Before this discussion, please take a look at
and (more specifically)
The debate here is wether or not these individuals constitute a cult. I know several members in the Columbus, OH, area (where they seem to be based at the moment). The group has been around for a while and seems to be growing in members.
For me, the jury is still out.
Argument for non-cult: Xenos members seem to live relatively normal lives. They aren't all cloistered on some compound listening to chants & prayers 24/7. They have normal jobs, go to restaurants & bars, go shopping, etc. If you speak to a member of the organization, you'd probably never know they were part of Xenos unless they told you.
So, on the surface everything seems fine.
Argument in favor of cult: While Xenos members may blend in quite well in public, in private they are a little different. While they are free to associate with whom ever, they are most often found in the company of other Xenos members. The group that I encountered was of college age and had VERY strange living habits. They lived in a house big enough / with enough rooms to accomodate several of them. Instead of having their own rooms, they crammed into smaller rooms so that everyone had a room mate on the grounds that "it's not good for people to be alone". They even turned the attic of their house into a three bedroom living space even though the only way to get to the attic was through the one bathroom of the house. Very odd.
The group's openness is questionable. While they are open to discussing certain issues of scripture with outsiders, there's a lot of "well, why don't you come to our meetings?" involved. In fact, it's hard to get information about what the group is all about and who leads it from individual members outside of meetings.
Members are encouraged to date and marry one another often at (relatively) young ages. The college group that I briefly hung out with included three married couples all under the age of 21.
EDIT: Finally, I find it peculiar that there is an entire page on their website declaring they're not a cult.
As I said, the jury is still out for me. They appear to be a group of benevolent Christians who may employ a few cult-like tactics. On the other hand, they may be a cult hiding in plain sight.