Branch Davidians: A Cult Essay

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While the Branch Davidians are known for the tragedy that occurred in Waco, Texas. It is uncertain when The Branch Davidians became a cult or if they were a contrast between a religious group, and a cult. A cult is a small religious group that is not part of a larger and more accepted religion and that has beliefs regarded by many people as extreme or dangerous. When did the Branch Davidians become a cult?
The Branch Davidans were a small breakaway religious sect coming from the Seventh-Day Adventist. The founder of this sect was Victor Houteff, a Bulgarian emigrate. In 1930 Houteff wrote The Sheppard’s Rod, a book containing errors of the Adventist denomination. Within his book, there are two topics explained; the revealing of a secret
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Koresh also referred to himself as “the lamb” or the Messiah or Jesus Christ. In a letter addressed to the Seventh-day Adventist church, “I am the Branch… The Lamb” he wrote. Followers of Koresh, called themselves Students of the Seven Seals following of Koresh’s teaching from the book of Revelations, in the bible. The teachings of Koresh were centered on end time prophecies. He believed that all enemies outside of the Branch Davidians, agents of the anti-Christ. These teachings were not fathered by past Branch Davidian leaders.
Previous Branch Davidian groups did not partake in polygamy. Inspired by William Miller’s New Light doctrine, he managed to persuade the women of the group to be his “spiritual wives”. His wives were for him only, and all other must practice celibacy. He referred to his harem as, The House of David, including all unmarried women in the compound as his wives, and soon women within the compound were to be his wives, allowing him to sexual access to women and girls of all ages. Any hesitation in his advances resulted in verbal abuse, condemning them to hell or threatening one with losing salvation as a tactic for compliance. Many women soon gave in without rebuttal.
Use of firearms, along with polygamy was not a belief shared from previous Davidians. David Koresh firmly believed that the apocalypse or Armageddon would begin at the Mt. Carmel compound, later renamed Ranch Apocalypse. Due to this belief Koresh and his followers began

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