Heaven's Gate, Peoples Temple, Scientology, and the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints are examples of Christian cults. Christian cults are churches or organizations that maintain they use biblical teachings, but their teachings are not strictly biblical and Christian.
Christian cults make their own rules, change the Bible's message and have one leader. The cult leader usually claims to have special gifts, like the ability to speak directly to God through visions, dreams or visits from angels. The Peoples Temple was led by Jim Jones. His message attracted African Americans because of his views on racial equality. He and more than 900 of his followers committed suicide by drinking poisoned Flavor Aid in 1978.