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Personally, I try to avoid calling religious groups like this a cult. Of course, "cult" in a traditional, value-neutral sense really just means a regional and localized religious belief. But it also has a lot of negative ideological baggage.

However, there are a couple traits of Shincheonji that make me feel comfortable calling it a cult, even with the negative connotation.