There has been a question posed on which churches in the Greater Moncton Area would subscribe to the 1689 London Baptist Confession and if we would endorse these churches. We respond in stating that we support churches associated with the 1689 Baptist confession of faith throughout our country and elsewhere as well as the Association for Reformed Baptist Churches of America (ARBCA). In the city of Moncton, there are only two churches that we are aware of that would hold fully to the 1689 LBC. One is Providence Christian Church and the other is a small Reformed Baptist House Church. We go on record to state that we gladly endorse Providence Christian Church however at this time we do not endorse the small Reformed Baptist House Church for reasons outside of their confessional stance.
Christians have adopted their own terminology throughout church history especially theological terms to define a multitude of doctrines and concepts found in scripture. One definition that has appeared in recent years in regards to defining a false group of Christians who teach other than the orthodox doctrines of Scripture is the term cult. The expression is especially used today to warn others of groups who may be a danger to the Christian faith. The general consensus amongst Christians is that a cult is a group or a sect that possesses teachings that are outside the scope of orthodox biblical theology. In short, these are groups who deny one or more fundamental biblical teachings about God, His Christ or salvation. Such groups would include the Watchtower Society, Latter-Day Saints, Seventh-Day Adventists, Christian Scientists, Christadelphians, Oneness Pentecostals and many more.
The term “cult” defined in this manner is perfectly o.k. even though it isn’t its original means. I wonder if the definition granted to cult today as a religion that is unorthodox or extremist is the most accurate. Could we be a little more particular in our usage of this term? Most people would not label the Roman Catholic Church as “a cult” because they are orthodox in their view of the Trinity and the Deity of Christ however many ignore their false teaching on the doctrine of salvation by their incorporation of a works based salvation through human effort including the mass, indulgences and a multitude of other religious activities. Are Roman Catholics a part of a cult? Well, it depends who you ask.