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Chapter 1: Regulations

Section 1: Intro

Section 2: General Regulations








The Nature of Facts, Beliefs, and Opinions






Third Party Resources

Section 3: Terms of Use

User Conduct



Agreement to the Terms of Use

Section 4: Miscellaneous


Chapter 2: Cults

Section 1: What is a Cult

Section 2: Identifying a Cult

Section 3: Legality of Cults

Chapter 3: The PMCC 4th Watch Cult and the Truth Project

Section 1: The PMCC 4th Watch Cult

Section 2: The PMCC 4th Watch Truth Project

Part 2: The PMCC 4th Watch

Chapter 1: Doctrine of the PMCC 4th Watch

Section 1: Basic Beliefs

Section 2: The Holy Bible

Section 3: Deityship

Section 4: Leadership

Section 5: Apostleship

Section 6: Fellowship

Section 7: Oneness of Truth

Section 8: Salvation

Section 9: Creation

Section 10: Metaphysics

Section 11: The Apocalypse

Section 12: The Fourth Watch

Section 13: Tithing

Section 14: Prayer

Section 15: Ethics

Section 16: Science

Section 17: Geology

Section 18: Medicine

Section 19: Females

Section 20: Sexuality

Section 21: Homosexuality

Section 22: Environment

Chapter 2: Practice of the PMCC 4th Watch Cult

Section 1: Promotion

Section 2: Initiation

Section 3: Training

Section 4: Psychological Programming


Mind Control



Programming in Action

Section 5: Devotion

Section 6: Worship

Section 7: Miscellaneous Practices

Holy Communion

Speaking in Tongues

Secrecy, Mystery, and Deception

Chapter 3: Membership of the PMCC 4th Watch Cult

Section 1: Overall Membership

Section 2: God

Section 3: Leadership

The Apostle Arsenio T. Ferriol, the Cult Leader

The Head pastor Jonathon Ferriol

Congresswoman Abigail Faye Ferriol

Section 4: The Followers

Section 5: Membership Summary

Chapter 4: Unbiblical Features of the PMCC 4th Watch Cult

Section 1: False Prophet

Section 2: The Fourth Watch

Section 3: Female Equality

Section 4: A Spherical Earth

Chapter 5: Miscellaneousy of the PMCC 4th Watch Cult

Section 1: Gossip

Section 2: Feelings

Section 3: Summary of the Cultic Features of the PMCC 4th Watch

Section 4: Refuting the 4th Watch Apostle

The Apostle's Claims

The Importance of the Bible

Scientific Verification of the Holy Bible and God

Importance of a Teacher

Qualifications of a Teacher

Proving the Apostles' Qualifications

Proving the Apostles are Sent by God

The 4th Watch Apostle

Our Questions to Arsenio Ferriol


Conversing with a 4th Watcher

Section 5: The Word and Surer Word Magazines

Section 6: Maranatha Christian Academy

Section 7: Conclusion on the PMCC 4th Watch Cult

Section 8: PMCC 4th Watch Locations

Part 3: Watchers of the 4th Watch

Chapter 1: About Us

Chapter 2: Personal Experiences with the PMCC 4th Watch Cult

Section 1: Personal Experience 1

Chapter 3: The Official Anti-PMCC 4th Watch Poem

Chapter 4: Miscellaneousy of the Watchers of the 4th Watch

Section 1: Testimonies from Victims

Section 2: Contact Information

Part 4: Miscellaneous

Chapter 1: After Thoughts

Section 1: For Victims

Leaving a Cult

Coping With Detachment


How to Get Involved

Section 2: Religious Alternatives



Chapter 2: Frequently Asked Questions

Chapter 3: Dialogues

Section 1: Inactive Dialogues

Arguments and Remarks


Reaction to the Official 4th Watch Poem

Response to the Official PMCC 4th Watch Poem by Elaine Medina

Our Response

Section 2: Active Dialogues

Active Dialogue Regulations and Terms of Use

The Forum

Quotes from the 4th Watch Cult Members

Quotes from Arsenio Ferriol

Quotes from Jonathon Ferriol

Quotes from Maritess Ferriol

Quotes from Various 4th Watch Cult Members

Chapter 4: News

Chapter 5: Miscellaneous

Section 1: Articles

Section 2: Mail

Hate Mail

Love Mail

Section 3: Resources


Section 4: Friends

Section 5: Credits
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Chapter 4: Unbiblical Features of the PMCC 4th Watch Cult

We have finished explaining most of the characteristics of the 4th Watch, including all of its cultic features. While we have explained to you that being unbiblical does not mean cultic, we have also provided a few things here which the 4th Watch teaches that are unbiblical in order to show that the 4th Watch, despite claiming to follow the Bible literally and 100%, do not actually practice what they preach. Keep in mind that as you read these examples, the 4th Watch explicitly teaches that the Bible is completely inerrant and is the exact word of God. This means that there are no mistakes of any kind and it is to be followed exactly. But it is clear that they do go against certain teachings of the Bible or make up their own.

With that said, the Bible is a book of fiction and immorality anyway, so there is very little value in teaching from it. In fact, because the Bible is so full of incorrect information and immorality, being unbiblical is usually a good thing, and we would encourage anybody in most cases to do things that are not according to the Bible. So just because the 4th Watch does something unbiblical, that does not mean that they are doing something wrong. In fact, by being unbiblical, they are probably doing certain things that are difficult as that can be to imagine.

Now, are there some positive things in the Bible? Sure, there are a few things. Not a lot, but if you look long enough and close enough, you can eventually find something that's positive. With anything in life, the best approach to following advice or believing in new information is to think about what you have just been presented, see if it makes sense to you, research it if necessary, and then make a decision whether or not to follow or believe it. You should never follow anything blindly. This means you have to pick and choose what is right. If someone gave you a bunch of advice and information, you shouldn't have the attitude of just accepting all of it or none of it. You should select what is right and reject what isn't.

The 4th Watch, along with other fundamentalists, teach that the Bible should be accepted in its entirety, which is not a wise thing to do. However, if they are going to make this claim, that the Bible is 100% true and moral, then they should practice what they preach and not pick and choose. But of course, even fundamentalists, while they might not admit it, do pick and choose. So again, the reason why we are presenting this piece to you is to show that despite what they say about following the Bible literally, they don't always do so.

So why does Arsenio Ferriol preach fundamentalism? Well remember that he's not looking to actually teach Christianity, he just wants to make money. From this perspective, he's a smart guy. He knows that the Bible has been around for a long time and has been the source of Christian understanding for many years. Persons trust it and are familiar with it. They are certainly more willing to trust the Bible than someone who just calls himself the Apostle and teaches whatever he wants. Therefore, the Bible is a safety tool for the cult leader to use which will help sell the idea of his apostleship. Further more, the Apostle can't just tell his followers that he only agrees with some of the Bible, because then of course, it just makes the Bible seem not as credible, and then his whole religion also doesn't seem as credible. So he has little choice. His cult depends on him teaching a credible Bible, so he teaches that it is the exact word of God, and that it has no errors, is 100% factually correct, is the complete source for morality, and that it is to be followed literally.

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Still, in reality, the Apostle, like most fundamentalists, does not actually practice what he preaches and does not follow the Bible exactly this way. He knows damn well that he can't follow every teaching in the Bible. For one, he'd be arrested and jailed. And two, he wouldn't have nearly as many followers as he does today, and thus he wouldn't be rich. So how does he resolve this issue? Simple, he convinces persons that he is the sole authority on the Bible, and then reinterprets the Bible to fit his teachings. The Bible is very difficult to understand. It is very lacking in detail and wide open to various forms of interpretation. You can take the same verse and come up with a hundred possibilities of what it means. In theory, you can take almost the entire Bible and make it mean what you want it to mean. That is what most cults including this one do. The cult leader has decided what it will teach and has come up with a plan as to how he will explain those teachings according to the Bible.

Section 1: False Prophet

The first unbiblical property of the 4th Watch is an obvious one, and that is the apostle himself. As I explained earlier, he claims that God had come to him in a vision and made him the Apostle, and he alone is the authority on what the Bible teaches and how the church of God is to be run.

There are several verses which talk about false teachers. Here's three of them:

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The Holy Bible spacer Mat 7:15
Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
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The Holy Bible spacer Mat 24:11
And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
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The Holy Bible spacer 2 Peter 2:3
In their greed these teachers will exploit you with stories they have made up. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping.
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Many false prophets do rise. They having been coming forward and deceiving many for years, starting their own cults, and Arsenio Ferriol is nothing new. He is just another con-artist pretending to be a prophet. The truth is, he's no prophet. He is a very smart con-artist and business man that has fooled thousands of persons and has taken their money from them. That's it. He has never been able to demonstrate how he is a true teacher, especially that he is the only true prophet, nor has be ever been able to back up or verify any of his claims.

The Bible implies that a false prophet will be greedy, and will lie to you in order to gain wealth. This is exactly what Arsenio has shown to be. He obviously makes up lies, and he is obviously greedy. His greed is made visible by lying to get money, emphasizing on tithing, and not paying his employees to run his business. He sits back and takes pleasure in all of the wealth that rolls in that he takes from his members.

The fact that he gives himself such illustrious titles, doesn't pay his employees, teaches both immoral and incorrect things, cannot backup his claims, and cannot unify multiple cultures and races, proves he is no apostle sent from God. He is nothing more than a criminal who should have been put in jail a long time ago...and his son can join him.

You can see how we debunk Arsenio Ferriol as a real apostle, both Biblically and otherwise, in a special section dedicated to doing so.

Section 2: The Fourth Watch

The second unbiblical feature of the 4th Watch is the actual notion of this 4th Watch concept. The fourth watch is unique to the PMCC 4th Watch religion. Arsenio has divided the time of the Earth into four different time periods and called them watches. According to the cult, the first three watches have passed, and we are now living in the fourth watch. The fourth watch is significant because this is the last watch we have to live on Earth, and it is in this watch that the Earth will end. The fourth watch is the watch that contains the Apocalypse; when Jesus makes his return and the Rapture takes place. This is the time when Armageddon will occur and everyone will be judged. In other words, we are now living in the End Times, and this is where the cult gets part of its name.

In the Bible, days were divided into four periods called watches, used when soldiers would take turns being on guard, and the fourth watch was the last period of the day. The notion of the fourth watch involving time being divided into four periods, and the End Time being the fourth watch is obviously derived from this Biblical concept, but the notion that time is divided into four periods, the fourth being the End Time, and that we're now living in the fourth watch, is not in the Bible. Arsenio tries to cover this mistake by saying that God gave him this information in a revelation, but that of course is not true. And besides, it is not in the Bible.

Here, a 4th Watcher tries to explain the 4th watch Biblically and majorly fails:

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spacer Why Pentecostal Missionary Church of Christ 4th Watch? The name of the true church is Church of Christ, but what kind of Church of Christ? There are many so called "Churches of Christ"nowadays. It is a necessity to distinguish the true church. Hence the words Pentecostal and Missionary and 4th Watch. Pentecostal means having the attributes of the early church. Missionary is the modern English word for sent one. 4th Watch is the last watch in the parable of Christ in Mark 13:35, which is the end time, or our present time. spacer Cult Member
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The problem with this cult member's reasoning, is that the notion of the 4th Watch which the name of the church is modeled after, is not what the 4th watch in Mark 13:35 is referring to. In fact, let's look at that verse. The 4th Watcher debating us might have left it out so that we wouldn't notice his mistake.

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Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back-whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn.
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The 4th Watch as the name for the end time is an unbiblical concept. The fourth watch is the last division of the day, used when soldiers would take turns being on guard. In this verse, Jesus is simply saying to keep watch for the end time, that it could come at any of the four divisions of the day. No where does it state in the Bible that the 4th watch is a distinct period of time other than the last division of a day, and no where does it say that the end time is called the 4th Watch. This is an invention of Arsenio Ferriol, and he is obviously using the 4th Watch as a way to name the end times by using the watches in the Bible. And he's trying to be clever, which is cool, but the watches in the Bible are not periods of time in the way that Arsenio is trying to use them as. Simply put, the fourth watch is unbiblical.

Section 3: Female Equality

This next unbiblical feature concerns women and equality. We explained previously that the Bible is almost entirely anti-female and how many Christian churches treat females in unacceptable ways, but that the 4th Watch actually treats females pretty well, despite still not treating them in a completely equal and acceptable manner. While we are not completely happy with their treatment, we are happy that for the most part, females are treated very well. However, because the Bible is anti-female, treating females in the positive way that they do is going against the Bible. Don't get us wrong. Again, we are happy that they are not treated in the way that the Bible instructs, but we are merely showing you how the 4th Watch is not practicing according the Bible, even though their fundamentalist doctrine says they do.

The Bible is loaded with anti-female passages and would make any decent person sick to their stomach and heart to read such filth. We have listed here only a few of the many verses that the Bible contains which prove it is anti-female;

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The Holy Bible spacer 1 Timothy 2:11-12 A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent. spacer
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Women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the law says.
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The Holy Bible spacer Deuteronomy 22:28-29 - If a man happens to meet a virgin who is not pledged to be married and rapes her and they are discovered, he shall pay her father fifty shekels of silver. He must marry the young woman, for he has violated her. He can never divorce her as long as he lives. spacer
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(This verse states the actual value of females in terms of money to God, basically being worth only about half as much as males.)
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Of course, it is obvious that the 4th Watch goes completely against these Bible verses by allowing females to speak in church and even ordaining females as pastors. And of course, a 4th Watcher would never assert that a female is worth only half of that of a man. While this is a very good thing indeed, it clearly shows the hypocrisy of a fundamentalist church.

Arsenio Ferriol knows darn well that it is not moral or politically correct to treat women the way that the Bible commands him to. If he followed these verses, then his church really would look like a cult, not only to educated people, but to everybody. He would not have very good support of his church and by having females in his cult who are treated equally, he only stands to make more money. After all, women today have about just as much money as men do, so why not take it from them as well?

Of course, as we have mentioned, the 4th Watch is still not completely innocent when it comes to treating females equally. They are not. But, they are treated far better than the Bible instructs, and this ultimately goes against their Biblical fundamentalism.

Section 4: A Spherical Earth

The next unbiblical teaching of the 4th Watch is a spherical Earth. Again, we are extremely happy that the 4th Watch teaches that the Earth is a sphere. We certainly don't want them teaching that the Earth is flat, and there are still religious organizations that still teach this because of the Bible. We are just saying that the Bible teaches a flat Earth, and so the 4th Watch obviously goes against this teaching. Here are just a few of the many verses in the Bible that teach a flat earth:

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Also, thou son of man, thus saith the Lord GOD unto the land of Israel; An end, the end is come upon the four corners of the land.
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Upon my bed this is what I saw; there was a tree at the center of the earth, and its height was great. The tree grew great and strong, its top reached to heaven, and it was visible to the ends of the whole earth.
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It is he who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers; who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them like a tent to live in;
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There are many verses which confirm that the bible speaks of a flat earth, and plenty of non-biblical sources which also confirm this. We're not going to go into all of that here, but I will say that the Bible does indeed teach a flat Earth.

Of course, if Arsenio followed the Bible and taught that the Earth was flat, then there would not be one partially sane person on the flat earth that would take him seriously. He knew he obviously couldn't teach that the world was flat, so once again, he needed to reinterpret the scripture. In fact, the apostle uses many of the same techniques that other religious leaders use in order to make the Bible look like it still knows what it's talking about.

Their favorite explanation is to simply dismiss much of the language in the Bible as metaphors. When the Bible talks about the ends of the earth, according to the 4th Watch, this is just a metaphor. The only problem with this explanation, is that it's not. When persons say "the ends of the earth", it is obviously a metaphor today. But back then during the Biblical part of the world, inhabiting persons were among the last remaining civilizations that still believed that the Earth was flat, and when they said these things, they did not mean it as a metaphor.

Chapter 5: Miscellaneousy of the PMCC 4th Watch Cult

As we are coming to an end on the characteristics of the 4th Watch, there are only a few more points to make.

Section 1: Gossip

One smaller point that we want to make about the 4th Watch cult is that they are a church that is literally plagued with gossip. As soon as the preaching stops, the 4th Watch missionary church of Christ becomes the missionary church of gossip, and that is literally what the church is used for by its members, a center for gossip. Persons there love to talk about each other and about others behind their back. Rumors get started and all hell breaks loose.

It might seem like small stuff, but gossip is a very real reason to hate this church. Everybody turns against you, and one bout of gossip starts a chain reaction that puts everybody against each other, a situation that Jesus would not be proud of. There are persons, not necessarily in the 4th Watch, who have been killed over this. So, gossip is nothing to take too lightly.

Now you'd think that a church which claims to be the one true church of Jesus Christ would focus more on his teachings rather than build a church in his name and then use it for scamming others out of money and gossiping about them. Much of the time, the 4th Watch cult members feel like they are all family, but all it takes is for you to find out that one of your friends was telling someone else about all the secrets you told them, and fights break out. We have spoken to a lot of 4th Watchers, and they just can't help but betray their friends.

Now, we don't believe that this is necessarily a direct feature of the cult, as they don't really teach or encourage gossip. We believe that this is just a flaw of the persons who go there. We're not one to stereotype, but we have a lot of Filipino friends and the producers of this project are made largely of Filipinos, and they all say that Filipinos love to gossip. Since the 4th Watch is almost an exclusively Filipino club, it is probable that there is going to be lots of gossip running around.

Still, it doesn't help when fellow cult members are being taught that their lives are meaningless and worthless, and that they are nothing but evil sinners anyway. When taught this, it doesn't really seem to matter how you behave yourself, because you're evil and mean nothing to God anyway. Further more, you have to remember that these persons are taught things like when God murders innocent children, that it's an act of love, that when God commands women to marry their rapists, that this is fair, and that believing in gods, magic, and unicorns is rational.

When taught to believe such ridiculous things, it wouldn't be too far fetched to believe that betraying your friends and gossiping about them is just another act of friendship. And added to all that, it goes to show you just how hypocritical Christians can be. While gossip might not necessarily seem cultic, people do not go to church to hurt people. They go there to learn how to be closer to God. But since that is not what true 4th Watchers go to church for, that does not happen. And shame on the 4th Watch for doing nothing about it.

Section 2: Feelings

In this paper we have talked about all the things we can think of that classifies the 4th Watch as a cult. But, as we mentioned before, despite whatever behaviors there are specifically about such organizations, sometimes when we enter a cult or stay with one for a while, we just seem to develop certain feelings that just don't seem right, that makes us feel like something is wrong. If you experience these feelings, then it is best for you to be on guard, because it wouldn't be too unrealistic that you have found yourself as part of a cult. And if you experience certain feelings, then the chances might be good that you are.

Like most persons, none of use knew we were entering a cult when we joined. At first, we felt comfortable and safe, and then over time, we gradually began to have "those feelings" as if something wasn't right and that something was very wrong. So what feelings did we begin to have while being in the Watch? Well, several feelings come to mind. When we were in the 4th Watch, the situation felt creepy, and we felt confused, lost, disappointed, betrayed, used, angry, sad, sick, and raped.

It was very creepy to witness prayer time in the 4th Watch, as you'd see persons crying, shaking, and speaking in tongues. Normal persons just don't do that and we knew that we were around very weird and unstable persons. But we were also confused, as we didn't understand why persons were acting this way. We couldn't understand why persons were being taught to hate, or why they were being taught that the earth was so young when it wasn't. We felt lost. We don't know exactly how to explain why. Perhaps we just felt like we were looking for others to call our friends, who would help us find Jesus, and it became clearer as the days went on that this people were not interested in Jesus, they were only interested in money, teaching hatred, and recruiting new members like us. So, we felt lost.

But of course we were disappointed as well. We were expecting a new family. We were expecting all that was promised to us. All those good things promised never came. We were let down. And even worse, we felt betrayed. We felt betrayed not only from the broken promises and unfulfilled commitments, but these persons who were supposed to be our friends and love us, turned on us and started rumors about us. They pretended to be our friends in order to keep us from leaving. They used members of the church to befriend us to earn our trust, and then left us after we could no longer handle being in the cult. And they used us. Although we did not give them money, we gave them a lot of our time in order to help them with their activities. They used some of our artistic talents to make posters and presentations, and they took advantage of our kindness when we helped them with their car washes and decorations. They exploited our trust, in an attempt to program us to do their will.

This all left us with a deep feeling of sadness. Sometimes, we just felt like crying after for what they did to us, and what they are continuing to do to others. For weeks we were very sad, and as the sadness started to pass, we became more and more angry about the whole situation. How could they do this to us? All of this left us sick inside. We had a very difficult time dealing with it. Sometimes we just felt like throwing up. For most of us, it was around this time after we had left when we began to realize that we had been involved in a cult.

But the worst feeling we had was not confusion or sadness or sickness, it was the feeling like we had been raped. None of us had ever been physically raped, and we do not pretend to equate what we went through to what a woman might go through when she is sexually abused, but we felt that we had actually started to comprehend the kinds of feelings a woman goes through mentally after it happens. We believe we felt the same way. We were disgusted and felt dirty. We were hurt and were in pain. We had been used in a way we didn't give consent to be. We were taken advantage of and exploited. They lied to us to get what they wanted, and when it was all over, we felt so ashamed. They tried to force their will onto us, by trying to program us and make us believe things we didn't want to believe, things we knew were untrue. They tried to make us hate homosexuals and believe that earth was 6,000 years old. We were spiritually raped.

All these feelings and experiences we knew would change us forever. We knew we had to do whatever we could do to help prevent this from happening to others. That is why we are trying to educate persons about the true nature of the 4th Watch, that it is a dangerous cult in which everyone needs to stay away from.

Section 3: Summary of the Cultic Features of the PMCC 4th Watch

Here is a summary of all of the cultic features of the PMCC 4th Watch cult. Keep in mind as you look at these that while all of them are cultic features, remember that not all of them are necessarily negative, just characteristic of cults. For instance, there's nothing wrong about having a leader, and there's certainly nothing wrong with a leader being smart and educated; but such features are common for cults and help to identify certain organizations as being cultic.

1. Doctrine

Holy Scripture

The Holy Bible is inerrant and must be taken literally


The 4th Watch deity is supernatural

The 4th Watch deity uses magic

The 4th Watch deity is all-powerful

The 4th Watch deity is perfect

The 4th Watch deity created the universe and all things


They believe that a living apostle is needed to lead the church in order for it to be Biblically true


There is a leader

There is only one leader

The leader is supreme ruler of the cult / Does not share authority

The leader is self-appointed

The leader has no term limits

The leader cannot be removed

The leader is chosen or sent by God

The leader is the sole authority on the word of God

The leader demands complete loyalty from members

The leader requires money for membership

Leadership is often passed within the family


Unquestionable loyalty to the leader is required

Members act as servants to the leader

Members are expected to work for the cult

Members are not paid for their services

Members are required to give money to the leader

Members must dress a certain way

Oneness of Truth

Their church is the only true church

Salvation can only be attained through this church


Salvation can only be attained through this church


Evolution did not happen

Those who believe in evolution are considered evil


There is no meaning in your life without God

The Apocalypse

God will destroy the world

We are in the end times, and the end of the world is coming soon, possibly within our lifetimes

The leader claims this revelation was given to him by God


Tithing is more important than salvation

All money is given to the leader

Tithing makes good things happen

Not tithing makes bad things happen


Certain words must always be said

Certain ideas must be expressed and in a certain order

Prayer must be done very often

Prayer must be in the presence of other members or in a church


Morals were given to persons by God

God makes persons do good things

The Devil makes persons do bad things

Persons can only be good by believing in God and the leader, not by doing good things

Members are to love God more than themselves or friends

Members are to hate themselves as imperfect and as sinners

If you follow the cult, you will be rewarded with heaven after death

If you don't follow the cult, you will be punished with hell after death

Only those in the cult are allowed into Heaven, even if non-members believe in the same things

Actions which are not immoral are considered sinful and wrong

All sins are equally bad

Sin always deserves punishment

Sinning makes you deserve the worst punishment, Hell

A finite sin deserves an infinite punishment

A sin is allowed to be transferred onto someone else to take the punishment instead

Is acceptable for someone to force someone else, even someone who is innocent, to take the punishment for a sin instead of the sinner

Non-Human animal sacrifice is an acceptable way to avoid punishment

Because of one's ancestors, someone deserves Hell just for being born

Forcing your own offspring to be tortured and killed for everyone else is acceptable

It is acceptable to hold all persons to the same standards, even though they differ in ability

A moral god is an unforgiving god

A moral god is an unmerfical god

A moral god can kill you because he created you


Pseudo-scientific methods are used


The Earth is young

Natural disasters are caused by sinning

Natural disasters are caused by homosexuality

Natural disasters are signs of the end times


Illness is caused by sin

God is your healer, not medicine

When sick, going to church and prayer is favored over medicine for healing


Men are head of the household


Sex is considered dirty and sinful

Masturbation is immoral and forbidden


Homosexuality and gay sex are immoral and forbidden

Homosexuals are not allowed as leaders of the cult

Homosexuals are to be punished in Hell


Non-humans have no soul

Non-humans do not survive in the afterlife


The world is not important

Conservative use of resources is not necessary

God will provide an abundance of resources

There is no global warming


Members are discouraged from interacting with non-members
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Recruitment is more important than learning about salvation

Promotional Methods

Street promotion

School promotion

Church invitations

Long visual and audio presentations are given by professional speakers that excel in selling

Surprise recruitment attempts


Promotional Techniques

Miracles are promised

Promoted as the only way

Testimonials from cult members

Words are altered to disguise their meaning


Guilt bombing

Fear bombing

Manufactured friendships



Love bombing

Family orientation




Members are deliberately taught incorrect facts

Members are deliberately lied to

Illogical reasoning is used in the education

Members are psychologically programmed


Preying on the young

Preying on the weak minded



Illogical reasoning

Exploitation of positivism and negativity


History rewrite

False confession



Mind control

Members are to worship everyday or often

Pastors are only allowed to marry within the cult

Non-members are avoided

Non-members are demonized

Group reinforcement


Repetition of all these things

Mind Control

Preying on the young




Trained to believe they are fighting a war for their god




Fear bombing

Members are to worship everyday or often

Group reinforcement

Repetition of all these things


Preying on the young

Preying on the weak minded


Teaching the concept of needing God for morality

Hope depletion

Love bombing

Family orientation


Members are only allowed to marry within the cult

Non-members are avoided

Non-members are demonized

Guilt bombing

Group reinforcement

Repetition of all these things


Preying on the young

Teaching incorrect facts and lying

Members are to dress the same way

Members are pushed to all think alike

Group activities

Family orientation


Guilt bombing


Members are rewarded for expected behavior

Members are punished for non-expected behavior

Peer pressure

Group reinforcement

Repetition of all these things

Devotion and Worship



Speaking in tongues



Rolling on floor

Negative affirmations

Unusually long prayers

Members are expected to go to church or attend a Bible study almost everyday


Bizarre rituals

Holy Communion where they drink the blood and eat the flesh of Jesus


Speaking in tongues

Cult leader claims that he obtained revelations from a deity but does not prove it

Cult leader claims to know valuable information but claims it can only be known or understood by members of the cult

The leader deceives the public and his members.

The cult lies about facts and makes up its own.

Cult members use alternative words when they speak in an attempt to hide their true intentions

Cult members use logical fallacies to trick you into believing what they want you to

Cult leader makes glorious promises that they claim will be fulfilled when you join his cult

The cult accuses members of not being true members if the leader's promises were not fulfilled

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General Membership

Much of the same family

Mostly same race

Mostly same nationality

Sense of superiority


The 4th Watch deity is evil

The 4th Watch deity is hateful

The 4th Watch deity is unfair

The 4th Watch deity is unjust

The 4th Watch deity is unforgiving

The 4th Watch deity is unmerciful

The 4th Watch deity is incompetent


The leader is a scam artist

The leader is greedy

The leader seeks wealth

The leader seeks glory

The leader seeks fame

The leader seeks praise

The leader seeks power

The leader is selfish

The leader has a sense of superiority

The leader gives himself special titles

The leader is a thrill-seeker

The leader is educated

The leader is very charismatic

The leader excels in leading

The leader is persuasive

The leader is good in communication

The leader makes outrageous claims

The leader claims that God talks to him

The leader cannot verify or back up his claims

The leader interprets the Bible any way he wants


Members have low self-esteem

Members are lonely

Members are uneducated

Members are unintelligent

Members are overly superstitious

Members are naive

Members are eccentric

Members make claims, but don't know how to defend them

4. Miscellaneous

Much gossip

And here are the few unbiblical features that this paper discusses:

False prophet

The notion of the 4th Watch

Female teachers

Spherical earth

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