Cults usually show a united face to the world, but underneath there are many conflicts. When these conflicts create division, the stronger group asserts itself, and anybody which does not conform is thrown out.
The nonconformists form new groups pretty much along the same theological beliefs.
These offshoots are usually small gatherings, which seldom report their membership. There are an estimated 2 - 3 million members, which belong to breakaway cult groups.
The following are some of the breakaway groups from the most widely known sects.
The Dawn Bible Students Association split from the Jehovah's Witness. They claim to be the true followers of Charles T. Ruzzell, the founder of the Jehovah's Witness.
The advent Christian church, and the church of God (General conference) are dissenting groups of the seventh day Adventists. The first one also had a division, which is called the primitive advent Christian church.
The Mormons have spawned four different groups; each claiming to be the true church founded by Joseph Smith. They are the Reorganized church of Jesus Christ of latter day’s saints; Church of Christ (Temple lot); Church of Jesus Christ (Bickertonites); Church of Jesus Christ of latter day saints (Strangites).
There are more offshoots of these cults, but their membership is so small as to be almost non-existent.
As some of the cults get bigger, we can expect to see more divisions in the near future.
The offshoots always present themselves as purer than the parent organization, most claim to be the original church, and they try real hard to differentiate between them and the "corrupted" church.
However a little research will prove that their doctrines are the same as the bigger cults, maybe they have added a few more doctrines or subtracted some heresies.
But regardless of how much they try to distance themselves from the larger group, the truth is that their basic premises are the same.
They all reject the Bible as the sole divine revelation, and make their prophets writings to be another authoritative word from God.
They also teach that salvation is by works. With them it is not what Christ has done, that really matters, but what they are doing for God.
The idea that salvation is found solely in Jesus Christ is anathema to them.
Reaching these cultists maybe a little harder, but not impossible. Due to their size, their leaders are able to hold a tighter grasp, and are able to ingrain them more in their doctrinal errors.
We don't need to learn all their warped theology in order to reach them, just a basic knowledge of their major flaws will be sufficient.
As a matter of fact, having a firm grasp of the gospel will be of much greater help.
Some will resist you, and will not pay attention, but if you show them that you really love them, they will eventually listen to your message.