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Cultic and controversial spiritual movements are flourishing across East Africa. The response of the Christian churches is not yet equal to the scale and severity of the harm caused by these groups and by unsound theological trends.

Below are just some of the movements that are now active in Uganda and its neighboring nations. To learn more about each group, just select its name from the menu below.

· Ahmadiyya Muslim Community
· Ananda Marga
· Ancient and Mystical Order Rosae Crucis (AMORC)
· Association for Research and Enlightenment
· Bahá’í Faith
· Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University
· Christ Gospel Churches International
· Christadelphian Bible Mission
· Christian Science
· Church of Almighty God (Eastern Lightning)
· Church of God (Restoration)
· Church of Isa Masiya
· Church of Scientology
· Cloverdale Bibleway
· Community of Christ (RLDS)
· David Oyedepo Ministries International (Winners Chapel)
· Embassy of the Blessed Kingdom of God for All Nations
· Faith of Unity
· Falun Gong
· Family International
· General Church of the New Jerusalem
· Good News Mission (Ock Soo Park)
· Grail Message
· Happy Science
· Hare Krishna
· Iglesia La Voz de la Piedra Angular
· Iglesia ni Cristo (1914)
· International Churches of Christ
· Jehovah’s Witnesses
· Kimbanguism
· Legio Maria
· Living Church of God
· Living Hope International Ministries
· Living Stream Ministry
· Manmin Central Church
· Mata Amritanandamayi Math
· Ministry of Repentance and Holiness (Owuor)
· Mormonism (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)
· Mungiki
· New Apostolic Church
· Osho (Rajneesh)
· Restored Church of God
· Sathya Sai Baba
· Seventh Day Adventist Reform Movement
· Seventh-day Adventist Church
· Shincheonji Church of Jesus, the Temple of the Tabernacle of the Testimony
· Smiths Venner
· Soka Gakkai International
· Spirit & Truth Fellowship International
· Sserulanda Spiritual Foundation
· Supreme Master Ching Hai
· Synagogue Church of All Nations
· Theosophical Society
· Transcendental Meditation
· True Jesus Church
· Unification Church
· United Church of God
· United Pentecostal Church International
· Universal Church of the Kingdom of God
· Universelles Leben
· Voice of God Recordings (Branham)
· World Mission Society Church of God

Note: Not all of the divisive and harmful groups in East Africa can be conveniently classified as "cults." Some admittedly operate within, or at the margins of, the mainstream evangelical church; and some are far more problematic than others. Nevertheless, because of their impact on the Body of Christ and the task of the Great Commission, they need to be properly understood—and answered.

This online database of groups active in East Africa only partially represents our ongoing research in this area and will be updated continuously.


Pastors and Christian workers need help to deal with the groups now challenging the church in East Africa. And effectively addressing the problem of cultic and controversial movements requires research.

Cults in Africa

To equip the church to respond with courage, wisdom, and love to the challenge they represent, ACFAR will monitor and assess these groups biblically in order to provide Christians with accurate, balanced information.

Most groups fall into one of three broad categories:

Imported cult movements—including the Jehovah's Witnesses, Bahá'í, New Apostolic Church, Mormonism, and followers of William Branham

Syncretistic movements—frequently combining elements of Catholicism or Protestantism with traditional paganism; usually led by a self-proclaimed prophet or apostle

Word-Faith movement—commonly infecting Pentecostal/charismatic churches, giving predatory pastors a pretext for exploitation and abuse

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