cults

October 12, 2015

not ashamed

A cult is any group whose beliefs directly oppose orthodox Christianity and who do not recognize Jesus Christ as the unique Son of God.  Walter R. Martin in The Kingdom of the Cults states that a cult “is any religious group which differs significantly in one or more respects as to belief or practice, from those religious groups which are regarded as the normative expressions of religion in our total culture.” A cult may be built around a personality figure or around a set of beliefs and interpretations. For example, Jehovah’s Witnesses are, for the most part, followers of the interpretations of Charles T. Russell and J. F.  Rutherford.

 

There are many kinds and variations of religions in the world today.  One group thinks it has the answer, while another group thinks it is right.  We are to read the Word of God with a mind open to the Holy Spirit’s teaching and search the Scriptures daily in order to ascertain the truth.

 

The danger of a cult stems from deception.  A person may believe false teaching if it makes him feel good or if he doesn’t know any better.  When someone know the truth, he can recognize falsehood.  Take the Scriptures at face value in all their simplicity.  Search them in their entirety in order to judge whether a teaching is cultic, deviating from God’s Word so as to pervert the clear teaching on important matters of faith and practice.  These matters include teachings about God the Father, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, salvation, sin, heaven, hell, Satan, baptism, and moral behavior.

Cults which pose as somehow Christian-oriented include the Unification Church (“Moonies”), the so-called “Children of God” headed by David “Moses” Berg, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormonism, Christian Science, and The Way International. Beware also of cults which deceptively package Hinduism for the Western world such as the New Age movement, Transcendental Meditation.  Rajneesh meditation centers, and many others. And now there are the health cults, junk science, people who god has told them the “recipe” to some oil or drink that will heal them at the cost of all their savings.

 

 

If a person has been entangled with such a group, lead him to repent, renouncing any involvement. Explain to him the good news of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.  Then encourage him to participate in a local church fellowship which is Christ-centered and clearly teaches the Bible.

 

What is a cult? It is a group which teaches doctrines or beliefs which deviate from those held by the historical, evangelical Christian Church. They major on half-truths, or they distort truth. The little truth which they do use is often mixed with error and therefore dangerous; cults do succeed in deceiving many.  This was spoken of by Paul: “For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. . . They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths” (2 Timothy 4:3,4, NIV). Jesus said, “For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many” (Mark 13:6, KJV).

What has Caused the proliferation of Cults?

Cults thrive on ignorance and uncertainty.  Christians who do not know whose they are, what they believe, or why they believe it are especially vulnerable. Churches are lax in their responsibility to teach God’s Word and disciple Christians.  Paul admonished Timothy to, “Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage – with great patience and careful instruction” (2 Timothy 4:2, NIV).

There are a Number of Features Common to all Cults:

Extra-biblical or special revelation.

To the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments they add their own revelations, which take precedence over the Bible.  Or, a limited number of Scripture passages are used completely out of context resulting in erroneous interpretations.

 

 

The Bible is explicit in defending its own integrity: “If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned” (Galatians 1:9, NIV). (See also Revelation 22:18,19.)

Salvation by works.

 

Any teaching that attempts to lead people into right relationship to God apart from the uniqueness of the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ is in error.  This can take the form of a complete rejection of Christ and His work, or a partial rejection that attempts to add to His work.  The Gospel is of grace – plus nothing and minus nothing (See Ephesians 2:8,9).

 

A denial of or lack of full recognition of Jesus Christ as God’s Son.

 

He is totally denied or relegated to a place that is less than He merits.  “Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is Antichrist that denieth the Father and the Son” (1 John 2:22, KJV).

 

“For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 3:11, RSV).

 

“Christ is the exact likeness of the unseen God.  He existed before God made anything at all, and, in fact, Christ himself is the Creator who made everything in heaven and earth” (Colossians 1:15, 16, TLB).

 

 

“He is before all things, and in him al things hold together” (Colossians 1:17, RSV).

 

 

And the Word (Jesus) was made flesh and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth” (John 1:14, KJV).

 

 

“Neither is there salvation in any other; for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved (Acts 4:12, KJV).

Seemed like in the 70’s and 80’s I spent more time in cult rescue, from outright kidnapping, to unbrainwashing, or deprogramming. Now days it’s harder to see what’s wrong with a cult, they’ve become more slick, better at hiding the lies wrapped up more attractively in some truth.

 

Rule number one, if someone is involved in a cult don’t come right out and confront them, the cult is their whole support group, they can’t bathe without someone’s permission; if you just outright attack them you’ll probably never get another chance.

 

Rule number two, deal with one you have to deal with two, cult members are trained and indoctrinated if approached by anyone for any reason contact an elder, or uplink, it’s like Amway, only in this case they’re going to hell.

 

Rule number three; there is always an exception. One time, one shot, they are going to end up in a sausage barrel, ganged raped, selling their booty for Jesus, then punch them in the nose, and throw them in the trunk of your car. Seriously how committed are you to rescue the perishing? In this litigious society of ours today you can be sued for making someone cry. So think it through before you go Christian Rambo on someone.

 

If you counsel a aggressive cultist, you will find it necessary to assume command of the conversation or he will attempt to overwhelm you with an endless defense of the cult’s false doctrines and organization.

You might interrupt with something like the following: “Yes, I understand that this is very meaningful to you, but let me ask you a few important questions.”

  1. What do you think of Jesus? Is He God’s Son? Is He the only Savior? (Use John 3:16 and Acts 4:12)

  2. What do you believe about sin? Are you a sinner? If you don’t trust Jesus Christ for forgiveness, how will you find it?

  3. Whether you receive positive or negative answers to the above, ask the most important question of all:

Have you ever received Jesus Christ as your personal Savior? Or, Do you know God’s plan for peace and life? (Page 5).

  1. Encourage the caller to take a definite stand for Christ by leaving the cult and former associations. There must be a break with the past.

  2. Encourage him to get into a church that holds to the historic evangelical Christian position where he can begin to study the Bible for what it actually says.

  3. Pray with him for complete deliverance and for complete commitment to Christ and to the Word of God.

The Apostle John wrote in his Second Epistle, “For if you wander beyond the teaching of Christ, you will leave God behind; while if you are loyal to Christ’s teachings, you will have God too” (2 John 9, TLB).

“Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”        2 Timothy 2:15, KJV

“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: every spirit that confessethe that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: and every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of Antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.”

            1 John 4:1-3, KJV

“Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.  For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily” Colossians 2:8,9 KJV

“There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.”

            Proverbs 16:25, KJV

“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron.”

            1 Timothy 4:1,2, KJV

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