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Summary

The Kingdom of the Cults has been the authoritative reference work on major cult systems for more than 40 years. In an era of rapid cult growth worldwide, Christians today need the information in this book more than ever. It will equip readers from every walk of life to use biblical truth to counter the efforts of cults to masquerade as mainstream Christianity.

Working closely together, Ravi Zacharias and managing editors Jill and Kevin Rische have updated and augmented the work with new material. This book will continue as a crucial tool in countercult ministry and in evangelism for years to come. Among cults and religions included are Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormonism, New Age cults, the Unification Church, Baha’i Faith, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam.

Readable and reliable, this book sets the standard for reference books on cults.

Walter Martin (1928-1989) held four degrees, having received his doctorate from California Coast University in the field of comparative religions. Author of a dozen books and numerous booklets and articles, he founded the Christian Research Institute in 1960.

©2003 The Estate of Walter Martin (P)2013 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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"Since the first edition was published in 1965, Walter Martin’s  The Kingdom of the Cults has been the leading reference work on the major contemporary cult systems. With an emphasis on the active, proselytizing cults,  The Kingdom of the Cults is a crucial tool in counter-cult ministry and evangelism. This edition includes substantial new information, including additional chapters on emerging cults and updated information on established movements. Because of their strong influence on the cults, Eastern religions are also examined. Readers now will find further help in combating the ever widening impact of the cults, not only in the United States but overseas. Scholarly yet readable and engaging,  The Kingdom of the Cults evaluates each cult’s movement’s history and beliefs, showing how each cult’s teachings contrast with true biblical theology. An invaluable reference work for both scholars and laypeople." (Prayer Foundation)

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  • Daniel
  • BIRMINGHAM, United Kingdom
  • 28-07-13

A Classic!

Would you consider the audio edition of The Kingdom of the Cults to be better than the print version?

Yes, Maurice England does a fantastic job of reading this book!

What did you like best about this story?

Everything!

What does Maurice England bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

A great voice for a classic book.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not posible nearly 40 hours in length!!!

Any additional comments?

A must for any Christian who may consider the study of comparative religion!

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  • Lyndon
  • 30-03-13

Walter Martin at his Best

Where does The Kingdom of the Cults rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Excellent explanations and effective an effective apologetic defense of the gospel. Walter Martin nails it. A great read. If you want to see what the difference between "true" Christianity and a cult, this is the book to read. Very clear and concise.

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  • Stephen
  • 16-10-14

INFORMATION OVERLOAD

A smooth, well thought out overview of the cults, perfectly voiced by Mr. England. The problem is there is so much info you're never going to get it all in in one, two or even three readings. And seeing that this book is almost 39 hours long I'm praying to Jesus to make stick what he wants me to retain because I don't care how interesting this book is I don't want to spend that much time in a reread. I recommend. The book delivers what it promises. God Bless.

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  • L. Melby
  • 02-08-15

EXCELLENT! This is a MUST HAVE library resource!

Would you listen to The Kingdom of the Cults again? Why?

YES I would listen to this audio book again and I bought the book on Amazon as a resource to be able to go to the different sections immediately. This is also an excellent way to study your bible, Dr. Walter Martin gives scripture to combat and lay to rest the claims of the various cult founder, successors and supporters.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I thought every chapter was an excellent outline, detail and then synopsis of each religious cults start, their founder and their blunders in proliferating their material. I LOVE that he included many scriptures to combat the false information and false prophets. Martin was also very focused in telling the reader that our great commission is to tell the good news of our savior Jesus Christ in the gospel and to love and enlighten people that have fallen into these false prophesies and false prophets hands.

Which scene was your favorite?

I didn't really have a favorite, I went into it with an open mind and was pleasantly surprised at the detail and the overall message to Christians to speak the gospel truth and the numerous scriptures that backed up his unbelievably detailed research on each sect.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

It was riveting from start to finish, I listened to it every chance I got.

Any additional comments?

I think every Christian should have this in his library, it is invaluable, it is extremely relevant, this is EXCELLENT!!!!

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  • Wielligh Lambrechts
  • 10-08-16

Great analysis from every angle

Great analysis from every angle, you get in dept understanding of each cults difference's measured against historical Christianity and Bible.

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  • browill9
  • 17-03-16

much needed reference in the Church today.

i loved it. walter Martin gave the church a gem with this work. God bless this book as it touches many for the faith of Christ.

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  • Bobby
  • 18-02-18

Can we get a standing ovation for Maurice England?

For eloquently narrating a 40+ hour book on doctrines. Enjoyed the narration.

Now, about the book. Highly recommended for any Christian. Every major religion is covered. All Eastern spiritualism is covered. Almost every modern minor and major cult uprising that effected millions of souls at one time is covered. Even Christian groups who have strange doctrines that don't effect your salvation by faith alone in Jesus Christ are covered (like the Seventh Day Adventists).

There is a Quick Facts section before each chapter to help remember the key points. There is a dual benefit for the Christian listening through this book. When you get to the debunking portions of false religions and cults, there is great depth of evidence from scripture used, which in turn will strengthen the faith of a Christian hearing scriptural authority of Christian doctrines.

For example: when listening through reasons to reject Jehovas Witness and Islam who deny the trinity, Walter Martin goes into great depth of scriptural evidence for the trinity. When listening to the many cults and false religions who deny the divinity of Jesus Christ, the author goes into great depth of verses to counter their claims.

So, while learning about cults your faith in Jesus Christ and knowledge of the doctrines of Christianity will be strengthened at the same time. Enjoy!

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  • charlene palmer
  • 28-01-18

A Must Read for all Christians

Would you consider the audio edition of The Kingdom of the Cults to be better than the print version?

I actually own this book in the printed form, as it was a required text book for the course Christian Apologetics at the University I attended. I wish it had been available in Audio form back then, as I am not a good reader but a great listener.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I love the section on Mormonism, because My mom and some of my sisters and nieces and nephews are Mormons. I have had a hard time sharing the truth about Mormonism with them because they refuse to listen. This book is helping me to "speak the Truth in love"

Which character – as performed by Maurice England – was your favorite?

narrator

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Inspired me to see the background and history of these cults for what they are. Deviations from the truth. Many of these "doctrine of demons" have existed since the first century AD. many others predate the writing of the New Testaament, and Jesus, Himself alluded to them in the Gospels. "All that have come before me are liars"

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The chapter about "how to witness to a cult Member" was amazing.

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  • Cory Westbrook
  • 12-01-18

unparalleled

if you want to know what the cults believe, you can't do better than this book

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  • Taylor C.
  • 06-06-17

great content, slow reader

I turned up the spotted if the reader to 1.4 and that was good then.

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  • Patric O. Thomas
  • 25-08-16

This is a Christian focused book.

They do not write this as a religion neutral book that tries to explain how cults grew. They are so Christian centric that i could not finish it.

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