What we have noticed with the cults that we monitor (Hillsong, Christian City Church, City harvest Church, etc), is their capitalisation on the Christian ethic. They claim Christians need to apply the bible to deal with issues they come across privately. They often appeal to Matthew 18:15-17:
“If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother.
But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.”
However, when Christians do approach their “leaders” over issues of sin and false teaching, Christians don’t even pass step one. Instead, the cult eaders reject the bible and automatically treat those that question them “as a Gentile and a tax collector”.
Bethel Church is another example of this rejection of church discipline. Repent Bethel Redding writes (and records),
Banned from Bethel Redding