The word "cult" tends to refer to a cohesive social group devoted to beliefs or practices that the surrounding culture considers outside the mainstream with a notably positive or negative popular perception. Many famous cults are destructive or suicidal, though others, while controversial do not commit extreme acts. Unless you're some sort of cult hopping guru addict, then you might not have heard about these religious cults. From vacuum repair guys to Japanese business men and French dudes who are actually from outer space, these strange religious groups and satanic cults have all kinds of big ideas.
Make no mistake: a garbage monster that wants nothing more than to make a quick buck off some unsuspecting dope who needs to be told what to do probably governs a lot of the cult groups on this list and a lot of these cults have caused significant harm and committed actual murder. But a few of the non-mainstream religions that are featured here seem downright adorable.Peruse this list of cults and learn all about the UFOs that life secretly stems from, and that time you totally missed hitching a ride on a space ship piloted by Jesus himself. There are plenty of weird religious cults out there, and this list has them all!
Jumping on the bandwagon of the Saw franchise, the COGWSF began updating its services to include speaking in tongues, screaming, spasming, spinning in circles, occasionally drinking poison, and just to up the danger level, snake handling. Their faithful defend their extreme beliefs by quoting Mark 16:17-18:
"And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover."