(derived more probably from Lat. sequi, to follow, than from secare, to cut). The following of some leader. In a narrow sense, a group that has separated from an older group by following another leader; or a group within a group (in this sense the Pharisees and Sadducees are called sects within Judaism; Acts 5:17; 26:5). In a wide sense, all religious bodies are sometimes referred to as sects.
Edited by: Erwin L. Lueker, Luther Poellot, Paul Jackson
©Concordia Publishing House, 2000, All rights Reserved. Reproduced with Permission
Internet Version Produced by
The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod
Original Editions ©Copyright 1954, 1975, 2000
Concordia Publishing House
All rights reserved.
Content Reproduced with Permission