in 25:21 – if this doesn’t make alarm bells go off you need to change the batteries in your smoke detector!

So you see what he is saying, right? That there is, “the Elect” whom he calls the “Church” – this really means “Murray’s elect” something that he fabricated… it is naked heresy pure and simple. Then there are those poor saps who are the Church of Christ whom he calls the “free will” church because they are going to worship the beast.

Essentially two churches… there is division built into this thing.

The bible doesn’t teach that there are two bodies of Christ… HE’S PEDDLING SPIRITUAL ELITISM AND PEOPLE ARE DRINKING IT UP LIKE WATER!

“For Christ himself has brought peace to us. He united Jews and Gentiles into one people when, in his own body on the cross, he broke down the wall of hostility that separated us.” – Ephesians 2:14

Let me explain this to you – because of dispensationalism Murray teaches a division in the body Christ. He learned this from Bullinger and Scofield. They maintain that the church and Israel are radically distinct and God has seperate plans and purposes for them.

BECAUSE of British Israelism (they believe that THEY are the Hebrews), the Chapel inserts themselves into the place of Israel and upholds the division of dispensationalism… DO YOU SEE THAT?

I would say this is a picture perfect definition of a cult, with the heresies to boot!


Author: Timothy Campbell

Independent researcher exposing Joel's Army / Latter-Rain Movement, Christian evangelist and helping to expose the plot of the ages - the church will be here during the great tribulation (or Golden Age of Gaia) and will have resist the beast and his mark...

2 thoughts on “Why Do You Call Shepherd’s Chapel a Cult?”

  1. Romans 11:4 But what is the divine response to him? “I HAVE KEPT for Myself SEVEN THOUSAND MEN WHO HAVE NOT BOWED THE KNEE TO BAAL.” 5In the same way then, there has also come to be at the present time a remnant according to God’s gracious choice. 6But if it is by GRACE, it is no longer on the basis of WORKS, otherwise GRACE is no longer GRACE. Dr. Murray teaches that his “elect’ were justified for what they did in the first age. These warriors were once angels who fought against the wicked one. This is not grace and it is a very wrong interpretation of scripture, Where is that in the Bible? We were chosen before the foundation because of grace not because of an action someone did as an angelic being or our own works. This is something that SC probably borrowed from the Mormons. How do you identify a cult? by them telling you what you did before you were born or need to do to earn your salvation. How do you tell a real church? by them telling you what Christ accomplished at the Cross for us in order to save us from our sins.


    1. Yes. “His elect”, means “Murray’s elect” something that he fabricated… it is naked heresy pure and simple — that is the key. I have beat that point into the ground about pre-existence here on the blog. The whole thing is fantasy religion of the highest order… and yes, very much a cult even if members study at a distance – he is still dictating a fictitious reality and they are accepting it. If you listen to his rhetorical devices he uses every type of manipulative control in the book to get people to agree



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