Essay on David Koresh and the Branch Davidians

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Cultic activity has taken place since the practice of religion was established thousands of years ago. Since then, literally thousands of denominations have been inoculated throughout the world, especially in the United States. A cult, according to Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary is a system of religious beliefs and rituals. By definition, this includes organizations such as Baptists, Catholics as well as Satanists and Witches. While this maybe true, cults have been popularly perceived as Separatists who are consumed by the belief of apocalyptic events, and the leader is someone who believes he or she is chosen by God or some other deity to lead those who are to follow him or her. One group that fits this description is the …show more content…
Since White was looked upon so highly among the Adventists, she would become and remain the Adventists trusted spiritual counselor for over seventy years until her death. No other leader of her stature would not emerge again until the mid 20th century.

In the 1930’s Victor Houteff an Adventist follower, began to claim that he was the chosen prophet of the Seventh-day Adventist church. Houteff believed that the Adventists' doctrines and teachings were inaccurate and attempted to implement his own teachings known as the “New Light.” “New Light” are scriptures revealed by God to chosen prophets to show what the Bible was trying to teach what people have blinded to, thus showing ones chosen the way to salvation. Like William Miller and Ellen White, Houteff’s teachings included areas of the apocalypse and the Second Coming of Christ as well as catastrophes and war. He also believed that the kingdom of ancient Israelite monarch David was to be reestablished in Palestine where it was his task to assemble a brood of 144,000 Christians as scribed in the Book of Revelation 7:4. Houteff’s teachings were not accepted by many of the Adventists, and he was eventually ex-communicated from the church. After his dismissal, Houteff and a group of loyal followers who were also former Adventists migrated from Los Angeles, California to Waco, Texas. It was in Waco where he formed his

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