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Is the Apostolic church a cult?

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The Apostolic church does classify as a cult; it considers itself a branch of Christianity, but deviates in ideology from traditional biblical teachings, making it classify as a cult. The Apostolic church embraces some traditional teachings of the Christian religion, such as the belief in a single God. Apostolic practitioners also appoint ministers and consider the Bible a source of authority, as do other Christian churches, but this branch envisions God in a very different physical form than the main Christian religions.

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The Apostolic faith considers God a single entity, like traditional Christian churches. However, practitioners envision God taking the shape of three distinct beings: the Father, Son and Holy Ghost. While many Christians believe a single God retains a distinct identity at all times, Apostolic believers see God as a changing being; at any time, he may take the shape of any of the three personalities he embodies.

Like other Christian churches, Apostolic church sessions contain a format consisting of biblical readings, song and prayer. This church, however, refers to the King James Bible for historical accuracy. Apostolic followers believe strongly in the concept of salvation, which requires adherence to several rules. To attain salvation, individuals must have been baptized in the name of Jesus, must speak or attempt to speak in tongues, must abide by rigid codes of holiness and must have faith solely in Jesus.

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