Not according to legal description of a cult

Before calling a church or religious group a "cult" or "sect" one should seriously examine and clarify what one means with those qualifications.

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A Book to trust #11 Archaeology confirming or denying claims of the Bible #2 New Testament

For matters that happened in the first century of our common era historians of the first century like Tacitus, Josephus and later ancient writers like Africanus provided enough material to go and further Alexandrian manuscripts, findings from the Qumram caves and research from contemporary archaeologists and historians like Blomberg, Henry, Scott, Tabor, Droge, Ramsay, Samuelsson and many others.