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!