The Civil Writer Magazine

Father Divine, Daddy Grace, Sun Myung Moon, Jim Jones, Peace Mission, United House of Prayer for All People, Unification movement, and the Peoples Temple. Several years ago, the founder of IHOP, Mike Bickle, Evangelical Christian leader best known for his leadership of the International House of Prayer created a list of seven ways to recognize the difference between a religious community and a cult.

1. Opposing critical thinking

2. Isolating members and penalizing them for leaving

3. Emphasizing special doctrines outside scripture

4. Seeking inappropriate loyalty to their leaders

5. Dishonoring the family unit

6. Crossing Biblical boundaries of behavior (versus sexual purity and personal ownership)

7. Separation from the Church

What separated these messiahs from Jesus was Jesus promised heaven after death, they promised heaven on earth but generally with a consistent financial commitment.

Some churches coerced and hoodwinked African Americans into following the acts of the masses by using a “diverse congregation” with white Christian Americans to establish the appearance of trust and to show white Christians American are in agreement and hold strong beliefs in stated dogmas. The compelling example was the Peoples Temple of the Rev. Jim Jones the mass murderer of Jonestown Guyana. He had an estimated two-thirds white leadership, cultivating an “80 to 90 percent black” congregation. Black females made up the largest group of residents of Jonestown (45%), with white females comprising 13%. Black males made up over one-fifth (23%), with white males making up a tenth, and the remainder falling in the Mixed or Other categories.

Some "Peoples Temple" white congregates who had escaped the consequences had expressed black members were in a dire situation to follow Jim Jones to Guyana.

There are two terms, "don't fall for the Kool-aid" or literally "drink the Kool-aid" used as words of caution for what you are told. Referencing the 1978 cult mass-suicide in Jonestown, Guyana. There is no exception for the other religious organizations whose congregations had all black or white and Asians members bound by promises of a better earthly life. Jim Jones, the leader of the Peoples Temple, convinced his followers to move to Jonestown. Late in the year he then ordered his flock to commit suicide by drinking grape-flavored Kool-Aid, (the favorite flavor of African Americans) laced with potassium cyanide.

This has come to mean, "Don’t trust any church or group you find to be a little suspect on the kooky side." or "Whatever they tell you, outside of the Bible don't believe it too strongly". That includes Christian churches run by eccentric leaders, because afterall three of the churches started out as Christian churches.