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BEST SCRIPTURES FOR THOSE INVOLVED WITH CULTS

Written by: Torrey, R.A.    Posted on: 04/10/2003

Category: Cults / Sects / Non Christian Religions and Topics

Source: CCN

Taken from the HOLY BIBLE: NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION (C) 1978 by the New York Bible Society, used by permission of Zondervan Bible Publishers.

                    The Torrey Collection - Chapter 14



XIV. BEST SCRIPTURES FOR THOSE INVOLVED WITH CULTS     (Use also the passages in I, II, and IX)

1.  Essential issues common to cults

    a.  No leader given unique authority from God

    2PE 1:20-21  Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of     Scripture came about by the prophet's own interpretation. For prophecy     never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they     were carried along by the Holy Spirit. 

    b.  Salvation not through works

    EPH 2:8-9  For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and     this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God--not by works, so that     no one can boast. 

    c.  Salvation only through belief in Jesus Christ

    1JO 5:11-12  This is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and     this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not     have the Son of God does not have life. 

    JOH 20:31  But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the     Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his     name. 

2.  For those involved in cults based on Western religions

    a.  The Holy Spirit is truly God

    1CO 2:10-12  But God has revealed it to us by his Spirit. The Spirit     searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who among men     knows the thoughts of a man except the man's spirit within him? In the     same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. We     have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from     God, that we may understand what God has freely given us. 

    b.  Jesus Christ is truly God

    HEB 1:1-2  In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the     prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he     has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and     through whom he made the universe. 

    c.  Jesus Christ successful in His mission on earth

    HEB 9:24-28  For Christ did not enter a man-made sanctuary that was     only a copy of the true one; he entered heaven itself, now to appear     for us in God's presence. Nor did he enter heaven to offer himself     again and again, the way the high priest enters the Most Holy Place     every year with blood that is not his own. Then Christ would have had     to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But now he has     appeared once for all at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the     sacrifice of himself. Just as man is destined to die once, and after     that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the     sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin,     but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him. 

3.  For those involved in Eastern religions and cults

    a.  As to beliefs in common in Eastern religions

    ---God distinct from creation and not a part of everything

    GEN 1:1  In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 

    ---God and Christ not created, but always existent

    JOH 1:1-3  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God,     and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all     things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 

    ---God not a part of a human being until there is faith in Christ

    ROM 3:22-23  This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus     Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned     and fall short of the glory of God.

    b.  For those involved in Transcendental Meditation

    ---Ignorance of God, not self, the problem of humanity

    ROM 3:9-12  What shall we conclude then? Are we any better? Not at all!     We have already made the charge that Jews and Gentiles alike are all     under sin. As it is written: "There is no one righteous, not even one;      there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God. All have turned     away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does     good, not even one." 

    ---Happiness arising from serving God, not from mindlessness

    MAT 5:6  Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for     they will be filled. 

    MAT 6:33  But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all     these things will be given to you as well. 

    c.  For those involved with Krishna Consciousness

    ---People born as human beings with only one life on earth; not     reincarnated

    HEB 9:27  Man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment. 

    JOH 5:28-29  Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all     who are in their graves will hear his voice and come out--those who     have done good will rise to live, and those who have done evil will     rise to be condemned. 

    ---Jesus a blameless and perfect Savior

    HEB 7:26-27  Such a high priest meets our need--one who is holy,     blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens.      Unlike the other high priests, he does not need to offer sacrifices day     after day, first for his own sins, and then for the sins of the people.     He sacrificed for their sins once for all when he offered himself. 

    HEB 4:15  For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize     with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way,     just as we are--yet was without sin. 

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