[quote="Holly3278, post:1, topic:268074"]
Has anyone on here ever heard of the cult known as Unity? They claim to be a "church" and they are a part of the "New Thought" movement which, in my opinion, is very similar to the New Age movement.. Here is an article about the Unity Church:
So yeah, I almost got sucked into this cult a couple of years ago. For some reason I had fell away from Catholicism and was looking for a liberal religion to be a part of. I found out about Unity, which by the way, is very liberal and checked out their "church". I got a ride to their "church" by someone who goes to the "church" which is located in Evansville, Indiana. Well, I went one time and to be honest with you, I was impressed. It seemed like a very nice liberal religion. For reasons that I am not sure of, I quit going after that first visit and thankfully so. I am so glad that I did not get sucked in to this cult. They have a lot of really weird beliefs. They have a website but I won't post it because I do not wish to post the official website of a cult.
So, does anyone else on here know anything about the Unity cult? What do you know about it? How would you recommend witnessing to a member of this cult?
How exactly are you using the word "cult"?
I myself avoid the term because it can mean so many things. The "Unity church" is certainly not orthodox, so if you simply mean "heresy" when you say "cult," then fine--but then why not say "heresy"?
I would not say that Unity is a "cult" in the pejorative quasi-sociological sense in which the term is often used--it isn't particularly authoritarian and doesn't seem to take over people's lives. (I somewhat dislike this usage, because arguably early Christianity was a "cult" in this sense, although certainly there are unhealthy dynamics in close-knit, authoritarian religious groups, and I suppose it's a good thing to have a word for this.)
As for how to witness to them--my organ teacher belongs to this church, and we have arguments about reincarnation occasionally. I try, as respectfully as possible, to come back to the fact that orthodox Christianity is about the body--Unity folks seem to think of Christianity as a purely spiritual affair, about liberating the soul. I think that's the key point that needs to be stressed.