Coastal Cult Watch (Central Coast of California)


Coastal Cult Watch

(Central Coast of California)

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Redefining the Biblical Jesus, reading verses out of context, loading biblical language with new age and occult definitions...this is the Kingdom of the Cults.  Biblical theology, when turned upside down and inside out, becomes everything but the truth.

Spiritual Research Network COASTAL CULT WATCH monitors and warns of religious groups, movements and teachings that re-define the person, nature and work of the biblical Jesus of Nazareth into something other than what the Bible itself and the historic Christian church has taught for neary 2000 years.

While trying to explain who Jesus is, what Jesus taught, and who Jesus claimed to be, cults deviate sharply from biblical theology.  As a result, they undermine the historic definition of Jesus Christ.  In doing so, they pervert the biblical Gospel message.  This is a very powerful form of deception and it has eternal consequences!

Listed below are a number of spiritual belief systems in San Luis Obispo County (and beyond) that are recognized as non-Christian cults.  They are recognized as such because they employ cultic and/or, occult interpretations of Jesus and the Bible.

They are considered to be abusive in nature because while they claim to give a proper interpretation of the Person and Work of Jesus Christ, they actually re-define Him and His work into something far outside of what the biblical text and the historic Christian faith have taught for the last two thousand years.

It must be remembered that re-defining biblical terminology is what all cults do, either willfully, or ignorantly, by misled practitioners and followers.

These groups, along with many other cults and ism's, generally do one or more of the following in their perversion of the biblical text:

  • Add to the Word of God.
  • Subtract from the Deity of Jesus Christ.
  • Multiply the requirements for salvation, and
  • Divide a followers loyalty to God.

As a result of all of these things, members of cults, cultic churches, and occult groups generally experience a myriad of theological, psychological, and sociological problems.   

Sadly, many sincere and well intentioned leaders and followers within these groups do not recognize what they have been subjected to.  The reason for this is that leaders and followers are simply employing methods that are built into the organization itself.

Visit the SRN Deception Prevention page.

You may also visit our Cult Info , Spiritual Abuse  and Abuse Questionnaire pages.

Please remember, all of these groups have clear redfinitions of the biblical Jesus Christ - in their own literature and teachings.  Click here to read about the real Jesus Christ of Scripture


  • Armstrongism (Herbert W. Armstrong)
  • Branhamism / Branhamites) (William Marion Branham)
  • Branhamism (Bible Believers Christian Fellowship, Atascadero)
  • Branhamism (The Believers, San Luis Obispo)
  • Center For Creative Thought (Science of Mind)
  • Christadelphians
  • Christian Family Fellowship (Active in San Pedro, California)
  • Christian Science (Churches of Christ, Reading Rooms, Mary Baker Eddy)
  • Church of Christ (Cambellites)
  • Church of Religious Science (Science of Mind, Ernest Holmes)
  • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormonism)
  • Gold Coast Center for Spiritual Living (Science of Mind® Philosophy)
  • International Church of Christ (ICOC)

     Alternate Name(s):

  1.          International Churches of Christ
  2.          "Christian Advance"
  3.          Campus Advance
  4.           Alpha Omega
  5.           Upside Down Club
  6.          Campus Christian Movement
  7.          Students Advocating Christianity Today
  8.          "Hope On Campus"
  9.           Aces Online
  10.           ICC
  11.           Boston Church of Christ
  12.          Formerly: Boston Movement
  • Jehovah's Witnesses (Kingdom Hall, Watchtower Bible and Tract Society)
  • Oneness Pentacostalism (Oneness)
  • Religious Science Center of San Luis Obispo
  • Science of Mind (Church of Religious Science, Ernest Holmes)
  • Scientology (The Cult of L.Ron Hubbard)
  • Seventh-day Adventism (Depends on congregation)
  • Spiritualism (Spiritualist Churches, Spiritism)
  • The Unitarian Universalist Community of Cambria, California
  • The Way International (Victor Paul Wierwille)
  • Unification Church (Sun Myung Moon, Moonies)
  • The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA)
  • The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Luis Obispo County
  • Unitarian Universalism (UUism)
  • The Unity School of Christianity (Unity; Unity Church; Unity School)
  • William Marrion Branham (Branhamism, Branhamites)
  • Word Faith (Word of Faith, Prosperity Teachings, Health & Wealth Gospel, Name it & Claim it, Positive Confession, Law of Attraction, E.W. Kenyonism)


  • Ascended Masters (Great White Brotherhood)
  • Church of Scientology
  • Circle of Spiritual Enlightenment (Spiritual Circle [; Circle of Grace (SLO, CA)
  • Eckankar (Central Coast Eckankar; Eckankar in California)
  • Esoteric Religions
  • Freemasonry (Masonic Lodge, The Lodge)
  • Great White Brotherhood
  • Halcyon Temple of the People (Temple of the People, Blue Star Memorial Temple, Halcyon, California)
  • Masonic Lodge (Freemasonry, The Lodge)
  • Awakening News (New Thought Spiritual Community Teaching the Heart of Science of Mind)
  • Occultism (Wicca; Witchcraft; Satanism; mediumship / channeling; seance', psychics, etc.)
  • Paranormal / Occult Phenomena (Ghosts - poltergeists, materialization, spooks, Ouija Boards, etc.)
  • San Luis Obispo Psychic Center (Psychic mediumship, tarot, astrology, etc.)
  • Rosicrucians
  • Rosicrucian Order
  • Satanism
  • SpiritualismSpiritism/Occultism/Divination Articles
  • Temple of the People, Halcyon, California (Theosophy)
  • TM–Transcendental Meditation
  • White Heron Sangha (Buddhist Meditation)

Visit our Cult and Occult Groups page that exposes many of these groups.


Warning List of Harmful and Dangerous New Age and Occult Practices

As a reminder, the Spiritual Research Network COASTAL CULT WATCH is currently serving the following San Luis Obispo County communities:

Nipomo, Arroyo Grande, Grover Beach, Pismo Beach, Avila Beach, San Luis Obispo, Morro Bay, Los Osos, Cayucos, Harmony, Cambria, San Simeon, Big Sur Coastline, Paso Robles, Templeton, Atascadero, Santa Margarita

If you know of abusive cults, abusive churches, or abusive groups that employ dangerous occult methodology please call the Spiritual Research Network and report what is happening.  We will catalog and carefully do our best to investigate the abuses mentioned with utmost confidentiality.

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