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Easy and Powerful Way of Witnessing to the Cults

Written by: Slick, Matt    Posted on: 04/24/2003

Category: Cults / Sects / Non Christian Religions and Topics

Source: CCN

        An Easy and Powerful Way of Witnessing to the Cults

    Following is a method of witnessing to cultists that is non-offensive and powerful; at least, they have found it to be thought provoking.  It focuses on Jesus, the gospel, and uses the Scripture because, 1) Jesus draws all men to Himself (John 12:32), 2) the Gospel is powerful for salvation (Rom. 1:16), and 3) God's Word accomplishes what God wants it to (Isa. 55:11).

    The main principle...     Jesus said that He alone reveals the Father (Matt. 11:27 and Luke 10:22).  Therefore, if you want to know the true Father, you must know the true Jesus because a false Jesus will not reveal the true Father.

    If someone puts his faith in the Jesus of Mormonism, Jehovah's Witnesses, or any other cult, then his faith is useless.

The validity of faith does not rest in itself, but in its object. The greatest faith in someone false is the same as no faith at all.  That is the case with the Mormons and the Jehovah's Witnesses.  Each group believes in a Jesus, but not in the Jesus of the Bible.  Because they each have a false Jesus (1 Cor. 11:4), they are not saved.  They may be sincere, but they are wrong--dead wrong.     The theologies of the Mormons and Jehovah's Witnesses do not permit prayer to Jesus, nor the worship of Him.  They also deny that He can be called their God.  (Some Mormons may pray to, worship, or call Jesus God, but only if they don't understand their church's official doctrines.)

    In brief...     You should introduce the cultist to the real Jesus, the One of the Bible who is prayed to (Acts 7:59), worshipped (Matt. 2:2,11; 14:33; 28:9), and called God (John 20:28; Heb. 1:8).  The hope is that once the cultist sees that he is without the Jesus of the Bible, he will realize he doesn't have the Father either. Then, hopefully, he will leave his cult.  If not, at least he will be exposed to the true Jesus and the Word of God will have been spoken in truth.

    The "approach" is simple.     1)  Establish a common ground:  the need to know the Father.     2)  Establish that the only way to the Father is         through Jesus:  the Jesus of the Bible.     3)  Show the need for having the correct Jesus, the one         of historical (and Biblical) Christianity.     4)  Establish that the Jesus of the Bible is prayed to,         worshipped, and called God.     5)  Ask the cultist if he prays to, worships, and calls         Jesus God (they don't).     6)  Ask the cultist why he is right and you are wrong         if you do what the scriptures teach and he doesn't.

    Remember, a false Jesus cannot save.  Sincerity and false messiahs do not bridge the gap of sin between God and man, only the Jesus of the Bible does that.   

    Expanded form...     Here is a sample dialogue between a Christian and a cultist.     Christian:  Would you agree with me that we both want to know the Father and do what He wants us to do?"     Cultist:  Yes.     Christian:  Jesus said that he was the One who revealed the Father to us (Matt. 11:27 and Luke 10:22).  So, to know the true Father we must first know the true Jesus, right?     Cultist:  Yes, that seems reasonable.     (You are not attacking his doctrine, you are appealing to his desires which, on the surface, are identical to yours:  to serve and love God.  You can catch more bees with honey than with a hammer.)        Christian:  The question is, how do we find the true Jesus? That is simple.  We go to the Bible.  That is where the true Jesus is, right?     Cultist:  Right.     Christian:  Good.  Now let me ask you a couple of questions to get things started.  If you were to say, "Father receive my spirit," who would you be praying to?     Cultist:  I would be praying to the Father.     Christian:  Right.  If you were to say, "Jesus receive my spirit,"  who would you be praying to?     Cultist:  I wouldn't pray to Jesus.  I would only pray to the Father.     Christian:  I know.  But just for the sake of argument, if you did, who would you be praying to?     Cultist:  I would be praying to Jesus.     Christian:  Right.  Now, in Acts 7:59, Stephen, while full of the Holy Spirit (v. 55), prayed to Jesus:

        And they went on stoning Stephen as he called         upon the Lord and said, "Lord Jesus, receive         my spirit." (See also, Acts 9:14; Rom. 10:13.)

    Stephen prayed to Jesus, not just through Him.  If it is acceptable for him then it should be alright for us.  The Jesus of the Bible is prayed to.  I pray to Jesus.  Do you?  If yes, good. If not, why not?  (If you are talking to a Mormon, you may want to mention that in the Book of Mormon in 3 Nephi 19:18, Jesus is prayed to--not just through!)     Cultist:  Jesus said to pray to the Father.  So, I do.     Christian:  Yes, I agree.  I do too.  But I also pray to Jesus as Stephen did.  If the church is only to pray to the Father then why did Stephen, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, address Jesus in His prayer?  Was he wrong?     (See also 1 Cor. 1:1-2 with Zech. 13:9 where the church calls upon the name Lord Jesus:  a prayer to Him.)     Cultist:  I don't have an answer.     Christian:  Glad to see you're honest.  Let's continue. Jesus was also worshipped.  The verses for these are:

        And those who were in the boat worshipped Him,         saying, "You are certainly God's son!  (Matt.         14:33).         And behold, Jesus met them and greeted         them.  And they came up and took hold of His         feet and worshiped Him (Matt. 28:9).         (See also Matt. 2:2,11; John 9:35-39; Heb. 1:6.)

    Do you do what His disciples did?  Do you worship Jesus?     (Mormon theology does not allow worship of Jesus.  However, some Mormons do anyway--they just don't know that their church has, and still does, teach against doing so.  If he says he worships Jesus, ask him how he can do that without praying to Him.     All Jehovah's Witnesses say no.  They have their own Bible where they have mistranslated the word 'worship', wherever it refers to Jesus, to the words 'do obeisance' which means to show respect or honor to someone.  Because of this, using the verse about worship will not carry much weight.  In that case, you will want to substitute this...)     Christian:  Do you honor Him equally with the Father as Jesus said to do in John 5:23?     Cultist:  Not equally.  The Father is greater than Jesus.     Christian:  But that was because Jesus was fully man as well as fully God and as a man was in a lessor position.  Still though, Scripture requires that you honor Him equally with the Father as Jesus said.  If you don't, then why not?     Cultist:  I don't have an answer.     Christian:  Alright.  There is just one more issue to address.  Do you call Jesus your Lord and God?     Cultist:  No, I don't.     Christian:  After Jesus' resurrection He showed Himself to many people.  One of them was Thomas.  John 20:28 says:

Thomas answered and said to Him [Jesus], "My Lord and my God!"  Jesus said to him, "Because you have seen Me, have you believed?"

    God calls Jesus God in Hebrews 1:8:

        But of the Son He [the Father] says, "Thy         throne, O God, is forever and ever..."

    (In the J.W. Bible they have translated Hebrews 1:8 as "God is your throne forever; either is correct according to the Greek. However, Hebrews 1:8 is a quote from Psalms 45:6 that says, "Thy throne, O God, is forever and ever," which is the only possible translation from the Hebrew.  The writer of Hebrews attributes the verse as an address to Jesus.  Since the J.W.'s deny Jesus is God, they have changed the Bible to suit their own theological needs.) The Father calls Jesus God.  Thomas called Him his Lord and God. Do you call Jesus your Lord and your God?     Cultist:  No.  I don't call Jesus my Lord and God.     (Jehovah's Witnesses will say that Thomas was swearing.  Ask them why Jesus didn't rebuke Thomas for swearing?     With a Mormon, you can again mention the reference in the Book of Mormon 3 Nephi 19:18 where Jesus is also called Lord and God.)     Christian:  My question to you is this.  If I have the wrong Jesus, and therefore I serve the wrong God, then why do I pray to Jesus, worship Him, and call Him my Lord and God as the Scriptures teach?  But, if you have the true Jesus, why is it you don't do those things?     Cultist:  (Silence!)

    This brief approach is powerful because it brings the cultist face-to-face with the Jesus of the Bible.  Though the cultist won't respond by dropping to his knees, the Word of God will accomplish what God wishes it to.

        So shall My word be which goes forth from My         mouth; it shall not return to Me empty,         without accomplishing what I desire... (Isaiah         55:11.)

                                  Matt Slick

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